Sunday, September 24, 2006

Ideas Needed for a Wedding Design!

My cousin Aldo and his fiancee Federica (in Italy) got in touch with me this weekend and asked what I thought about them getting married in Scotland next summer. They got engaged in Scotland last year, and they would really love to get hitched here too. They also asked if I'd mind being their "wedding planner", as there's a lot of stuff they obviously can't organise themselves from Italy. I was honoured they asked and I'm very excited about the whole thing. I hope it all works out and they'll be able to manage it.

Federica, who is the same age as me, is very into crafts. She doesn't stitch much - yet (I'm working on that!), but she makes beautiful patchwork designs and other things. She gave me this as a gift when they were here 11 months ago:

And I gave them this:


She is one person I know who really loves and appreciates stitched gifts... So my point to all this is, I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to what I could stitch them as a wedding present? I wanted something very special. I considered one of the Lavender & Lace wedding designs, but I don't know if I fancy the pressure of trying to finish something so huge in less than 10 months. Does anyone have any favourite wedding/marriage designs? I would really love and appreciate any ideas you may have - even a sampler would be nice, it dosn't have to be L&L/Mira style.

Luckily I didn't ever get around to giving her the link for my blog, so it's OK for me to talk about this on here for just now!


I haven't had a huge amount of time to stitch this week. I've been working on A Stitch in Pine (by Hillside Samplings):

Closer up:


Thanks everyone for your lovely comments on my last two "happy dances", I appreciated each and every one. :)

As for how I managed to complete Halloween Fairy so quickly (10 days). It really wasn't difficult at all -- she isn't even half the size of a normal Mirabilia design. In fact, I think she was even easier and faster to stitch than the freebie Mirabilia angels/cherubs! Of course that was the only thing I stitched on during that period. I find that I can happily be a one at a time stitcher if the project only takes about 10 days to complete. I find that's normally my time limit and then I start getting bored - hence why I take a LONG time completing larger projects! ;-)

24 comments:

mj said...

Theresa Wentzler published a wedding sampler a few years ago...it it gorgeous..i stitched it for a friend and she loved it...

Laura said...

What about the French style? I mean something by French designers...they have lovely patterns...give me a shout if you need any help...I think they are very close to the italian style...I tell you this because I can see italian stitchers and craft lovers are litterary in love with french craft...or you can stitch a wonderful cushion for their rings...I'm sure they will love it...

KarenV said...

I love, love, LOVE A Stitch in Pine! The different stitches making up the trees really add a lot of texture and I like the tones of the green thread :) What fabric are you using? I'm wondering if it would work on Tussock, as my piece of this is a yellowish-green colour which I think might work well.

I'll have to think about the wedding design - the only one I can think of off-hand is Drawn Thread's Marriage of Minds and that's pretty huge too. I've seen M Designs Celtic-style monochrome letters done for a wedding and they worked well. Also, Katrina has just finished a wedding sampler by The Sweetheart Tree is it's stunning. Their designs don't take too much stitching and they're very elegant. I guess it depends on the taste of your cousin and his fiancee as well.

I am just like you - I could be a OAAT stitcher if I could get each piece done in a week or less ;) I certainly don't think I could tackle something like VOHRH straight through though!

Von said...

Thank you for posting a close up of the trees in ASIP. I love how the different stitches give each tree it's own texture. Lovely stitching! :D

Jenn said...

I've always like a freebie Passione Ricamo has on their site of 2 birs with a ribbon and heart. I always thought it would make a nice wedding pice. Your could stitch it and do their names and wedding date on it too.

Nicki said...

ditto what Karen said! :) I was going to mention Katrina's Sweetheart Tree finish. It looks beautiful but relatively quick. I stitched Teresa Wentzler's Wedding sampler a couple of years ago, and that's lovely, but it's not a quick stitch. Or how about The Token by Long Dog designs? Would they like a quaker style? Or something folksy like The Trilogy's Cardiology? Not really weddingy but could be adapted. They do a Wedding Spot too that's very small. Or Victoria Sampler - bigger again and more complicated, but they have quite a few wedding/love designs :)

That's a beautiful bit of patchwork Federica did and I love the Mira cherub. And your Pine stitching is lovely.

I used to be a one-at-a-timer. Then I found online stores and other people's blogs... ;)

Eleni said...

Congratulations on being the wedding planner ... και στα δικά σου ... as we Greeks say [meaning I hope your wedding is next! :D] ... well, it's time that you learn Hardanger ... I've made 2 fairly quick wedding samplers that way ... :-))

Anonymous said...

I don't really have a suggestion for a sampler, I bet whatever you choose will be lovely. I just wanted to say I love your stitch in pine, looks gorgeous.

Sue said...

I love A Stitch In Pine, it's coming along nicely. I read through what other people are giving as suggestions for a wedding piece, and they'll all covered what came to my mind.

Wendy said...

Stitch in Pine is lovely - I haven't seen this one before. Great work!

As for wedding samplers, I am very partial to several of the Sweetheart Tree ones. They are smaller pieces (so travel well) and can be done in a shorter time frame but very intricate and delicate looking also. In fact I just saw a finished one yesterday that a friend had just had framed and it was lovely.

Lana said...

I love your finishes! Both the Quaker Meetinghouse, and your Halloween Fairy! And A stitch in pine is beautiful! Happy stitching!
~Lana~

Eclecticmk - Margie said...

I love your WIP! I'm going to have to check that piece out.

I was going to suggest the Drawn Thread Marriage of Minds piece also but Karen beat me to it! LOL! I also like the idea of a M Designs - you could do their first initial with the heart in between.

elenamac said...

Ciao Tina
wow it's a great that your Cousin ask to you about planning the wedding!wow
Well I've think first to French style that I really love!
so what do you think about an heart of Isa V. that the couple can use for the rings during the celebration of the wedding?
As their Italian what about an italian design called Renato Parolin? I love Les Coeurs de la Joie ( simply wonderful) bythe way i'll still try to think about it

Love
elena

Anonymous said...

Your stitch in pine is lovely! That is a great green.

Chelle said...

I can only second some of the wonderful suggestions for a wedding sampler. My favorite idea is Karen's suggestion to use a M Design monochrome letter. Your color choice could make it light and cheery or heavy and formal. Just a thought. Thanks for sharing your A Stitch in Pine WIP. WOW, I love it! The specialty stitches are so effective. Great work!

Diana said...

Good luck with planning the wedding...

My sister is getting married next year and I plan on stitching Patricia Ann Design's Sampler for Weddings and Anniversaries: http://www.patricia-ann-designs.com/sampler_for_weddings_and_anniversaries.htm

It looks like a fairly quick stitch (although I'll let you know for sure because I haven't actually started it yet!).

Jean said...

Well, my personal favorite is Long Dog Sampler "The Token". I love your pine trees.

Cathy said...

Oooh, I love that Hillside Samplings design that you are working on!

Cindy said...

A Stitch in Pine is looking just lovely! You are doing fantastic on that. Congrats on being the wedding planner, I am not full of ideas about that kind of stuff though, so I will let all the other creative minds give their feedback on that!!

Cindy said...

Oh yeah, I just love the gifts that you and Federica exchanged.

Stitcher said...

I would also suggest The Sweetheart Tree, they do a marriage one. I have just got the Love sampler, going to stitch that one for a Silver Wedding, it has a really sweet sterling silver LOVE charm on it.

Redwitch said...

Love your recent finishes and WIPs! I guess you have lots of wedding sampler suggestions to go on! But for what it's worth www.puntiantichi.com has a couple of 'love' samplers 'Love Reigns' and 'Love and Gentle Heart' both look lovely but may be too large. Or how about some of the Celtic designs - I did look but there are so many out there! Good luck with the wedding planning :)

Christine said...

I'm currently stitching Papillon Creation's Love with a Capital L as a wedding sampler for myself and my fiance. It's a fairly large piece though (260 x 434 stitches)! I'm doing it over one on 25 count. (There's a recent pic on my blog.)

I stitched Lorri Birmingham's This Day I Will Marry for friends who got married 4 years ago and it's beautiful. Again, it's a fairly decent-sized piece though (8" x 17" on 28 ct).

Katrina said...

ooh, I like the Hillside finish, just lovely.

I'd definately suggest a Sweetheart Tree sampler - the one I stitched recently was the to Have and to Hold one and I was quite surprised that it stitched up relatively quickly. The Love Sampler would be a good choice, any of their samplers could be adapted to suit what colours, style, you'd prefer. Happy choosing :)