Monday, May 4, 2015

A finish, a WIP and a trip...

...oh my!

I finished up Day Nymph last week, and just love how the entire piece turned out! From conception (3/16/15):


To completion (4/28/15):


The fabric is called Darkness Falls, on opal Belfast; Leslie at Under The Sea Fabrics created it for me just for this piece, but liked it so much that she added it to her regular line. It is a gorgeous fabric!

Here is Night Nymph:


And Day Nymph, in her sunrise-colored dress:


My wonderful husband got me a gift certificate for our 24th wedding anniversary to get some framing done, and I think I'll take Charlotte and the Nymphs (sounds like a singing group!) in when I get back from Italy.

For my next project, I pulled Mirabilia's Titania from the Bucket o'WIPs, where she has been residing for 10+ years. She had the misfortune to be started on the recommended fabric, as this was right before I discovered hand-dyed fabrics, and I just have a hard time working on such a bland color. However, she is much too pretty to never finish, so finish her I shall!

Here is where I left off many years ago:


And here she is as of yesterday:


Mostly I've just added the back stitching and beads, and worked a bit on the ribbons. She has such a beautiful face:


I've always thought that Titania, Midsummer Night's Fairy and Adia have three of the prettiest Mirabilia faces.

This will probably be my last post until the later part of May, as I leave for The Primitive Hare stitching retreat in Italy this coming Sunday. I'm due home on the 20th, and I imagine it will take a bit of time to get back in the swing of things here at home. Hopefully, I'll have lots of beautiful pictures to share in my next post.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week (and month!); arrivederci!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Ah, spring in Wisconsin!

Contrary to my previous post, in which I didn't stitch as much as usual due to wonderful, springtime weather, this past week was more typical of a Wisconsin spring: cold, windy, rainy and even snowy a couple of days. Not so great for being outside, but terrific stitchy weather!

I spent all day this past Saturday down in my craft room with my kitties. Here's Gracie, sharing "her" table with me while we watch a marathon of "My Cat From Hell" episodes:


I hope she didn't pick up any bad habits!

I couldn't quite finish Day Nymph, but she's getting close:


A bit more of the Orange Blossom Valdani floss, then some Kreinik and the beads and she'll be done. I'm really happy with her dress; I wanted it to have the colors of a sunrise, and the silks I used had nice blends of pink, peach and orange. 

Another couple of days and the whole piece will be done:


Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Day is emerging

I must have a bit of spring fever, as I haven't been in the mood to stitch much lately. It's been so nice outside that I've been going for walks and working in the yard, which leaves me too tired to do much stitching.

However, I did get a bit more done on Day Nymph:


I'm hoping to finish the top wings in the next couple of days; I'm looking forward to seeing them with all the beads attached.

Here's the entire piece so far:


Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Night Nymph is finished!

I finished Night Nymph last Friday, and am really happy with how she turned out:


I'm even more excited to see the rest of my "vision" for these two come to life, as Day Nymph starts to make an appearance:


Here's a closer picture of Day:


The colors in her wings are even prettier than Night's, and I can't wait to get the wings stitched! I'm hoping I can get this piece finished before my trip to Italy, which is now in a bit less than a month.

I'm also excited because I finally obtained a kit that was "the one that got away" (I think most stitchers have at least one chart/kit that they really, REALLY want!). It is a kit by Vervaco, called Autumn Fairy, and it was a Herrschner's exclusive about 10 years ago. I finally found one, and I think she will be my next start:


Finally, I had a question from my last post that I thought I would answer here:

"It is soo beautiful!! I can see that you have already added some beads? How is that working? When I read advice in magazines they always say to do them last..? I've just started using beads, but they still scare me, the little things...haha!"
Annie, I think the only rule to cross stitching should be that the top leg of every stitch should go in the same direction; everything else is fair game! I also used to do everything in a particular order: stitch with floss, then add any metallic threads, then back stitch, then add beads...now I just do what works for me. 
I start from the top of a design and work my way down, extending my QSnaps as the piece grows. On larger designs, the QSnaps can get pretty big by the end, and I wouldn't be able to go back and stitch comfortably on such a large frame. So, before I add extensions, I finish up each part as I go, including the beads. Honestly, I think you should do whatever works best for YOU--the stitchy police will never catch you! ;)
Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Progress!

Except for a bit of a cough, I'm back to normal, and I was able to make quite a bit of progress on Night Nymph this past week. On Friday I added the bling to the top portion:


My husband and son were out of town for the weekend, so I was able to get a lot done over the past couple of days; here she is as of last night:


I'm thinking I might be able to finish her up this week; I'm looking forward to starting Day Nymph below her and see my vision for these designs come to life.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Not a lot of stitching...

...to report on this week; my son brought a nasty flu home from school, and just as he and my husband were getting over it it knocked me for a loop! Yesterday afternoon was the first time I even felt like stitching since last Thursday.

Before I got sick I stitched up Just Nan's Snow Deer as a commissioned piece:


Then I started Mirabilia's Night Nymph, and got a wing done (except for the beads) before the worst of the flu hit me:


And here she is as of last night:


I was hoping to get to her dress by now, since I'm anxious to see if the colors I chose are going to "work", but I couldn't get that far. It might be a little while before I finish the other wing, as I'm still feeling a bit out-of-it; I feel a nap coming on in the not-so-distant future!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Charlotte is done!

I finished her up at about 10pm last Thursday, so I was able to spend the weekend at my mom's in total relaxation, without an almost-finish bugging me! Here she is, on Sugar Maple Fabrics Shimmering Nightshade linen:


And a close-up of the gorgeous embellishments in her hair:


I'm so pleased with how she turned out, on a fabric that seems to have been created just for her. Now to save up some money to have her framed! An added bonus is that she was on my original list of WIPs to be slain, so I'm now at the halfway mark on that.

I need to get some housework done now, and stitch up an ornament, and then I'll be starting another Mirabilia project. This is one that I've been thinking about for a while, and just needed the "right" fabric for it; well, Leslie at Under The Sea Fabrics created that fabric for me. It is called Darkness Falls, and I'm going to be stitching Day and Night Nymphs on it:


Night will be at the top right, in a green dress, with Day below, in a dress the color of a sunrise. I am really excited to see if I can bring my vision of this piece to life. :)

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!