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Cloud City Leia WIP
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey! Just wanted to give a quick update and double check on my embroidery colors. I got the pattern traced out and have been working hard on the embroidery for a couple weeks! Here is some of what I've done so far in different lighting:







And the back, with the reverse herringbone shadow stitching:



What do you all think?

I noticed in the pictures the cream embroidery kind of disappears; I think this is due to the fact that I have more of the ivory fabric piled underneath it in every picture. It doesn't blend in as much in person when up against something else, and I'm hoping it will stand out a lot better once the cape is lined with the rust colored chiffon.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is looking fantastic. Your stitches are so lovely. I think part of the beauty of the embroidery is that it does kind of disappear when you're not looking closely at it.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is looking good. I think it's just the lighting, but the rust looks a bit redder than expected. But as long as it matches your fabric all should be well. Smile Lighting can do funny things to colors.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you both so much for the feedback!

Yes, I think it's the lighting that's making it look redder. It really is hard to get pictures with lighting that captures the colors well! I double checked just now and it does match my fabric pretty much exactly, so I think it should be okay.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The stitching continues to be lovely. What stitches are you using to fill in the flowers and ruffles? Satin stitches?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm using the shadow stitch/reverse herringbone stitch! That was what the standards said it was. It's a fun stitch to work! For anyone reading this that would like a tutorial, I found these to be helpful:

- https://www.theboldabode.com/how-to-do-shadow-embroidery.html?fbclid=IwAR2F-olhd3oq0Jb8F9_D-wLTKtHWLrOlUamUUMnvZ_FPC4Is5EOvAjhMgJ8
- https://www.thesewingdirectory.co.uk/shadow-work-embroidery-tutorial/
- https://www.needlenthread.com/2013/05/shadow-work-embroidery-a-monogram.html
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally updating this! After barely touching it for the first half of the year, I'm once again hard at work on the embroidery. I finished the first panel and have made a small dent in the second. So far the embroidery has taken me about 130 hours, but I can tell I'm moving a lot faster now than when I first started so I'm praying to God that from now on it will be a little quicker. My goal is to have this entire costume done by a con I'll be going to next June. Shocked Kudos to everyone who's tackled this embroidery so far, you all are actual superheroes.

Here are some poorly lit pictures of what I've got so far:



I redrew some of the pattern at the top to better match the pattern I saw in pictures of the original



The reverse (shadow) side:




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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow. I love this costume and I think it's one of the most difficult Leia's costumes, so congratulations.
I think you did a great job Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

VeroLeia94 wrote:
Wow. I love this costume and I think it's one of the most difficult Leia's costumes, so congratulations.
I think you did a great job Smile


Thank you so much!!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found these pictures. I hope they can be useful




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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

VeroLeia94 wrote:
I found these pictures. I hope they can be useful


Thank you so much!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful work. Smile Keep it up! Your stitching looks very neat and tight.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lora Skywalker wrote:
Beautiful work. Smile Keep it up! Your stitching looks very neat and tight.


Thank you so much!! Smile
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