Sunday, June 12, 2011

never enough Cirque & a cute needlebook!

Not much excitement around these parts, though I did manage to put nearly 10 hours into Cirque since my last post.

Here's how it looks at 47.75 hours!
I'm kinda mad that I ran out of red before finishing in the upper right. Oh well. :p

click here for full size! :D

The more interesting stitch this week was made by my girlfriend, who stitched up a sweet little needlebook (needlecase?) featuring some cute birdies. :3 It's a freebie design from a German stitcher named Sylvia K (link goes directly to the featuring post). The site and pattern are in German but it's easy enough to follow!

click here for full size! :D

click here for full size! :D

click here for full size! :D

click here for full size! :D

The needlebook is part of a set that also includes a scissor case, scissor fob, biscornu, and a pincushion, so expect to see more shiny things soon. :D

Saturday, June 04, 2011

back to Cirque!

Now that my latest mermaid is finished, it's back to Cirque des Cercles! This will be my focus piece until I finish... or until I get distracted by some other shiny thing. :p My goal for this weekend is to finish filling in the smaller circles at the top (well, it's the bottom in the pic). Should be easily achieved since I'm almost done.

And, okay, having a billion more episodes of Sherlock Holmes to watch is definitely a motivation. No more TV unless I'm stitching! :p

So here we have Cirque at 38.5 hours!

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Annnnd... that's all to report! :p

Thursday, June 02, 2011

MM is done!

BAM. Finished Mediterranean Mermaid over the long weekend, but of course I was too lazy to post until now! She's really close to the edge on both sides, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that her tail has a little more room. I'll probably just sew a strip of fabric to both sides so I can frame her - I still have plenty of the fabric seeing as I was so stingy with how much I used for her!

I still need to order the swarovski crystals that go on her, but I'll pick them up next time I order from Artbeads. Seriously, all these "treasures" and stuff are outrageously priced. The teardrops for this lovely lady are 66 CENTS EACH. The best price I saw on the repackaged "treasures" was $2.30 EACH. Where's my eyeroll smiley?

Anyway, enough snarking! Here's the beaded babe. :) I changed her tail to grey - as much as I like green, it seemed totally out of place. I also swapped out whatever the other treasures were for some 4mm blue swarovski bicones I had on hand, much prettier than the dark ones originally used. Oh, and her lips are a nice red, not a pale pink. WAIT, one more - I gave her more of a bust, because mermaids aren't supposed to be flat-chested! :p

I'm very satisfied with the changes I made... but I think I'll have to go back and give her an eyebrow before I'm totally content! :p

Next up... Cirque des Cercles!