Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Last Update, I Swear

I know I said the last post would be the last update of the year, but I had to post this picture.

Can you believe this small amount of stitching took almost 7 hours! Now, I REALLY understand what everyone is talking about. This does not bode well for the rest of this project.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Last Update of 2013

I'm happy to say that Peacock Tapestry is leaving 2013 on a high note. I cannot believe the amount of progress I've made in less than 6 months.

Yesterday I finished stitching the peacock, although there is still back-stitching to do (I'll do those as I go). This part went by so fast and I really enjoyed stitching it. I'm very glad I decided to stitch him in 2 parts. It allowed me to take a break from the blending filament. So when I went back to using it, it wasn't so bad.

Here's a last look at Peacock Tapestry for 2013:

Now as for my other projects. I've been terribly neglectful. And I should feel terrible, but I don't because, one: I only have 2 other projects in pending, and two: who could feel terrible at this amazing progress :)

Here's to hoping that 2014 will be this great =D and inspire excellent stitching mojo (and bring lots of stash!).

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Trees in The Grove

I finished another part of Peacock Tapestry. This part was all half cross-stitches. It was kind of hard finding places to anchor the thread and you do NOT want to see the back.

All in all, Teresa Wentzler is a genius. Stitching this part in half stitches really gives a fare away look for these trees.

Here is what the Tapestry looks like so far. I'm very happy with my progress so far, but I'm starting to get worried about something. When I took it off the frame I noticed a slight warp in the fabric about mid-way through the tapestry. I'll have to do some research to see if there is anything I can do to fix that.

Tiny Fantasy Kingdom Over 1

I actually finished Tiny Fantasy Kingdom a while ago. I was so into stitching it I finished it in a week. I really enjoyed working on this (I love 1 over 1 patterns).

This is one of the patterns from the Creative Festival and is from Dragon Dreams by Jennifer Aikman-Smith. It's mainly DMC, but it also uses Caron Waterlillies which I've never stitched with before. Let me tell you it was a dream stitching with it it's so soft =D

Jennifer was kind enough to give me permission to post pictures. So here it is! It is really small and I'm not sure what to do with it, but it's so cute. The entire time I was stitching it, I kept waiting for a dragon to show.

One thing I love about stitching over 1 is the back. If you stitch it right, it will look exactly like the front.

Even though this pattern was created for the Creative Festival, it will eventually be made available for sale by Dragon Dreams on their site. Jennifer did mention though that she has a few kits left over from the festival that she will put up for sale on eBay (once she has time to do so). I'll post up an update here if I get a link.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Quick Update

I just wanted to post a quick update of my current progress on Peacock Tapestry.

One thing I realized is that I don't like stitching in tent stitch. I don't like how messy it makes the back, especially with popcorn stitches. This means that when I finally to stitch an HAED, it will not be stitched in tent stitches.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

December TUSAL

It's the last TUSAL of the year! I'm a little late putting this up. I haven't really stitched on any of my projects for 2 weeks. Most of the thread you see at the top is from a project I had to work on for someone (doesn't the thread look pretty next to the green from Peacock's Tapestry?) Anyways, here is a picture of all of the threads from this year's TUSAL together:

All in all a very productive year. Can't wait to see how much I accumulate next year :)