HEY Y'ALL. Wow, I have been gone from Craftster for such a long time! Life has changed so much for me since the last time I was active here. Back then I was a floundering college junior, now I'm a full fledged adult with a job. A CRAFTY JOB, no less (I work in a bead store) !!! The past few years I've really been missing the close-knit interactive online communities I was involved with way back when. I got sucked into Tumblr which has honestly been kind of a drag lately, but I can't let myself quit until I have somewhere else to make my home. What better place than with all you lovelies?
SO for my triumphant return to Craftster, I present you with this piece. I'm really not an embroiderer, like at all, but out of nowhere I got this sudden urge to stitch something. This isn't exactly my first time doing this, but it's probably my first completed piece in...15 years?
I'm a big Sailor Moon fan, and what with the new anime airing right now, I've seriously got it on the brain! Sailor Moon has honestly been one of the biggest creative inspirations for me over the years. No matter how old I get, every time I go back to it, it just makes me want to create things. ^^;
To make this, first I found the image of her transformation brooch (the one from the second season of the anime). I actually brought it up on my Cintiq screen and, laying my hoop over top of it, traced it directly onto my fabric with marker. Not easy. Not recommended. But I don't have a printer or lightbox or anything so it was the best I could do. xD I tried using pencil at first but that was too hard. Marker worked great, and it honestly didn't matter what it looked like since I knew I was going to cover everything up with stitches.
After that, I outlined everything with split stitch. The yellow I filled in with satin stitch, and the pink is also split stitch. I originally tried to do the pink in satin stitch, but as many of you probably know satin stitch can get a bit messy and unwieldy...plus I didn't like the movement of the lines. I wanted them to follow the curves of the design, so split stitch ended up working out best. I really love the way it turned out; great texture, great flow of the lines, but also a very neat and uniform look.
The little colored circles are done in I guess some kind of circular/spiral stem stitch...IDK if there's a real name for that. xD
You also might notice that on the thin yellow border I attempted to do some shading (you'd probably notice it better if this wasn't a fancy instagram pic, my bad xD). I used 5 different colors and a kind of hatching technique to blend them together. I wanted to try shading on the rest of it but it ended up looking kind of strange when I tried, so I left it out. I'm honestly not sure if I should go back and try to add any in - I like the way it looks now and don't want to mess it up, but I think it looks kind of funny with shading only on the border and nowhere else! Oh well, perhaps I'll make up my mind when I get around to figuring out what I want to do with this!
Thanks for looking, and I'm glad to be back.