WIPocalypse 2012

Monday, August 30, 2010

Santa's Magic is finally finished!

Just put the final stitches into Santa's Magic a few minutes ago! I'm so happy to finally have this one done, it's been hanging around for a few years now. And I think I figured out what's going on with Webshots- they updated and my computer's old so I can't play around with putting a bunch of images into the Private Shoebox and then distributing them to the proper albums when I'm ready to post. Oh well, could be worse. I guess I'll just have to re-upload the other images into each individual album. But anyway, back to Santa...

Santa's Magic 8/30/10


Closeup Santa's Magic 8/30/10


Closeup 2 Santa's Magic 8/30/10


Closeup 3 Santa's Magic 8/30/10


Santa is stitched on 32 count Days Gone By lugana by Silkweaver. I started him 9/9/07 and finished 8/30/10, almost 3 years later to the date. I substituted #4 Kreinik braid for the recommended #8 braid and I changed all the beads to Mill Hill petite substitutes. The petites just seemed to fit better on the fabric. The 02012 pink beads had a direct substitute with 42012. The other two I had to kind of fudge but I liked 40168 for the 02026 blue shade and ended up using 40374 instead of 03034 for the purple shade. I actually found by accident that there are at least two shades of 40374 out there. I found a lighter shade at House of Stitches that I really liked for the pink/purple beading at the branch edges but I just wasn't as happy with it for the details on Santa's hat or a few other spots so I went searching at a LNS that does mostly quilting but also has a little stitching stuff and found a darker petite bead that I really liked, brought it home and discovered today as I was putting things away that I actually had bought more 40374 but in a darker shade.

Not much more stitchy news to share right now. I'll have to find a new project tonight after the little one goes to bed and I rearrange my freezers. That's right, I said freezers. Erich and my Dad picked up our brand new freezer last night so now I've got some real room to store meat I find on sale and casseroles made ahead of time. No more cramped freezer above the fridge for me:) Yes, it really does take very little to make me happy but this will make both my boys happy when I get back to work and am not home to cook every night. Not to say that Erich won't cook because he will but the results are well, a little mixed sometimes to put it nicely.

8 comments:

Z said...

He looks really good. Congratulations on the finish.

Cheryl said...

Santa is magic, indeed! Fabulous! hope your little guy is feeling himself again after his procedure.

And, yes, I completely understand how happy-making a second freezer can be!

Hazel said...

Fantastic finish!!!

Christine said...

Congrats on your finish, Sara!! It looks amazing!

Missy Ann said...

Wow. He is beyond fabulous. I want to start mine right this minute. But I have the Dessert Sand fabric. I may have to switch to Days Gone By. Outstanding job Sara!

Jo said...

Great finish Sara - congratulations!!

Enjoy the freezer - when we ended up with a second freezer we jokingly said it was for ice cream, but it has been wonderful to be able to freeze extra portions of food, and take advantage of good offers on meat and fish at the shops!

Shelleen said...

You did a beautiful job on Santa's Magic.

Tracy J said...

This is a delightful piece!