Saturday, May 2, 2015

What's up for May?

Here we have the May goals list:

1: Finish Day 2
2: Start and Finish Day 3
3: Start and Finish Day 4
4: Finish April Bookmark
5: Finish May Bookmark
6: Ornament of the Month
7: If there is time and energy...work on something else :D
8: Get back into my Sunday Stitching

It's in the sidebar as per usual and I know I said 8 goals were too many but last month I did manage to delete things off the list and there was a bit of satisfaction so why not stick with 8?

I've also been slightly naughty.  I put myself back on the pattern fast, but Ashley had released her Mucha Girls patterns called Princesses Mucha Style patterns and I had to get the set.  It was pre-planned and I knew about the limited 50 pattern sell (there are still some left so if you like them please note that once the 50 are sold they will NOT be released again)....and did not want to pass it over simply because of a self induced restriction.  I'm going to start Merida first.  Once I have everything I need, Merida will be my Sunday Stitch project. 

If you are interested in the original artist, Hannah-Alexander, then by all means please head on over to her dA page and be prepared for beautiful artistry...and COLOR!  The girls suggested I start stitching Merida simply because she is the one that took the longest to get "just right" and as we had all assisted with quality checks throughout her pattern making, it is just as important to us as it is to Ashley, and quite possibly the original artist that it be stitched perfectly. (oh, I'm not saying I'm a perfect stitcher, but darn it I'm going to try and be!)

Trying really hard to stitch from stash, I dug around and ended up hand dying some fabric (my first time...the No Drama fabric doesn't count as that was spray painted dye and the book mark scraps were food dye drops and/or watercolor paints) using some Dylon fabric dye (Dylon being what grownups use when they are dying things). 

  
I started with a small swatch of 28 ct Antique White Evenweave which came out beautifully.  I liked that so much I then went and dyed my largest piece of the same fabric and that too came out beautifully.

Even though I read the directions for the Merida pattern, Ashley did point out that the pattern called for 18 ct fabric and using the 28 ct might make the beads in the pattern look too bulky or not sit right.

THIS is important.  Not only do I want to honor the original artist, I also want to honor Ashley: creator of the pattern.  If anyone knows about beads it is this woman!

All is not lost since I now have a beautifully dyed piece of light pistachio green fabric.  If it turns out that fabric will be perfect for one of my girls , then so be it.  I loved the experience of dying it to get the right color.  I'm going to have to play with other colors and see what I come up with!  I know Nancy likes black fabric, and there was some black dye I almost picked up to play with.....

Finding the right 18 ct evenweave will be the challenge, but I'm thinking we may have a few choices after the girls went hunting.  Once all ingredients are acquired...the start will begin on the following Sunday.

Here is hoping I can start Merida in May!

For now, I'm going to finish the current B.O.F. and Ornament of the Month and then maybe the April bookmark this weekend.  

Until next time.....Keep on Stitchin' 

19 comments:

  1. Sounds like you're going to be busy too! ^_^ That is a very pretty green fabric though. :)

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    1. I hope so, now it's all a matter of getting everything together :D Thank you, I really like the green as well!

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  2. You have an ambitious list as always. Can you stitch over two on the 28 count? just use two strands of floss. The resulting product will be a little larger than doing it over one on 18 count but the beads will sit well. Just a thought.

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    1. That's what I was thinking of doing which would have made it technically 14 ct...another good point made by Ashley that the beads wouldn't sit right. It's no problem, just have to hunt around a bit for the perfect fabric!

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  3. I'm happy to see someone else dyeing! I use the same fabric but I use tulip dyes. Meridas my favorite of the three I love her dress

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    1. I have no idea why I didn't try this sooner, and now I want to try other things as well! I've seen the Tulip dye, but what I have locally is the Dylon. Now that I have a beginner's grasp of what I want and how to get it I will probably do some serious experimenting :D

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  4. Congrats on lovely dyeing and stashing....which will no doubt lead to stunning stitching!

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    1. Thank you! I'm very hopeful as well...just want to go and dye more fabric to see what I get!

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  5. Palavras gentis são um favo de mel, doçura para a alma
    e saúde para o corpo.(Pr 16,24)
    Obrigada amiga, pela visita atenciosa!
    Um abençoado início de mês!
    Beijo grande, Marie.

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  6. An other lovely list that I really am looking forward to - and also to you starting Merida, this will be so pretty!

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    1. I'm so very excited to start Merida! I'm going to have to figure out how to manage things now a bit more carefully, but the Sunday stitch thing should work out very nicely :D

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  7. I thought those patterns were going to be interesting. Can't wait to see you start on it.

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    1. I'm very excited as well...what is one more WIP? :D

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  8. Good luck with finding the right count fabric, I'm looking forward to following your progress on this one.
    Will she be stitched over one on the 18count? Because then you could buy 36 count evenweave and stitch over two? The beads would fit then.

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    1. I will talk to Ashley about the 36ct, I'll have better luck finding it in evenweave and don't want to use Aida :D

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  9. You're dyed fabric is soooooo pretty, and did you say black? :) I love how your list focuses your agenda without causing stress, such a good idea for you, of course my list goes 1) Cindy 2) Music, and that's it, no list making for me.

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    1. I'm thinking I prefer your list ha ha! And yes, that list has kept me focused!

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