Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Reindeer Ornament #1 + Grell Complete!

My long weekend wasn't quite as fruitless as I had first suspected it to be, as I managed to complete some stitching. I started on the first of my ornament set that I have planned to make for this year's tree, completed the Grell standee (well, just the stitching part. I still need to cut him out and add a felt backing!), and I even attempted at some xxxHolic embroidery that I've been craving to do. Overall, I'm pretty happy with the fact that I was only lazy 2/4 days of my weekend!

First up, I'll share with you my WIP of the ornament. I started it pretty late in the day, and with my allergies bothering me greatly and the fact I had to get up at 5 AM pressing heavily, I only managed to complete the green border and holly, with white beads to replace the french knots I lack the knowledge of making.

Next comes Grell, whom I finished last night. The backstitching was rather hard to do, for some unknown reason, which leaves me unimpressed with the end result. He's much smaller than I had first expected him to be, and so very cute, that I want one for myself! Maybe after Christmas I'll allow myself. The flash on my camera slightly distorted his colours, which saddens me, so I'll have to make sure to upload a scanned version some time before the new year!

I'm much too shy to share a WIP of my embroidery of xxxHolic at the moment, but hopefully if the project continues to move along smoothly, I'll feel braver towards sharing the progress! I'm in a very big "let's get things done!" mood, so this will either profit my stitching, or hinder it. We'll just have to wait and see in a few days! Until then, keep up with your Christmas stitchings! xoxo

Friday, 2 December 2011

Christmas WIPs

Hello all! I hope you had a fairly good week, mine wasn't quite so peachy. I did get quite a bit of stitching done though, so I can't wait to show you!

First of all, I should explain a little about a trade that a friend of mine and I are having. About a week ago, I came up with the idea that we should buy the other a stocking and fill it with little goodies! We usually buy lots of tiny presents with one big one for each other, so I figured why not a stocking as well? Thing is, we won't be filling it with just yummy candies and miscellaneous toys, we'll be making half of the contents!

I'm quite excited for my stocking, as she draws lots of neat pictures for me with my characters, and she even hinted that they'll be Christmas themed! As for hers, so far I've started a few cross stitched items; one being a plastic canvas standee of Grell Sutcliff from Black Butler, and the others some game objects that'll be turned into barrettes!

It was very hard to keep the plastic canvas standing up long enough to take a decent shot, so I apologize for its wonky angle near the top. So, there's Grell in the bottom left corner, nearly complete. I just need to add in his luscious red hair and some back stitching and he's complete!

At the top is a  line of Pokeballs; two for my friend, two for my brother, and I still need to add two more for another friend and my mom. They're quite popular! And finally, that last object is a key from one of the Zelda games.

Hopefully, I can use that entire sheet for gifts, but I still have so much more to make! Such as my "big" present for another friend, who is knitting me a Ravenclaw scarf for Christmas. I'm quite excited to see it, and in return I'm attempting to make a Vampire Knight scarf for her. I won't be knitting it, but rather using waste canvas for the emblem and (if I find the time) logo.

I'm much too lazy to crop the picture right at the moment, so take in the beautiful sight of the wall behind my keyboard! Those pictures are in fact ones from the two friends I am making these gifts for, but I digress. I didn't get nearly as far on this one, since I started it very late last night, but I managed to finish the very center of the emblem.

That's what it will look like once I'm finished; well, I'm hoping it will! Haha!

So, that's all for my updates this week. Depending on how lazy I am this weekend, I might have a chance to start one my Christmas ornament set, but knowing me, nothing will be done! Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to keep on stitching! xoxo