One of the blogs I follow is the 'official' blog for DMC floss. Well, the other night I came across a post about a stitching contest; more specifically "Rainbow of Stitches" contest being hosted by Feeling Stitchy. Basically you do a bit of stitchery based on 9 different categories and then you enter them into their Flickr pool. Each category is a color of the rainbow, plus pink, black and white. By the time I found the post on the DMC blog, there was less than two weeks left to enter -deadline is Memorial Day- and I wanted to do something that would be striking, yet simple enough to put together.
The first thing I did was pick the category I want to do.. basically the main color of my submission, and I picked
The outline for her hair was done by alternating granitos and a backstitch. the right side of her hair is filled in with french knots and running stitch. The left side of her hair is a granito and french knot flower, and of course running stitches.
Her entire headscarf is done in a couching stitch using Ecru as the base thread and DMC # 211 as the couching thread. As you can tell in the picture, you have to do this method with two needles, or spend time switching back and forth. Using two needles was easier for me. I'm VERY sure that her hair was done using DMC # 898. The flower in her hair was done with DMC # 327.
Ibolya is named so because I wanted to find a foreign -to me anyway- word for "violet"; and I believe it's Hungarian. I honestly do not know if it's referring to the flower or the color if it's even used as a first name in Hungary, but for all points and purposes it fits her exactly. She's currently framed in some awesome paper so the space showing is 5 by 7 and she's in a 8 by 10 frame. The actual cut size of the fabric is larger; however until I can figure out what project I want her going on she's staying put inside the frame. She's currently resting on a cabinet in my sewing room; however after I get around to putting the glass back on and picking a spot she's gonna go on the wall.
There's not many entries for the Violet category -I hope I'm not jinxing myself here- so I'm crossing my fingers that I make it to the final 9 -basically first place in each category. That would be pretty awesome!