Sunday, September 28, 2014

Doodleplex must NOT be forgotten.

However, I am sad to admit that I often do forget not so little 'ol Doodleplex...

But, here you can see the beginning of the last "round" of Doodleplex Part II:

Actually, now that I think about it it's the end of the "second to last" chunk of Doodleplex Part II.
I did jump the gun a little, though, and thread the three colors I want to use for the "tree"... who knows if I'll be able to use it this stitch session, though.

Here's a shot of the first stitches!

Anywho, the main chunk of this post is dedicated to the purpose of me complaining about my bizarrely sudden struggles with the fishbone stitch in the "leaves" above the flower.

In case you don't recall (and I'd be surprised and impressed if you did recall), I've already had some practice with fishbone stitch back in Doodleplex Part I:


I was positive it would work the same here, but it wasn't until I started in on it that I realized that the shape of the "leaves" I was trying to fill were gonna be an issue.

And I went through a few different versions of stitches until I finally seemed to get a hang of this one specific stitch that I came up with one the spot. I haven't seen said stitch before, so I'll just go ahead and coin it.

I call it: Arrowhead stitch (displayed here in the green-yellow leaf).

Note: it's called the arrowhead stitch because of the "theoretical" appearance. Though, so far it looks like a feather or fluffy bunny tail (center leaf).

Why Arrowhead? Well, there's already a feather stitch, and "Arrowhead" sounds more epic than "fluffy bunny tail stitch"

Anywho...since I'd already threaded some thread for the "tree", I didn't exactly finish all of these leaves.

I did get to use that tree thread though.

Therefore, at the end of a marathon stitching session, I give you:

Tutorial on Arrowhead coming soon! ( © Karla Barraza)


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Ideas for the Future?

I was trolling Pinterest (as per usual when my head's a little too active for me to relax) when I came across this pin that caught my eye:

(clicking on the image should theoretically open the link)

Follow Rent a Stylist Giambattista Valli | Spring 2014 Couture Collection |

For some reason, the colors stood out to me. I'm thinking of trying them on...a flower...a butterfly?

Not sure yet, but at least I have a color scheme!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Top wings... done! (Almost)

Save a minor detail and an issue with the order in which layers have to be stitched, I'm essentially done with the top wings! 

To compare, let me begin with the last update seen on Lace (making) Adventures:

Approximately half of that second wing is done, as you can see. 

Now this past weekend, I had promised myself that I'd get back to embroidering after a crazy few weeks. However, come Saturday, I found myself doing nothing. 
However, Sunday, I put my foot down and picked up my embroidery hoop.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Scrappy returns!

I was feeling a little bit of a vibe from Scrappy, so I decided to take a shot at another round.

Nothing too fancy, mostly just a base round for whatever comes next, but I like it. 


Monday, September 15, 2014

-Drum Roll-

I now give you the longest running project (that I'm aware of) currently in progress at Lace (making) Adventures! 


(So it's not completely finished, but do you know how much work that is!?)

I must say that I feel like I've reached a very significant landmark. I am almost done!!!

Note to any one out there who might wish to take a crack at needle lace: If you use colored thread, make sure you don't let it near sunlight... if you look closely, you can see a difference in the shade of the thread between the top and the bottom --> improper storage is to blame. >_<

But it's almost done!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Patience... a virtue that I don't exactly have in spades...

But I'm trying to be good and keep it all hush hush until the milestone that I told myself I'd wait for! 

I've been working on one of my projects (not telling which) and as of late I've made somewhat remarkable progress!

Or at least, I'd say it's remarkable.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Silky Awesomness!

As I mentioned before, I went on a trip and did some stuff.

Mostly, I paid my very first visit to a specialty thread shop: Creative Stitches and Gifts!

Imagine a kid in a candy shop, 
Times ten.

In the end, I walked out of there with a nice little selection of silks and a metal awl...which I promptly had to turn around and return when I realized that I didn't have a checked bag to stuff it into for the plane ride back. 


But all was not lost! 

From Needlepoint Inc., observe:

From left to right, we have: 855, 857, 571, 862, 863, 864, 865, 225 and 224


Thursday, September 4, 2014