Friday, March 4, 2011

Chatelaine's Hummingbird Mandala

Martina called this her sparkliest mandala ever, and I believe the correct name is Sparkling Elegance, but everyone just calls it the Hummingbird Mandala. Anything with birds catches my eye (why else do I own every chart by Crossed Wing?) and the hummers on this one are stitched over one to boot, so how could I resist? At any rate, it was released last August and it took me a while to decide on fabric, so I just got started on it last week, in the center as usual.
This is my floss toss (minus DMC, about 2 dozen colors) on the blue 28ct opalescent I chose. You can see it has tons of Delica beads, and plenty of crystals too!
I spent about a week and a half getting the stitching and beads this far....
The four flowers at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock are different in color, and the four hummers visiting them are all different too. I will get to those when this comes back around in my rotation in a couple of months. It's hard to tell, but there are a ton of beads on it already! Here is a close up that proves my point!
I think it's time for another biscornu this weekend, just to rest the eyes!


  1. That is so amazing! I knew it would be worth the wait to see your progress. How long did that take?

  2. Love your fabric choice, very pretty.

  3. Wow! Your fabric choice is wonderful; it compliments all those lovely beads and echoes their sparkle. That is some very intricate stitching! :)

  4. Wow, this is such a stunning piece, I look forward to watching this one grow :) Happy stitching!

  5. thanks y'all! I do love the blue fabbie! Alice, it took a week and a half of evenings stitching in front of the tv...not bad really!