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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Stashy Saturday - China Kits

When it comes to stash, I've never yet done anything by half-measures.  So be warned, there are a lot of pictures in this post!

I have showed you guys my first kit, the one I started.  It is called 'Sunset Birds' in the website title, which I forgot to mention before.  I bought it on AliExpress.com and it took about 3 1/2 weeks to arrive.




It is a partial-stitch kit, with the printed background.  It's called a 3D kit and it is four feet long.



This is the next one I bought.  It is 'full embroidery', as they put it.  That means every bit is stitched.  It is called 'Gold Fortune' in the website title and I got it on Aliexpress, too.



It is 3 feet and 9 inches long.  Sorry about the glare!  I didn't take it out of the package for a pic - it is one of the ones with completely different colored symbols to the floss you use and looks like an acid trip, lol!!!

This one is also called a 3D kit, but all that is not stitched is the small areas of plain white background.  It is called 'Lucky Fish' and I bought it on eBay.  It took two weeks to get here.



It is also four feet long.  The pattern is 14 pages, the same size as a HAED page, and most of them fully stitched :D :D :D  Three of them are a little over half.



And this one is also from eBay; it is called 'Magnolia' and is pretty small.  It is a 3D kit with the printed background and I just wanted to see what size the cheap, cheap kits were.  I paid $3 for it.



It's going to be pretty pixelated but I'll prolly stitch it, anyway :D  That's a full-size magazine laying next to it, to give a size idea.



From ebay - this one is for my mother.  'Sunflowers' and it is in three pieces.  Called a 3D, again, but only the white blank space is not stitched.  It comes with all three pictures and each one is about 18" square. 


And here's what I mean by 'acid trip'.



From Aliexpress, 'Love Forever'.  Also for my Mum.  Another 3D kit - the green and the words are printed on.  This one is going to be gorgeous!  That's a picture of a stitched piece on the front, not a CG picture.



Here it is with the same full-size magazine next to it for size reference.


(Here's an issue I have created for myself - I showed these to my Mum and told her to pick which one would be her Christmas present, and she informed me that she saw no reason why both of them shouldn't be her Christmas present. O__O  I hope these really are as fast as they say!)

And then one more - this one is my pride and joy and my moment of complete insanity.

It is called 'Ancient Beauty'.



Can you see the stitch count?  It's not a typo.  960x400.  On 11 count, that's 7.5 by 3.  As in, 7.5 feet by 3 feet.  It's huge.  It's like doing a HAED on 11 count, except there is backstitching in this.

Here's the pattern bit that shows the pages.


52 pages.  Only eight of them are less than half stitched.  I can't start this one for a while, it's too big to handle.  My father is going to build me a floor stand out of PVC pipe that I can use my q-snap grips on.  I don't even want to think what this would cost if I wanted to frame it.  It will probably never be framed.  I might edge it and use it for a show-off piece across the bottom of a king-size bed.  MAYBE.  I don't know.

Lest you think I spent a fortune on these - the Ancient Beauty was the most expensive at $30.  You can't even buy a piece of 11 count that size for $30!!!  All the others were much cheaper than that, and most had free shipping.

So that's my China kit stash and I'm trying not to buy any more, but there are some beautiful things out there!  I'm eyeing a huge one of tigers right now and telling myself no no no no no!

26 comments:

  1. I love all of your new kits Tama. I think the giraffe is my favorite. I just went to their site and saw a really cute Mickey and Minnie.

    Linda

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    1. I think I've seen the one you're talking about - it's really cute! Just be aware that Aliexpress takes twice as long as international shipping from eBay. That is the only issue I have had with the site.

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  2. Those are some amazing kits! You're very ambitious!

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  3. These are so cool!! Seeing all this has made me really excited about working on my own printed kits- I got the kimono girl back out last night- and posting about my own. I love the last of them, though, 9x4 feet would definitely be worth it. Magnolia is great, though- I'd think the pixelation would make it more fun, but since I do so much video game stuff, that may just be my own opinion. That one's about the size of the kits I'm working on, though.

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    1. Ooooo, I look forward to seeing more of yours!!! Ancient Beauty is going to be a real lifetime project, probably. But I really want to do it! I'm not worried too much about the pixilation on Magnolias - they'll still be pretty. Even prettier if I think of them as game flowers, lol!!!

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  4. Wow, you really went all crazy over these gigantic kits, haha. They're so colorful, great picks. My favorite is the Koi fish pattern. Have fun stitching your awesome stash:)

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    1. Thanks! Crazy is a compliment, right? HAHA! But I do love the koi flowers and my brother found ANOTHER kit like it - almost the same size but you only stitch the fish - and he has ordered it for me :D :D :D

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  5. So awesome XD I have one kit that I guess is a China kit. I can't find it at the moment so I don't know much about it. It is really big and it's a farm scene I think. I can't remember but it's also huge and because I don't have a frame I've done around 1000 stitches and that's all because I can't hold it. I got mine for $5 off TradeMe XD

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    1. They do have some really pretty landscapes and scenic ones. I'm eyeballing one of a house and flowers and a gazebo. It's a tricky one, though - I've seen lots of people upset about it being much smaller than pictured but I think I've found one that 3/12 feet. Like I need another huge one! I'll have to check TradeMe out :D Oh, and maybe try assembling a Pvc pipe stand? You can use them like a giant Q-snap. That's what I plan to try!

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  6. I don't know what you're talking about all the sunflowers I've seen are neon pink and green ;). Great haul! If love to do one of the jewel kits but only the round gems. Most of the ones I looked at are square gems which look weird.

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    1. Oh dear, my mistake! Must just be my eyes, lol!
      I've never seen the round jewel kits, only the square ones. I've been mildly tempted but haven't fallen yet :D Have you seen the beading kits from the Ukraine? THOSE tempt me!

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  7. I'm amazed at the size of these kits! They're stunning. Good luck!

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  8. I've never thought to look on aliexpress for cross stitch. They all look beautiful:)

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    1. I saw a video on youtube and the lady was showing her kits. She had a link to the seller and it just went from there :D

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  9. Wow, great stash haul! I really like Ancient Beauty- it looks like they'll all be really fun to stitch!

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    1. I plan to enjoy every stitch!!!!!

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  10. You have some great new kits here. And they seem to be huge but they will keep you very busy and you will have a lot of fun stitching them.

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    1. I'm really looking forward to it, too :D Just need to get a few other projects done and a frame built :D

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  11. I love 'Lucky Fish'. Can you please share where you bought them on eBay. At 30$ for 'Ancient Beauty'!? I've seen that kit up for sale at 200$ and sometimes a ridiculous price like 3,000$

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    1. The seller's name is 'autotrademall'. I bought Lucky fish and Ancient Beauty from them. She had AB listed at $45 and I made her an offer and she accepted it. :D :D :D I guess Lucky Fish was already being lucky for me, lol!

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  12. I've looked at some of these in the past, but have been way too chicken to try them. I am soooo curious to see how yours turns out! I don't know where you keep all your stash...between that and your WIPs, you must have one massive craft room!

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    1. It's not the biggest room but it is crammed full, haha! I need to organize it and take pictures :D Most of my kits are in those plastic storage drawers that you can buy at WalMart. Works great!

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  13. I for one am looking forward to seeing your WIPs on these. ;)

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