I had been stitching on Twilight Silhouette which was slow going....dark navy fabric and stitching with four strands of threads doesn't make for speedy stitching....not that I could ever claim to be a speedy stitcher even at the best of times!
Here's the progress with the fairy....
Picture quality isn't too good, but at least you can see how she's progressing. I had decided to keep this stitching a secret and give the finished piece to my daughter for her Christmas, so had carefully hidden the stitching away at the back of my wardrobe and was trying to decide what to work on over the summer while she was at home. Unfortunately, I forgot that I had taken pics of the stitching and, of course, my daughter borrowed the camera and had a look at all the pictures on the disc! Luckily for me she loved the look of the stitching and asked if I could do something like that for her....so I had to confess that it was for her. So no Christmas surprise for her, but it means I don't have to hide it away and can keep working on it.
Here's what I had started to work on while the fairy was temporarily hidden.....
It's another design from the Margaret Sherry bookazine. This was the design that was causing me all sorts of problems with the frogs! First of all, I had to convert the listed anchor threads to the DMC equivalents which as we all know, never seem to look right! I changed them for what I thought would work, then found a conversion for this chart online....so I abandoned my thread pics in favour of the ones listed....big mistake! After stitching some of the design, I just had to unpick as the colours looked dreadful! I resorted back to my own colour choices, and although they seem much brighter/stronger than the photo in the magazine, I think they look fine. I changed the reds in the mugs as I didn't like the way they were stitching up either, and decided to change them to a mint colour which I think was a nice contrast to the blues in the other mugs. The blue colours are a bit pale and I'm tempted to do a bit more unpicking so that I can get the colours the way I want them to look, although I'm so fed-up of unpicking, but I'm a bit fussy, and I want it to look right! My ort jar is certainly filling up quickly this month!
So, hopefully the frogs will have moved on to a new home....hopefully not yours!
Until next time...happy stitching!