Sunday, February 12, 2017

Birthstone Dragons - Border Start

I got my beautiful fabric on Friday for my Borthstone Dragons SAL and couldn't wait to get it going! 
I'm stitching it on 40ct Vintage Antique Ivory by Silkweaver. As always I just adore Silkweaver fabric. It's always so perfectly soft and of course a 40ct has nice, tight holes! 
I've decided to do the border with The Gentle Art 1110 Sable. I looked through a lot of different variegated threads I had on hand and in the end decided that I wanted something that wouldn't interfere with how colourful all the dragons are. So of course nothing is better than brown/black! 
Here it is so far: 

Teeny tiny stitches. I almost forgot how awesomely small 40ct over two is. I know it will turn out gorgeous so I'm sticking with it even after an hour of stitching and cursing tiny holes (lol). 

The dragons themselves are DMC.  I'm behind (SAL started in January) and it's unlikely I will catch up given how little time I can carve out to stitch while my shop is busy. But that's okay, because busy Etsy shop equals more money to buy stitching stuff!! 

I know a few of you might be remembering that I have a new HAED to start for the year. I do have it, but haven't had a chance to purchase the fabric and missing DMC I need. Hopefully by months end! 
I'm also planning to purchase Jeanette's Canada series for my birthday (in just over a week) so that's another new start. 
Goodness I have a lot of starts and not much progress! That will get better I'm sure. :) 
Thanks for stopping by and happy stitching!


Justine said...

You will be busy! I've never tried 40 count and doubt I will now as my eyesight is not good enough but it looks beautiful.

KimM said...

Lovely fabric - looking forward to your project's progress.

Tiffstitch said...

Nice choices and glad you're happy with it. I can't decide on this one yet.

Beth in IL said...

Look forward to seeing your new HAED. And happy birthday!

deb said...

Great start! The fabric is lovely, and I expect you'll feel comfortable with the 40 count shortly. Of course I"m a fine one to talk - I can't see to stitch on *anything* without a pair of cheaters over my glasses and a serious LED light. ;)

Leonore Winterer said...

I love how much more lively your blog is this past weeks with all the book reviews, but to see some stitching updates from you is even more lovely :) Great start, that fabric is gorgeous!

CJ said...

Wow, 40ct that is too much for me, I look forward to seeing your progress. I finished the first Dragon last week and I have you to thank for that for posting the SAL, you planted the seed.

Thanks so much!!


Shelly said...

Looks great so far. Nice color floss there for the border. Happy Birthday!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Great start. I love this SAL and I love 40 count. You just hold it closer to your eyes, no problem!

Vickie said...

This is SAL is so pretty!!! I always admire those who can use 40 count. It scares the heck out me

Heather said...

Great start! I love the border colors I'll be interested to see how this works out!

The Crafty Princess said...

It's very pretty fabric. I'm really looking forward to the dragons.
xo Alicia