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« on: May 29, 2014 09:33:25 AM »

This is what happens when your 3.5 year old watches "Frozen"  every day of the week... and sometimes asks to watch it a second time in the same day! You begin seeing Anna and Elsa everywhere! When I first saw the picture of Marilyn I was trying to figure out what I could change about her slightly without completely changing the picture... Just then "Let it Go" started playing in the movie and as I looked up and watched Elsa change in the movie I totally looked down at the print out I had of the Marilyn and started turning her into Elsa!

She measures just about 6"x12". She is in a 12"x16" frame

I changed her hair just slightly to look better with a braid coming down. I also had to change the top of the dress from a halter to a sweetheart. And then also added the flowing sleeves and cape to the dress. I used a shiny metallic DMC floss... which might I add is a b***ch to work with... Definitely not my favorite, but it looks so nice! For her hair I used a couple different yellows. At times I would use one or the other and for quite a bit I used strands of each together so it would blend nicely.

For the detail in the breezy skirt I used 3 different flosses. 1 strand of white, the pale blue metallic, and a strand of the blue/teal I used for the main color of the dress. I wanted the breezy detail to look like the underneath of the dress. It showed all the colors at slightly different places... It worked out better than I thought it would!

For her shoes I used yet another metallic floss and then when it was completed I thought hey why not add some sparkly beads to those shoes?! It became the only beaded portion. I had thought of adding more to the dress, but I didn't want to hide any of those little detail stitches.

Sorry, I tried getting the best photos, but last night I thought they had a little too much yellow in some and today the lighting wasn't best outside... So I tried to use the best from both photos... I thought the shoes photo from night was more true to color than the one from the day, but I included both!

I used colored pencils to lightly color in the dress and to highlight her hair and skin tone. Here is a picture of her a little more closely...


This is her in the frame I found at Target... It actually opens so you can change out the picture and store more inside the frame (like a little folder)... I am actually thinking about changing the same Marilyn to look like Anna from the movie so that way I have a set. That way I can change it out from time to time.

I hope you like this... well I know I LOVE it! And I'm not one to hang too much of my own work, much less frame it! This is the largest piece I have ever embroidered! I learned a few things to do differently next time. Also I fused fleece to the back of it. It added a nice "cushy" look close up. And hid the fact that I forgot to put a stabilizer on the back first... it helped to hide some of the "puckering" that occurred... Like I said I learned a few things for next time!

Here's some of the "night" photos, before I added a little colored pencil...

Here is the original image and my drawing of how I altered it:


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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2014 09:38:22 AM »

OMG-that is brilliant.
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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2014 09:51:07 AM »

Thanks! I knew that this "Frozen" addiction would payoff somehow! Now maybe I will stop seeing Elsa in everything!
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2014 09:59:16 AM »

Amazing!!! What a fabulous transformation!
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2014 11:28:34 AM »

Thanks! I knew that this "Frozen" addiction would payoff somehow! Now maybe I will stop seeing Elsa in everything!


Let it go...let it go...(sorry, I couldn't resist)
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I love it! And I don't have little kids so have not even seen Frozen Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2014 05:24:17 PM »

Gorgeous work, CraftyMamaBee! I love how your real life came into this pattern, and you interpreted it in such a beautiful way.
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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2014 07:20:30 AM »

Too funny how "Frozen" took over. Wonderful transformation!
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« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2014 07:30:17 AM »

Pretty "cool".  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2014 08:11:21 AM »

Awesome! Your daughter must love it too. The pain you suffered using the metallic thread was worth it - the shine is perfect!
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« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2014 08:35:29 AM »

Love the Frozen/Marilyn mash-up!
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« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2014 09:09:43 PM »

Lovely! Imaginative and beautifully executed.
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« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2014 11:01:29 AM »

Thanks everyone for the kind words of encouragement! As I write this my daughter is singing the song in the background! We just can't escape it in this house! I never attempted anything like this before! I may just try again!
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I love Frozen!  and I love her shoes! 
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