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Yay! I finally finished my Celtic Samhain conversion of Lavender & Lace’s Celtic Autumn. I had so much fun stitching her and choosing colors and small touches. The only part that was not any fun at all was using the black DMC Light Effects. It was a nightmare to work with. I think it had a grudge against me, lol. Anyway, I stuck with it and finished her today. In retrospect, I should have used a nice black silk there to give it a shimmer and then I wouldn’t have had to work with the metallic fraying on me. At least now I’ll never complain about my other metallic threads now. They are a breeze to use in comparison.

 

Here she is! Sorry about the poor lighting, but I couldn’t wait until tomorrow morning to take photos. After I decide on framing I’ll get a better photo.


I’m not sure which Celtic holiday I’ll do next. My husband would like me to do Yule, so that will probably be my next one. However, I think I am taking a little break before I start another lady to work on my Chatelaine Japanese Garden Mandala. J

Happy Stitching!

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Hi Everyone! I’ve been working a bit on my Celtic Samhain conversion. The E310 thread is driving me batty, but I am alternating stitching with it and regular floss to keep from tossing it in the bin. I love how it looks, but I’ve never had a thread fray so badly before. Thank goodness I’m doing the border, lettering and shawl in the gold metallic so I can use my other metallics. If I ever need a black metallic again I am getting something else. At least I only spent .34 cents on each skein of it since it was on clearance when I bought it, lol.

 

Enough complaining about frazzled threads, the end of the lady’s dress is in sight! I just have the back end and train to do and then her dress is done except for the beads and metallic threads. Then I will concentrate on the border motifs. I love how she is stitching up. I forgot to convert the hem of her dress and shoe when I did my conversion, but I think the gold colors go well with her orange skirt, so I kept the colors as charted.

 


 

Unless I get bogged down in the beading and metallic threads, I am confident I will have her completed by this fall. I am saving my pennies to be able to frame her before Samhain!

Happy Stitching!

Diana

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I got Celtic Samhain out last week and put her on my q-snaps. I worked on her a little every day and got all of the regular floss stitched in the orange part of the front of her dress. I still have the bottom hem of the dress and her shoe on the front, but I can start the metallic in the scroll work pattern. I am doing gold around the black areas (the shawl/wrap) and black light effects in the scroll work on the orange part of the dress. I can’t say I am loving working with Light Effects. It frays way more than my other metallic threads.

 

Here is Celtic Samhain after today’s stitching on her skirt. I’ll wait on adding the beads in that area until all the metallic is done.


I have two more spools of the gold metallic, so when I need a break from the skirt I’ll work on outlining my letters with the gold.

 

I’ve also been busy on my HAED stitching. I did a bit more on Opalite, but since it isn’t a page finish I’ll hold off on a picture for now. I did finish a page along the bottom of Christmas Dreams and I am really happy with how it is coming out. The bottom row is partial pages, so they are a pretty quick finish even with the confetti involved.


I will be working on my HAED SAL piece this week, The QS Literate Dragon, so I hope to finish page 2 if possible. The third page just came out today, so I am hoping that will be my motivator in getting the first two pages totally done.

 

I also got my bead pack for my Chatelaine Japanese Garden Mandala, so I plan to rotate between Celtic Samhain and Japanese Garden Mandala until they are finished for my non-HAED stitching.

Happy Stitching!

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Hi everyone! My new rotation is working well. This week I worked on my Celtic Samhain conversion. I did all the floss on the top until I ran out of my gold metallic and started on the beading (around the areas that I already did the gold metallic.) I also did a little tiny bit on her dress. Next time in my rotation I should have the metallic I’ve ordered and will be able to work on her gown more. Here is where she is now!


The week leading up to Celtic Samhain I worked on my Bluebell by Nora Corbett. I lengthened her hair because she is for my youngest daughter Zoe, who has shoulder length hair. I forgot to post an updated picture of her, so here she is.


In the upcoming week I’ll be working on QS Literate Dragon and starting the March 1 Mystic Stitch SAL I promised to be part of in Jan. I just have to decide between my four Mystic Stitch patterns which one I want to start.

Happy Stitching,

Diana

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Sorry for the long silence. I’ve been pretty busy with work and a training class I’m taking. I did start playing around with beads to work on my Celtic Samhain border. I like how the border colors are coming along and think they won’t take away from the dress. So far I’ve picked a dark rainbow type purple. They are generic bulk beads I got at my local WalMart, and there doesn’t seem to be a color name on the container. I’m also using an opaque orange, a transparent orange/red and a transparent gold. I haven’t decided yet what color I will use to replace the mocha bead for the Autumn chart, but I’m considering using a brass/copper colored bead or an opaque brown, or even a black. Once I get the other beads sorted for sure, I’ll see what color goes best with them.

 


Happy Sitching!

Diana

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It has been a busy week here, but I did manage to get in one day of stitching. I added the H and A and started the I in Samhain, and started working down the lady’s dress. I just love how she is coming together. I enjoy stitching on her so much I find it very relaxing.

 

My stitching plan for her this week is to finish the letters in SAMHAIN and finish the black and purple sections going down her dress. Then I will only have the oranges in her dress and the Celtic border. I will leave the metallics and beads until the floss is all in if I can resist the glittery call of the metallic threads, lol.

 


 

I also plan to get out a HAED this week to stitch on as well. I think I am in the mood for either QS Curl Up with a Good Book or Ariadne- something bright and cheerful. We have been having rain lately and sunny, happy colors are what is called for to keep the rainy day blah’s away.

 

Happy Stitching!

Diana

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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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