Tuesday, April 07, 2015

one more finish! (well, and some knits)

It's the pink flower from Espressioni by Renato Parolin. Not much else to say today, though, I'm feeling a bit sick so I think it's time for a nap...

I've also finished a couple of knitting projects "recently" so... :)

A small shawl, which I really didn't enjoy (the pattern OR the yarn), but it was easy. And a fancy washcloth that was a bit hard since I had to do it on the dreaded double pointed needles.

I'm really not much of a knitter... I only do it so I don't feel totally out of place when I go to knit night at the local yarn shop with my wife. I bring stitching about half the time anyway, so I feel like I need to follow the rules at least part of the time and knit. Blah. :p

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

all done!

Well, that went quicker than I thought it would! Here's the blue/purple flower from Espressioni by Renato Parolin:

I'll be working on the pink one next! But I should probably get back to Floral Fifteen for a while first, because otherwise it will linger forever... :)

Monday, March 30, 2015

March/April goals!

Ahhh, goals. The bane of anyone's existence. :p

March goals were:
- finish Gypsy Mermaid (by March 22) - finished March 27, good enough!
- make visible progress on another WIP (either Floral Fifteen or Fatum) - well... let me explain!

I didn't really have time to work on another WIP since I finished Gypsy Mermaid late, but I'm so happy to have a big finish that I'm still pretty happy! I put a tiny bit of work in on Floral Fifteen but it's not enough to bother showing here.

I did have a new start... haha. This is one of the three patterns from Espressioni by Renato Parolin. I needed something simple to give my brain (and fingers!) a bit of a break. It's being stitched on plain old "clay" Belfast. I plan to stitch all six patterns from Espressioni and its twin, Emozioni, on the same fabric, but all separately so I can finish/frame them individually.

It's an elongated heart shape, but it's relatively small so I should have it done by the end of the week. Fingers crossed that I don't get distracted by some other shiny thing!

Okay, I guess I need some April goals!

April goals:
- finish Floral Fifteen (at least the stitching)
- finish two of the three patterns in Espressioni
- prep for Mirabilia RR!
- make visible progress on another WIP

That seems reasonable!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Stitch from Stash - March report!

Month: March
Spent: $0
Earned: $22

Carryover to next month: $2.05 (from Feb) + $25 (from March) + $22 (finish) = $49.05

Woohoo! Didn't spend anything on stash AND I had a big finish! Gypsy Mermaid measures a rather large 200x250 stitches, earning a $22 bonus to add to my budget. :)

Instead of posting my mermaid again, I'll share my current chart lust list!

I'll definitely be ordering a few things next month because I need to pick up the rest of the charts for my Mirabilia round robin (Wisteria, Lilac, and Geranium), and I am completely out of floss bobbins! How does anyone run out of something so basic? And I've checked local craft stores, but all they have are those plastic abominations that don't actually grip the thread so it just unwinds. No thanks!

Even adding in my $25 budget for next month, I can't pick up everything on my list, but that's okay. I'm still debating a bit on the Year in Chalk series (I love it to bits but I'd have to pick up some fabric for it since nothing in my stash is the right color) and Get Kraken was an impulse add. I love Ink Circles but I have so many already... sigh.

I'm not exactly strugging with SFS, but it does get a bit frustrating because I'd rather get my entire wishlist at once to save on shipping. I can't NOT buy next month because I don't have enough charts that fit my round robin theme. I guess I could cheese it and stitch a bunch of smalls to rack up some budget bonuses, but I don't think that fits the spirit of the challenge!

Oh well, slow and steady wins the race, right? :) These charts (probably) aren't going anywhere!

Friday, March 27, 2015

first finish of the year!

Man, that's sad. This is the first time in the history of my blog that it's taken me almost three full months to get a finish for the year! I haven't been stitching all that much this year, though, so I guess that's to be expected. Caught up in fandom and studying every day...

But here she is in her fishy beaded glory! Gypsy Mermaid by Mirabilia. :)

And this time I took pictures during the day! Ready?


She's stitched on Lady of the Lake Belfast from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie. The fabric had a lot of weird fuzzy fibers embedded in it, and some slub nubs (ha ha ha) so it was a bit challenging to work with at times. I'm pleased with the final look, though. :)

Ah, she was so much fun to bead! Beading is my favorite part of every project. I was a little iffy about the metallic net, but it's my favorite part of the whole piece! It's such a great finishing touch, especially with the larger beads to represent knots where the ropes cross each other.

As always, I made some small changes, but this time it was almost all in the beading. My edits:

- over one skin, because I am insane
- replaced all size 6 beads (the net got metallic 8s, the north and south medallions got pearls!)
- did not add any of the brown beads around her tail fin (they looked really out of place)
- replaced red beads in the flowers with similar Delicas so they would actually fit

I think that's all I messed with this time. :p

I've been ordered to get back to work on Floral Fifteen, so I guess that's my next WIP!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

slowest beading ever

For some reason I can't seem to make myself sit down and bead during the day, so it's very slow going. In my defense, I'm doing a lot of writing and some heavy-duty studying during the day, so my brain can't really handle too much more...

The north compass point is beaded! I subbed purple/grey pearls for the ugly off-white size 6 beads. I really hate those things, they look like cheap white pony beads that yellowed with age. Gross.

I also stuck a pinkish pearl in the middle of the medallion thing at the bottom. Because I can.

Better get back to it or I'll never finish!

Monday, March 23, 2015

almost there! just beads left :)

Ahhhh, so I'm a BIT behind schedule, but I'm terrible at stitching during the week. Most of what I do happens on the weekends, so yes, almost all of this skin has appeared over the last three days. So much for sticking to a plan!

All the stitching is done, including the crazy amount of over one (seriously, I need to do over one skin on girls who just have their faces and hands showing, not mermaids! :p) and the backstitching. I gave her a wash to get the stitches plumped back up again, which works wonders.

Unfortunately, it takes forever to dry, even with a hot iron, so beading and the metallic net will have to wait until tomorrow...

The colors aren't too accurate on this one.
Had some shadows from the sunset messing things up here. :)

This closeup is much more accurate to the actual colors!

I'll probably sub some of the beads... there's a lot of size 6 beads in this design and I don't like using anything that big. Size 8 is my limit, otherwise they tend to fall over or get loose over time, and that drives me nuts!

Siiiigh. I really wanted to start beading today. :p