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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Bow to the Queen

As promised Spring Queen:

It took me 10 hours to get all the beads on her, so you get all the close ups in their glory.
There were quite a few beads in her hair but I think Winter Queen had more. I vaguely remember having to leave out several beads in Her Winteriness' tiara to get it to sit properly. Or maybe I'm better at getting beads to sit now? I love how snooty her face looks.
Most of the beading was the detail on the border. At times it was a nightmare to get it to fit in the right place, especially the bits where it's a solid block of beads. These are the medium-ish beads. There's a smaller size that Nora uses that sits better but is more expensive. I think back when this chart was released Mill Hill didn't have that type available. I could have probably switched to it but they're a bit more expensive (and I used the medium ones on Winter Queen, so I had to maintain symmetry).
Fancy sleeve! I couched the necklace. I actually find it easier to couch metallics than backstitch them and there's no broken line effect so it's prettier!
While all the baby's breath (that's what those flowers are, right?) have beads there actually aren't any in the flowers themselves. It's a bit weird because the leaves on the dress have beads. I think the flowers are the biggest patch without beads. I could've swapped some in but that would involve too much work ;)
The brooch/pin/ribbon holding thing. When I was first stitching it I thought the whole thing was beaded and wasn't looking forward to trying to fit the beads in such a block, but it's actually half-beads half-metallic so it was easy. I had to look twice because I was expecting to use only red beads to fit the pink ribbon so I was thrown off by the blue and purple.
The ribbon is actually pretty interesting: there are beads on one side and the side where it's twisted around are metallic. I didn't realize this when I started beading because I thought it was all beads and I had to break out my Kreinik again every time I got to another bit of ribbon because I hadn't stitched it.
A shot of her upper body because I think the first picture shows off the dress but reduces the impact of the upper portion.

And finally, with her fellow Queen:
In a weird coincidence it took me about 170.5 hours for each queen. I always planned on stitching both of them, so I mirror imaged Spring so they'd be facing each other. I have no plans to stitch Autumn and Summer. Summer because she doesn't have the same pose and Autumn because I really don't like the colours.

I know the fabrics look very different but they are actually both white lugana. Oh well, if they aren't it's far too late now!


TitleSpring Queen
DesignerMirabilia
Start dateJanuary 1, 2011
Finish dateSeptember 11, 2013
Total time170.5 hours
Fabric32 ct white lugana
Floss DMC and beads as charted
Kreinik 002 instead of DMC 5832

30 comments:

Mouse said...

simply stunning both of them :0 and love how you have couched down the necklace :) love mouse xxxxx

Manuela said...

Gratulation. It's amazing.

Greetings, Manuela

Yvon (jioya) said...

you did a great job on both of them!

hugs yvon.

Nina-hobbysite said...

Very beautiful! I like the beads.

gracie said...

So beautiful...wonderful ...

Pull the other thread said...

Both are very beautiful. Well done on the finish.

Catherine said...

Very beautiful!! Thanks for the close ups of the beading ~ love how you did the necklace!

Vickie said...

Wow! Just gorgeous!

Lesleyanne said...

She is stunning.

Julie said...

She is just perfect,congrats.

valerie said...

Congratulations on your finish! Spring Queen is gorgeous! Love all the close up shots to see the detail. She is very blingy. I didn't realize she had so many beads! A great companion to Winter Queen. :)

Shebafudge said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations!

Marlene Jones said...

Stunning, stunning, stunning, well done it's great.

Faith... said...

She is beautiful! Thanks for the close ups - your work looks gorgeous!

Minnie said...

They are absolutely gorgeous and you should be very proud of the work you have done on them. Now you can give the royal wave and head nod to your subjects.

Angela P said...

She is simply gorgeous! Love her so much I just might have to add her to my Mira stitching list :)

Carol said...

Oh, what a stunning finish!! Congratulations--all your hard work really paid off :)

Melissa said...

Beautiful! I didn't realize she had so many pretty beads! Congrats on your finish :)

Myra said...

YOU my dear are the queen of stitching these beautiful ladies. Just beyond gorgeous!

demeter83 said...

Wow, that's an impressive amount of beading, she looks fantastic, congratulations!

Karen said...

Beautiful finish! They are going to be so pretty together.

happy stitching....

Tatkis said...

She is perfect! All those beads - so beautiful!
Congratulations on your finish.

Hugs,
Tatyana

Karoline said...

She's stunning, congratulations

Toni said...

Congratulations! I love your Queens. And your detail work on Spring Queen is si oky stunnging.

Teresa S. said...

Lovely, lovely work! Congrats on a beautiful pair!

Sharon said...

She looks amazing! Congrats!

Bonnie Brown said...

WOW
Stunning!

Aurelia Eglantine said...

Beautiful finishes! The way that the queens mirror each other is genius, they'll look so beautiful framed :) All the close-ups of the beading were amazing to see!

Miss Lilly said...

Beautiful stitching!

ricketyjo said...

Congratulations on your finish, the beading looks so pretty!