SAL Update: Green Iguana #2

October 8, 2017 at 5:55 pm | Posted in Embroidery | 17 Comments
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Last time I showed you my start on Green Iguana:

Green Iguana - 20170917

Here’s my progress during the last three weeks:

Green Iguana - Progress 2017-10-08

I’m continuing to work on the lower left quarter and have now reached the lower border with a couple of stitches. Those dark lines are outlining Mr. Iguanas neck and will serve as a guide for filling in his skin in this area, which is confetti central. I’m leaving the lower left corner, which is mostly largish blocks of background, for the days when I can’t face the confetti anymore. The areas at the neck have the smallest structures in the whole picture, so while there will be a whole lot more of iguana skin to stitch after that, it can only get better.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret, Timothy, Heidi, Connie, and Jackie.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

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SAL Update: Seashells #14 and Green Iguana #1

September 17, 2017 at 9:28 am | Posted in Embroidery | 17 Comments
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As promised last time, I’ve got a finish to show to you! Here’s where we were last time:

Seashells 2017-08-27

And here it is, finally finished in all its glory:

Seashells - Finished

There was some adventure involved, the spangles in the right-most shell were actually cut from a coiled wire, which was very finicky – I wouldn’t choose to do this again. The seagrass behind it with gold thread in fly stitch was an absolute joy to stitch in contrast – the gold hand-sew thread that was provided with the kit must be the first gold thread I’ve ever seen that you can actually hand-embroider with without everything falling apart immediately.

Here’s some detail shots of my favourite bits for you to enjoy:

Seashells - Detail

In this close-up you can see the tiny bits of sparkly thread on top of the little shell on the left.

Seashells - Detail

In other news, of course I couldn’t resist starting with Green Iguana before this was finished. But since I promised last time, I did make sure to finish up for this update.

In fact, I’m kind of obsessed with my new project, so I made quite a bit of progress. Here’s what I’m aiming for:

Green Iguana - Pattern

And here’s my start:

Green Iguana - 20170917

I’m working on 25-count evenweave fabric, which makes the stitches pretty tiny, but I love the effect it gives. The place where the needle sticks is the midpoint of the pattern, and I’m planning to work in quarters, since my frame is just big enough to work on one quarter of the pattern at a time. The part at the right is of course confetti central, and I can easily get stuck in the decision which colour to stitch next there. I’m trying to get unstuck by telling myself that it doesn’t really matter – they all need to be stitched eventually! There are huge amounts of background in the lower left, though, so if I need something a bit less strenuous, I can take a break down there.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret, Timothy, Heidi, Connie, and a warm welcome to Jackie, who’s joining us for the first time today!

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Seashells #13

August 27, 2017 at 6:34 pm | Posted in Embroidery | 17 Comments
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We’re really getting somewhere today!

This is how it looked last time:

Seashells 2017-07-23

I finished the silk embroidery soon after that photo was taken, so here it is:

Seashells - Silk Embroidery Finished

And then it was on to adding all the bling using actual gold embroidery!

Here’s where I got to today:

Seashells 2017-08-27

The little shell on the left got some stitches in thin gold thread, this is pretty much invisible in the picture but gives a very understated sparkle in reality. The two  shells in the foreground are a different matter – they’re completely transformed by the goldwork. I’m currently tackling the big shell and am hoping this won’t take as long as the silk embroidery.

I’m very motivated to get this finished soon, since yesterday my next SAL project arrived in the mail! Inspired by Steph’s Big G project I ended up on Etsy looking at the other patterns this vendor sells, and oh my! I totally fell in love with this huge bookshelf, but after some deliberation I decided to go for one of the smaller kits first to test the waters. There’s so many beautiful patterns in different artistic styles on that site that I had a hard time deciding, and finally settled on Green Iguana. Isn’t he pretty? I’m looking forward to working on that one, but first I need to finish my seashells.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret, Timothy, Heidi and Connie.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Seashells #12

August 6, 2017 at 7:05 am | Posted in Embroidery | 14 Comments
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Another tiny bit of progress today! This is the second-to-last shell to embroider.

Previous version:

Seashells 2017-07-16

Today:

Seashells 2017-07-23

 

I learnt a new stitch today! The ridges of the little starfish shell are worked in colonial knots (link to the Youtube video tutorial I ended up using). After the first couple of tries, those were very easy to do.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret and Timothy.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Seashells #11

July 16, 2017 at 10:02 am | Posted in Embroidery | 13 Comments
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Another tiny bit of progress today!

Previous version:

Seashells 2017-06-25

Today:

Seashells 2017-07-16

There’ll be spangles adorning the stripes of this one, and I’ll add the colonial knots where the spangles won’t fit when I’m doing the goldwork. The instructions also say to fill the stripes with satin stitch in the lighter colour of the leftmost shell, but in the photograph on the kit that clearly hasn’t been done, and it’ll be busy enough with the spangles attached, so I’m skipping that part as well.

Just two shells left for the silk embroidery now!

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret and Timothy.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Seashells #10

June 25, 2017 at 8:51 am | Posted in Embroidery | 16 Comments
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In spite of it being way too hot to be doing fine needlework, I’ve managed to get the snail shell done!

Previous version:

Seashells - 2017-06-04

Today:

Seashells 2017-06-25

Only three smallish ones left for the silk embroidery, and then on to bedazzle all of this with lots of gold and glitter.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Wendy, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret and Timothy.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Seashells #9

June 4, 2017 at 12:26 pm | Posted in Embroidery | 15 Comments
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Summer has arrived, and I’ve been preoccupied by another project lately, but still there’s a bit of progress.

Previous version:

Seashells - 2017-05-14

Today:

Seashells - 2017-06-04

Maybe I can finish the snail till next time?

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Wendy, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret and Timothy.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Seashells #8

May 14, 2017 at 7:39 am | Posted in Embroidery | 11 Comments
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We’re on to the next shell today!

Previous version:

Seashells - 2017-04-23

Today:

Seashells - 2017-05-14

The snail is worked in long and short stitch in sections with two colours alternating. I really like the effect, and it’s a lot less tedious to work than all the chainstitch filling before.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Wendy, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret and Timothy.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Seashells #7

April 23, 2017 at 9:54 am | Posted in Embroidery | 15 Comments
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Progress! The big shell with the chainstitch filling is done!

Previous version:

Seashells - progress 2017-04-02

Today:

Seashells - 2017-04-23

There’s just a tiny bit at the bottom left that will be filled with long and short stitch, and then it’s on to shell No. 4.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, SusanP, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Wendy, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret and Timothy.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Seashells #6

April 2, 2017 at 10:05 am | Posted in Embroidery | 13 Comments
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I’ve been a bit preoccupied with another project, so didn’t get anything done before Avis’ reminder Email. To save myself from the embarrassment of not having to show anything at all, I did manage to add a few lengths of thread in the last couple of days.

Last time:

Seashells - 2017-03-12

Current state:

Seashells - progress 2017-04-02

At least the biggest wedges are filled in now, so maybe we can approach the end of the big shell next time? To tame the very unruly thread, I did an experiment and slightly waxed a length of thread in the last full wedge. Thread immediately tamed, but unfortunately the sheen is gone as well, even though you can’t really see the difference in the photograph. I tried to take a close-up, but still coudn’t see the difference. So, back to the original unruly version it is.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, SusanP, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Wendy, Linda and Catherine. Welcome to two new participants, Mary Margaret and Timothy.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

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