I love love love the way this embroidery patterned turn out. I have never been a big fan of sugar skulls. I have always throught they were cute, and enjoyed looking at pictures of crafts and such worked in, (especially cake toppers or Skull Blythe Dolls, which really make me want a Blythe Doll too so I can make her all creepy and goth), but they were never something I cared to put up around the house.
But, a couple weeks ago, after I finished my first cross stitch pattern, I wasn't ready to go back to the granny squares quite yet, but I also didn't want another Xstitch pattern either. After few hours of kicking around on the internet, putting things in and taking them out of my Urban Threads cart, and being generally uninspired by the free patterns available, and the ones I already had, I found this Sugar Skull pattern over at Elemental Stitches. At first I was skeptical that I would like it, but it had a lot of little motifs within the over all pattern that would allow me to use a lot of different colors and require a little more time to stitch up. I printed it out and used my iron on pen to trace over everything so I could transfer it on to my gray fabric.
I finished it last night.
|Like a Boss.|
In fact I like it so much, I think I will do more, possibly in the same pattern, just with different colors and in some new ones if I can find some I like.
I used my cheaper floss that I got in a multi pack because it was the super bright pastels I associate with sugar skulls, and if I didn't like it, I wouldn't have used my "good" thread (because you know, at $0.39 a skein, if I run out of a color, it will break the bank to buy some more. I have a supply hoarding problem... I fully admit it). I am so glad I did use the cheaper, more cottony looking thread. The colors look fab against the gray fabric and it gives a nice soft, summer feeling to the whole thing. I especially love the contrast of the back outlining within the skull, and I originally that that was going to be the biggest mistake of the whole project. Just goes to show, sometimes I just gotta make the whole thing without deciding half way through I have totally messed it up and chucking it.
I plan on starting back on the granny squares, but I am already itching for my next embroidery project. Can I top this one? Any suggestions for something a little off the beaten path with a good bit of stitching involved? I am thinking either something from the Alice in Wonderland set over at Urban Threads, or perhaps their Apothecary Labels on some muslin, but I would love to see some other suggestions. Let me know, cuz if I see something awesome, I might have to just embroider it!