Friday, September 07, 2018

Bleeding Heart - finished!

Another finish! No progress photos, I didn't bother taking any as I was working on this. This is Bleeding Heart by Nora Corbett with a bunch of changes. The overall look is still pretty similar to the original charting, but with tweaked colors and materials.

First up, the pictures!
She's stitched on Daybreak Belfast by Crafty Kitten.

And now, the changes!

Overall changes:
- Changed all beads except the largest one to Delicas.
- Wings were charted in regular DMC - I changed to 100% metallics.

Color changes - cross stitch:
(Changed blue areas of pants to blue-grey to tone it down a bit, removed blends.)
317 to 930
351 to 3832
587 to 932
3341 to 3833
3761 to 3753
317/597 to 931
597/3761 to 3752

Color changes - backstitch:
645 to 632 (skin, cuz who tf backstitches skin in grey)
830 to 632 (in wings)
830 to 304 (in bleeding hearts)
900 to 304 (in sash)

I was going to change the bleeding hearts to a more candy red or dark pink, but it didn't look nice, so I went back to the charted colors. Mostly. Haha. :D

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Mini Mandala Mystery 05 - finished!

I'm definitely on a Chatelaine kick this year. Lots of stitching and lots of finishes! Gotta hurry up since my wife bought me FIVE more Chatelaine charts for my birthday...

As always, the pictures are terrible but I did my best to show a bunch of different angles!

As usual, I made some small changes (beads, threads, blah) so I could use materials from my stash instead of buying anything specifically for this pattern.

I also made a few changes to the design itself. I didn't like the backstitching in the vined corners, so I replaced those with a bicone inside a beaded square. And the tiny square gardens in the corners of the specialty stitch path were a boring solid green, so I replaced them with a mini version of the central motif using Jessica stitches and beads. I think they came out really cute! Oh, and I left out a bunch of random backstitching that didn't add anything to the design.

I'll be going back to Mushroom and Fern Mandala, and maybe working on a couple of smalls by Hands on Design that I barely started if I get tired of fancy stitching. :3

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Mini Mandala Mystery 05 and felt ornaments!

I haven't been posting recently but I've definitely been stitching! This is Mini Mandala Mystery 05 (aka MMM05) by Chatelaine. Yes, I'm really into Chatelaine this year! I picked up the chart during the recent sale and I'm already pretty close to a finish.

This is a terrible picture as usual. The fabric is Pomona by Chromatic Alchemy. :)

Not cross-stitching, but my wife and I started working on a vintage felt ornament kit (about 40 years old!) that her mom gave to us a while back. The outer package was in terrible condition so I kind of expected the contents to be gross, but it was perfect on the inside!

We made the poinsettia and pear, and they honestly look better than the cover photo. :)

And here are some detailed shots of both sides.

I made felt ornaments from a kit as a kid, and I was surprised that this vintage kit was pretty much exactly the same in terms of materials and construction techniques. I ended up getting a modern kit since we were enjoying these so much, and they're still the same even now. Well, I guess felt ornaments aren't rocket science. :p

Monday, June 11, 2018

Crab - start & finish!

Small projects are so satisfying. :)

This is Crab from Seaside Series III by JBW Designs, stitched on 30ct WDW Garnet with DMC B5200. As you can see, this fabric is noooot colorfast - I got a tiny drop of water on the left side back when I first purchased the fabric and it made a huge spot. It's a lovely fabric but I'm surprised that such a 'mainstream' dyer is selling stuff that's so easily damaged by moisture.

Anyway, cute design and a quick stitch! Next, I'm moving on to the last piece of the Dream of the Sea set by Hands on Design. Of course, I left the biggest part for last... :p

Monday, June 04, 2018

Farm Fob - start & finish!

Small start and finish today - Farm Fob partial kit by Lizzie Kate. The sticker on this suggests that the retail price was $15 (for chart, fabric, ricrack, beads) but I'm pretty sure I got it on clearance for a buck. There's no way this is worth $15.

I used the DMC conversion, which honestly looks better than the cover photo... and since I think this finished project isn't very nice either, just imagine how gross the model looked. The colors are so boring and uninspired and I feel like I should have made an effort to change/improve them more than I did, but eh. The motifs are boring too. The cow and pig didn't even have eyes charted, which was incredibly creepy.

Anyway, it's done and I'm glad it's done. And I'm extra glad I didn't spend $15 on this!

Friday, June 01, 2018

Tis the Season - start & finish!

I've had some nerve/tendon issues with my arm so I haven't been stitching much, but I did manage to start and finish Tis the Season by Blackbird Designs in May!

It's stitched with random threads from my stash instead of the pricey silk threads, and I made a bunch of small changes to adjust spacing to my liking. Still thinking I want to redo the snowflake near the bottom that's too close to "etre" but I dunno...

There's supposed to be a snowflake border along the top right, but I chose not to do it (at least for now) because it was very same-y all the way across and I didn't like how it looked. I may go back and add something else later to help square up the entire design visually. Or not. Maybe I'll take out the two half snowflakes above the cardinal (and the two at the left and right borders too?) instead.

Anyway, it's done for now and I'm going to let it rest before making any more changes!

Next up... stitching a bunch of minis in June, I think! I already have a small bag full of mini sized projects that I've been itching to get to. Time to DO IT. :p

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Beaded Dragonfly Tile - finish!

It's hard to believe, but it's done! I started this project over five years ago, when it was still a new release. It spent most of its time chilling in the WIP basket while I worked on other, easier projects, but now it's finished.

I kind of don't know what to do with myself now. I thought about going back to Mushroom & Fern right away, but I think I'm a bit Chatelaine-d out for the moment. Probably going to start something new and relatively easy to give myself a little break before getting back to it. :p

Anyway, here's the beaded beauty!

And some close-up pictures.
This is the part where you pretend not to see all the cat hair. :p


It's stitched pretty much as charted, with a few small changes to backstitch colors for the buds, and I left off the white beads at the base of the tall grass because I like it without them. Oh, and because I stitched on black, I used the variegated silk that was used for the inner border of rhodes stitches in place of the black outer border.