Sunday, February 5, 2017

Lavender & Lace: Celtic Spring Cross Stitch Progress

Hey everyone, welcome to February, hopefully we will start seeing some nice Spring greenery soon. Speaking of Spring, in my continuing attempts to avoid working on Elegance of the Orient, last post here, I have some progress to show on my Celtic Lady! I really do feel bad that Elegance has once again been passed over, however at least I didn't start something new, that makes it ok, right?

I was looking for a project that had some nice areas of block colour and no back stitching that needed to be done immediately. I wasn't really in the mood for a HAED project, even though Bridge of Wings has some large sections of just one colour. I wanted something that made me feel like I was making tangible progress and Celtic Spring fit that requirement perfectly.


I worked on the swirls of metallic stitching, using 1 strand of the treasure braid instead of 2. I started filling in some of the gaps left from my last session with this piece and worked my way down towards the bottom of the gown. I also got to stitch the shoe, which for some reason I really like. I think it's that it really conveys she is in motion.


I also finished all the cross stitches in her bouquet and I love how it turned out. The yellow roses look so delicate. There is still some more beading to do under the flowers but I'm happy with the progress I made. I was very tempted to fill in her head piece but it's mostly beading and I wasn't in the mood for bead confetti so that will have to wait.


These pictures show the colour of the fabric I'm using quite accurately, which was an issue I was having with my other photos. It's a very delicate pink colour and the evenweave is so soft and comfortable to work with. I even find that the metallics don't shred that much with this fabric, making them much easier to use.

When I manage to get around to this project, it stitches up quite quickly. Hopefully when I start the other season ladies, I won't leave them wallow unfinished for so long.

Well that's my cross stitch project post for this week, hope you enjoyed it. Don't forget to follow me on the various social media. I pop up a sneak peep of what my post will be about on Twitter and Instagram on Fridays, so check that out to get an early clue of what's coming up.

40 comments:

  1. Its very lovely. I've always like Mirabilias but have not attempted one yet.

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    1. Thanks so for great comment. These charts are Lavender & Lace but are very similar to Mirabilia. They are gorgeous, well worth giving a go if there's a pattern you're interested in :)

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  2. The colors of this are just so lovely! Great work!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. The colour palette on all the ladies are gorgeous.

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  3. Absolutely gorgeus,your close ups show how lovely this design is.

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. I love doing close up shots, they really show how beautiful the detail is.

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  4. She looks awesome and you have made some nice progress.

    Linda

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. This one is great for feeling like I have achieved something as it stitches up nice and quickly.

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  5. Beautiful stitching and so nice to see this one again. Definitely sticking with a WIP is a good idea and a good excuse to skip over Elegance again.

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. You shouldn't tell me things like that or Elegance will never get finished :D

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  6. She is looking beautiful!! Great progress!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. I'm really happy to have made it to the bottom of the gown on this.

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  7. I always love the celtic seasons, so pretty.

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. I saw the Christmas one when I first started stitching large pieces but was put off by all the red, I thought I would be bored. However when they came out with the seasonal set I knew I had to have them. Now I'm only missing the Christmas chart.

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  8. She is looking beautiful & neat. Love the colours too.

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment Mii. There is something about the mix of bold purple with the more pastel lavenders and yellows. It just works so well.

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  9. WOW....so pretty! Love the colours you are using.

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment Rhona. I'm stitching this as charted so all the praise goes to the designer on this, the colour palette is awesome.

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  10. And that's why we have multiple WIPs, so we can stitch according to our mood! She's beautiful and definitely doesn't count as she was already started.

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. You guys are such enablers :D It does make a difference to be able to match a stitching mood with a project, unfortunately that usually means that things never get finished!

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  11. She is stunning! Hope she comes out for another appearance again soon!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. I'm hoping to get this finished sometime in the near future so she should make another appearance here soon.

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  12. She is looking very pretty! It's fun having multiple wips on the go & being able to pick the one you feel like working on๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. You are right, sometimes I wonder if forcing myself to be a one at a timer in the past is why I stopped cross stitching for so long.

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  13. She's coming along beautifully and you're right about how quickly they stitch up. The Celtic Ladies are on my to-do list... one day!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. I look forward to watching your stitching when you get around to these. The Mirabilia season queens are also on my to-do list.

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  14. I have been wanting to stitch these for forever, I think Summer is my favorite. Just need to get through more of my stash before starting such a big new project.

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. Summer is stunning, so it Autumn I think. I'm looking forward to getting around to them some day. Hope you can tackle that stash and get to these beauties one of these days :)

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  15. Your celtic spring lady looks just amazing, she is so pretty and delicate =) Lavender and Lace has such wonderful patterns, on day I will start and finish one, until then I will be happy to watch your lady grow =)

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. I have a few lavender & Lace charts in my stash, you are absolutely right, they are gorgeous. Hopefully I will get around to the others some day

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  16. How absolutely gorgeous she is!! I admire you for stitching with metallic threads--something I greatly fear :)

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. Metallics aren't so bad to be honest, they only annoying part is threading the needle. Some brands are easier to use than others. The worst thread I have ever had to work with was Satin DMC, that was a nightmare. You don't need to fear metallics, you would do fine I'm sure :)

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  17. Oohh, so pretty! The colors are gorgeous. I've always admired these ladies but never worked up the courage to start them. Have fun! :D

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. These charts aren't too difficult to be honest. Having seen your stitching I don't think you would have any problem with these.

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  18. She is really beautiful. These Celtic ladies are so amazing!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. This is a beautiful collection of charts. Hopefully I will get around to all of them some day :)

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  19. She is beautiful! I love Lavendar & Lace designs. Your stitching and beading are lovely.

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  20. Beautiful stitching, and such a gorgeous design. You look like you're closing in on a finish!

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  21. Such a beautiful cross-stitch. And such neat stitches x

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