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Hi Everyone! Happy Saturday! I won’t have much stitching time this upcoming week due to work, so I got some time in today on Celtic Samhain. I filled in the floss colors for the skirt I have done so far all that is left there is beads and metallics. I can’t wait to order my metallic thread, so I can see how it looks against the orange skirt.

 

I worked out how many stitches my conversion from Autumn to Samhain is, so I could center my letters correctly. Instead of having her hat merge with the bottom border of the words like her head does in the original pattern, I left some blank space there. I didn’t want the hat to look squished. I’ll just add more of the repeating motifs down the two sides to make up for the difference. I was worried the letters would be off since Samhain comes out to more stitches than Autumn, but I split the difference in size between the two sides, so my lady will still be somewhat centered.

 

I wasn’t sure whether to do the lettering in purple or orange. I decided the blacks and grays would be too dark. The orange in her dress is so bright that I decided to go with the purple so it would not compete with the dress. I am going to go from dark to light to the center and back to dark again as I go through the word.

Here she is! I think this picture gives me an excellent idea of how the oranges and purples go together. I like the 742 (light tangerine) for the lightest color- it really reminds me of candy corn. J I was going to go with a peach or beige, but like the brightness of 742. I think it goes with the whimsical look I wanted to go with when I imagined her.

 


 

I am enjoying every stitch on her and can’t wait until my next day off so I can make some major inroads into her massive dress, lol.

Happy Stitching!

Diana

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Good afternoon friends! I got a little bit of stitching on my Celtic Samhain project this week. I have hurt my right shoulder which has slowed my stitching down since I am right handed. I hope it heals up soon because I love working on her. The purples, oranges and black/grays are coming together nicely to give it a good Halloween feel.

 


 

I doubt I will have her finished by Samhain, but I hope to have much of her dress done by the end of the month. Fall is my favorite time of the year and I am hoping to start another Celtic lady in November. My goal is to at least have all eight of them started midway through 2013, so they can all be done by December of 2013.

Happy Stitching!

Diana

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I worked on Celtic Samhain today, but did not get as much done as I had hoped to get done. My 7 year old daughter decided she wanted to learn to stitch today, so we got her a small kit and I’ve been helping her with the basics. It has been fun stitching with her even if I do have to keep re-threading her needle, lol. She is working on a small peace sign with flowers and wanted to know if I would post her work in progress on here too. She is so thrilled she got so much done. I am even showing her how to carefully mark off the stitches she has done on the chart to help her keep count. J

 


 

I got some of the orange skirt done and started on the purple stripe down her side today. I was hoping to have the whole waist area done so I could work down in any of the color families I wanted to if I got bored with one color, but didn’t quite make it to her other side with helping Olivia stitch.

 


I used a flash, so the colors came out much better tonight. I can’t wait to get more done on her. I need to make a metallic order so I can add that to her gown as I get to it. For now, those spaces will have to be left empty. J

Happy Stitching everyone!

Diana

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I would usually not post an update without having more done, but I decided to go with a small smiling Jack-o-Lantern in her hand with some vines. I may add some leaves later, but for now I am happy with the little pumpkin. I wanted it small enough to compliment the design without taking away from the beauty of the Celtic lady. I used the hand from the Celtic Winter pattern to add a left hand to her for the pumpkin to be held. Her right hand I left alone holding her shawl as in the original pattern. I did decide to go with the gold for her neckline. I didn’t have any pb01, so I went with Kreinik #8 202HL (Aztec Gold high luster). I like how it looks. I will use the gold for the trim on the bottom and maybe black for the swirls in the dress design. I need to order some black metallic to play around with before making a final decision.


I love how she is shaping up and can’t wait to get more of her done!

Happy Stitching!

Diana

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Hi Everyone! I was able to get more stitching in a little at a time this week after work to work out the hat I wanted to put on my Celtic Samhain. I like how it came out. I wasn’t sure how to design an element, but I used the top of her head that was there as a base and then just eyeballed it to get the hat shape. I think it gives her an Old World feel.

 

I’m liking how the purple and oranges are looking together in her top. I’ve decided to keep the yellows around her neckline and will probably go with the gold Kreinik there as well as at the very base of the hemline. I am still thinking about changing the gold metallic in the bottom dress design to black metallic, but that could change as I go. I need to order some to try out. Right now I only have black blending filament on hand and that is too thin to use. I think I need to order a #4, or #8 braid since it is 28 count fabric.

 


 

As you can see, I went with the charted hair color for her hair color. I figured with all my other changes, it would be easier to not have to worry about the hair symbols. Sorry about the gap at her neckline. I didn’t have time to look for the colors I’m missing there in my stash yet. I’m also still deciding what color beads will go on the black shawl. I’m thinking silver, black, or a crystal bead might work well there. I’ll have to see what gives the best effect when I get all the surrounding stitches done on it.

 

I’m excited about how she is stitching up. I thought the orange might be too orange, but I want a definite Halloween feel to her, so I’m going to go with the colors I have so far. I think it has a nice candy corn look to it with the bit of yellow in there too.

Happy Stitching!!

Diana

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A Wheel of the Year Project!

Hi everyone! For awhile I have been pretty excited about doing the Lavender & Lace Celtic Ladies; however, I want to do 8 of them to follow the Celtic Wheel of the Year. I will be using all 5 patterns, but making a few color changes and other adaptations as I go. I’m really excited about doing these as a set. I have a long wall with a hallway open doorway almost in the center. There is enough room on both sides of the doorway to hang all eight ladies in a row. I’m going to hang them facing the doorway, so four will be looking to the right and four will be looking to the left.

 

I was going to wait until New Year’s Eve to start, but just couldn’t wait. I’m really excited about the Celtic Samhain I’m planning because Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I am planning to do her dress in black/gray, oranges and purples. I am adding a hat to her and will possibly change the gold metallic thread in her dress to black metallic to stand out against the orange for a more dramatic effect.

 

 

I can’t wait to get more of the orange done on her dress to get a better feel for the color conversion. Some of the oranges are very close in color, so I want to make sure my shading shows up correctly in the dress folds.

Happy Stitching and good night all!

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Opalite update

I finally finished page 3 on Opalite. I am not sure why it took me so long to do. I think it was the large chunks of background color. I love chunks of color when watching t.v., but sometimes find they get to me. I have been a bit distracted with working both jobs and keeping up with the household too. I think once my schedule is more familiar to me I’ll be able to balance in my stitching with my other responsibilities. J

 


I love how she is coming out. I have decided to work down from here to get her face started instead of moving across to more background, lol. I can’t wait to see how the details in her face come together. I am surprised by all the mauve colors in her face. I’m interested to see how they all will mesh together once I have her eye done. I usually don’t park my threads, but her eye area has a bit of confetti and I thought I would try it there to keep from having to start and end too many threads in such a concentrated area.

 

I am taking a tiny break from her this week to stitch on another Rachel Anderson chart from HAED, Ariadne. I am dying to get back to her. I also want to finish another page on my QS Curl Up with a Good Book, so it might be a few weeks before I can get back to Opalite.

 

Happy Stitching everyone!

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