Sunday, August 14, 2016

WIPocalypse Challenge #3

Hello again! Back with more WIPocalypse Challenge! :)

Thursday I picked up something I've barely started, but couldn't resist. This is Ariel, done in the art nouveau style by Hannah Alexander. She's been drawing lots of Disney princesses apparently. This one is from Neni Design on Etsy:
Isn't she gorgeous? I've always had a soft spot for Ariel, probably because that film came out when I was about 10 and very impressionable. :) This is a full coverage design, and those flowers are gonna be confettilicious whenever I get to them. I've started in on the background in the upper left, outlining the green border:

Friday I had an unexpected day off thanks to a dead car battery (calling in was easier than fixing it during a thunderstorm), so I pulled out Climbing the Dragon Gate from HAED, by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. Here's the full pic:
This was an impulse start back in February, and I haven't touched it since early March. But I do think about it quite often, so here's my one day's progress:
I managed to finish that third row! Love how easy this design is, and all those greens. I definitely need to pull this out more often.

On a sidenote, if you're really interested in Stephanie's artwork, you might want to own her new book, Descants and Cadences. It's on pre-order from Kickstarter for $35.

Saturday was hectic, so I pulled out something nice and simple to work on: the Three Things Sampler by Moira Blackburn:
A few more letters, a bit more shading in the flowers... I actually really like stitching up the alphabet, more than I though I would. But I was dead tired Saturday, so didn't get too far.

Today (Sunday) I was a bit more adventurous and pulled out Ginger Nova. She's been quietly screaming at me for some weeks now:
Getting closer to a page finish. I really did not want to put her down, but I had to get back to Scale at some point, so Ginger will just have to wait.

As for Scale, no page finish yet, but I'm really close. The good news is all the white is done for the current page. And most of the ecru as well. Just gotta fill in all those tiny bits of confetti:
Can you spot the difference? Hard to tell, since I've been stitching mostly white for three days. I even got that bit at the bottom right where it fades into her cheek. (Didn't notice that, did you?) Next update for sure I should have a page finish. And then more white. So much more white.

That's all for now. I'll be back again mid-week for another awesome update. :) Happy stitching!


  1. I love your new Ariel design, her hair and dress are wonderful (more white though). And nice to see the nose almost finished on Scale. She does have a huge nose. I was really hoping you would get to Dragon Gate again this year, those greens are so strong and clear! See you next week!

    1. Thanks Rebekah! I was really missing Dragon Gate too. It will definitely be coming back soon! :)

  2. Beautiful progress I love the Ariel chart :)

  3. Beautiful Ariel design. How good are the charts by the way?

    1. The charts aren't too bad. They only have a color version, but the symbols show up okay on my black and white print out. The symbols are a good size and easy to see, not too hard to differentiate. There are only 50 colors, and a lot of pixelation, but I think the overall effect will look fine. There is a lot of confetti though, especially in the flowers, but it doesn't look overwhelming. The chart doesn't show overlap between pages, and the floss list is in color groups rather than numerically listed. Otherwise, it's very good. :)

  4. I just got round to commenting on your last post and now there is another one! Oh my! Well, I must say this is one of the most beautiful Ariel patterns/drawings I've seen so far, she is gorgeous ;-) The SPML chart looks amazing, I love the color in her design. I imagine she is quite confetti heavy, but your stitching so far looks amazing =) I always love to see Nova, I can't wait until you get to those vibrant pink and yellows =)