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Beer Ghost in MOvember by Magical525 Beer Ghost in MOvember by Magical525
I have no real idea how Beer Ghost managed to make himself a moustache as ghosts don't grow hair but I'm not going to ask either - some things one doesn't need to know and any way... he might want MY beer! He's looking in astonishment at the beer he was given in a pub as it's bigger than he is. He's also wondering why, when he ordered a pilsner, he got a bitter instead but, as he never wastes a beer when he sees one, that's a problem he can think over while he has this one.

I dyed the fabric myself changing the pure white Aida to a mottled brownish colour using coffee and (of all things) prune jam that had become a science experiment in the fridge, I blogged the progress of the dying progress here: The next side project - dying the fabric . The rest of the progress can also be seen on my blog

I made the pattern myself and as I wanted the beer to look as realistic as possible I didn't reduce the number of colours much and, though I did remove any instances of a colour being used for a single stitch, I didn't remove all of the 2 stitch colour instances.

The embroidery of the beer did not turn out as expected as in the pattern creator it showed as a pilsner type beer but it ended up a lot darker and looks more like a bitter now. The difference in colour is probably because I mostly still have and use pre-1995 DMC. This is of significance because that's around the time they had to change how they dyed the threads due to new European laws and many colours are no longer exactly the same as they were.

He's embroidered with glow in the dark thread and this is what he looks like in the dark:

All in all I'm happy with the end result even though it's not what I expected. I'm actually surprised it only took me a few days to make this - I was doubting my ability to even be able to finish it on time so it was a huge surprise to finish 5 days before the deadline.

Beer Ghost is a creation of *humon and all rights to him belong to her :heart:

The embroidery is as yet unframed and that is how it's going to stay for the foreseeable future till I can afford to frame all my embroideries.

The embroidery is 4 5/8" wide and 3 3/4" high / 11,75 cm wide x 9,5 cm high
Number of stitches: 2319
Fabric used: 18 ct / 7 squares per cm Aida
Date started: 19th November
Date completed: 25th November
There are 90 colours of DMC used in the embroidery in total - 88 in the glass of beer and 18 in the beer ghost - I'll spare you the list as it's only really of interest if you want to make this yourself.
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LPHogan Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Lol! :D

Was wondering what it was on Beerghost's face until I recognized a beer moustache for what it was :D
Magical525 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
heheh :D
Karalora Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You sure do love the Beer Ghost, don't you?

I know everyone else is already saying it, but the beer glass looks fantastic. 88 colors, you say? Wow. Do you use DMC floss?
Magical525 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Indeed I do :D

Thanks :D Yes 88 colours for the beer itself. Yes I used standard DMC for this except for the glow in the dark :)
Karalora Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My current project uses only six...well, technically it uses eight, but two pairs of them are always used together for a blending effect, so I only have to worry about six symbols.
Magical525 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hehe I only do so many to challenge myself :D It sounds like an interesting project and I can't wait to see it :)

My current project has only 4 for the whole pattern but as it's a biscornu I'll be making 2 versions of the same with different colours, one side will be fire and the other ice so technically 8 colours but only 4 at a time :)
elphaba-rose-wilde Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow. Just wanted to say that you did an amazing job on that beer glass. I thought it was an actual glass until I got a closer look! You always astound me with your color use!
Magical525 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :D It seems I was worried about nothing - when looking at it close up it doesn't look the way I expected so it's nice to hear that I did in fect get it right after all :)

I have to admit that this time it was mostly the pattern maker that did the colours - I didn't really adjust it much.
elphaba-rose-wilde Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well, it took a trained eye to know to leave it alone and not play with it!

I had to zoom in on it, from the smaller sizes it looks super realistic!
Magical525 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter

It wasn't till I saw it small that I noticed that it had in fact worked better than I'd expected - looking at it close up and personal it doesn't look quite as good - but then that could just be me being overly self critical ;)
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