Once Upon A Time – Stage 10

Here is la petite Stéphanie (Little Stephanie, and you’ve already guessed it, she’s Stéphan’s daughter), a small Stegosaurus. This time I replaced two of the original colours with similar ones from my stash as I had run out of the ‘right’ ones.

And last but not least, soaring above and watching the scene is Ramses, the Rhamphorhynchus, a long tailed pterosaur.

Well, that’s this project finished. I’ve not decided yet what to do with the panel – maybe a cushion or a bag.

The pattern itself wasn’t hard to make. But it was a little challenging because of the various grey tones printed for the idividual colours. I did pick the wrong thread colours a couple of times although I checked with the cover – which in some places also differed from the pattern. And as I mentioned before, I replaced some of them intentionally because I had run out of floss. Fortunately, using the ‘right’ thread colurs for this project wasn’t too crucial and I’m glad about how it turned out.

I’ll be missing both of the August postings and will return to this SAL in September. Lots of other things are calling my name at the moment.

Here are the links to the blogs of the other SAL participants – not all of us are posting every time, and we are in different time zones, but their blogs are always worth a visit –

Avis, Claire, Gun, Kate, Carole, Alison, Elizabeth, Wendy, LucyAnn, Cathy, Jacqui, and Jess

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Once Upon A Time – Stage 9

My blogs are taking a summer break but not my crafting. As I did some stitching on Once Upon A Time, I may as well post my progress.

Some tree ferns added to the scene today. You may have noticed that the uppermost tree fern has got a different colour. I ran out of floss again and decided not to buy new skeins but to use similar colours from my stash. I found some olive for the darker leaves and made up the lighter ones from two strands of beige and one strand of medium olive.

I’m linking to the other participants of this SAL – not all of us are posting every time, and we are in different time zones, but their blogs are always worth a visit –

Avis, Claire, Gun, Kate, Carole, Alison, Elizabeth, Wendy, LucyAnn, Cathy,
and we’ve got two new members this time – please welcome
Jacqui and Jess

Once Upon A Time – Stage 8

Only some ancient horsetails today, as I was busy with so many other things. As I miscounted on Dimitryi’s tail, I had to improvise a little with the plants – and picked a wrong colour because the chart is a little hard to read, but never mind. 🙂

I’m linking to the other participants of this SAL – not all of us are posting every time, and we are in different time zones, but their blogs are always worth a visit –

Avis, Claire, Gun, Kate, Carole, Alison, Elizabeth, Wendy, LucyAnn, and please welcome our new member Cathy.

Once Upon A Time – Stage 7

Please welcome Dimitryi the Dimetrodon from the early Permian period. Not a dinosaur, but rather a mammal-like reptile that became extinct 40 million years before the appearance of dinoaurs.


Just a short post today because I’ll be away for the rest of the day. I’m linking to the other participants of this SAL – not all of us are posting every time, and we are in different time zones, but their blogs are always worth a visit –

Avis, Claire, Gun, Kate, Carole, Alison, Elizabeth, Wendy, and LucyAnn

EDIT: And we have a new SAL member – Cathy

Once Upon A Time – Stage 6

Here’s Stéphan le stégosaure (Stephen the Stegosaurus), a herbivore from the late Jurassic period. Beware of his spiked tail!

I haven’t decided yet what I’ll be stitching for the next stage. Being away next time, I will probably schedule my post.

I’m linking to the other participants of this SAL – not all of us are posting every time, and we are in different time zones, but their blogs are always worth a visit –

Avis, Claire, Gun, Kate, Carole, Alison, Elizabeth, Wendy, and LucyAnn

 

Once Upon A Time – Stage 5

Still in the late Cretaceous period, here’s Tyrone the T(yrannosaurus) Rex. A little troublemaker, as I mentioned before. But I managed to distract him with something that’s beyond the canvas.

The T Rex in the pattern differed a little from the stitched version on the cover. I made the version from the pattern, although I’ve decided to use the brown floss for the backstitching in the face as well where it said ‘black’ on the sheet. Makes him a little friendlier, I think.

About half of the project is done now. I’m not sure yet if I’m going to divide the remaining bits into four or five stages. This will depend on how I get ahead. Real life currently is behaving a little odd. I’m really looking forward to the long Easter weekend – everyone else is away and I’m not in danger of getting invited. Four days for myself and for sewing only. 🙂

Next time we’ll travel back to the late Jurassic period to meet Stéphan.

Until then, take a look at the beautiful projects from:

Avis, Claire, Gun, Kate (missing this stage, but visit her site anyway), Carole, Alison (not posting today), Elizabeth, Wendy (also not posting today), and LucyAnn

Once Upon A Time – Stage 4

We’ve traveled ahead in time 70 million years and have arrived in the late Cretaceous period. Meet Trixie the Triceratops, a gentle herbivore and thus no threat to our friend Dino. They live peacefully side by side on my canvas.

Next time I will introduce you to Tyrone. He’s a little troublemaker.

Until then, take a look at the beautiful projects from:

Avis, Claire, Gun, Kate (missing this lap, but pop over anyway), Carole, Alison, Elizabeth, Wendy, and LucyAnn

Once Upon A Time – Stage 2

Yum, some munchies!

No new dinosaur today, just a little greenery. I don’t know if Dino likes to eat ferns, but in case he would love a snack, there’s something to munch on now.

I really enjoy to stitch this project. You can’t see it on the pictures, but the colours of the plants are bright greens which are a nice contrast to the grey of the dinosaur. There’s something else you can’t see – all the little bloopers I managed to build in already. Luckily, they were not crucial, but I had to work around these areas a little to make it fit. 🙂

Here’s the whole picture so far:

The other participants in this SAL are:

Avis, Claire, Gun, Kate, CaroleAlison, Elizabeth, and Wendy

Once Upon A Time – Stage 1

As my table runner is almost long enough and only needs to have the third repeat of the squares finished, I decided to stitch another project. But which one to chose? One of the 10th Doctors, the fall leaves, some new butterflies? Or – the dinosaurs, a pattern sheet I found again recently while I was looking for something completely different. This is a collection of different species from different eras. I bought this pattern more than fifteen years ago, according to the date printed on the back. Time to bring the beasts alive (again). 🙂

I’m stitching once more on the cream 25 ct evenweave which is now almost used up. This time I’m using three strands of floss over two threads.

Here’s the first one, a Brontosaurus or Apatosaurus. I had a bit of trouble with this one because I began stitching with a leftover skein of floss and ran out. I had more skeins of that colour but they obviously were from different dye lots. Believe it or not, I had three different shades of Anchor 398, something I haven’t experienced with any other colour. When I went hunting for the same shade I couldn’t find it in any of the shops. So this is made of different shades. Fortunately, this doesn’t show in the picture or in daylight, but more so in artificial light. What’s more, I had to unpick a great deal of the back because I miscounted my stitches. But I still managed to finish it just in time. Phew.

To give you an idea about the size: Dino is 20 centimeters/8″ long and 7.5 centimeters/3″ high.

Here are the links to the other ladies’ blogs who are stitching along:

Avis, Claire, GunCarole, Eleanor, Alison, Elizabeth, and Wendy