She is done!!!

I have just put the last bead in… I wasn’t going to finish her tonight but the cat curled up on my lap and was purring away so I just kept beading and beading…

I don’t know how many beads were in her tail, but there were an awful lot of just one colour. It does make her pretty and three dimensional though 😀

Now my net is going monstrously slowly and its taking 40 minutes for my photos to upload…

waiting for ships,mirabilia

waiting for ships,mirabilia

waiting for ships,mirabilia

waiting for ships,mirabilia

waiting for ships,mirabilia

And because her hands were bothering me Water Goddess backstitched hands
water goddess

Her top half is completely done!!!

My goal was to get the top half of her completely done this weekend, and I achieved that 😀 YAY!!!!
waiting for ships,mirabilia

waiting for ships,mirabilia

waiting for ships,mirabilia

waiting for ships,mirabilia

And because I achieved my goal, I started Water Goddess – 32ct Cotton Candy from EF was the end choice. I am hoping the starquest will work the the air goddess when she is released 😀

water goddess,joan elliot

BLING!

Today I started adding the bling to Waiting for Ships after finishing all the backstitch (which actually took a lot longer than I thought – but I think that was partly because I as getting distracted by the movie I had on)… Anyway, her headpiece is gorgeous. I tried to take a close up but I think my hands were shaking a little so everything was out of focus… sigh… maybe better photos tomorrow, but here she is anyway… her blinged up headpiece:
waiting for ships,mirabilia

waiting for ships,mirabilia

waiting for ships,mirabilia

And I started Lily by Nora Corbett – belfast linen Tutti Frutti by silkweaver

Lily,Nora Corbett

Lily,Nora Corbett

The cross stitching is done :D

Just backstitch and beading to go 😀

waiting for ships,mirabilia

waiting for ships,mirabilia

Most of her dark brown hair…

waiting for ships,mirabilia

waiting for ships,mirabilia

Same two again…

Misty Morning Vineyard is up to where I want it to be… Next time will be another layer in the border, but it can go away for a little bit. Everything but the beading in the centre is now done! Backstitch and all…
mmv

mmv

Basket Weave stitch
mmv

mmv

It might be a little brighter than other versions of it, simply because of my conversion of it. That said, I like it so far.
Also, as it is a symmetrical piece it can be difficult to keep track of top and bottom so this is what I have done:
mmv

And Waiting for Ships – A bit of backstitch and a bit more hair.

may 8th close up 2

may 8th overall

Two WiP updates

She has hair now 😀 Still quite a bit to go though!
waiting for ships,mirabilia

waiting for ships,mirabilia

And Misty Morning Vineyard:
misty morning vineyard

More playing with dyes – Sunset:
dyeing

Marine:
dyeing

I did a few others but need to fix them. They didn’t work out quite as planned 😀

She has a face… sort of…

waiting for ships,mirabilia

Hands… shells… Arms… they are mostly there now…

waiting for ships,mirabilia

Its really interesting the texture of stitches in cotton versus silk. Silk stitches stay feeling soft, whereas cotton closely stiched gets almost a dense, leathery feel to it. There is a definite tactile difference between the silk and cotton stitches.

Just the shoulders, neck, hair and backstitching to go before I get to beading her 😀

Just a little more…

waiting for ships,mirabilia

I feel like I might be getting a cold… sigh…

I have been on a bit of a mad spool ordering from HDF – custom colours themed around her Jadeite (which I adore – its the colour in Dragon Opal that I used for my Cirque Des Cercles that is finished). I have been tossing up what to stitch with it when it gets here. I was thinking a spot sampler of some description, but then I came across the Quaker Seasons of Friendship which is huge but gorgeous. I think it has enough motifs to use a variety of jadeite based colours. Now this may change, but it may be the way I go…

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