Saturday 4 May 2013

Happy Star Wars Day

May the Fourth be with you!

So what's new this month?  Having finally finished the RR I decided to spend some time with Green Goddess, a Joan Elliott design.  Here's a close-up of the area I've been working on:

I've stitched all around her face in the ordinary DMC leaving gaps for the dragonflies as they have metallics in them.  I've also left the face til last so I can start a fresh skein and not risk a dye-lot change in the middle of it!

There is alot of metallic in this as most of the border is Kreinik and there are beads to add too but I do feel the end is in sight sometime this year!

Daytime has also been Joan's territory.  I dithered over whether to finish February's design from the 2013 Diary or start April's.  Karen told me to start April's dragons so like a good little stitcher that's what I did.  Here is my progress so far:

The fabric is a 28 count from a Crafty Kitten grab bag so it has no name but looks quite sky-like.  The dragons are stitching up so much more quickly than the Cherub did.  I have no idea why as I like both designs.

This is how I left February's:

As I'm not stitching any of the pixie designs I'm hopeful of finishing both of these and catching up this month.

I can also show a finish from last month's Needlecraft Haven Challenge.  Christine invited us to choose one of the Snowflower Diaries Spring designs featuring chicks and bunnies.  I chose this one because the plant reminds me of Audrey from Little Shop of Horrors!

I used the same yellow evenweave as previous Easter/Spring stitches so they can all be mounted together.  The bunny in the photo is the one I won in our corner shop's raffle.

Finally, I had a little stash enhancement via an Esty shop called The Pampered Stitcher and bought these three Shepherd's Bush charts.  They are from a series called the Botanicals and I have whortleberry, rowan berry and bluebells.  There is also a fourth design entitled buttercups.  If anyone out there has this chart they would like to sell to me I would be eternally grateful and your friend forever!

Here are the three I have:

They will look beautiful framed and displayed with these four I stitched several years ago:

Larger pictures found here

edit: further investigation reveals the existence of violets and aramanth!


Susan said...

ummm, cookies... Love all your Joan Elliot's. I haven't thought of Little Shop of Horrors in years, but your comments brought a smile. Very nice finds. Let me check my stash. I know I have a bunch of Shepherd's Bush's but I don't think I have Buttercup.

Linda said...

I love the Star Wars piece. I got my chuckle for the day. Great progress on the Joan Elliott pieces. They are all so pretty. Cute finish and great charts. Sorry, I don't have any of them.


llknbillburg said...

I think I have the entire collection. In addition to the ones you have, I also have: Buttercups, violets, bilberry, mulberry, and amaranth. Any or all of which I would be glad to send your way! Laura

Kerryp77 said...

Great Progress Jo, Can't help on the chart front but the progress pics are fab! love green goddess

Vickie said...

May the Fourth be with you as well! ;) My two teenage sons and I are Star Wars geeks.

Shirlee said...

Everything looks great! I've been catching up on blogs today & I feel like a sloth compared with all you prolific stitchers! I gotta get me in the groove : ) Have a great weekend!

Anne said...

Great stitching and thanks for the giggle! May the Fourth be with you too!! :)

Christine said...

I recognise my little Darthikins!
I'm a day late for May the 4th, so I shall wish you a very happy Revenge of the 5th
I have Buttercups here, I can drop it in the post on Tuesday if you want

Fiona said...

My DS celebrates his birthday on Star Wars Day and was a huge fan when he was younger. Loving your dragon. Green Goddess is progressing nicely.

Deb said...

LOVe the Darth Vader piece! CUTE!!!
The Joan Elliott pieces are gorgeous!
Congrats on the stash enhancement. Love the Shepherds Bush Botanicals.

Clare-Aimetu said...

I love that joke, it gets the kids t school every year :-) Those Shepherd's Bush charts are beautiful.

Giovanna said...

Oooh, I've been wanting to stitch that SW design for ages! Too funny. Lovely progress on your stitching, and nice catch of SB charts.

Karoline said...

Cute finish, congratulations

Great progress on your wips & you got some nice stash.

Maxine said...

Lovely stitching....I've not done any from the JE diary yet...seeing yours makes me want to though :)

geeky Heather said...

I may have those SB charts as well...and I already owe you some stuff. =)

Julie said...

Loving the new SB charts, what a great new purchase.
GG is looking lovely, its going to be a stunning finish.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wonderful stitching on all of your projects!

Rachel said...

The dark side is worth it. With cookies, LOL.Goddess looks amazing! Dragons too!Cherub will be so cute!I HAVE to get on those Snowflower designs, they are so pretty! Will keep an eye out for the SB chartS, just how old are they?

Anne said...

Loads of great stitching Jo!! Love your dragon so far and that design by the Snowflower Diaries. I printed it out but haven't stitched it yet! At least it'll be ready for next spring!