December 25, 2009

Circle of Friends

A quick picture update on how Circle is progressing. I've finished the beading and kreinik work for the bottom of all the dresses and it's been so much fun to stitch.

Beading wise, since I'm stitching this on 32ct hand-dyed linen, I've discovered that in sections where the beading is very tight, I had to either slant the beads diagonally or bead them looser. After much thought, I opted for 2 different beading textures:
  1. Inner sections of the bags and the bodices will be beaded diagonally.
  2. All other beads will be beaded either vertically or horizontally, depending on where they're situated.
I'm very pleased with how it's turning out and it's a definite plus to see the shine variance when the light hits.


When I started, I wanted a more mono-color look to the dresses and had decided to switch out all the teal beads from the yellow dress. In the course of stitching, however, I decided I wanted the green/blue dress to have a 'cooler' look and as such, switched out the golds in it for silver beads and kreiniks...


... I love the more 'earthy' look of the yellow dress....


... and only the orange dress is stitched the way it's been charted.

Merry Christmas

Wishing one and all
a blessed Christmas!


December 22, 2009

Torchlight

One would think that not playing games for a while dulls the desire. Oh, I know I'll be in trouble when Diablo 3 is released but since that's at least a year or two away, I thought I was safe and happy in my little stitching world with Circle of Friends.

Well, any good intentions went whizzing out the window when I started playing Torchlight by Runic Games. Gotta love RPGs, yanno, there's nothing like honing a character till (s)he's so powerful that barreling through monsters like a hot knife through butter is nothing but a mere afterthought.

After doing nothing but playing last Friday and Saturday, I'm happy to say that I've reached a happy medium the last few days between gaming and stitching.... so the plans for finishing Circle by year's end is still well within reach.

Let's hope that Brute, Nerd, and Sneak won't be calling too loudly. Yes..... very imaginative names, all. ;)



Seashell Beauty

Finished this in a day for Frank's Christmas present this year. It turned out to be a quick and fun stitch.

by Dimensions Daydream
Finished: December 21st, 2009

December 14, 2009

Japanese Garden Mandala

For my Christmas pressie this year, Alex bought me the kit for Chatelaine's Japanese Garden Mandala. *swoon* I was soooo impressed with packaging from EuropeanXS, that I left everything intact for a few days just to fondle it. LOL!!!


Of course, the colors and silks are just exquisite and after much discussion and fabric layovers, we've decided it'd be best to stitch this on 32ct antique white jobelan. So, come New Year's Day, I'll be jumping in there for the Coven's New Year Start SAL with this beauty. ^.^


December 7, 2009

Circle of Friends Update

I've been remiss at posting updates for Circle of Friends. It's stitching up pretty quickly and it's very enjoyable seeing the girls take shape.

I've opted for a couple of major color changes though.... instead of gold beads and kreinik for the green/blue dress, I'm going with silver. I think the "cool" tones will look better will silver. Also, I really dislike the teal beads with the yellow dress, and as such, will be using dark olive, gold, and brown beads, with gold and brown kreiniks.


Metamorphosis Framed

TA-DAH!!!!! The burgundy velvet is darker in person and picks up on the dark tones in her hair and tail perfectly! :D