And more vibrant colors in Day Dreaming Mermaid. Isn't she just lovely?
I have also started Red Dragon. 3800 stitches and almost all of them 939! I was going to post a picture, but my camera batteries chose that moment to die. Since I couldn't find replacements (which turned out to be right in front of my nose -- don't you hate it when that happens?), I decided a picture wasn't really necessary -- just imagine a dark blue, almost black rectangle! I do like to document, though, so I'll try to take a picture when it comes around again.
I don't talk about books too often, since I'm just not good at writing reviews. But I wanted to share Jennifer Fallon with you. I've read all but the most recent of her books and enjoyed them so much that I'm currently re-reading the Demon Child Trilogy (not something I do very often with 100+ books on my to read pile). I had just finished the Hythrun Chronicles, which predates the first trilogy, and simply had to read the rest again. I strongly urge all fantasy fans to check her out.
I have made it all the way across on Revelation. It still doesn't look like much, but an accomplishment none-the-less.
The candy canes may have survived. I'm pretty sure the candy kisses that were also in the bowl did not.
In an attempt to stay current, here is a picture of Rose. I managed 3900 stitches this round. The piece is so huge that comes out to about 1% done. So at 1% a pop, four times a year, I figure 25 years before this is done. It is hard to fathom working on a single design for a quarter of a century, but there it is.
And my rare finishes include Mirabilia's Titania and Lynne Nicoletti's Alice. How weird is that?
On the right you'll see my youngest holding up the framed baby sampler we did together. She did a wonderful job stitching over two! Now she wants to try her hand at a HAED.
And here is Tower of Stony Wood. I'm getting a bit tired of all the gold, but remain stunned when I step back to take the whole thing in.
I'm afraid I didn't spend much time on Taj Mahal. It's lovely stitching with silk after using DMC most of the time, though.
Song of the Dead remains one of my favorites. It is stitching up quite quickly. Of course, I haven't come across any major color changes at this point. I imagine when I get down to the lady, things will slow up a bit. I'm really looking forward to the next section on this. I can't wait to see if those smoky bat things turn up in the stitched piece.
And finally, here is Sea of Roses. I realized as I was trying to figure out where her arm ended and the background began that I'm simply not going to be able to remove the background on this myself. That one spot is just too iffy and I really don't want to take a chance on mucking it up. So, next sale I'll be purchasing a copy of this chart without the background. I really should make these decisions before I buy the chart in the first place, but a lot of times I don't realize I don't want to stitch the background until I actually see the chart. Dragon Skies is a perfect example of that. I had intended to stitch the background, but after seeing pages and pages of white I just couldn't do it. I simply hate stitching white!
Whew! I hope Blogger doesn't have a hissy fit because of all the pictures.
This picture captures the colors in the fabric really well.