Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Queen of Halloween

***I've had some issues with Blogger lately, which has led me to change the way I post pictures. They don't link to flickr anymore and are larger than before. I think I like it. Let me know if you do, too.***

As promised in my last post, here is a look at what I made for Amanda. What's funny is we didn't plan out a swap or anything; we both had some floss that the other wanted to try and decided to send each other a package of goodies. We both just happened to include a little handmade gift.

Design by Helga Mandl; stitched 2 over 2 with DMC and Crescent Colours on 28-ct Crystal Monet Cashel by Picture This Plus

This is just a bitty little thing...about 2.5 inches square. It was fun to make! Look at that pumpkin, how cute is he?! I especially like the spider, in part because of his petite seed bead eyes, and partly due to that fact the I designed him myself. 

Here's the original design:

I didn't care for the wording. "I am the Queen of THE Halloween" sounded sort of odd to me, so I tweaked the design a bit. I like the way it turned out.

It wasn't until I was about to pop this cutie in the frame when I took a really close look at it...and realized I had to make another change. Do you see it? Here, let me give you a side-by-side look at the before and after. See if you can spot the difference (please ignore the discrepancy of the fabric color).

Uh-oh, I see a problem!

See it? The candy corn? Every traditional candy corn I've ever seen is, from top to bottom, white-orange-yellow. That was not the case with this pattern. So, I had to frog the candy corn and redo them. It bothered the stitchy perfectionist in me too much to leave them. Luckily, it was a super simple--and quick-- fix.

Ahhh, problem solved!

 I think it looks like Mr. Spider is giving Mr. Pumpkin the side eye. Hahaha!

I have other Halloween projects in the works, in addition to other things (gifts, yea!). That means I have stitchy goodness to share with you in the near future. Stay tuned! :)


Julie said...

This is so cute! And so is the frame. :)

kittykill said...

So adorable! I love your stitching.

Anonymous said...

omg! WHAT! I would never have even noticed that!!! I'm so obsessed with this stitching, it's next to me as I sew! Thank you so so so much for the amazing package! It totally meant the world to me!!!! <3

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Jodi Anderson said...

What a good eye you have! I wouldn't have caught the candy corn discrepancy. Also, I'm not craving sweet corn while having a psychosomatic toothache. :)

Crystal Rhew Staley said...

Oh I love it!

Anonymous said...

I saw the difference before I scrolled down!! Cute Fall pics!

besomom said...

I love the changes you made. That spider is adorable and really improves the design.

jason @ gold work embroidery said...

The spider's a cutey! I showed this to my 2 year old grandson and now he wants one!

Natasha said...

This is great, makes me want to get out my Boo box and get to decorating!