Monthly Archives: May 2009

Embroidery Project with Cross Stitch- Papillon 2009 SAL, Castles in the Air, Part 1

Delicate, Light, and rather Elegant!

pap part1 portrait

I’ve never been one for samplers, but lately, the email groups that I’m part of have chatted about Papillon Creations’ 2009 Stitch Along Mystery Sampler, Castles in the Air.  You are supposed to use the 10 charted colors and choose 11 colors on your own to finish off the color chart. I took to the challenge and sought out  fabric, thread and beads that I had on hand and decided to join in.

pap part1 view 1

This is my Mystery Sampler after completing Part 1. I purchased both the cross stitch version and the specialty version of the SAL. I decided to stitch the specialty version simply because I LOVE EMBROIDERY! Surface embroidery is still my all time favorite needle and thread creation, and this SAL has been surprisingly enjoyable.

pap part1 view 4

The photos don’t show all the ‘bling’  and glitter that really is on this canvas. I used a ‘Vintage Gold’ metallic thread as my one specialty thread. It’s a black with a gold twist wound around it. All in all it gives this part, the Formal Garden, a look of wrought iron. I just love it!

pap part1 view 3

I love this pinkish color. I think these flowers look like hibiscus.

pap part1 view 2

I didn’t keep the original 10 colors assigned. Yes, I know… I cheated. I changed the blues to match the other colors that were free choice. My new ‘peacock blues’ match the hues of my other choices now.

This is the photo that I sent in to be uploaded on Papillon Creations website. Hopefully, my Part 1 will show up here soon.

aliciaInHawaii Papillon SAL part 1 PHOTO

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun!
smiles,
alicia in Hawaii
http://www.curiosities808.wordpress.com
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Update- I Won!

My wonderful winnings came in the mail today! (see post I Won!)

I wanted to share the news that it has safely arrived here in Hawaii.

I’m so excited! 

Thank you Mel!!!

Won from Mel, Epic Stitching blog

Won from Mel, Epic Stitching blog

Hi Mel,
Whoo hooo!!!!!
I received the Mirabilia Queen today with the little Rayon flosses!
Whoo hooo!
THANK YOU over and over and over and over again!
Thanks for the cute card too.

I will be sure to post to you if/when the Queen is kitted up and stitched.
I’m dreaming of doing her up…will have to figure out what I need
and what I already have here. 😉

Thank you again for ‘enabling’ a fellow stitching addict!


smiles,
alicia in Hawaii
http://www.curiosities808.wordpress.com
http://www.flickr.com/photos/islandgirla_woodworks/sets/
http://www.islandgirla.blogspot.com

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Cross Stitch Project- Update 1, Seasonal Dragons “Summer”, Patricia Allison Chart

Hot Summer Action!

summer dragon page 1 fc

This is the progress of the Summer Dragon after 1 month of stitching! (off and on stitching, not 24/7 stitching…) I feel really good about the progress and I don’t think it will take much more time to finish it up, (less than the 1 year I originally thought it would take). Most of the stitching is in this first page, the other pages are mostly borders of flames…not that the flames are easy, but they certainly aren’t large, monster bodies of teeny tiny quarter stitches all of the same hues! LOL

summer dragon page 1 portrait

In person, the black crystal is shiny and shimmery. It’s all stitched with filament added to black and other dark colors. The dragon is very intricately shaded. Bravo to Patricia Allison! This is a fantastic chart! I love every detail of it!

summer dragon page 1

To stitch up this Bad Boy, I’ve had to take to some creative aids. I’m colorblind and simply CANNOT tell where I’ve left off if I just use a simple pencil to scratch off the chart. I also HAD to enlarge this chart. There is NO WAY I can see the itty bitty marks for the zillion quarter stitches in this chart. NO WAY! I’ve employed the needle holder, all threaded, Mag Eyes…with a 7.0 magnifier…yes, it’s the one I use for micro mini stuff, a TON of different colored pencils, mega charts and two scissors…one I use as a ‘pointer’.

I’ve found out a secret though…and I will be using every bit of it to tame the next page of this moster Summer pattern… I WILL WIN and tame the Summer Dragon! Muwahaha!!!

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun!

smiles,

alicia in Hawaii

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I won!

Whoo hoo!

I entered a contest over at: Epic Stitching and I WON!!!

Thanks Mel!  She gave away some rayon floss and a Mirabilia pattern: Queen of Peace

giveaway1

She has been very generous in hosting this giveaway.

Here is the winning post:  http://epicstitching.blogspot.com/2009/05/we-have-winner.html

and I am so excited!!! I posted this to her blog:

NO WAY MEL!!!!!
I’m so thrilled!!!!! OMG OMG OMG!
I never seem to win anything!!!! OMG!!!!
Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you
You’re so generous to have run this give a way.
My mom will LOVE the queen…question is…do I stitch it FOR her,
or will she LOVE to stitch it up HERself?!
OMG…I’m in total SHOCK!

You’ve totally made my day so special!
Whoo hoo!
smiles,
alicia in Hawaii

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