I made a couple of minor changes when it came to the back-stitch. Namely, those weird yellow things are outlined in a dark brown instead of darkest brown and the white shells are outlined in that same brown instead of darkest blue.
I’m still iffy about this pattern. Granted, I got it for free with some fabric, but the colors are very 80s. That one pink starfish is a little distracting and the sand-dollars are odd. It’s not a bad pattern, but it could use quite a few tweaks.
This was a good experiment in a wreath pattern. Everything I’ve done up to this point has a center I can work from. Due to the fabric used, drawing a grid didn’t work that well, except for starting it.
All that said, there was one shell I really liked.
I dunno why I like it as much as I do. I changed the colors here to use a more brown yellow than the bright yellow the pattern asked for. I guess I just like the texture.
I was very worried this would look too muddy. I had to convert the pattern from Anchor to DMC and there's no exact colour-to-color match. I do think I made the wrong choice on a couple of colors, but it looks like it turned out OK for the most part. I might do it again, considering how easy it was.
This is a good beginner pattern, I think. I generally don't like complete-fill, but in this case, I won't be too picky. This was on 24-count, but would look good on 28 or even-weave. I'm thinking I'll fray the edges a bit and put it in a floating frame.
Finished the cross-stitch on this one, so now I can start on the back-stitch. There's a fair amount to be done, but everything should really pop once it's complete.
Finished getting all that blue in while watching Bloodlust! on MST3K last night. The local PBS station, KERA 13, has started showing MST3K at midnight on Saturday nights, so that actually got me through a lot of work here.
In case you're wondering, the big pink bits were done watching Sherlock, the red collar and sleeves done watching Dr. Who (10), and big sections of the tan were done watching Bojack Horseman and Bob's Burgers. And they said TV was bad for you.
This is coming along nicely. I've got a couple more weeks to finish the kimono itself (if I want to keep my current rhythm) and I think I'll make it. Those big dull spots are the hardest to burn through, but I've been watching Bojack Horseman while working those tans and it works as well as Sherlock did for those huge pink sections.
Should be able to start the back-stitch in March.
So, finished the main figure yesterday and now we're going to move on to vast expanses of boring tans and then a bunch of fussy peacock feathers as I start the hanging kimono in the background. I'd say this is 40~45% done, with the kimono being another 40~45% and then all the back-stitch as the final 10~20%. Life goes on.
Damnit, you can't even make out the metallic floss.
Those of you who know can look at this and say it's a cross-stitch pattern. I'm pretty sure it could be a needle-point or knitting pattern as well.
And after talking to Mom about it this evening, it just might be a quilt pattern.
This is a Next Year project, but imagine one-inch squares; or, at least, the illusion of one-inch squares (because there's enough parts there where'd you not want to bother piecing it). When it comes to the actual quilting, it's just in the gutter, so to speak, so it looks like a grid.
That's about a 3'x4' quilt, so more like a wall-hanging or lap quilt. What I'm thinking is: Do it, let someone else see it, and then see what they do with the idea. It's simple, but it's supposed to be. As a matter of fact, if someone out there does it before we do, at least send me pictures.
Forgot to post this. Finished it back in May.
As much as the detail is great, I'm still very unhappy with how it turned out due to shitty pattern syndrome. I'm telling you, there was one color that had a total of five stitches in the whole pattern, and another color that only appeared once. They never tested it or edited it. They are shitty people with a pattern-making program, and it's not a very good one.
There is no excuse for this, because KG Chart has a "real view" and they could have checked it.