Finally have some pics of the final project I started (on Friday) but just wrapped up last night.
A new hoop to decorate my work cubicle.
First up, a link to the FREE PATTERN.
Now, the pics.
Yes, the colors are very muted.
I had been wanting to stitch up this pattern but wasn't overly motivated until that fabric came my way. It was part of a JAQS Fabrics fat quarter destash pack I bought. It was, to be frank, a rare dud. I couldn't think of what on earth I'd sew with it. It's just this side of ugly (not that ugly is necessarily BAD) with those froo-froo looking paisley whatevers. I could have held onto it to pass along in a swap (maybe cut up as charms it would be more subtle?) or just unloaded it somewhere but I felt bad thinking that. That's how much I really didn't like it (which surprised me). But not now. Now I really do like it.
The pics don't do it justice. While the colors are subtle, they pop more in person. The rat is done in a very pale gray. The coat is white and goggles a very light brown.
And yes, you can see my errors. I had a hell of a time figuring out what color of tracing paper to use because I was afraid a realy dark color would stand out too much after the fact. So I went with an orange/red one I had. But then the lines weren't quite dark enough, so I took a ball point pen and lightly went over it. And of course I made a little drawing error then tried to dab off the pen and it made a smear (there on the test tube).
Hey, what an I say. I'm still a beginner and this proves it.
But overall I'm quite happy with the finished product and it looks great hanging on my cubicle wall (right under my name plate--man, I hate that name plate).