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 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!


  1. Beautiful stitching!!!

  2. I love what you've done with Day and Night on that gorgeous fabric. Very clever! Beautiful stitching. Your new start looks lovely too.

  3. I love your stitching, and I love the fabrics that you choose. I used to think it was sacrilege to use other fabrics than the one the artist/company decides.. but you proved me wrong ! Keep up the good work :)

  4. Hi Melanie,
    Thanks for answering my question:) You are right, we should do what works for us. I think that I have been so afraid of doing it 'wrong' so I've tried to follow 'the order', but now when I'm starting to gain some confidence in my stitching ability I'm going to be more brave. I've already started to add backstitch as I go (instead of at the end), so now I'm going on to have fun with beads and metallics:)
    Thank you for writing such an inspirational blog!

  5. Congrats on the great finish and start Melanie.


  6. She looks amazing! Congrats!

  7. gorgeous finish, love your new start and I am in love with the Autumn fairy ♥

  8. This is so cool.
    Can't wait to see it completed.
    Autumn Fairy is beautiful.
    Congrats on snagging her!

  9. Congratulations on finishing Night Nymph. Now to watch Day Nymph grow. And a big well done on finding your elusive chart. You must be so happy to have her after all these years! :)

  10. Your Night Nymph is really beautiful and I can already see the the Day Nymph will be too. Congratulations on finding your longed for Autumn Fairy. That will make her even more of a pleasure to stitch.

    I've just started a new weekly Stitchery Link Party and I'd love to have you come link up and share your beautiful work with my readers.

  11. Hi dear friend
    wow I adore your fairies .... it is a great work.
    I wish you a beautiful vacation in Italy.

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  13. I was wondering where I could find the conversions for the day nymph. I just love how she turned out. :)

  14. Hi, I️ love your conversion of night nymph, do you have the colors you used listed anywhere?