Sunday, October 01, 2006

Last of the Happy Dances for September!

Has it been a week since I last blogged?! I'm only just noticing. Ah well... I do have a few Happy Dances to share that I finished during the week. Not that they took long to complete. It seems I'm much more into smaller projects lately so that I can have my happy dances sooner! ;)

First though, thank you for all your *wonderful* suggestions regarding a wedding project for Aldo & Federica. I knew I was doing the right thing asking you lovely people. :)

Some notes about that....

I'd completely forgotten about the Teresa Wentzler wedding sampler. It's STUNNING, but it's too big a project for me to tackle in 7-9 months (I need time to get it framed too). I think I'd cope with just about everything, but not that border! Oh my! I get into a cold sweat just thinking about it! LOL I'd love to do it one day, but not for this... too much pressure.

I'm also going to stay away from anything with TOO many words, as their first language is not English (though they undertstand it much more than they let on!) Some of the Victoria Sampler pieces are gorgeous and would be perfect, but I haven't tackled hardanger yet either, so I don't think I should learn with this one. :) And I'm not confident enough with my finishing skills to do a pillow or anything like that yet (I wish I was!)

I was drooling over some of the French & Italian designs suggested (I love Renato Parolin - thanks Elena! I have a few of those designs in my stash already and I also love GPA); the Passione Ricamo and Long Dog designs are beautiful too.

Christine: I've been following your progress on the PC design, it's absolutely stunning, and I love the colours you chose. :) I would love to do this one day, but I think it would be too much hard work for Aldo to read and it'd lose it's charm which are the beautiful words as well as the design.

I'm thinking it's going to either be one of the Sweetheart Tree designs that were mentioned (Katrina's is just beautiful as a few people have mentioned!) or the M Designs letters with the heart in the middle of their Initials. I remember that I saw someones finish of this maybe a year or two ago and it looked wonderful: it was the couples initials with the heart in the middle and their names and wedding date at the bottom, and of course there's also the Celtic connection that's a bonus. Absolutely perfect! If I choose to do the latter I'll have to have a think about thread and fabric colours... Hmmmm...

I'm also going to buy the Trilogy's Wedding Spots (thanks Nicki), as I know I'll use that for someone at some point, it's lovely!

Honestly though, thank you EVERYONE for your suggestions, I'm keeping a note of all of these designs, as I know they'll come handy in the future!

My cousin (one of those in Scotland this time!) just announced she's expecting her #2 baby next year, so that's another project for me to think about now too!

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Now for some recent finishes. The first is A Stitch In Pine (by Hillside Samplings):


Stitched on 30-Count R&R Light Espresso linen, with the suggested threads. Aaargh, isn't it awful after you've stitched something and taken a photo that all the imperfections come out and you're making a list of what you have to fix on it!!

I haven't actually stitched on the button yet, it's just sitting there. :) I have a feeling that this button is actually no longer available to buy. Hillside Samplings put out a free chart when this happened a few years back of a substitute tree you can stitch in it's place (there's also a substitute acorn for "A is for Acorn" and a substitute pinecone for "Gathering Pinecones"). If anyone needs a copy of the free chart let me know.

Right Side Close Up: (close up of left side is in previous post)



And the second is Heart's Secret by Victoria Sampler (Cathy Jean):


Stitched on Vintage Autumn Fields Belfast linen with all the suggested threads and very strange blend combinations. I thought after the heart that the blending was over, but nope! Both the leaves and the birds are blends too (of WDW this time rather than Gloriana silks). Weird, weird, weird! I'm happy enough with it now that it's complete, though. I wonder if all of the Cathy Jean designs are like this, though?!

I left out the words from the design, until I figure out how I'm going to finish it, etc..


Yikes, it's the 1st of October already! Wasn't I just saying the same about it being the 1st of September the other day? Time sure does fly...

22 comments:

KarenV said...

I was wondering where you were - you've been busy! I love both your finishes - A Stitch in Pine looks wonderful with all the speciality stitches and Heart's Secret turned out beautifully, despite all your misgivings :) Congratulations!

Eleni said...

Bravo Tina ... great finishes ... love your stitching ... can't say it enough! :-)

Redwitch said...

Love the Pine sampler the speciality stitches are beautiful and the colours are so restful, I can almost smell the pines! Your other finish is lovely too, the colours are bold but they really work. I can't wait to see your chosen wedding sampler :)

Chelle said...

Your Stitch in Pine sampler is fantastic! Congrats on your finishes.

Von said...

Hurray, Tina! Both finishes are so beautiful. I know that blending threads can be a pain sometimes, but the effect is lovely. I'm not sure if Cathy's other designs call for the same technique, but maybe I can find out. :)

Anonymous said...

Both finishes are wonderful! I love the heart design.

AnneS said...

I absolutely adore the Pines design - just stunning! And the heart design is really sweet - the 'weird combination' looks really good, I think :)

Nicki said...

Your finishes both look great! It does seem weird to blend overdyed threads but it worked - love the colours :)

The M Designs letters would be great. I was thinking of doing something similar with the A Mon Ami Pierre AMAP 8 alphabet. It has a heart on it that would go nicely between two letters :)

Sharon said...

Tina, both of your finishes are beautiful! But, I love the Hillside Samplings piece. Just gorgeous.

bunnyhead said...

What pretty finishes!

Wendy said...

A Stitch in Pine looks gorgeous!

I did the M Designs Celtic heart with the initials for my niece's wedding gift last year. It turned out beautifully (of course I forgot to take a picture of it before or after framing). I used Needle Necessities in autumn-y colours and an antique ivory belfast. She was very pleased with it!

Eclecticmk - Margie said...

Beautiful finishes! Thanks for the info on that tree button - I was going to buy that chart last week - I'll have to make sure I find the freebie tree to go with it.

lena-lou said...

Nice finishes and those colour blends look very effective so worth it, definately!!

Michelle said...

COngrats, Tina, on both finishes. They are gorgeous. I love that little pine tree button!

Cindy said...

Great finishes!!!

Cathy said...

Congrats on your finishes - I realling like the Hillside Sampling one!

Sue said...

I love A Stitch in Pine. And your little birds are adorable. Very nice stitching.

Nicola said...

Your stitching is beautiful! Congratulations on your finishes!

Christine said...

Thanks for the compliments on Love, Tina! I really like how it's turning out, too.

Congratulations on your finishes! A Stitch in Pine is really, really cute.

Carol said...

Your finishes are gorgeous! I sure don't see any imperfections in either of them :-) Nice job!!!!!

Anonymous said...

oh, may I have the free charts for the Hillside Samlplings projects. I think I have Stitch in Pine & A is for Acorn [don't think I have the pinecone one] and seriously don't have any idea where those buttons are.

I would appreciate it.

Lover your Christmas Tree & Stitch in Pine. I really need to unearth my Hillside Samplings stuff!!

Enjoy the week-end

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the HS chart(s). I do have two of the projects in my stash & think the 3rd one is hiding in my closet someplace!

You are very kind.