Finally! It only took me oh, two years to finish this part! Sad. But, that’s the way it is. This part is finished now. And I only have four parts left. I am so excited to be making progress on this. Martina’s designs are so intricate, and involve a lot of shading, color changes and intricate work. But, when it all comes together, it is magnificent. I took this piece with me on Thursday to Barnes & Noble to meet up with some of my stitching friends (I had such a blast, ladies!). I do have to say that it made me feel really good to have people stop and tell me how pretty it is. And, of course, I am a sucker for sparklies, so beading this piece as I go makes it a lot of fun. I finished up the beading on my last artichoke bed this afternoon. And don’t those stitches for the flowers just make them? I love how three-dimensional they are.
Here’s the whole thing so far.
Keep in mind that I haven’t added the bigger Swarovski crystals yet, nor have I added the bugle beads on those triangular beds. And I was asked about the center. Yes, there is a center designed for it, which is part of Part 12. Martina offered two options, a beaded center or a stitched center. I am actually going to be doing a combination of the two. I have the pearls and crystal embellishment Martina offered, but I will be stitching around them. And Part 9 is all about the sparklies, so it should be a beautiful effect that I’ll be seeing next.
And, my trusty mail carrier arrived this afternoon with some goodies for me. One package contained The Primitive Needle’s Sampler Sisters of the Thread. This design is so beautiful, and I will definitely be starting it pronto. I also received my gorgeous hand-turned pincushion base for the BBD Loose Feathers “extra”. This piece is so well-made and I highly recommend that you all call your LNS and order one immediately. (Mr. Milady will probably be cursing my name soon). But really, this is so pretty. I can’t wait to make my pincusion. Although, I am holding off on the sewing accessories for now because I want all of mine to match, so I’m thinking about color schemes. I do really like the color chosen for the pincushion though, so I may just carry that through.
And, have you seen this?
The new Mirabilia mermaid. Love it – she is a real beauty!
That’s all for me today. I am going to be ironing my fabric this weekend to start on the new Loose Feathers (The Simple Things), and also probably making a start on Part 9 of Mystery IX. I’m so happy to be able to say that!!
I am grateful for Eric’s surprise – I can’t wait for the 4th!