Thursday, 31 October 2013

Happy Halloween!

I dropped off the internet for a while. Cross stitch has been one big block for me, and I've spent my time doing other things.

Look at my Halloween countdown widget! All counted down! I'll hate to see it go back to big numbers in preparation for next year's. :(

Namely was finally finishing my Hanbok! Last time I posted anything about this was back in September, when I finished the chima, or skirt. Since then, I scrapped the jeogori, or blouse/jacket top, and redid it. This time I'm very happy with it! I finished it all yesterday, so literally just in time for Halloween. I still have pins in the bloody thing to hold the tie on, and probably will forever, because I'm just too worn out with the sewing machine to finish tacking it on. I want to look for proper ribbon as well, or something that's already got a finished edge - otherwise my machine will eat the strip of fabric I've got. This is all done without patterns - just using pictures of finished Hanboks and watching videos of people putting on Hanbok so I can see how the skirt is held, where ties go, etc. It was the most fun I'd had with a project in a long time, even though exasperating at many points, so I'm a little sad to be finished with it. Ah well, I'll just have to make another one soon!

What do you think? The left side of the collar does go over the right, but these photos were flipped somehow in the process of taking them, and flipping them again makes them go all wonky. :\

While cross stitching hasn't been the number one occupation, I have gotten much further in my Woodland Sampler.

A skunk for August!!! He's so cute!! Meanwhile, July has been a pain with the sparkly thread I chose to use. I'm blending a strand of sparkling filament and white DMC to stitch the dandelion seeds, and it is a serious pain to work with. I've got to fill in two and do the last one next to the little fox's head. Below him is September, which is full of fall leaves and porcupines!

This obviously is not mine
I'm definitely going to replace the green. Perhaps a bright orange?

It's time to go get ready for Halloween! There's house tidying, candy readying, and party cooking to get going, so I shall return - after the holiday! Hope everyone has a great one!!