Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Jo's September Finish - Bad Fairies

This year I have been stitching a Just Nan band sampler called Counting Bats for our blog.   I have reached the final band which features some wings.  They may be bat wings, they may be spooky fairy wings but I doubt it!

stitched on 32 count lilac linen

And here is the finished piece:

It's very hard to get a good photo of it because it's so long and thin!  But you've seen all the individual bands throughout the year, so look back for close-ups.

Just in case the jury decide those aren't bad fairy wings, I thought I ought to have a back-up plan.  I looked everywhere for Bad Fairies and mostly found full-coverage pieces or Nora Corbett's Trick or Treat Fairy (which I have in my stash).  I wanted something little.  I found some nice Maleficent designs in that pixel style but I'm not really a Disney person.

So I decided to adapt an existing fairy by Lucie Heaton and make her Bad!

That's actually the same fabric as Counting Bats is stitched on but it looks more blue here.

Here's the original design so you can see the changes:

I used the silks from Counting Bats for her dress, tights, shoes, hair and hat.  DMC for her bat wings and Kreinik for her wand.  I sketched her on graph paper to get the wings right.


Stitching Noni said...

I love your spooky wings.... and your "bad" fairy is so cute!
This is one theme that I have struggled with as well.... so far I haven't found anything that I want to stitch but I will (even if I need a very big shoe-horn!!)
Great finish :o)
Hugs xx

Khristine Doiron said...

Congrats on finishing Counting Bats! It is super awesome! And I love your little bad fairy! Her wings are prefect :)

Lili said...

Counting Bats, is really pretty! Congrats on the finish!
Your fairy is great!

(I made a mistake on the September theme... :-( I stitch a witch... )

Anne said...

lol, love the batty wings you added ! :)

Heather said...

Awesome job on both designs! I love the conversion :)

Cathy said...

I love your bad fairy and you did a good job making her have bat wings.

Rita said...

Great stitching! I'm having trouble coming up with something for this month. It's been a crazy month here (nothing bad) so that may be part of the problem.