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.

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

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

  • 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

  • Mill Hill 12165

  • 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!


Belinda said...

she's beautiful Veronica! Where are you going to place her in your home? She will stand proudly that's for sure. So much work, and that beading..gorgeous!! Well done on the conversion too.

Manuela said...

The lady is amazing.
The beads are wonderful.

Greetings, Manuela

Ellen said...

Gorgeous, love her! Love all those beads!


Lisa V said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! The red just pops on that fabric.

Giovanna said...

Oh my goodness, how wonderful she is! You must (imperative!) be very, very proud of her. The close-ups on the beading and over-1 stitching are just mind-boggling. Congratulations on the great finish.

Margaret said...

She's so so beautiful! Love the colors so much! Congratulations!

ricketyjo said...

Just gorgeous!!! Those reds and the beads, oh my goodness, how beautiful! You must be so pleased!

Sally said...

Wow she is beautiful! So elegant.

zoom-zoom said...

Definitely a beautiful piece. Creative choice of colors and neatly delicate beading. Patience and Perseverance. Brilliantly captured through equally skillful camerawork. Kudos!

Vicky L said...

Stunning! Gorgeous! Congratulations on a brilliant finishes. Your changes are perfect

Christine S said...

She's gorgeous! Congratulations on a great finish!

Anonymous said...

you did a great job, every colour choice so meaningful. thank you for taking the time and explain - through delightful pictures! :)
what will you be working on now?
happy xxx,

Rosine said...


Le trame della Galaverna said...

She is fantastic. Great work. Very fashion. :) Giovanna

Shebafudge said...

Stunning! Absolutely stunning!!

Meari said...

She is gorgeous!

Irene said...

Bellissimo, complimenti

Kate said...

Congratulations. She is stunning. You have done a wonderful job.

♥ Nia said...

Stunning!!! :D

Terri said...

Oh wow, she's gorgeous!! Great work!!

Catherine said...

Absolutely stunning!! The beading is fabulous!!

Lillie said...

Absolutely a 'WOW' !
She is stunning, a labour of love I must say, well done and congrats!

Wagapapa said...

What a beautiful finish! Love the texture of the 2 over 1 for the skin and the 2 over 2 for the rest of the stitching.
Have a nice day! xoxo

Carol said...

I really enjoyed this post, Veronica, and reading about what each part of her signifies to you... It sounds like you've had a rough patch earlier in the year and I do hope things are on course again...

Your finish is absolutely breathtaking! A true labor of love and patience...

Zeb said...

On fire!? Indeed... but elegant, classy and lucious too :)

She is beautiful and so unique! And the close ups also show what an amazing stitcher you are!

fyi next tutorial you do, should be on how you take such amazing photos of your stitching :)

Julie said...


DJ said...

Amazing, and I love the story you told as you showed us your version. Having those changes makes it so very unique to you. What a lovely piece!! You are one talented lady! *Hugs*

valerie said...

Gorgeous!! I love your conversion Veronica. It turned out fabulous!

Melanie said...

So so so so gorgeous. Just stunning. LOVE the ring and earring stars.
Congrats on finishing her!! :)

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

You have stitched an amazing conversion.

I really enjoyed seeing the close-ups and reading your explanations for each choice.

bruja BARRERA said...

hola, me encanta el cambio que le has dado, quiero hacerle pero tengo algun problema con los colores de los mill hill beads. Podrias ayudarme?? muchas gracias. mi correo es

Eugenia Maru said...

¡Maravilloso! no hay otra palabra. te felicito.

Joysze said...

Ok!! Way late seeing this. She's stunning, Veronica! :D