Sunday, May 22, 2011

Isabela's Fortune


I’ve had poor Isabela here hanging on my wall for nearly two months, staring at me accusingly. With everything that has been going on, though, I just haven’t had time to photograph the poor girl before now.

Why name her Isabela? Well, it’s almost embarrassing to admit, but the pattern bore a striking resemblance to one busty pirate captain from a certain favorite video game. Yup. She’s named after Dragon Age 2’s Isabela.


I modeled the color scheme after the character’s, and even went so far as to add the little labret piercing under her lip. Yes, I'm a geek. What's new?

She was made using Sew Lovely Embroidery’s Mad Ink pattern set, which I think may be my favorite pattern pack ever.

It was a pretty straight-forward piece, all done with back stitch, with a little satin stitch and a few French knots to make it interesting. The most experimental I got was to tweed the floss (mixing navy blue and turquoise) to give her kerchief the illusion of pattern.


I painted her hoop a nice turquoise to match, which looks really neat hanging next to the purple one for my glow-in-the-dark Calavera (also from the same Sew Lovely pack). I’m envisioning a whole wall filled with colorful-hooped embroideries and cross stitching. It’s pretty well on its way!

9 comments:

Drake Sigar said...

That's quite charming, although you could have picked a better game. :P

SewHappyGeek said...

I love it! She's really beautiful, and the embroidery is impeccable! Love the piercing :) (i have a nose stud, myself)

Sherezada said...

Yeeeeah...DA2 wasn't all I hoped it was going to be. Same 3 dungeons over and over, buggy combat system, strange, railroaded quests. Aside from all this, though, I still managed to enjoy it. ;)

Sherezada said...

@ Jenna: Thank you! I have a nose piercing, too. I may have to start encorporating piercings into more of my embroidery patterns. ;)

Ruth said...

Gorgeous!! My forays into embroidery have been nowhere near as neat and perfect looking as this.....must try harder....

Thanks for the inspiration!

Sherezada said...

Aw, thank you, Ruth! The secret I've found is small stitches for curved lines. That's all! My first embroideries were definitely on the chunkier side. ;)

Zombie Leah said...

Love it! Excellent stitching. Gotta love the labret too. lol :P

Alicia said...

Wow! This is so pretty--love Isabela's head kerchief. Unrelated: I found Hand/Eye/Mind/Mouth via Blogs by Latinas. I'm a grad student at the University of New Hampshire and I'm conducting a 10-minute demographic survey of craft bloggers at craftbookproject.com. All questions are optional and all the results will be kept anonymous. It would be awesome if you took it! There's a giveaway going on the site right now.

Thanks for your time! And happy blogging.
--Alicia
craftbookproject.com

Sherezada said...

Thanks, Alicia!

Your project sounds great. I'll be sure to check out your survey. Good luck with your thesis!