Thursday, 12 March 2015

Challenge Finishes 3 and 4

Hello fellow bloggers!

The blogoversary giveaway prizes have been claimed and I am glad to see so many other entrants congratulating the winners. That's how nice stitchers are. On behalf of the winners, thank you.

But..... the main reason for this posting..... I have two more Challenge finishes!

Firstly, sitting majestically on the crest of a wave is Dragon of Water from 24th January. All I had left to do were the tail, the waves and the backstitching. Once I'd picked him up I couldn't put him down so was very naughty and finished him in one stint, stitching well into the early hours. Ooops!

Dragon of Water
Free chart from Dragon Dreams Inc.
Stitch count 38 wide by 69 high
Stitched on 16ct Nebula hand-dyed Aida by The Crafty Kitten 2 over 1
Started - 24th January 2015
Finished - 4th March 2015
Total stitching time - 10 hours 20 minutes


Secondly, Dragon of Fire from 17th January. I love his bright colours and seriously had to force myself to put him down each night instead of staying up to finish him. I might restrict the amount of sleep I have but I do need some!

Dragon of Fire
Free chart from Dragon Dreams Inc.
Stitch count 38 wide by 69 high
Stitched on 16ct Nebula hand-dyed Aida by The Crafty Kitten 2 over 1
Started - 17th January 2015
Finished - 9th March 2015
Total stitching time - 15 hours


On both dragons I am glad I substituted the recommended Kreinik for normal DMC. Not only do I avoid Kreinik whenever possible but I also think they look fine without any sparkle.

These two will probably sit in my box of shame until their siblings are finished which will be..... who knows when?! Then I'll decide if I am going to frame them separately or as a quartet.

4/59 Challenge pieces down, 55 to go!

Love and hugs,
Rachel x

28 comments:

Annie said...

I love all of your Challenge projects, but for me what really makes them awesome is the fabric you've chosen. You've paired each one with the perfect fabric. It's fun watching them turn into Finishes!

Pull the other thread said...

Wow these look amazing. Well done on two great finishes. Congrats to the winners as well, I forgot to comment on that post :S

Preeti said...

Congrats on the finishes!! :) They look great!
I have never tried Kreinik and I have a project currently that is supposed to be using some 4 shades. We don't get Kreinik here and the Anchor metallic threads aren't easy to stitch with. I have a couple of DMC metallics which I haven't tried either. I am thinking of using pearl thread which may not give the glittery effect but a little bit of shining than cotton. What's your opinion?

Mii Stitch said...

Well done!!! I agree with Annie, your fabric choice really make them stand out.
Kreinik is not my favourite too and I would have never guessed you had to use it in these. They look just perfect as they are :) ..... 27 days to go!!!

Justine said...

I would be happy to send you the Kreinik if you want to try it Preeti? I've never tried pearl thread so offer any advice.

Justine said...

Absolutely beautiful! That fabric is perfect. I love how the waves curl round on the Dragon of Water.
I don't think these need any sparkle either as they are just stunning on that fabric.

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Miamina said...

Love the fabric and the stitching is beautiful! Well done on the lovely finishes!

Lulu said...

Both of your finishes are beautiful! They look amazing with the fabric you selected. Congrats :)

Sarah L said...

These are great little dragons. They look perfect. Can't wait to see the others. They will look good all framed as a set.

Katie said...

Ohh I love them both!! Congrats on the finishes!! It sure would be nice if we didn't have to sleep so much. We would get a lot more done wouldn't we?

Leigh said...

I love these little guys! The water dragon looks especially amazing on that bright background. Well done!

Irene said...

che belli i draghi!

Tina said...

Oohhhh! I like them both, but I LOVE how the blue one just pops right off the fabric!! Great job, Rachel xo

summer said...

lovely finishes and beautiful fabric Rachel.

Heather said...

Congrats on the finishes they're adorable! And congrats to the winners!

Cath E said...

Congrats on the finishes. Those dragons are so cute, love them.

Cath E said...

Congrats on the finishes. Those dragons are so cute, love them.

Linda said...

Congrats on the gorgeous finishes Rachel. The fabric is perfect. I just found my charts and might need to start one.

Linda

Brigitte said...

Two great finishes. And I think these little dragons don't need any sparkle, the fabric and thread colours are their sparkle.

Annelies said...

The dragons look so cute!

Kate said...

Congrats, Rachel! They both look terrific. I've been guilty of stitching late into the night too, lately.

Deb said...

So pretty! Love the fabrics you are using!

Stitching Noni said...

Beautiful finishes! Love the fabrics :o)
Hugs xx

Hazel said...

Stunning stitchery. x

Jan Gartlan said...

Such gorgeous dragons . Well done

Angela P said...

Lovely finishes!