Rear leg design for scrollbar sewing frame
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Recently I decided to try another way of supporting my scrollbar sewing frame. The few methods that I had tried (here and here) were working to some extent, but I knew the frame had to be a little bit more … Read More

Floral pattern designs and MacStitch cross stitch software
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I decided tonight to sit down and start a drawing of a sepia flower image I created in this post, but just as I was about to turn on my iPad and open up ArtRage I thought about what the … Read More

Media trial with ArtRage
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So in the past few posts I’ve been talking about using ArtRage again, and in conjunction with photo editing software. I’m thinking I might work on the sepia-toned flower photo I did as a sample, but I wasn’t sure what … Read More

Experimenting with photo-editing software
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As I mentioned in my last newsletter, I spent a few hours last weekend working on a gift for some friends (I’ll do a blog post about how I did it once they get the pressie). I ended up with … Read More

Beginning and ending threads in cross stitch: loop method & pin stitch
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I was online this week participating in one of my cross stitch Facebook groups, and several people were asking how to anchor their thread. I mentioned that I use the loop method to start, and a pin stitch to finish. … Read More

Working around my disability
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So I’ve been told many times that I don’t look like I’m disabled or that there’s anything wrong with me. However, after a stint at the Ottawa pain clinic in their month-long program, I realized that even though others may … Read More

Mini oil painting finished
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I decided to do a bit more work on my mini oil painting today, and I wanted to experiment more with colour and texture. So I started messing around a bit with some orange, it was “ok” but not amazing. … Read More

Oil painting progress part 4
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I wasn’t feeling too bad today (went for my first ride on my recumbent trike this year, the weather has been just awful), so I decided to do a bit of work on my mini oil painting. I’ve detailed in … Read More

First layer of my floral oil painting
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Here I go, finally paint on canvas. I worked for about an hour getting the first layer of my oil painting started. I set myself up so I could work as much as possible directly at my eye level. It … Read More

Trellis + cross stitch = awesome stitching frame
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Here I go again, designing yet another cross stitch scroll bar frame. I’ve done several versions of this in previous posts, I’m just constantly trying to make my stitching as pain-free as possible. I’m usually reclined on my couch or … Read More

Oil painting underway
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It took me a few days to figure out what I wanted to paint first on one of my mini canvases that I talked about in my last post, but I finally decided to do a little floral series. I … Read More

A mini return to oil painting
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Well this will be a first – returning to oil painting after seven years not doing it. I did two paintings in 2008 for our cadet squadron lounge at the Royal Military College (“General Wolfe” and “Joseph Brant” in my … Read More

Leaping frogs of projects
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Although I normally discuss various articles in my weekly newsletter, I thought I’d switch things up and talk about one article here I stumbled across on Twitter. It’s called “It’s Okay To Jump From Idea To Idea“, and it is … Read More

Amazing canvas printing trial
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So last week I had a brilliant idea. I am at some point going to start offering prints of some of my paintings for sale online (I’m still determining if it will be directly through this site or a site … Read More

Figure anatomy drawing class
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Well it’s been a while since I’ve drawn or painted, and I was thinking it would be nice to get back into working on my drawing skills. I decided to try out a class I found on Craftsy called Figure … Read More

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