Spring Fairy WIP Update

Well, I got a fair bit finished this week, and I hope to get a couple more parts of her skirt done over the weekend.  I’m aiming to finish the entire skirt by the end of next weekend, but we’ll see how that goes.  If all goes well, I’ll have her done in another month.

D’oh!

So there I was, happily stitching away one evening.  I eventually got one color in a section complete and put my stitching away for the day with that sense of satisfaction of a job well done.

The next day, I pick up my stitching to start the next color, which according to the chart was a shade darker than the stitching from the previous day.  (You can sense where this is going, can’t you?).  After a couple more hours of stitching, I finish that color, and stare at my design.  ‘Why’, I ask myself, ‘do I not see any proper shading here?’ I check my thread number against the symbol I stitched.  Yes, it is in fact the correct color.

It is also the color I used the day before for the first symbol.  Which was not, in fact, the right color to have been stitching with.

Well, there went that ‘job well done’ feeling.  SIGH…

So yes, I did have to spend an hour or so pulling out several hours worth of stitching from the previous day so I could stitch it all in the correct color.  Fun times.

Yeah, sometimes I really wonder where my brain is hiding…

Spring Fairy WIP Update

I am pleased to announced that I have completed the top half of the Spring Fairy.  Yay!  Of course, the bottom half has about twice as much stitching as the top half, so it won’t go quite as quickly.  But she is sure looking good.  🙂

Change is good…very, VERY good

It’s interesting to be confronted with the reality of how one’s stitching changes over time.  I suppose it happens gradually, so you don’t really notice it.  But I have just seen proof that my earlier pieces were really, really messy!

I am in the process of cleaning/re-framing one of my earlier pieces that was a gift for my mother.  It’s been hanging on the wall for 15 years or so, and has gotten some minor debris inside the glass. When I removed the piece, I flipped it over, and was mortified by what I found.  Did I really have such messy backs on my pieces?  It was horrifying!  I didn’t even have threads tucked under properly!

Of course, I didn’t really have a teacher, and pretty much had to learn new stitches and techniques myself over the years.  And the ‘Interwebz’ was not really an option waaaaaay back then.  I was lucky to be able to use a computer at the school to type up a paper, forget having one at home!  I suppose I never realized the little things I’ve picked up over the years.

But I know you’re dying of curiosity, so here are pics for the sake of comparison:

Example from the 90s

Current example

All I can say is, don’t get discouraged if you are a new stitcher.  After all, as long as the front of your design looks nice, that is all anyone will ever see.

Until, of course, you re-frame it in 20 or 30 years…

Spring Fairy WIP Update

She looks much better now that she has a face.  😀

And can I say those little ribbons are a complete pain to stitch?  Just 4 stitches or so of a color, then switching to the next color.  And the color changes aren’t quite close enough to be able to carry the thread, so I had to keep ending and beginning.  Those ribbons took as long to do as all the hair.  Bleh.

Spring Fairy WIP Update

You have no idea how happy I am to be stitching this one again.  Pretty, pretty Polstitches fabric…

Incidentally, to anyone reading this who works with me, be extremely careful if planning to walk around barefoot in my cubicle.  I managed to drop a shiny gold needle on the dark blue, low-pile carpet, and can’t seem to find it.  Woo-hoo, my first lost needle of this project!  😀

Freebie charts!

Of course you like free charts, who doesn’t?  And if you like designs by Teresa Wentzler, you will love these!

Teresa Wenzler has some absolutely gorgeous fantasy designs available.  I especially enjoy the dragons.  I wouldn’t recommend the majority of her patterns for beginner stitchers, as there are a lot of blended colors involved, and those can be confusing for newbies.  But really, the designs themselves are worth it if you just take it slow and easy.  Plus if you’re not ready to tackle a larger pattern, these freebies are the answer!  I don’t know how I’ve managed to miss them all this time…

Teresa Wentzler’s Freebie Design List

My personal favorite is Tempest, and I think I will stitch him in blues and greens.  You know, at some point in the far flung future when I actually have space on my stitch list.  🙂

Image © TW Designworks

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