Friday, February 13

First Happy Dance of 2015 & Turtle Trot!

I was home yesterday recovering from a migraine and spent some time stitching when I thought my eyes could handle it.   I've been furiously working away on my Fish because it's been a load of fun to stitch.

And my first finish for Turtle Trot, too!

I really enjoyed the whipped backstitch (the prop, flag, zig zag gear, stripes on the jaw, hose are all whipped backstitch) until I backstitched the 2nd thing (hose) and then got "over it," but wasn't even close to being done! I do like the effect, though.

Even though I probably could have gotten away with subbing some DMCs (not all of the overdyeds had a lot of variegation), I adored using the threads and colors called for.

I first saw this pattern on Tracey Horner's blog, when she posted about the St. Charles market releases and just fell in love with it.  I waited until I needed something else (fibres, most like) and ordered it with the button pack.

I went to In Stitches in Alexandria to floss toss on fabrics to pick something (I was initially thinking PTP's "Ancient"), and I ended up with Shale.  I have to admit to not being totally thrilled with Shale, but it's hard for me to point out in these pictures, because I can't seem to get my camera to show how purple the fabric really is... but I don't hate it either, so there's that.  I was going for the "murky water/smoky air" effect, because I feel like this is a critter not for crystal clear waters or skies.  Maybe a good matting will make me like it better.  Or maybe I'll just let it live in my new portfolio albums.

But overall, I just love it.

I might add more photos later, in other lighting (not that I ever see the sun by the time I get home), and please, don't mind the Mona hair "specialty fibers" littering the surface - I'll hit it with a lint brush and a good washing this weekend.


On my screen, this pic is more color correct, though I like the previous one better for showing off the fabric.
The lower lip is the only thing I had to frog, so much fun!
I lurves the lightbulb
Body gear button detail

That hose convinced me that I hate whipped back/long stitching
The rear fin was probably the most fun.
And that deceitful flagpole made me think I liked whipped back/long stitching.
Normally, I'm not a fan of SamSarah designs, but I definitely adored this one and would love to do any more steampunk critters they might put out.   It is rather wacky fun.

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  1. Gorgeous wacky fun! The fabric looks perfect to me, as does your stitching. Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks! It's funny, positive comments towards the fabric help sway me. I will beat down my inner critic with peer pressure! :)

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  2. I love the different colors in this piece. Kind of a crazy looking fish though

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    1. Isn't it crazy! I really want to see a Steampunk mammal or snake of some kind ;)

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  3. Great finish!! And the fabric seems to fit the piece well. Maybe the right mat will make you happier with it, something that will tone down the purple?

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    1. I think you're absolutely correct, something that plays down the red/pink/purple influence should work well :)

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  4. This is beautiful! Well done!

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    1. Thank you very much :)

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  5. Congratulations on the Happy Dance. This is a very unusual piece, I really like it and would love to see them do some more in the same style.

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    1. I'm going to try some "positive reinforcement" to see if I can nudge that along. I keep thinking of so many different fun animals in my head. I wish I were more artistic :)

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  6. Such a funky fish. And yet so interesting and cool at the same time. I really rather like how he turned out :-)

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    1. It is an awesome fun funky fish :) I really want more animals like this. I can hope!

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  7. What great pattern! Beautiful!

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  8. Fast and fabulous :)

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    1. Thanks, Annette :)

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  9. Congrats on the finish, he looks absolutely awesome!

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  10. Love! That whipped backstitch is really neat looking. I don't think I've ever seen it before.

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    1. I know I had not. It does look great, but it did eventually get tedious (just like regular backstitching, haha!). If it didn't look so good, I would have given up.

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  11. Great finish!! I've been playing a bit too much Monster Hunter lately and my first thought was Hey! a Gobul! and curse my lack of c-stick. :b I think that rear propeller is awesome.

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    1. LOL! I haven't played Monster Hunter, but had to look up Gobul. Love it!

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  12. This is incredibly cool!

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    1. Thanks! I hope they design more in this style!

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