Friday, July 4, 2014

Gigi is finished!

She's been finished for a while, but I was lazy and took a few days to get around to ironing the linen. Here she is, on an opal Belfast Silkweaver solo:

I think the fabric does a nice job of emphasizing the blues in the dress, even though the design uses more than one skein of black floss. I was going to start Luna after Gigi, but Luna also uses more than one skein of black, so I'm going to take a break for a bit. I've kitted up Nora's Azalea, which is extremely bright and cheerful, so I'll probably start that soon.

I also finished part 1 of The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery's Mysterious Halloween Town Club, on a piece of PTP Edinburgh:

It has been fun playing with the colors in this one, and I even added the hollow in the tree with the eyes peering out. Frankie was originally charted with an orange jacket and purple pants, but as soon as I saw him I thought he looked just like Michael Jackson; thus, the red jacket, black pants and white sock and glove!

I picked up part 8 of the Frosty Forest series, but I'm having a hard time making myself work on it. I am really glad it's only a 9-part series, instead of 12! As long as I get it done before the last part is released, I'll be happy.

Instead of getting caught up with FF, I suddenly had the urge to pull an old piece out of the Bucket o'WIPs. I started this design when it was released six years ago, because I wanted to see if would look good on the fabric I chose, which is PTP Crystal Monster Mash Belfast. After deciding that the fabric worked, it disappeared into the Bucket, slowly getting buried in a mountain of WIPs; here is where I left it:

A few weeks ago, I was going through the Bucket, neatening up the folded pieces, and I found this again. It's been niggling at me ever since, so Wednesday I pulled it out and actually worked on it! Here is how it looks as of last night:

Isn't it cute? The window ledges are little "bones", and there are just all kinds of other neat details. I am really enjoying this, so hopefully it will never go back into the Bucket.

For those in the US, have a terrific (and safe) July 4th; hope everyone else has a great stitchy weekend!


  1. Fantastic finish! The fabric is perfect for her. Great new start on the Halloween mystery SAL, and your older WIP is really cute!

  2. Absolutely wonderful
    She i so beautiful.
    I love colors and fabric.
    I think i wiil stirch her.

  3. Beautiful finish! I love your 2 Halloween projects. They look like fun stitching.r

  4. I love how it looks like she's looking up into the clouds. I didn't realize how large the Mirabilia designs are I've never stitched them. I think I may have to start after I finish my current projects. Looking forward to seeing more Red when you get back to her. Loving all the Halloween ones though :)

  5. That Frosted pumpkin sal is just so cute and Gigi looks gorgeous.

  6. Gigi turned out so pretty.
    The mystery is cute too.
    Love your changes to Frankie. lol
    He really does look like Michael.
    Great start on the Hollow Tree Houses.
    Those will look great on the Monster Mash.

  7. OMG!!! The halloween one you started looks so great!! I have fallen in love with frosted pumpkin stitchery!!! I just started their summer sampler last night. Do you stitch with qsnaps, scroll frames or in hand? I am always curious at others habits.

    1. I started with a hoop, but once I discovered Qsnaps about 8 or 9 years ago, I've never looked back! I have no idea how people who stitch in hand maintain good tension.

  8. Congrats on the gorgeous finish Melanie. Love the one you dug out of the bucket.


  9. Oh, she is gorgeous. As are all the WIPs.

  10. Wow! Gigi looks amazing, that fabric sets her off perfectly. Well done on a beautiful finish!