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  1. I'm assuming you are 1 over 1 on that 28 count fabric. I find I need very strong light to stitch that small, but I'm determined to do as much of it as I can while the eyes can. Are you planning to work across the top pages first or down the left side?
  2. My goodness, you certainly did a great job. This was the project the opened my eyes to realizing that there was so much more to cross stitch patterns than what I saw in the stores. Now if I've done my math correctly, I'll be following your Victory and Temeraire progress for the next two decades or so. It'll be fun!
  3. Wow! That turned out very well and it only took you 6 months! Your neighbour is going to have a happy Christmas this year.
  4. All you need is someone with PM to run the patterns for you. 🙂 Here is an example with 90 colours and 500x417 stitches. And here 90 colours with 800x600 stitches. I had trouble exporting at the same zoom level so they are not to the same size unfortunately. If you sent me the source file(s) that you are interested and what size, TPI, and number of colours to use I'll be happy to crank them out for you to compare either like this as screenshots or xsd files for the PM viewer.
  5. It looks to me like PM did a much better job mapping the colours on the stern view (especially in the sea and sky). Did you dither the stern view and not the bow view? It seems like the bow view could benefit from some dithering. I must confess that while the bow view has some interesting details, the stern view tells a better story and the eye seems to follow the action more smoothly than in the bow view. I'm a bit late to the party on your recent progress report, but it's never too late to chime in and say how good it is looking. I look forward to your continued progress.
  6. Woo! Great looking dragon and I look forward to an Aggie update post holiday.
  7. Thanks Brian. I've got a SQ pattern in the queue too, will probably do it on 20 or 22 count as a break from this 25 count insanity I find myself 1000 stitches into. I don't know how Caroline does it.
  8. Caroline, I hope you don't mind if I post my project again and enquirer about your non-Aggie stitch. Way back in MSW 1.0 in the original thread I posted my progress as of October 2011: Here we are in August 2015 and I've finally managed to complete it: Originally I had intended my next project to be nautical like your Aggie, but I think I'm going to do a HAED pattern first and in 20 years when it is done I'll bravely do a nautical pattern of my own making. So I am curious if your Aggie is stitch 2 over 1? If so I think I can do my next one on 25 count Lugana 2 over 1. What about that dragon you're working on? Is it a HAED design and what are you stitching it on, etc? If you're posting your progress on it elsewhere I'd love to follow along.
  9. I too am still working on the same one that I started several years ago. It is amazing how long these projects can take. The color mismatch is most likely dirt, but it too will get an equal coating over the next few years. I do believe that you can hand wash these when done, but I have no experience in that... yet.
  10. Excellent! Thank you for the detailed report.
  11. Couldn't say, but I do have a pair or two of 100lb full extension drawer slides left over from a workbench project. Stop by next time you're in the area and see if I haven't remembered to bring them in with me.
  12. Those kit cleats are monsters. Please let us know what your source is if you locate an alternative or your method of manufacture.
  13. Several of those tools will be very handy and what you find you need can usually be purchased locally at Tammy's or a hardware store. The Phantom really doesn't require a lot of tools and sometimes it comes down to staring at the tools you do have and trying to think of a way to use them in the best way possible to get the desired results. Some of my best ideas have been to use tools made for other hobbies. As a matter of fact, the more I learn about wood working with hand tools the more I wonder why we tend to use sandpaper and razor blades for rough stock removal when a quality rasp has been the tool of choice for hundreds of years by furniture makers. I'll echo what others have said regarding the folding table because my Phantom was built on a 6' folding table, the kind with a metal frame and particleboard top. If I wasn't at that table I was outside shaping the hull on the patio (usually in rain like we've had this morning) or perhaps sitting next to my wife cutting copper plates for the hull while she watches her favorite shows. Now that I'm subscribed to your build log I'll be sure to check in on your progress postings.
  14. I would imagine that a bigger threat to color mismatches would come from running out of thread and having to buy some that is 3.5 years newer. As long as sufficient thread is purchased at the beginning and the materials are stored in the same conditions as the work then the colors should match. The only reason I see for a line between the panels would be because of lines of stitch all stopping at the edge of each panel and none spanning two panels, but from where I'm sitting that doesn't appear to be an issue. Thanks for the update, you've got me wanting to dig mine out even though it tends to be a winter activity for me. Nothing like a hot summer evening to make me grind to a halt like a slug on a hot sidewalk.
  15. Thanks for sharing this unique kit, I had no idea Guillow's had made such a kit till you posted it on their forum the other day. This kit belongs in a very small grouping of bread & butter style kits made in 1975. There is kit #151 of the Boeing 747 and kit #152 of the F4J Phantom.

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