Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pedants Unite!

Riding the high from finishing Iris I dug out something I thought wouldn't take too long to finish:
If you're wondering if you've seen that before, the answer is no. I started this in August of last year because I wanted something for Halloween. That was in the middle of my slump so it didn't really go anywhere. It's Prairie Schooler's Sweeping Cobwebs.
Now let's take a moment to be horrified at the appalling (I say appalling!) language error in that chart. "when witches can be seen.. with her" Yes, it's the famous subject-pronoun disagreement. I'm especially sensitive to this because I spend a great deal of Grade 9 being berated by my English teacher for my constant failure to keep this straight. I also had the most horrifying run-on sentences which I'm sure didn't help with keeping everything straight (something I haven't quite gotten over!). But even as I feel in love with the chart I knew that I would never forgive myself if I stitched it as is. And of course, Ms. Robins would never forgive me. That's not very pedantic, you say? There's also only two dots in the ellipsis, which properly has three dots. I fixed that too.

I dutifully recharted it and went on stitching. I was about to start stitching "witch" when I realized I'd added in an extra "e" because apparently my de-pluralization skills are sub-par as well. Thank goodness I caught it before it got too far.
This was a pretty relaxing piece. Four colours, light coloured fabric, large count, lots of individual elements, a very simple border. Big enough for my Q-snap. It stitched up very fast.
I really like these cats. I thought I would like the moon the best since I love PS' laughing crescent moonmen but something about the cats just stole my heart.

And finally both my Prairie Schooler Halloween pieces:
TitleSweeping Cobwebds
DesignerThe Prairie Schooler
Start date August 23, 2012
Finish date July 30, 2013
Total time 26.25 hours
Fabric32 ct Peach Whisper

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Jewel Toned Beauty

Break out the champagne! I've finished Iris B and it is gorgeous!
When I first started this I debated between black or white aida and went with black because I thought it would pop more. Then my lamp died and I regretted my decision. And then I bought a new lamp and now that Iris is done I'm glad I went with black! Isn't that the way of things though: hindsight is 20/20 :)
I made so many changes. The biggest is that I didn't want to use any metallics on 18ct so I switched to DMC. This is what the original looks like.
You really can't see most of the backstitch from a distance but it's quite visible close up.
I have to repeat it again. I just love the colours. They're so bright and look even more gorgeous in person. I can't imagine how incredible it would have been with metallics, but I just love my all DMC version.

TitleIris B
DesignerAaron Art
Start date February 2, 2013
Finish date July 27, 2013
Total time 70.5 hours
Fabric18 ct black aida

Sunday, July 21, 2013

On to the Backstitch

Last time I posted about Iris B I was halfway done with the cross-stitch. As of today I've finished off all the cross stitch and am going to start the back stitching. There's a lot of it and I made so many colour changes that I have to change the back stitch colours too!

Iris B
18ct black aida

This photo is just awful. It really makes the colours look muddy and horrible, but it's all the picture's fault (and this was the best of 10+ photos). I still haven't managed to pick up batteries for my camera. I keep going to the store, buying thing and forgetting the batteries! I even wrote it down and forgot.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

All Caught Up

Just in time for my camera battery to die, so today is a truly horrible photo courtesy of my phone.

25ct Antique White Lugana

I picked up a brand new light so now I can work on darker fabric again! Next up is Iris B.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Second Eye

More progress on Heather. I've raved about the colours in her hair several times, but her eyes are pretty spectacular too. And all the eyeshadow and makeup just makes her irises look amazing.

25ct Antique White Lugana

I have two more columns to finish the 3rd page and then I have to wait. I'm stitching this as part of the current HAED Freebie SAL, and the last part doesn't come out until the end of August.