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.