Sunday, September 10, 2006

Halloween Fairy


OK, I sort of cheated and started a Mirabilia Limited Edition Fairy. ;-) I wanted to have another happy dance soon!! I'd like to get this finished and framed in time for Halloween. I don't have many Halloween pieces and it's fun to put them up during those holidays. :)

The coverage isn't actually bad, as the fabric is 28-Count Lugana (Sugar Maple Fabric's Burnt Papyrus). I'm a bit of a linen snob, and normally don't use below 32-Count anymore, but I had a fat 1/8th of this in my stash and thought it would work well. It just would have been MORE perfect if it had been a fat 1/8th of Belfast linen instead! ...or maybe not... the dye is different on evenweaves and linens as everyone knows, and it may have been too dark if it had been the linen, so I'm sure it worked out just fine. ;-) I saw this stitched recently on Sugared Snickerdoodles linen (also by SMF) and oh my GOSH it was BEAUTIFUL, I almost ordered it myself... but I didn't want to wait for it to get here (being the impatient soul that I am).

She looks kind of spooky with no limbs or head, doesn't she? Ach well, it's Halloween, so I can get away with creepy... ha!


Someone asked why I don't scan my stitching rather than take photos as I always do. Well, I guess it's just personal preference. Sometimes I couldn't scan them anyway, as they're too big for the scanner... but I feel on the scanner there's sometimes TOO much detail and I'd have to tweak them anyway... Yeah, the digital camera is my friend. :) I only wish I'd had a digi cam in the 1990s... there is so much stuff I gave away before I had the chance to take photos.

Take these two:









Rainbow Ride was the first large project I ever stitched when I was very young (like 13 - so it would have been circa 1988), and I stitched "Break Time" a year or two later (both by Design WorksTM and still available to buy). My grandparents brought them both over to the family house in Italy where they've been ever since, and I only finally got some photos of them taken a couple of years ago! Now I just need to track down the rest... !

Wendy: I forgot to mention the other day, that although I won't actually be finishing Deco Spirits into a bellpull (it'll be framed), I'm stitching it bellpull style rather than the way it's charted.

17 comments:

KarenV said...

Your Halloween Fairy looks lovely Tina - that fabric is perfect for her!

Jean Phelps said...

Your halloween fairy is going to be something, can't wait to see her! The clowns are wonderful!

Ciao mi a mio

zoeandcooper said...

I love the fabbie you picked for your Halloween Fairy. It is just perfect. She is looking wonderful. You will have to let us know how you do with having enough of some of the fibers in the kit. I have read that it can be kind of tight.

Sharon said...

Great fabric choice for HF, I think she looks great. You are really on a roll! Those clowns are HUGE! But, beautiful I don't know if I could have tackled anything that big. That was great for being 13!

Carol said...

I love your fabric choice for Halloween Fairy. I've been looking around for a fabric choice for that one too :-)

bunnyhead said...

Oh wow! Your fairy looks beautiful :)

Nicki said...

Those clowns are huge! :0 Halloween Fairy looks great on that fabric - she's going to be quick too :)

I'd love to do a Mirabilia SAL with you - it was so much help seeing you and Harsha stitching along. I have the Queens and Royal Holiday in my stash but I'd love to do the In My Garden series too and a few of the other ladies. What do you have planned?! :)

Jenn said...

Oohh I love the fabirc you are using for the Halloween Fairy. I've been looking at mine for the past few days. I think I might try and pick her up and get her done soon.

Your clown pieces are great. You did a wonderful job on both of them.

Svenja said...

Oh, a headless fairy! :)
She looks great on this fabric!

Sue said...

I love your Halloween Fairy. I have some hand-dyed I'm going to stitch her on also instead of the natural that came in the kit. Your linen looks great.

Von said...

Those early projects are huge!! You have incredible patience and endurance to have finished them at such a young age!

Michelle said...

Beautiful progress on the Halloween Fairy - she looks gorgeous on that fabric! Thanks for sharing your early pieces, they ARE huge!!

Wendy said...

Hallowe'en Fairy looks amazing, headless and all! And I love the fabric you are using for her, its perfect. Oooh, how I love those Sugar Maple fabrics. Lucky me, I have had the pleasure of meeting Mindy, the famed fabric dyer, herself!

Katrina said...

what a great choice of fabric, look forward to seeing more of your fairy :)

Chelle said...

Your fairy looks great on that fabric!

Eleni said...

Love the fairy ... at the rate you're going you will definitely finish it in time!!! :)

Cindy said...

I just love the progress on the fairy. She is going to be lovely and that fabric is just awesome and such a great choice for that piece.

I just love the two pieces that you stitched when you where only 13! Wow, fantastic work!