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Enchanting Geisha progress #13

September 17, 2011 1 comment

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It might be hard to see much difference between this progress post and the previous one, because I haven’t worked any large sections. I’ve been spending time filling in a lot of the smaller areas, little bits that only need a few stitches of a certain colour, trying to get some of those out of the way, because they’re the parts that I like the least. I like working on larger areas of colour rather than smaller fiddly ones. One area that shows clearly, though, is the tree and the blossoms of the left side of the image. I really like how that looks!

Working more and getting distracted by bumbling kittens isn’t doing much to increase my productivity, either. But I still enjoy both of those things a lot, so it isn’t terrible to give up some of my sewing time to play with cats!

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Categories: cross stitch, embroidery

Enchanting Geisha progress #12

September 6, 2011 2 comments

I wish I could say I’ve made more progress on this than I actually have. I say that a lot about this project, though. I ought to learn to be content with whatever progress I have made instead of just wishing I’d done more.

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I did do more work on her fan and face, though, with a little more colour in the kimono and a start to the blossoms, which right now just look like purple blobs in the sky. I’m a lot happier with her face now. It’s starting to look a lot more like a face and less like an invisible person wearing a mask.

A lot of my time this past week has been spent sleeping, cleaning, and preparing for my new job, which starts today. I’ve been excited about this job for months now, and I’m glad the day has finally come when I can start it! It may leave me with less time for crafting and reading and all the other things I enjoy doing, but it will allow me a greater amount of financial freedom, which is also important. Wish me luck!

Categories: cross stitch, embroidery

Enchanting Geisha progress #11

August 25, 2011 4 comments

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As you can see, I’ve worked more on her face (which now looks less like a “Phantom of the Opera” mask and more like a Mexican wrestler mask), added some detail to the fan and the kimono, and worked on the background, starting a bit of the trunk of the cherry tree on the left side. I know now that I won’t be able to finish this by the end of August, as I had originally wanted, but I’m getting close. With any luck, maybe by the end of September is when I can call it complete.

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Enchanting Geisha progress #10

August 18, 2011 7 comments

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The work on her kimono seemed to be going so slowly, because at this point most of the work left to do on it consists of lots of small areas of certain colours. While I like the detail that gives, it got to be tedious, doing a few stitches then switching to a new area or a new colour, so I decided to take a bit of a break from that and start on the background.

Here you can see a little more of the sky behind her head (not much of it), and the start of the river and the hills behind her. These parts are done in half cross stitch, so they go quickly and don’t look as solid as the image of the geisha itself, which makes it look good for background colours. I’m enjoying the change of pace!

I will return to the main part of the image soon, though. Her half-finished face is starting to bother me. She looks like she’s just wearing a mask!

Categories: cross stitch, embroidery

A wonderful gift

August 16, 2011 1 comment

A while ago, Karyn from A Riot Patch of Pixels ran a contest, and I was the winner. The prize was a cross-stitched representation of the winner’s favourite character from a video game. I chose Tachibana Itsuki from Fatal Frame 2.

Yesterday, a package arrived for me, and it contained this:

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It’s so very fitting for Itsuki, and I love the butterflies. Thank you so much, Karyn!

Categories: cross stitch

Enchanting Geisha progress #9

I feel like I’ve been going so slowly with this project over the past week!

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At least I have a reason for not getting as much done as I wanted to. The local Animal Rescue League has too many cats right now, and they don’t have enough space for them. They want people to adopt a new cat, or if people can’t adopt, then to foster a cat for a few months, or as long as they can, until they can get the cat population under control. So I’ve been spending time preparing to give a home to a new cat.

My cats aren’t going to be happy with this plan, but they have loving homes and always will, and by caring for another cat for a few months, I might be able to save a life. Hopefully I’ll be getting the cat either today or tomorrow. This Saturday’s post will probably have pictures of the new arrival instead of something craft-related, but I know I’m going to want to show them off so much, and I don’t even know which one will be coming home with me yet!

I hope that by next week I’ll have some better progress made on my geisha, too!

Categories: cross stitch, embroidery

Enchanting Geisha progress #8

August 4, 2011 1 comment

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I feel like I’ve worked on this so little since last week. I’m getting to the point where a lot has to be done or else it looks like almost nothing has been done. At first it was so easy to see all the little things that I had done since the last progress picture, but now? I think this may just be incentive for me to find more time to work on it. It’s a very enjoyable pattern, full of bright colours, so I don’t think it will be hard to convince myself to spend a little longer stitching.

Categories: cross stitch, embroidery