Category Archives: The Project That Must Not Be Named

The Keeper of the Keys

Finished … I think. I’m not sure. If feels a little off balance, but I’m going to let it sit for a while. Also, he doesn’t appear to have a nose,whoops. I’ll fix that too.

Keeper of the keys

Hagrid’s flowery pink umbrella

keeper of the keys - pink umbrella

My favorite part (the scarf) and my least favorite part (the owl’s face) together in one picture.

keeper of the keys scarf and owl

And a little boot detail. The other boot actually turned out just a little bit nicer, but I forgot that when I was taking and editing the pictures. Whoops, again.

The Keeper of the Keys - boot detail

Once I get a few more of these completed, I plan on starting a gallery page so that they can all be viewed in one place. For now you can click The Project That Must Not Be Named tag to see my past posts for this project. Next up are The Vanishing Glass and The Letters from No One. I’ve already done the crayon tinting on The Vanishing Glass, but I’m not thrilled with the colors that I used, so I may scrap it and start over.

And that is it for my Monday update (one day late).




The Boy Who Lived

The Boy Who LivedWoo Hoo! 1 down, 197 to go. It’s cool, it’s not like I really wanted to do anything other than embroider for the next 5o years anyway.

I’m really happy with the way this first piece turned out. I don’t have a whole lot of embroidery experience, and I’ve never done crayon tinting before, so the fact that this isn’t just a pile of melted crayon, knotted thread and tears is a bit of a relief.

I used back stitch for all of the outlines, a little bit of satin stitch for the blanket border, a sort of modified stem stitch (meaning that I only partially followed the instructions) for his hair and then I just threw some random stitches around to fill things in.

The boy who lived sky detail

I’m particularly happy with my slightly messy – but in a cute handmade way – stars.

I’m going to start posting The Project That Must Not Be Named updates on Mondays. Hopefully I can have a completed chapter each Monday … but I’m not ready to make any promises.

A Peek

Here’s a peek at what I’m currently working on.

Hagrid's Scarf

Years ago I was rereading The Goblet of Fire and working at a JoAnn Fabrics that was in the process of liquidation. I was admiring the beautiful Mary GrandPre illustrations at the beginning of each chapter, when it occurred to me that they would make a great embroidery project. I stocked up on all of the super-sale embroidery floss that I could get my hands on, and then my motivation fizzled out. About a week ago, motivated by my recent rereading of the entire series, I started scanning the tiny illustrations, enlarging them and playing around in Photoshop until I had something a bit more embroidery pattern like.  I plan on doing all of the chapter illustrations for all 7 books. I’m working on the first 4 chapters of the first book right now. The Boy Who Lived and The Keeper of the Keys should be finished shortly. I haven’t yet decided what I’m going to do with all of these once I’m done, but there is plenty of time before that decision will need to be made.

Does anybody have any ideas for what I should do with a million little embroidered Harry Potter illustrations?