Saturday, August 24, 2013

Completed Project Add: Bead Weaving - John Deere Logo

This is the fourth piece that is similar to the other pieces I've been posting recently.

This one wasn't made to be a tapestry, I don't know what I had planned for it when I made it, I don't actually think I had a plan, but it kind of looks like a coaster.  I'm pretty sure I was using my beading program at this point.

My grandfather sold farm equipment, mostly John Deere, so it seemed fitting.  The background is a very nice kelly green, I'm not sure why it looks kind of teal in the picture.

Project Stats:
Pattern: John Deere Logo
Pattern by: Me
Finished Beading: 2007
Beads: 11/0 Delicas
Thread: Green Nymo Size B
Percentage: 100% complete
Rows: 95 of 95 complete
Beads: 2,452 of 2,452 complete

Hopefully I'll have something to post next week other than a completed project, but I have a rather full week with work, a baseball game and a football game (American Football).

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Beaded Chip 'n Dale: Second Post

Well, I really haven't been doing much crafting.  Computer games took up some of my time, work is taking up most.  Monday night I finally got into the mood to work on something and that something was my beaded Chip 'n Dale.  So I pulled it out.

The first picture is after a short night of work.  I only did 4 rows from the previous picture, but you can see the beginnings of Dale's foot.
As of August 18, 2013, 70 rows.
I put as of August 18th on this, but, honestly, I have no idea when I actually did these four rows.  I just put that date since I picked it up on the 19th, so technically this is how it looked on the 18th before I worked on it again.

So here's what I did after a long break:
As of August 19, 2013, 81 rows.
This time I stopped just as Chip's foot was becoming visible.

And I did quite a bit more today.
As of August 20, 1013, 100 rows.
I wasn't going to do this much, but I was close to the end of the tan color so I kept beading until the row that contained the last bead of that color was added.

Project Stats:
Pattern: Chip 'n Dale
Original Artist: Disney
Pattern by: Me
Started Beading: March 31, 2013
Beads: 11/0 Miyuki Delicas
Thread: Silamide
Percentage: 69.44% complete
Rows: 100 of 144 complete
Beads: 6,600 of 9,504 complete

Who knows what I'm going to work on.  Will I continue with this or finally finish Here Be Dragons?  Or will I work on something completely different?  I have no clue.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Completed Project Add: Bead Weaving - Carquinez Mascot

This is the third of the three very similar beading projects that I made for my family.

I think this might be my favorite. I like the design that I came up with for the bottom edge.

This is the mascot for the middle school I attended and my mother worked at.  I really think he came out well, he's the same size as the one I gave to my sister, 2" (50mm) wide by 2.75" (73mm) tall.  I was worried when I started designing it.  I hadn't made too many at this point, as he was my third, but I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of detail I was able to get by just using the beads.  You may be able to notice I had to make the top few rows narrower to fit between the finials on the bar.  It's a little shorter than the others, but I thought it worked best of the four styles for this design

Project Stats:
Pattern: Carquinez Mascot
Pattern by: Me
Finished Beading: 2007
Beads: 11/0 Delicas
Thread: Red Nymo Size B
Percentage: 100% complete
Rows: 77 of 77 complete
Beads: 1,339 of 1,339 complete

Sunday, August 11, 2013

You Are Never Too Old: Third Post - Framed

So I have all the items I framed, I just haven't taken any pictures, except one.  You Are Never Too Old.

Here he is:
One of these days I'm going to buy a camera to take better pictures, but my digital camera is so old that my iPhone takes better pictures. :S

I'm pretty sure I'm going to hang it somewhere near my bed.  Seems fitting in my opinion.

I'm been trying to make progress on other things, I've been working on Transcendence today, but I don't have near enough to post about it, it's slow going, my favorite navy blue on that black fabric.  I just have to keep telling myself it's going to look awesome when done!  Must stitch, must stitch, must stitch...

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Completed Project Add: Bead Weaving - Hampton Logo

I'm sorry to say I've been in a slump after my last post.  There's just so much backstitching on it and so I kind of hit a mental block.  I need to work through it and I know I will, but in the meantime, I have a complete post:

This is the second of the three similar beading projects that I made for my family.

I believe this is the second one I designed and made.  I think by this time I was using Adobe Illustrator to create designs.  It was clunky for what I was doing, but it worked better than Excel.

This was a gift for my sister.  It's the logo of the company both she, and I, used to work for.  It's 2" (50mm) wide by 2.75" (73mm) tall, and I think this one looks pretty good as a mini tapestry, the shape of the logo just seems to work perfectly.  The mini bar that I wanted to use with this one wasn't the color I wanted it to be.  I probably used two or three different kinds of paint to change it from gold to silver before one of them finally stuck, literally.

Project Stats:
Pattern: Hampton Logo
Pattern by: Me
Finished Beading: 2007
Beads: 11/0 Delicas
Thread: White Nymo Size B
Percentage: 100% complete
Rows: 83 of 83 complete
Beads: 1,374 of 1,374 complete

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Here Be Dragons: First Post

So in my current fashion, I started another project, and almost have it completed.  This is Here Be Dragons, by Dragon Dreams.  There are two small charts in this one pack.  The actual Here Be Dragons chart and then a second called Compass Rose Dragon.  He has the same colors that I had to pull for Here Be Dragons, so expect to see him soon.

This is fashioned after the very old maps that were never very accurate, and many times in places unexplored they drew a sea monster of some sort.  Here, however, the dragons almost seem to be protecting the earth, at least in my opinion.

So first up I started working on the blues of the oceans and white of the ice caps.  Can you find your continent?

Now all the land is in... can you see your house from here?
Is it just me or does it appear that Australia is attached to Antarctica?  Well, as I mentioned, maps in the old days were never very accurate.

The greens of the dragons are now in.

I only have four colors left, and there are hardly any stitches on those four.  I'm hoping to finish tonight, but it's probably more likely I'll finish tomorrow.  Back to stitching I go!

Project Stats:
Pattern: Here Be Dragons
Pattern by: Dragon Dreams
Started Stitching: July 11, 2013
Fabric: 28ct. DMC Linen
Floss: DMC 2 over 2, or 1 over 2 Kreinick #4 Braid
Percentage: 89.59% complete
Stitches: 2,686 out of 2,998 complete

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Completed Project Add: Bead Weaving - YEI Logo

This is the first of three very similar beading projects that I made for my family.  There's a fourth with a similar theme, but different style.

This is the first one I designed and made.  At the time I didn't have the beading program that I now use, so it's rather rough.  Believe it or not, I actually used Excel to make the original pattern, but the problem was I made the beads square in my spreadsheet, and they're not perfectly square in real life.  I don't remember when I bought the program, but I do remember that I had to change this pattern because the original pattern made the circle more of an oval, and looked really strange.  I'm just not sure if I redid the pattern in Illustrator or Beadtool.

The circle with the YEi in it is the logo of the company my dad worked for and recently retired from.  It's not very big, about 2" (50mm) wide, by 2.5" (63mm) tall, not including the bar and chain.  The little bar was part of a pack of four bars on clearance at Michaels and was made for scrapbooking, but I thought it'd be perfect, and I think it worked out well.

Project Stats:
Pattern: YEI Engineers Logo
Pattern by: Me
Finished Beading: 2007
Beads: 11/0 Delicas
Thread: White Nymo Size B
Percentage: 100% complete
Rows: 71 of 71 complete
Beads: 1,152 of 1,152 complete

I'll be setting up the finished project page for bead weaving soon.  Probably Sunday afternoon.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Maritime - Pelagic: Second Post - Complete

As I mentioned I finally got the thread for Pelagic.  Tomorrow I'm going to be framing all my pieces at work so I had to get him done tonight.

I got the rest if his head done earlier in the week:
2621 Stitches

Tonight I did the last bit, a fin, I think, on the right.

There he is.  These pictures look a bit more dingy since I was using regular incandescent lighting.

Hopefully I'll soon have a group of pictures to show you all of my Signets framed.

Project Stats:
Pattern: Maritime - Pelagic
Pattern by: Fire Wing Designs
Started Stitching: July 7, 2013
Finished Stitching: August 1, 2013
Fabric: 28ct. Twilight Cashel Linen
Floss: Dinky Dyes - Mint Ice, 2 over 2
Percentage: 100% complete
Stitches: 2,941 out of 2,941 complete