I've been working on Polly, the Pirate Witch. This is one of three witch designs by Brooke's Books that I got a week or so ago. I have to say, I don't like the name "Polly" for her. That should be her sidekick, the parrot. Wasn't there a book about an Irish Pirate Queen about 20-odd years ago? And I don't mean Skye O'Malley - that strumpet!
Until I got the Kreinik #8 Braid from Nordic Needle in yesterday's mail, she was looking pretty weird. But, now that she's got her arms on and her skirt defined, I'm feeling better.
In the background you can see her hat and parrot that are done separately and then tacked on later to give her the 3-D look. I think she (whatever her name is going to be) is going to look absolutely charming.
The braid I have stitched in there is #326, called "Hibiscus" and is a blend of red and purple. It is most prominent on her sleeves, but shows up in her skirt, hat and parrot too. Another note is that if you get these charts to stitch on fabric, the instructions note that you should use #4 braid, not #8. The 8 is a bit thicker, although I'm going to try using it on 28 count fabric and see what happens. I wouldn't use a larger count with it though. Or, maybe on Tula . . . that would make Polly about 8 inches tall - almost big enough to be a doll? Hmmmmm. . . . .