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05 March 2014

Snow Friends

Short and sweet update on 6 Fat Man which hasn't seen the light of day since May 2012.
This was supposed to be a SAL... Oops!
Progress, finally. Snow Friends is now complete.
Design: Snow Friends
Designer: Lizzie Kate
Fabric: 32 count Picture This Plus Tarnish Belfast linen
Fibers: Hand Dyed Fibers silk
Next up, Snow Fun ^.^

15 January 2014

Another Goodbye...

I'm truly saddened today that a good friend from our NEEDLESnCRAFTS Yahoo Group lost her battle with cancer early this morning.
Last month, members of our group decided to make her a quilt to show her we care. Luckily, with the efforts of all who contributed the blocks, not to mention Zarina's quilting skills, the quilt was finished and delivered to her just this past Saturday.
Not a moment too soon either :(
Words escape me at the moment so I'll just let the pictures do the talking... Janet's Quilt.
My blocks were not on the front of the quilt though due to unforeseen delays. They were sewed onto the back instead.
Paul's remark that the teddies can personally keep Janet company under the quilt when she snuggles under it warms my heart. Giving Janet comfort and company was precisely my thought when I hit on making teddy bear blocks.
We were asked by Mel to take photos of the making progress of our individual blocks so she could compile it into a photo book for Janet to look at in bed while she's recuperating. Sadly, that was not to be.
However, I figured I'll show them here anyway in remembrance of Janet as these were taken for her while thinking of her.
For me, the blocks started out as crude sketches of teddy bears I saw online.
Then they were traced onto a 12" x 12" white/cream based fabric.
We were told by Nik, organizer of Janet's Quilt, that the colour palatte is red, green and blue.
Sewing up the applique pieces...
The bears soaking in the bath.
Red Teddy Bear 
Blue Teddy Bear
My pair of applique teddy bears.
Janet, you will be sorely missed along life's way, quietly remembered every day.
No longer in our life to share, but in our hearts, you're always there.

10 October 2013

For Cathey

I received an email today from Katie letting me know of our dear friend, Cathey's passing. Thank you, Katie, for taking the time to do so. More information on her blog here.
And so, with a heavy heart, I wrote this poem:
Memories cherished, A life well-lived
Pain left behind, Your soul set free
Living With God, Surrounded by angels
Treasured in our hearts, Forever you will be
Rest in peace, Cathey.

05 October 2013

Lady on Fire

After about a week of beading, I finally finished Lady Alexandra yesterday. Coincidentally, I'm currently reading the Hunger Games series so the title is pretty apt ^.^
Here she is, hot off the Q-Snaps.
Design: Lady Alexandra (Red Conversion)
Designer: Mirabilia
Fabric: 28 count Polstitches Taboo opalescent Cashel linen
Fibers: DMC
Embelishment: Mill Hill Beads
Seriously, isn't she pretty?
I know a number of you have been waiting for my conversion and I apologize for the delay. However, before I get to that, I'd like to share with you what I see when I look at her. There are actually very specific reasons I chose to stitch her with the colours I did. So please bear with me and enjoy the close up details :) 
Life doesn't consist purely of black (ribbons) or white (gloves) but many shades of grey in between.
It is also very short. So make the most of it and fill it with colours - the three primary colours - red (dress), blue and yellow (fabric) but above all, fill it with love and passion (red).
Her pose brings to mind of one who dares to follow her heart, in defiance of society's norms...
And her jewelry reminds me to reach for the stars (earring
and ring)
but always stay classy (pearl necklace).
Those are some of the lessons I've learnt in this journey of life, none more sound than just earlier this year... Part of the reason I've been rather quiet.
I gave her brown hair as I aspire to reflect her.
As for the details on her dress, I was aiming for my December birthstone colours -
turquoise (of which the darker version is teal)
and tanzanite,
unwittingly ending up with the vivid jewel tones.
Then there's her pearl and crystal encrusted purse which is probably my most favourite part in the entire design.
How could one not love that? Here, lemme show you another angle. One with a clearer view of her star-shaped ring too.
Anyway, I've made you wait long enough. Here's my long overdue conversion of Lady Alexandra in red. Any floss or beads not listed remains unchanged.

Hair
  • DMC 677 - DMC 433
  • DMC 680 - DMC 938
  • DMC 829 - DMC 3371
  • DMC 3371 - DMC 310
  • DMC 3822 - DMC 898
  • DMC 3823 - DMC 434

Ribbons
  • DMC 310 - DMC 310
  • DMC 794 - DMC 414
  • DMC 3841 - DMC 415
  • DMC 3799 - DMC 3799
  • DMC Blanc - DMC 762

Dress
  • DMC 611 - DMC 816
  • DMC 677 - DMC 666
  • DMC 834 - DMC 321
  • DMC 3787 - DMC 814
  • DMC 3799 - DMC 3021
  • DMC Blanc - DMC 892

Flowers on Dress
  • DMC 156 - DMC 598
  • DMC 552 - DMC 333
  • DMC 3746 - DMC 3809
  • Mill Hill 18826 - Mill Hill 18812

Swirls on Dress
  • DMC 552 - DMC 3809
  • DMC 3746 - DMC 3809
  • Mill Hill 60168 - Toho 11/0 seed beads Ceylon Lt Sea Green Nr. 11-920 Turquoise/Mill Hill 03507*
  • Mill Hill 42014 - Mill Hill 42014/Mill Hill 10003 if using Mill Hill 10079*
  • Mill Hill 40252 - Toho 15/0 seed beads Silver-Lined Teal Nr. 27BD/Mill Hill 10079*

Sparkles on Dress
  • Mill Hill 02017 - Mill Hill 02010

Earring
  • Mill Hill 12165

Ring
  • Mill Hill 12299

*The first is what I actually used and the later is the substitute option given.

Hope that's clear enough. Feel free to comment or email me if you have additional questions.
Happy Stitching!

30 September 2013

Over 2? Over 1?

Today, I had a friend asked me to explain the difference between over 2 and over 1 stitching. On top of that, to complicate matters, there's also 2 over 2, 2 over 1, 1 over 2 and 1 over 1. Whoa... What?
To new stitchers, all that might sound pretty daunting. Still, let me try to shed some light on the subject.
Over 2 and over 1 stitching mainly refers to stitching on evenweave or linen. The stitches are made over 2 fabric threads or over 1 fabric thread. The first number on the other hand indicates the number of strand of floss used. Have I confused you enough yet?
I have to admit I was having trouble explaining partly due to the lack of quality illustrations online... at least none that I could find. Then again, it could be because I'm just a really bad teacher :P
When all else fails... Improvise. Thus, I hope this piccie would benefit all budding evenweave/linen stitchers out there and those who would like to give stitching over 1 a go.
Gotta love my L baby (macro lens) ^.^
*Click to biggify*
As you can see, stitches using two strands of floss are made with two colours to clarify matters. 2 over 1 stitches are usually half stitches as 2 over 1 cross stitches would be too bulky.
I understand this question has also surfaced numerous times in regards to over one skin stitching. Basically, every over 2 cross stitch would be converted to four tiny over 1 stitches. It is however personal preference on which you choice you make.
Here are a couple of photos for your reference. Human skin usually has very fine appearance and the texture of the different size stitches portrays that.
I prefer 1 over 1 cross stitches though that could be a problem if a design consists of tweeding (blended floss). To overcome this, a cross stitch could be made with the bottom leg stitched with the darker floss while the top leg stitched with the lighter floss.
The rest are self explanatory, I hope? Feel free to comment or email me if you have any more questions.
Happy Stitching!

27 September 2013

Pumpkins for Cathey

Today is Pumpkin Day. Happy Blogoversary, Cathey!
As some of you may know, Cathey has been battling cancer for some time now. Her strength and sense of humour during this difficult time has been a constant inspiration to me.
So this is for you, Cathey. Keeping you always in my thoughts, heart and prayers.
Special thanks to Sharon for organizing this event. More information here.

01 September 2013

Another New Start

This is my last WiP pic. I promise. Next one should be a finish. Now if only those beads I ordered would arrive...
Deprived from beading Lady Alexandra, I delved into my stash and pulled out Mermaids of the Deep Blue. Yeah, not like I have dozens of WiPs waiting eh?
This design is very special to me as it's the first Mirabilia I fell in love with. Still, I wonder why I've yet to stitch it. Perhaps it has something to do with the number of fabrics I've bought for it that just doesn't seem quite right.
Clockwise from top left:

Oh, don't get me wrong, each and every one of them is certainly pretty enough in their own right but somehow, just not the one for Mermaids of the Deep Blue, know what I mean? Sigh! OCD much?
Finally, I decided to go a different route. I ordered Crafty Kitten's opalescent cashel Aurora, requesting that it has minimum green than normal. It arrived on Wednesday.
Holy moly, my hunt for the perfect fabric is finally over. I'll be starting Mermaids of the Deep Blue the moment this post goes up ^.^ I have to admit though that I didn't come up with this idea solely on my own. I've seen plenty of mermaids, including Mermaids of the Deep Blue stitched on this particular hand-dyed fabric and they're all stunning!
Till next time, Happy Stitching!

24 August 2013

Pandora

Before I show you Lady Alexandra's progress today, I'd like to share with you a side hobby of mine which I just got into early this year.
As those of you who've read my previous post know, I've had the chance to visit Melbourne, Australia and Bangkok, Thailand earlier this year. Now, I've never been big on buying souvenirs but I wanted something to remember the trips by. I didn't want a dime a dozen souvenirs like key chains, postcards or magnets.
With that in mind, I hit on the idea of charm bracelet. I ended up choosing Pandora as it's widely available in many countries. Here's my first bracelet with a travel theme. Each charm holds a specific memory or memories.
After that, came this ocean/marine bracelet because not only did I spent a lot of time on the beaches in Australia and Thailand, I also visited the aquariums in both cities.
Which brings me to what I really wanted to show you... my cross stitch bracelet. With my long time love for cross stitching, how could I resist making a bracelet to represent this hobby of mine?
An x-stitch charm with the stitches in gold. I'll admit part of the reason I took these photos was because I wanted to play with my 100 mm macro lens aka "L Baby". Yes, my camera and lens are my babies ^.^
A scissors charm. The reason these charms seemed littered with scuff marks is due to the macro power of the lens. Every tiny imperfect detail that's normally invisible to the naked eye has been enhanced tenfold.
And my very own frog prince. Isn't he charming with his golden crown? Hopefully he'll keep all frogs away from my stitching from now on.
Anyway, on to what you actually came here for... Lady Alexandra. (Aren't you tired of her yet? :P) One last shade of red to go.
One last thing, I've decided on Sparklies' Winter Skies for Red. Thank you to everyone who offered your opinions.
Till next time, Happy Stitching!

18 August 2013

Red

Update on Lady Alexandra. My needle sure seems to be smoking. It must be her red dress. She's certainly on fire ^.^
Speaking of red, have you seen Mirabilia's latest design? Introducing Red, aka Red Riding Hood :)
This more detailed photo was provided by Nora on the Facebook Mirabilia group. Check out the beading on her gorgeous red hood.
For the first time ever, I've ordered the chart and kit within 24 hours of a design's release. What can I say? I'm in love.
After that, I went fabric stash diving and came up with two posibilities.
Floss toss for red on Polstitches Avalon Opalescent Cashel.
I'm thinking perhaps an enchanted forest mood on Avalon?
Or Sparklies Winter Skies Opalescent Belfast.
As for this one, the fabric name is kinda self explanatory :P
What do you think? Help! I'm desperate for opinions.