Stitching Memories

Written by Caryl B. Grecia

Sometimes, usual photographs look so common and boring. Converting your pictures into charcoal or oil painting is a welcome change but then, a lot of people have been into these crafts already that there are times when these portraits too, look clichéd. There could also be a time that a charcoal or oil painting of your photo does not look exactlyrepparttar same as your original photograph. I have been a witness to several charcoal portraiture failure. Have you ever had your portrait done in charcoal in whichrepparttar 116222 result didn't actually look like your image?

There's a new option torepparttar 116223 dilemmas of boring photographs and failed charcoal and oil (even water-color) paintings and that isrepparttar 116224 cross-stitch portrait. It is converting a favorite photograph into an elegant and artistic needlecraft. However high-techrepparttar 116225 snapshot is, it will be captured exactly, evenrepparttar 116226 tiniest detail, in a cross-stitch portrait.

A picture is scanned and then converted into a cross-stitch pattern. A pattern looks like a chart of tiny squares on a paper. Each square symbolizes a stitch. And stitches arerepparttar 116227 details ofrepparttar 116228 pictures. It is amazing to see a picture being converted into a pattern for cross-stitch. A snapshot, especially a colored one isrepparttar 116229 faithful replica of a person, a pet or of a significant event. In it,repparttar 116230 image, especiallyrepparttar 116231 skin of a person appears to be plain flesh-colored (dark, fair, brown, yellow, etc.). But in a cross-stitch pattern,repparttar 116232 skin alone could have three or more shades of whatever skin tonerepparttar 116233 person inrepparttar 116234 image has. Even an all-black hair could have shades of gray, dark gray and light gray for more emphasis.

This is due torepparttar 116235 light reflections upon takingrepparttar 116236 picture. It could be fromrepparttar 116237 flash orrepparttar 116238 shadow ofrepparttar 116239 sun whenrepparttar 116240 picture was shot outdoors. However, in a snapshot, it does not really matter becauserepparttar 116241 focus would be just onrepparttar 116242 image. But in a cross-stitch portrait, every tone ofrepparttar 116243 skin, every shade ofrepparttar 116244 hair (whether plain colored or highlighted) is considered. And inrepparttar 116245 end,repparttar 116246 portrait is not only a faithful replica but is almost exactlyrepparttar 116247 original image ofrepparttar 116248 person, pet orrepparttar 116249 significant memory.

The cotton threads used in cross-stitch giverepparttar 116250 picture its almost-real image. Basically,repparttar 116251 fabric used as a background is a woven linen depending ofrepparttar 116252 count, which givesrepparttar 116253 finished portraitsrepparttar 116254 unique, handmade look.

Guide To Tasting Wine

Written by Ben Bicais

The basics of tasting wine are relatively simple to learn. Oncerepparttar fundamentals are mastered,repparttar 116221 nuances and details can be enhanced over a lifetime. Like any other skill, tasting wine requires practice, and consistency is probablyrepparttar 116222 most important factor.

One helpful strategy an aspiring wine taster can pursue is tasting with a friend that has superior knowledge. Questions can be addressed, and you will quickly become comfortable with this unnecessarily intimidating subject.

Another important strategy for a beginning wine taster is to taste several wines side-by-side that share at least one common variable. This could berepparttar 116223 varietal, style, AVA of origin, or any combination ofrepparttar 116224 three.

Tasting blind will minimize any prior opinions or stereotypes. You may be surprised to discover that less-expensive wines are more pleasing to you.

The Essentials of Tasting Wine

It is imperative that you taste in spotlessly clean glasses. The most common contaminants in unclean glasses are invisible molecules left behind by cleaning products. Even high-end restaurants can be guilty of this faux pas. It is best to thoroughly hand wash glasses with unabrasive soaps and hot water.

It is beneficial, but not necessary to use varietal-specific glasses when tasting wine. Research has shown thatrepparttar 116225 shape of glasses really does make a difference inrepparttar 116226 sensory experience.

Overview ofrepparttar 116227 Tasting Process

Wine tasting employs much more than justrepparttar 116228 taste buds, although they are very important. Your palate is a term for how taste buds on your tongue translate particular flavors to your brain. The palate can perceive only four basic flavors: sweetness, sourness, saltiness, and bitterness. Most ofrepparttar 116229 subtle flavor components of wine are actually picked up by one's sense of smell.

Although many of our daily perceptions are unconscious, making a concerted effort to pay attention to several things makesrepparttar 116230 tasting process more educational and rewarding. Despiterepparttar 116231 mystique that surrounds many wine "experts", tasting wine can be broken into simple steps. Wine knowledge usually stems from practice and confidence, not any inherent superiority.

Of course, some people have more developed senses than others. An extreme example is Robert Parker, widely regarded asrepparttar 116232 most influential wine critic inrepparttar 116233 world. Mr. Parker's tasting ability is derived from his natural ability to be keenly aware of his senses.

It is withinrepparttar 116234 grasp ofrepparttar 116235 vast majority of people to confidently differentiate varietals, styles, flavor profiles, and flaws when tasting wine. Tasting wine requires not only a grasp of your senses, but alsorepparttar 116236 ability to articulate (withrepparttar 116237 proper vernacular) your thoughts about a particular wine.

Relevance of Sight in Tasting Wine

Your sense of sight will reveal a lot about a particular wine before smelling and tasting it. Immediately after pouring, check to see how clearrepparttar 116238 wine is. While haziness may simply indicate a full-bodied, unfiltered red wine, in any other style it is usually cause for concern. Wines will often tasterepparttar 116239 way that they look (an unrefined look may indicate a clumsy, unfocused wine).

Viewingrepparttar 116240 color ofrepparttar 116241 edge of a wine in a glass will give you an indication of its maturity (or lack thereof). Mature, aged-worthy reds will have a deep crimson, or even brownish look. Too much brown usually means thatrepparttar 116242 wine is past its prime.repparttar 116243 rim of a white wine will generally be light yellow in youth, and and progress to an amber color with age.

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