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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
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Embroidery as Embellishment- Amigurumi Crochet Butterfly, LadyBug, and Bee Dolls

Hi everyone! Yesterday I did not have any time to finish embroidering the little bears handbag or hat brim, so today I will treat you with a cute little group of friends. Portrait Insect DollsThey are all done with only one stitch, the single crochet. I started with amigurumi (japanese style doll crochet, all done with the single crochet stitch) when hubby and I were displaced because of Hurricane Katrina. Hubby was US Coast Guard and we evacuated north to Alexandria, Louisiana on Coast Guard orders. We lost EVERYTHING in our house, were living in a hotel for a year, and I needed a hobby, art outlet, that was compact, little and took a minimal size of ‘stash’. I had revived my crochet just prior to all that, so, after surfing the net a bit, I found amigurumi. (There is more of this previous life on my ‘Other Realm Blogs’, see link in right hand column here…don’t forget to come back!) I love crochet. Now, I love embroidery. They are both equally pleasing to me and I struggle to decide which to play with when I am feeling creative. 😉

The Line Up

I found these adorable crochet doll patterns on Etsy. For Christmas, or was it my birthday?, I asked for these little patterns…and voila! I started creating them with much excitement! There is a dark hair, dark eyed, sweet butterfly, a gentle blond, blue eyed ladybug, and…a rascal, redhead, green eyed, bee. (My mom is blond, with blue eyes, Hubby is a redhead with green eyes…so don’t send me hate mail) The dolls are crocheted with sports yarn, hair is stitched with DMC floss. Only thing, I didn’t know how to embroider and I had to learn to do the hair and yes, all that embellishment on the butterfly.

The Line Up, Mooning

I wanted my crocheted butterfly doll to be a butterfly we have here in Hawaii. (Did you know, we only have 2 butterflies here…) So, orange it would have to be. Believe it or not, the day I chose to embroider the little butterfly wings, behold, a monarch landed on our bougainvillea and sat there long enough for me take a long look at it. Talk about models sent from the universe!

Butterfly Doll WingsLadybug and Bee

I stitched along and am very happy with the butterfly and the hair of these little crochet dollies. The bee’s wings were fun to make and the little ladybug was a lot of fun too. The bee even has a little stinger! You can’t see it too well in this photo…but it’s there!(btw the little red lady bug is NOT a lady bug we have here either…we have the little black ones…) (oh, we don’t have the bumble bee here either, only the honey bee…)

Waiting In Line

They are so cute! They look like they are waiting in line…

I have several others in the ‘in progress’ bag waiting for their hair to be ‘grown’…I even have a dragon experiment in there that I created as a ‘variation’ of the pattern. I will have to dig them out and finish them, don’t you think? Group Smiles

Go and create something fun! Share it with me… I’d Love to hear from you…Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun!

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