CloudsFactory 2015 Zodiac Sampler – Part 1 Capricorn

I finished the first part of the CloudsFactory Zodiac Sampler on Sunday January 18, 2015. I am very ambivalent towards the zodiac, I don’t believe that the position of the stars and planets at the time of your birth has any effect on how your life turns out, but I have always liked mythology and enjoy the myths of the constellations. As a child I read a series of books called “Heroes and Monsters of the Sky” by a Swedish author called Maj Samzelius. The plot was that the TV broke down at the cabin of a family and to make up for it the grandfather tells the children the myths of the constellations. I loved these books as they told the old myths in a modern and exciting way. Unfortunately the books are difficult to find in Norwegian and I don’t think they were ever translated into English, but they are available in Swedish. Anyway, I have decided to view this piece as a representation of the myths connected to the constellations.

Back to the pattern by CloudsFactory. I decided to start with circle no. 12 as it was the circle closest to the center line, and circle no. 1. l like to start at the center of patterns as it makes it easier to avoid counting errors. If it is not possible to start at the center, like with this pattern, I try to start close to the center lines for the same reason. This means that I stitched two of the circles before I got the January section. I have to admit I am not a fan of the satin floss used in the circles. It is really slippery and it takes a lot of time to get the stitches to look neat, but it has a nice sheen and looks really nice. This is a picture of the circles I did this month before anything else was added.

I believe that each part will consist of three circles with the Zodiac symbol, the constellation and a representation of the astrological sign. The outer circle contains the astrological sign, this month a cute goat with the Zodiac sign flower of Capricorn, pansies. The pansies were stitched with Weeks Dye Works, which seemed kind of pointless as there were a couple of stitches of each colour in the flowers, but it looks nice. Here is a closeup of the first circle.

The second circle is the constellation Capricornus. This was really fast to stitch as it was only a couple of stitches and a little bit of backstitch. Here is a closeup.

The inner circle contains the symbol of Capricorn. Inside the circle of circles there is a red ball and a couple of stars. I have not managed to figure out which planet this is supposed to be yet. CloudsFactory has a pattern called Mini Solar System where the red planets are Venus and Mars, so I am thinking it is one of those. The pattern for Aquarius contains a brown planet which did not really help, I guess I have to wait for more parts to be released to figure this out.

Here is finally a picture of the whole part finished.

Into the Deep – update November 19, 2013

Well, at least I have started…

I am not really a fan of stitching a full page before moving to the next page, I like to finish logical pieces or colour blocks before moving on. As I have the entire pattern for the mermaid now I can stitch whatever I want in the order I prefer. This means that I started close to the center, with the tail.


PR Mystery SAL update, January 6th

A couple of days before Christmas I finally finished gridding my fabric for the Passione Ricamo Mystery SAL. I also started stitching a little bit before I remembered to take a picture of the project before I begin. This image was taken on December 23rd.

Progress, December 23rd

The fabric is gridded and ready for the first stitches.

I have now stitched quite a lot over the holidays and I am quite happy with my progress. I have finished page 1, most of page 2 and a little bit of pages 3, 5 and 6. I have not started on the border yet, but I want to wait a little bit with that. It is more fun to see the picture emerge. There is currently only sky, but I am looking forward to starting the actual fairy.

Progress, January 6th

Progress on the fairy on January 6th.

Passione Ricamo Fairy Mystery SAL

I was very excited when I discovered the Passione Ricamo Fairy Mystery SAL. But then I discovered that the sign up was closed, and I could not participate. I thought it was a nice way to try a Passione Ricamo pattern, which is something I have thought about for a while. Last week I discovered that PR had opened up registration for “latecomers”, so I signed up at once. I don’t know how long this will be available, I cannot find any information about that on the site, so if you are interested you should act quickly. The price is 12 € for the whole pattern, which is paid in full upon signup via PayPal. This equals 1 €/month which I think is very cheap. Today I ordered all the materials for the pattern, so that I can start stitching soon. I am really looking forward to how this will end up.

Edit January 6th: I have now discovered that the registration is closed.