Tuesday, April 11, 2017

6.04 Andromeda Green

The new Mirabilia for February was Andromeda, and of course I had to stitch her.

Image result for andromeda mirabilia

As per my usual, I changed her up.  Now I will be the first to admit, my favourite colour is green.  And since I'm also mid stitching Portrait of Veronica, I have greens already filling my current stitching box, so the colour palette was literally right in front of me the whole time...

She ended up greens.  Was there ever any doubt?

Her fabric had something of a story behind this time too.  My original fabric, I was an idiot and didn't check her size before ordering.  And turns out she fits on a FE (Fat Eighth, or 13x18 inches) and I ordered a FQ (Fat quarter, or 18x26 inches).  While I COULD have put her in the middle of the fabric anyway, I chose not to.  The fabric is stunning, and it would be a waste to put some tiny stitching in the middle and end up wasting it all.  So out came the fabrics box, and a new fabric chosen.  Turns out it was meant to be, as the original fabric was too similar in the centre to the greens of her dress, and I would have had to change it.

Rest assured, the beautiful original fabric choice has already been picked a new pattern, and it literally about to be put on the frame to start that.

Top beading done, just the waves to do.

All finished!
Green beads, green beads...

All those frothing little white beads on the waves.  Much swearing was involved in them, as I ended up 14 beads short.  Argh!

Technically I realise she isn't totally finished yet.  I don't have the glow in the dark Kreinik yet, but it's in the vague gloomy mist of 'about to order'.  Everything else is, however, finished.  So those few Kreinik stitches will be all of 5 mins later down the track, assuming I remember when I finally order the thread, LOL.

The Conversion

Skin, hair, rocks and waves all stayed as originally charted.

Dress -

  • 211 to 3812
  • 414 to 500
  • 762 to 959
  • 844 to 3847 + 310
  • 3042 to 3847
  • 3743 to 943
  • 3747 to 3847 + 3812
  • white to 964
Hair piece/ribbon
  • 3740 to 3812
  • 3836 to 3847
  • 02022 to 02008
  • 10001 to 00479 (Will possibly need 2 packets, this is the waves)
  • 10023 to 02074
  • 16608 to 18831
  • 42014 to 02056
  • 62047 to 02074


  • 850 to 018HL (Backstitching only, 2 strands of 310 would work just as well)

Stitched 2 over 2 on Dye Stitch Love 'Silent Night' (Dyer and store now retired, sorry)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

6.03 Miss Christmas Eve

Yet another Xmas one, finished and awaiting framing...maybe one day I will actually get them framed and up on the walls for Christmas itself, LOL

This time around I used fabric from Fibrelicious (The awesomeness that is Nguyen), who has only recently started dying fabrics as well has her cottons and silks.
And OMG the fabric she dyed for me - words cannot describe it.

It's called Sunlight Cathedral, and I got it in Belfast opal.  ISH SHO SPARKLIE! *cough*  

With fabric and threads ready, she started being stitched.  The top half was actually really fast to stitch up, it surprised me.  Then I got to the skirt, and I remembered why I have to make myself do the skirt first for these ladies - I get so incredibly BORED.

But I persevered!  I also may or may not have done a smaller project or two in the middle, to help break up the endless green.

And then, just before lunch one day...the stitching was done!

And then her beads!

All in all, I loved her, especially once she was finished.  Doing her again, I would start with the skirt, just so I don't get so irritated like I did this one (And yes, I already have a conversion worked out for her, don't judge >.<)

The one thing I did change on her was the waterlilies.  As per usual for me.  I had some sparkly thread similar to blending filament (and just as irritating to use, I might add) which I used.  I thought it added a special extra, being actually sparkly, whereas the original waterlilies aren't (I called the ribbon her tinsel, so she needed more sparklies!)

Mirabilia's 'Miss Christmas Eve', MD148
Stitched 2 over 2, on opal belfast linen, 32 count, Fibrelicious 'Sunlight Cathedral'
Beads as original.
Caron Waterlilies substituted by other sparkly 'stash-threads'
Stitching time - roughly a month.

Monday, February 20, 2017

6.02 Bella Vita Conversion

While she is a beautifully simple little mermaid, I must admit, Bella Vita's colours sucked ass.  They just did nothing for me, and as such were drastically changed.

She went from this:
                                             Bella Vita - Cross Stitch Pattern

to this:

Yeah.  Just a 'small' change.

Stitched 2 over 2, on Chromatic Alchemy's 'Poseidon', 32 count belfast opal.

Changes as follows - (Original - new)
166 - 3809
580 - 3808
732 - 3808
772 - 3811
3819 - 3810

500 - 154
958 - 333
959 - 3746
964 - 156
991 - 550

420 - 3823
838 - 3820
839 - 3822
3371 - 3829

Skin, and white stayed the same.
I also did her backstitch in 632, not the original 3799

Beads were : 42031 - 02085 (hair)
                                 - 10079 (tail)

Honestly, if I do her again, I'll switch her colours around - so purple tail, and green ribbon.  But that was something I decided after I was too far in for me to be bother un-picking stitches and redoing it (At that point I had already unpicked around 200 stitches and I wasn't doing it again).  Maybe for next time?
She IS a very simple stitch to do, and definitely on my redo list.

6.01 New Year, new...wait, not quite new start

ANYHOO, my new year, new start actually began mid-December.  These things happen.

Mirabilia's Aphrodite Mermaid (MD144) has been settled in for a while, and I finally found the perfect fabric for her too!
Chromatic Alchemy's "Eliat", which ended up looking like kelp in water, which I thought was the perfect accompaniment for a mermaid.
The one downside was ...the fact it looked like her hair was pretty much an octopus.  I'm sorry, but I wasn't that impressed with her hairdresser.  So that was always intended to be changed.

Everything finished but her hair

All finished, except beads

Everything doneeeeee!

Best part about her?  I actually liked stitching her enough that I'm considering doing an adaption.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

5.19 South Seas Mermaid Adaption

While I have had the pattern for this a while, I've never really felt the urge to stitch it quite yet...mainly because it's colours are so bland.  I'm sorry, but when you mention 'south seas mermaid' I tend to imagine something a bit...more colourful than the original pattern.

Anyway, I finished Royal Holiday, so I was looking for something new to start....so I figured why not adapt south seas?

Anyway, what happened from there was this
The humble beginnings, as I sorted out what colours to use

Colours more-or-less settled, starting to come to life

All the stitching finished!  Just beads left

The finished product!

Fair warning for this adaption - there was a LOT changed.  As in pretty much everything but the skin and hair colours were changed (And one bead.  I left one bead the same, LOL)
I also left out some beading, as a) I didn't think it needed any more (holy hell there were already a million beads on it, and the pattern called for YET MOREEEE) and b) I didn't have a bead in my stash that either fit the colours AND had the sheer quantity I would need.  So that happened.


  • 5982 -> 026 (Kreinik)
  • 3514 ->1223 (Kreinik)
  • 927 ->340
  • 772/927 -> 156
  • 772 -> 341
  • 3770 -> 3840
  • 939 -> 550
  • 03048 -> 3844
  • 356/758 -> 3844
  • 926 -> 3746
Top fins
  • 3607 -> 3844
  • 3607/3609 -> 3845
  • 3609 -> 3846
Bottom back fins
  • 352 -> 3844
  • 335 -> 3845
  • 335/860 -> 3846
Trailing fins
  • 3860 -> 156
  • 844 -> 161
  • 3609/3860 -> 156/3846
  • 335 -> 321
  • 352 -> 321
  • 922 -> 321
  • 335/926 -> 321
  • 844 -> 701
  • 3860 -> 702
  • 704 -> 703
  • 5982 -> 015 (Kreinik)
  • 3607 -> 321
And then the beads.  (I did mention a LOT had changed, right?)
  • 72023 -> 72052
  • 72012 -> 72052
  • 03048 -> 00165
  • 16616 -> SAME AS ORIGINAL
  • 16615 -> 02031
  • 03027 -> 02009
  • 18828 -> 18830
  • 18831 -> 02085
  • 00525 -> 02035

  • 03047 -> On arm, neck and top of bodice 10074, on tail fins, and trailing tendrils 00161
  • 42031 -> on belly 00161, on trailing tendrils 02009
Backstitching stayed the same as original pattern, as did the hair and skin.

Stitched 2 over 2 on Chromatic Alchemy's 'Poseidon' Belfast linen

Monday, October 24, 2016

5.18 Royal Holiday (A Christmas Queen)

All up, she took 35 days to stitch and bead (Beading only took a couple hours) Although that skin alone took me two and a half days >.<
Stitched 2 over 2 on 32 count belfast linen.
Skin stitched 1 over 1
Fabric is Al's Darkmagic, from Chromatic Alchemy
Mill Hill beads 03034 were changed to 03004

Sunday, July 10, 2016

5.17 Snowdrop (A bluebell adaption)

Mother's favourite flower is the snowdrop...but sadly Nora Corbett doesn't have a pixie of that (Yet.....hint hint)

So I adapted Bluebell into it.

Note - I now hate creams and whites.

The dress done AT LAST

Stitching all finished

All done!

154 – 164
333 - 369
3746 - 3072
3839 - 822
794 - 3865
800 - Blanc
3756 - B5200
Changed on DRESS ONLY
3371 - 563

Waterlilies 204 – Replaced with Fibrelicious C120, Spring Leaves

093 – 027L
1223 – 152V
1432 – 150V

Mill Hill beads
16168 – 16606
18830 – 18820

Umbrella – DMC 986. I outlined the snowdrops by going around the edges of the B5200, but that was a personal preference.

Laces on feet – 027L Kreinik.

Stitched on Chromatic Alchemy's "Bridget's Garden" 32 count belfast linen, 2 over 2.