Montag, 31. August 2015

WIPocalypse - August editon

Well, it looks like August is over and it's time for WIPocalypse. Well, actually I am two days late with this, I somehow didn't notice it was time for it again. On the health side, I am feeling better by now. I am still rather tired and want to sleep a lot but it's getting better. I didn't have much energy and concentrating was rather hard during the last days, so I didn't stitch that much. Anyway, here is my update.

This months question is a task: to pick a project I stitched on this month and tell it's story.

I worked on two projects this month: Starlight and Kreimhilds Revenge. Since I already talked about Kriemhild two months back, I want to tell you something about Starlight.

Starlight is an artwork by David Hoffrichter, it will hopefully look like this one day:
It's 450x605 stitches, which makes a total of 272500 stitches. In large format, this results in 64 pages. I'm stitching this on 25ct ivory Lugana, 1 over 1, full crosses. 

As for the story behind this:
I started this in September 2013 (so it's nearly 2 years old). I had a pretty hard time back then and I had lost my stitching mojo. I didn't stitch for a couple of months and when this design was released, I immediately fell in love with it. I bought it a week after it was released (or so) and noticed that I was only two colors short, so I made a new start and found my love for stitching again. 
I guess this is one of the most challenging projects I have because it has such a lot of confetti. Especially that brown tree-bubble-thing in the upper left corner took ages to stitch, so progress on this went rather slow. But I am past that thing now (at least for the first row) and I am confident that I can speed up on this one now. I really enjoy the colors and it always amazes me how all those single stitches turn into something that beautiful. I only did 4 pages on this one, so there is still a long way to got. Here is what I got so far:
I am now stitching some of that swirl around that brown thing and I am very much looking forward to stitching the blue color in the upper right corner. I stitched 15120 stitches so far and I am nearly at the halfway point of the first row. I guess I will return to this in a while and stitch until I reach that halfway point.

After finishing page 4 on Starlight I returned to Kreimhilds Revenge. The sky is quite annoying and boring to stitch (especially since the colors are so similar to the fabric color). But there are only a few columns left until some more of Kriemhilds hair will appear, so I push myself to finish the sky columns. 
Last time you saw her, she looked like this:

And now:
Page 19 is nearly done and I hope to be back with a page finish soon =) I will also take a full shot of her then =)

Dienstag, 25. August 2015

Starlight - Page 3 is done!

Unfortunately I am still ill. On the one hand this means a lot of time for stitching and reading, but on the other hand I'm really tired of staying at home and sleeping so much.
During the last das I put some more work into Starlight by David Hoffrichter and I managed to finish page 3:
I really love working on this one. In the beginning it went really slow because there was so much confetti in that brown tree-bubble-whatever-thig, but it is way better now. I already took a look at page 4 and it looks like it would go a bit faster. I'm currently working on Kreimhild (a few columns f sky are left) and I guess I might return to Starlight after that. I'll soon reach the halfway point on the first row (just 4 more columns) and I guess I'll aim for that =) After all, Starlight is turning 2 soon, so I think giving some more love to it is a good thought =)

Sonntag, 16. August 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL - August

Well and again, two weeks have gone by and it has been quiet here and now it's time for the GGSAL post again. I didn't stitch so much during the last weeks, so I don't have a lot to show for the SAL this month. I did some 500 stitches on Middle Earth and that's it. I'm keeping this one on the frame for a few more days and hope to get a few more stitches in, but I am feeling a bit ill, so I', really not stitching that much.

So here is last times pic of Middle Earth:
And now the started column is finished:
Im very close to finishing page 2 and hope to present the entire page to you for the next GGSAL-post. 

Samstag, 1. August 2015

WIPocalypse and YOTA

Well, it looks like August is already here. To be correct, WIPocalypse day was yesterday which means that there were two full moons in July (the full moon appears every 28 days, 12 hours and 44 minutes or so, so this can happen from time to time)( I picked up this useful knowledge when I had to learn for an exam, lol).
Anyway, since YOTA and Wipocalypse were so close together this time, I decided to do one post for both (and since I don't have much to show for either of them, the posts won't look so empty).

Well, I somehow didn't spent a lot of time stitching during the last month. I picked up Starlight once again to stitch page 3 (my goal for this year was to add at least one page to every of my projects and I am on a good way to do so). I stitched half of the page so far. There was a lot of confetti in that brown bubble-tree-whatever-thing so stitching that took ages. But I seem to be done with it (for the first row) and stitching seems to be a bit faster now.

Here is how it looked like last time:
And now:

I plan to continue with this page for a bit longer (until I take a break to work on Middle Earth) 
Well as I said, I was very unproductive. I did 800 stitched on Yule Angel to show my new praking technique to avoid gridlines, but I didn't take a full shot. Anyway, I got from here:
To here:
And I fear that's it for WIPocalypse. I really hope next month will be better ;-) 

Ups, I forgot about this months question, which is 
What makes you pick up a long-abandoned UFO rather than beginning a new piece?
Well, those of you who follow my blog know, that I am quite good at starting new things :D But usually I can mange to not really abandon a piece. Sometimes I am making goals for myself before starting a new piece (I'm currently preparing for my first Supersize but I want to stitch a few things first: finish the current page on Starlight and stitch another page on Kreimhild and get some progress into Theatre of the Absurd). I often tell myself that I sort of treat myself with a new start when I get enough done on my old pieces but it doesn't always work :D 
I really enjoy the UFO SALs (both the one on facebook and the YOTA SAL) because they sort of force me to pick an UFO up once a month ;-)

As for YOTA, it didn't get much done either. I picked up QS Theatre of the Absurd for some 500 stitches and went from here:
To here:
I didn't really give much love to this one during the UFO week at the end of the month, so I decided to do a few more stitches (300 or so) before putting it away again. After all, I want this finished soon!