01 February 2011

Appropriate stitching subject

With all the bad weather across the US, I figured it was a good day to work on my Kingdom of the Ice Dragon, by Dragon Dreams.

I've worked on Icy a bit since I posted the last picture of it. This will probably be a very brief diversion from the other projects, but I really enjoy working on it and watching his world grow. Even though it uses Anchor Marlitt and braid, which are not my favorite threads (although the Marlitt is easier to deal with than DMC rayons), I get why they are necessary. His wing is so cool, it glimmers and glistens just like a dragon should. It's a really neat effect, which a photo will never capture perfectly. And it is stitching up a lot quicker than I had imagined it would--this is probably 15 hours' work and I have a lot done. It's much easier to deal with icy dragons than icy roads.

I ordered supplies for three more projects today. Two patriotic sheep projects for me, and one for Mom. Hers is Honeybee Sampler by Victoria Sampler, and I really only had to order perle cotton for some sampler bands for it. I think I'll stitch that for her for Mother's Day; I can't believe I didn't have the perle cotton, but it's one of those things I just don't buy, at least not in white. I had to order floss for the other two, LHN Brave Hearts and Fanci That Hat of the Month--July. It was all hand-dyeds, and the colors that I had, I didn't have full skeins of. Since I don't want to run the risk of running out mid-project and having to worry about the dye lots not matching, it's just better this way. I did not get the Belle Soie silks for Brave Hearts, though--I couldn't justify the cost of the silks to myself. One of these days, though.

Well, thanks for letting me ramble this afternoon. And thank you for the kind comments about my pictures from yesterday. I'm excited about the things I'm working on right now, so I love the comments! Keep warm (or cool, if you're in one of the places in the world where it's hot). Til tomorrow . . .


Astrid's dragon said...

Love it! That is going to be beautiful!

Crystal said...

Ice Dragon is looking lovely, keep safe with all that winter weather.

Jennifer said...

That looks lovely so far! As we wait for our 4th storm in 3 weeks, I agree that Icy Dragons are much better to deal with than icy roads! Any rayon thread is a true pain to work with... but the results are so stunning that I couldn't resist. I remember all too well how many colourful words I used while stitching up the model, especially with cats around back then to interfere or try to play with the "shiny string"! May you dream of dragons and may your threads seldom tangle. Thank you for choosing one of my designs to bring to life with your beautiful stitching!

Pumpkin said...

Great start Rachel and very appropriate for this weather ;o)

I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped--Frederick Perls