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Futurecast - Ice Dragon by Magical525 Futurecast - Ice Dragon by Magical525
I seem to be "blaming" other people a lot lately for the embroideries I've made but they are people who have given me reasons to be inspired to make something and I have always felt that such people should know that it was their doing that I was inspired to make something.

This year Mattsma is holding "The Year of the Magnificent Teresa Wentzler"  and she linked to Teresa Wentzler site with all her wonderful embroideries - Luckily for me Teresa also offers some freebies for one to get an idea of how her embroideries are to make and I chose the pattern for "Futurecast" to make first.

After spending some days picking colours from my stash I had to find a fabric to use and after some digging found the green/blue hand dyed "solo mini" from silkweaver.com that Mattsma had sent me as a competition prize many moons ago which had been waiting for the right project to be used. I only needed half so the other half is waiting to be used for another project.

Stitching commenced on Sunday 19th January and ended Sunday 26th January.

When I started stitching I had other challenges - I've really never worked with 1/2 cross stitches in a pattern before and kept on getting confused as to where I had to make them and where they began and ended, which resulted in a lot of frog stitching. I also found that i'd managed to somehow get the tip of the tail (the spade shaped bit) 1/2 a stitch off from the rest but only after I'd completed the silver metallic stitches, which are almost impossible to remove so I decided to leave the tail as it was and work around it - this of course caused more issues down the road when I got to the border and the beading. However I think I have done reasonably well ad hiding the mistakes as if you look at it you don't notice straight away.

The border cross stitches should have been done in the same colour as the dragon's claws but I'd mixed up what was what and used the secondary colour instead - in the end I'm not too unhappy about that as I prefer it like this.

It was also a bit of a challenge to get the right beads for this - I knew I wanted a silver for along the spine of the dragon so it would look like extensions of the dragon's colouring there. I found alovely silver bead that was perfect for it. I thought I'd also got the perfect blue beads to use in the border but they turned out to be just a little too big. The white backup beds I'd got turned out to be far too small so in the end the silver beads that I'd used for the dragon turned out to be my goldilocks beads.

All in all this embroidery has been a bit of a learning curve - an enjoyable, if slightly frustrating at times, one at that :D

Now for the stats:

Fabric: 28ct overdyed Lugana
Size of embroidery: 3 1/2 x 5 5/8" / 8.89 x 14.28 cm
Stitch count: 85H x 53W
Number of colours: 11, all DMC
4010 was my starting colour - the variegated thread that inspired all the colours I used.
My main colour group was blue with the inspiration colour being 162 - I chose 813, 826, and 827 as the other 3 colours in the colour group.
My secondary colour was creamish - I chose 3866 as the colour and 3782 as the medium colour to go with it.
My third colour was greyish purple, with 159 as the light and 160 as the darker shade to go with it.
My metallic is E168
and the crystal ball was done in pearlescant E5200
Back stitching around the silver was mostly done with silver thread except around the wings where I used 826, which is also the colour I used for the back stitching around the blue of the dragon. I used 3782 around all the secondary colour stitches and 160 around the third colour stitches.
Number of stitches - not sure and too scared to count lol.
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Maiko-Girl Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Its lovely,my compliments! Love 
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :D
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Acoustic-Wolves Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Student General Artist
OMG that's awesome!!!
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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Acoustic-Wolves Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Student General Artist
No problem! :)
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clawstrip Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing!!!
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D
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clawstrip Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem (:
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IceXDragon Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! I love the shiney thread you used.:giggle: This was uploaded on my birthday too, so plus!:la:
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D The silver thread was a devil to use but it does make the dragon sparkle, like they should :)

Great coincidence then - an ice dragon uploaded on IceXDragon's birthday :D I am going to be mean though and not send it to you :P
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IceXDragon Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, it makes it look very nice.:D

:la:
Haha, okay.:XD:
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Fusainne Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's beautiful - and the first TW-finish I saw this year to celebrate or crazy little project ^_^ Nice choice of colors to, he does look very icy indeed...
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :D

Yes it is the first finish of the project this year - but then I also chose the smallest project of all of us who are joining to start with, so it's not spruring that I finished first - I'd not expect anyone to finish any time soon with the bigger ones most are doing :)

Thanks :D
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astraldreamer Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's beautiful!
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :D
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mivanova Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Beads, metallic  threads - congrats! Andy right colors for ice!
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
and perlescant thread too! almost as "bad"as metallics hehehe

Thanks :)
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mivanova Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
:hug:
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:hug:
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elphaba-rose-wilde Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This turned out fantastically!! And I applaud you for using metallic thread, I hate that stuff. I used it once and swore never again!
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D

Metallic isn't so bad if you use short pieces, fold it double and put the loop through the needle and have the 2 loose bits as the fails of the thread - it doesn't unravel as much and behaves a lot better. for backstitching you need to use a bit that's no more than 15 - 20 cm/6 - 8 inches.

Used as one would use normal thread it's awful.
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elphaba-rose-wilde Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I battled with it greatly. I saw it in the store and was all "OOOoooo SHINY!!" Then I started working with it and went (*#&(*#&$(*^%!~!

I'll keep that in mind if I ever decide to foray into that direction again.
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Understandable - I hated it at first too and swore never to use it again...
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It came out beautifully!!!  And yay, just in time for the end of January TW update blog I'll do on Friday :D
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :love: Indeed :) I was tempted to start another but I have been strict with myself - first I have to finish a WIP so I grabbed the tile floor from where I'd flung it and have been working on that - only 10 more loops to complete with 3 partially done, so not much longer till the border is done  :)
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That IS exciting!!  I'm glad it wasn't damaged in the toss!
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D

Nah it was a careful toss though as I'm doing the far side I took it out of the Q-snap and have put it into the largest oval hoop :)
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You could have broken something tossing it in the Q-snap! hahahaha
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nothing too fragile where I threw it lol :)
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:giggle:
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Nenesta Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It turned out really pretty =) I love the colours and those little beads you used for the border!
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D hehe those beads had "buy us" written all over them lol
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Nenesta Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds familiar :D
Do you also have this ridiculous amount of different beads that you won't ever be able to use up, yet you keep buying new one just because you can and because they're so pretty? :giggle:
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I spent far too much at this UK based online bead shop that has lovely mixes of beads.. and also locally... and well... SHINY
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Nenesta Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
SHINY seems to be one of the main factors for things wanting to be bought :giggle:
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:nod: it appeals to our inner magpie
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Nenesta Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Would you please link me to that shop you mentioned earlier? :eager:
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
*returns from attic*

It's The Bead Merchant and in the past I spoiled myself with some of their beadtreats: beadsticks, project beads,  two of their themed bead sets (spring woods and autumn) and a special order of leaves all of which were totally lovely and well thought out colour wise :)

Oh god.. I'm looking at the site again and am need of the drool bucket...
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Let me go dig - it's been a while and I'd have to consult to packaging for the name I think - not having a credit card any more has saved me from that shop and myself lol.
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Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Well excuited!  very pretty :nod:
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :love:
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Katjakay Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is so pretty such soft colours, and the first finish of the Theresa Year I believe, So :party: 
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D

Yes I think so too - but then it was a nice small pattern so much easier than the insanely complicated bigger ones.
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SpitfireFae Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
I love the colors you chose. ^_^  The fun thing with this pattern is seeing all the different things people have done to adapt it to what they like.
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D

Yes it is nice to see the many different ways to make this dragon :)

I did mine this way as the 4010 was the only thread I had that had multiple colours in the thread but I made it work and I'm happy with the results :)
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Thriin Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
OMG this is fantastic!Love 
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :heart:
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