Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Grumpy Ol' Guy

I recently stitched a grumpy ol' gargoyle.  More specifically, The Spitting Gargoyle from the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.  I've always had a thing for monsters and gargoyles, ever since I was a kid.  When I was younger I had a bunch of small stone statues of them, too.  I think I had three different sizes of this guy.  That collection seems to have been lost in transit during one of our moves.

 It's hand-stitched using black DMC, ranging from 1 strand to 4 strands.

Gargoyle 4

I framed it so that I could enter it in the local county fair.  I love the frame!  This is the best pic I have of it, I'll get a better one when I get it back.

I didn't win at the fair, but I'm glad I entered.  It makes me feel like I'm actually doing something with the pieces I make, instead of them just laying around gathering dust.  This piece also got something better than a fair ribbon, it was featured as a "Stitchgasm!" on one of my favorite sites!  It's chock full of so much amazing stitchy stuff I can't even begin to put it in words.  Check it out.

More monsters and beasts in the works.  I had a crazy lion I was working on but I took a short break  from it and now the pattern I drew is worn off-boo!  I can't decide whether to scrap it or try to figure out a way to salvage it.  Gahhh, I hate that!  I might take a break from stitching for a few days, I'm craving paint like a mad woman at the moment.  Thinking I'll rest my wrist and get the whole arm moving around in front of a nice, big canvas.  See you soon, my dears!


Regena said...

how do you know when to use 4 or 3 or 2? I get so confused!!

MafiosaGrrl said...

I just eyeball it, it really depends on the piece too. I never separated them at first, but then as I got into more detailed stuff, I realized it was a must. Think of it as a pencil line on a drawing, how thick would you want it to be if you were sketching it.

diaryofadomesticgoddess said...

Absolutely AWESOME! Love it! :)

Anstasia said...

I WANT ONE!!! This is something I can see me displaying in my house during Halloween....oh, who am I kidding?, any time of the year! Do you sell your patterns?

MafiosaGrrl said...

Thank you, domesticgoddess!

Anstasia- Ha, I love your excitement! Thanks! Yeah, it would be an all year round thing for me too. No I don't have any patterns for sale, just pieces. However, after the response I received one of the Lebowski pieces I made, I've been considering it. This however, was inspired by a Dover image.