January 31st, 2011 § § permalink
He’s not done yet. He still needs embroidery on his teacup and his sleeve. I may add a few more things but at least the base is done. Tonight he will be finished and I’ll start on the flamingo and the hedgehog. After those two are done, it’s time for the flowers and the bread butterflies.
I’m going to be pretty happy once this project is finished. I’m planning on taking it into town and having it framed. I want a white ornate wooden frame. I will probably take a mini break afterwards since I’ll need to order more supplies (felt and embroidery hoops) before the next project.
January 29th, 2011 § § permalink
Here is Alice! I’m pretty happy with how she turned out. I will be working on the Mad Hatter this weekend and I’m even tempted to add the flamingo anyway. More characters, less flowers yes?
This might be my last Saturday blogging. I’ve made a conscious decision now to take the weekend off. I’ll do work but I won’t blog. You all will have to wait until Monday.
January 28th, 2011 § § permalink
This is technically a WIP #3. It gives me and you an overall view of the work. Last night, I was contemplating adding another character to the right but this morning, I’m not so sure anymore. I was going to add the Mad Hatter to the right but now I’m thinking a little white space would be better. I’d love to hear your opinions. Do you think I should add the Mad Hatter or leave it as it is? If he is being inserted, he’ll be a short little thing- ha ha!
As you can see, Alice is there but the details are lacking. The embroidered details will be added tonight. Provided I don’t add the Mad Hatter, I will be working on the background adding flowers and branches. I may add tiny flowers to the bushes in the front but I won’t decide until the background is done. It’s all about maintaining balance and focus. I have picked the colour scheme for the flowers. If I finish Alice tonight and there is no Mad Hatter, I can see me finishing the overall work by the end of next week.
January 27th, 2011 § § permalink
Without further ado, tis the White Rabbit! He is done. I finished him last night. I decided on a side profile (therefore one eye). It looked better to me. He turned out just like my drawing and I’m quite pleased.
Alice is up next and she will take at least three nights to finish. I want to add embroidery details on her dress, etc. I also have cute ideas about how to do her hair. The piece is getting there! It may be done sooner than I hope which is great! I have a birthday project for a special friend down the line and I’m sketching out that piece now.
January 26th, 2011 § § permalink
This is a photo of a pretty little gift I received from a past Christmas. It’s meant to hold necklaces and such. I eventually want to have it out in the open. I can’t now with naughty kitty and active baby running around.
Why do I craft?
Creating something is a compulsion for me. Whether it comes in the form of writing or doing art, it gives me much happiness and freedom. It’s like my brain will burst unless I channel it somehow. As the husband said, my brain is just different- wired differently. I believe the compulsion to create comes from this. If I had all the free time and the funds, I’d have a hundred projects on the go. I’d pursue a ton of new hobbies out there. At this point, I’ve dabbled in sculpting, jewellery making, paper quilling, needle felting, dressmaking for dolls, watercolours, ink drawings, beading, airbrushing, resin crafts, etc. The husband gets a bit frustrated when he helps buy the supplies but finished projects are lacking. I get excited, what can I say?
For the first time ever though, I am focused. I think it’s a combination of having little to no free time with rearing an active 9.5 month old. I’m determined to finish this project because I want to start on the next one. I don’t know what I’m planning to do with all the finished projects. I don’t know whether I want to sell them yet. I kind of what to keep them and hang them around the house. I have this dream I’d be prolific enough to have a gallery exhibition of my work. I better start working towards converting that dream into a goal.
January 25th, 2011 § § permalink
He is not finished but he will be tonight. I’m quite pleased at how he turned out. He turned out so cute and just how I pictured in my head. Working on him helped me polish my satin stitching skills. I’ll be adding another embroidered word then it’ll be the White Rabbit’s turn!
January 24th, 2011 § § permalink
I am always amazed at Linz’s talent. She did the art above. Her style is adorable and just plain awesome. I’ve added the above image to my about page permanently. I just couldn’t resist.
As for the Cheshire cat, he is coming along pretty well. I should be done tonight. I’ll post some a WIP pic tomorrow. The weekend was pretty busy and I’m still recovering.
January 22nd, 2011 § § permalink
It took me around two hours to embroider these two words. I was pleased with the results! Points to those who can get the Monty Python reference. Embroidering directly on cotton shouldn’t be as difficult as doing it on felt. Tomorrow, I’m off to tackle the very fat Cheshire Cat!
January 21st, 2011 § § permalink
It is winter. The trees are bare. The naked branches make such beautiful, stark, intertwining lines against the grey skies.
Last night whilst in the throes of embroidery happies, I tried out a new floss from a value pack I bought. The value pack I bought for the price and it had a ton of colours. I’ve been using Anchor and DMC floss before this. The difference in the quality is quite marked. The Anchor and DMC floss just caught the light and glowed. The Prism floss was duller in vibrance. The range of colours are great and they work in a pinch if I’m missing a colour. In the long run though, I will be investing in DMC or Anchor.
I thought about felt squares and how they are available in local dollar stores. Can the price reflect quality like the thread? A friend told me they have a large variety of colours but the downside is these squares shed a ton. Needless to say, that is the deal breaker for me. I can’t have felt shedding while I’m applique’ing. The fuzz gets caught in the thread and it just looks really messy and gross.
While it’s great to be frugal and try and save a few cents here and there, be prepared for the drop in quality. If there is a giant sale on DMC floss or quality felt squares, I’d be all over it. Otherwise, I’ll pass on the dollar deals.
January 20th, 2011 § § permalink
Tada! The two bushes still need to be sewn on but you get the idea. As I’m getting back into the groove of handsewing, my hands are getting very sore. It’s been over a year or more since I’ve done any. Last night, I was getting into the hang of it but I kept running into annoying tangles- ergo I need beeswax. I also have a ragdoll that thinks anything string-like and dangling is a toy. I’ve altered the layout a bit. The Cheshire Cat will now be floating magically among the flowers instead of Alice’s right as planned. I’ll be doing some exciting stuff to the foreground which includes beading. I can’t wait!
So far everything is going as planned and looking like the way it should.