Sunday, September 15, 2013

New Start - Fail!


Hi Stunners!!!!

Welcome Meggie and Shauna Locke to the blogowship of the Crafty Princess and thank you for joining us. 


And to Nina L from Pistellen-Stitching thank you so much for the lovely package I received in the mail. Nina sent me some chocolates from Finland, a bag of Salmiakki (which is a salty liquorice lolly) , and a Star De-Tailor which is awesome as you can use it to grab those lil short tails and finish off the thread and I also use them as needle threaders. I had just snapped my turtle de-tailor as I can be a little heavy handed with those pesky short tails so it was such a lovely gift as it's just what I needed. Thank you Nina that was such an amazing gesture. I can't post pics of the chocies as they were consumed as soon as they came out of the parcel...hee hee!
Star De-Tailor
Star De-Tailor
 
I know I said in my last post that I would be showing off my new starts...well....

New start 1 - Into the Deep Passione Ricamo Mystery SAL 2013 - All kitted up and ready to go. I stitched the first page and was just loving it, until I realised in my excitement to get started I must have turned the square frame  around and started in the wrong corner. So after an hour of frogging I took it off the frame and put it back in it's bag.

New start 2 - Apocalypse Princesses - Paine Free Crafts (oh the irony of that name as it was far from Pain free). I completed about a third of the first page and didn't like the colour I had chosen for the background stitches so I started to frog them (sigh - my unpicker was working overtime) and as the thread was white and I was stitching on white aida - yep you guessed it I frogged the fabric and the thread.....d'OH!!! So mega big hole. Luckily the fabric was large enough to be chopped and still fit the entire project... I took it off the frame and put it away too as I just didn't have the heart to start all over again straight away!

Decided it may be safer to stick with current wip's so I picked the sunniest one I could find to try and cheer myself up and so up first was....

Spiders Queen - Enamorte (HAED)


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After 

Page 1 completed on my Beautiful Queen! Yay. I'm stitching her on 18ct White Aida using 2 over 1 full crosses but using 3 strands of DMC for the black in the mask. It makes it really stand out against her hair and looks a little 3D but it's hard to see in the photo. I think I'm going to go down the chart and stitch page 7 next instead of 2 as I can't wait to get my needle into the mask bits. 


And den...





Lost In You - Rachel Marks (HAED)
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After


I really missed working on this one. I think I will concentrate on it for a bit longer...well that's today's decision what happens tomorrow will be another tale again! Once again the evidence of the improved quality of the photos with the new camera. Love it!
  

And den...


Purple Orchid - Drazenka Kimpel (retired chart -HAED)


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After

I worked on my lovely Orchid as part of the HAED retired chart/artists BB SAL so that's a weeks effort, though I only really got to work on it sporadically over 3 days. I'm slowly buying the thread for this as I stitch page by page as it uses Anchor thread and has 3 and half pages of required colours. So I bought the first lot of purples and couldn't wait to get to the bottom so I started working on her very bodacious purple collar. Ooooohhhhh!

 

 
And den....
 
 



QS Theatre of the Absurd - Ciro Marchetti (HAED) Freebie SAL 2013

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After

Page 1 of this chart has been dubbed "the never-ending page" I just can't seem to finish it. I keep plugging away and there's always more to do. So after a week that's where I am.


And den.....
 
 
 
No more and Den!!


And what would a post from me be without some stash enhancements!!!

HAED 50% SALE - STASH ENHANCEMENTS



Mini Eros - Rachael Marks


Nightwing - Renee Biertempfel
Nightwing



Carnival Moon - Aimee Stewart
Carnival Moon


Inspire - Lisa Steinke
Inspire

Garlic - Lisa Steinke
  Garlic

Next week I'll be working on Guardian Angel as I had another Angel visitation which was really cool. So in honour of him I will stitch the 3rd page. See you soon stunners and have an awesome week!

xoxoxo
Alicia

16 comments:

  1. Double D'OH!! Awesome progress:)

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  2. Poor you, I know how you feel about disappointing starts. When I started this years HAED's sal (of the dragon) I picked the wrong fabric ... but instead of being smart like you and changing fabric I persevered and I still hate most of the stitches I put in. Sometimes I am discouraged from starting new out of fear ... which I suppose is good for the wips... but not so good for the 50 projects waiting to be started. Love the spider queen and the theatre of the absurd. Hope your next starts have better luck!

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  3. Gorgeous progress. Sorry about the fabric but glad you sorted it out.

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  4. Oh dear you really had rotten luck with your new starts. I love all the progress you made on your WIPs though. I also feel like I should call page 1 of Autumn my never ending page. I keep stitching on it but seem to get nowhere with it.

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  5. Very very nice choices of new start(s) and stash(es). I absolutely jealous! Incredible sip as well. Oh man, I need some encouragement here sigh~

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  6. You've made some great progress !! Shame about the hole, I've just done the same in the middle of the stitching of HAED Literate Dragon, at least you have been able to save the fabric. Great stash enhancement too !!!

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  7. What a great update Alicia. Wonderful progress on all your gorgeous pieces. Love the new stash you got. Don't stay away so long next time. Enjoy seeing your progress pics.

    Linda

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  8. Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear about your troubles concerning new starts =( I can fully understand that you didn't have the heart to start them over again. Maybe in a few weeks it will be better.

    I love the progress you made on your WIPs =) I like the idea of stitching the black mask on Spiders Queen with three threads, it looks great and I imagine it to look even better in real life =)

    I also picked up the SAL piece again, I added some 700 stitches and I still feel no closer to a page finish. I'm going to continue with page 3 afterwards because it's a smaller page and so I will hopefully feel like making some progress.... ;-)

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  9. Wow, love your xxxxx
    I'm not stitching haed lately, just some small designs, but you inspire me to take out haed :)
    Have a great week

    www.xstitchworld.blogspot.com

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  10. Lots of progress made well done! I am trying to remain positive and try not to dwell too much on the two false starts ;)

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  11. Excuse me while I just drool over your entire post!
    I've got Apocalypse Princesses but haven't started yet, it's a stunning chart though!
    And I'm loving Spiders Queen, the colour on her hair is just stunning.
    And that's some very pretty stash you got... I'm trying not to buy at the moment because I'm saving up for a couple of kits, but it's not going well!

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  12. Sorry to hear about the problems with the new starts, I hope you get around to starting them again very soon as they are very lovely.

    I'm like you, I can't pass up an opportunity to stash shop and those are lovely charts you've bought hopefully you'll start them very soon :)

    I love the de-tailer, it's so cute! What a lovely parcel that must have been to get through the post.

    You've made some great progress on your WIP's though and I look forward to seeing the next update :)

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  13. Hi Love your purple orchid wip and can not wait until you start stitching her and not the background. I've also had my eye on the chart Inspire but I now have so many it's a case of do I realllllly what it. lol Great progress even with the problems you have had and I can not wait for your next update.

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  14. Love the colours in the Spider Queen, gorgeous!!

    I have inherited some Anchor threads from a friend (her stitching is deceased, not her!) so if you're ever passing just pop in and borrow some LOL.

    Can't believe you bought more charts LOL. What am I saying? Of course it's totally believable!

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  15. The Star De-Tailor is so pretty and multi-functional too - I'd love to have one. I must look for it. It's unfortunate about the 'hole' episode - but it's IHSW this week, so more stitching progress! :D

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  16. I have the Nightwing chart as well. It's lovely, isn't it? Do you plan to start it anytime soon? I have a few charts to stitch before I touch that one.

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