Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Happy New Year!

Remember me? I know it's been a while. I'm awful at taking "WIP" photos during a project, and I haven't really had a lot of stitching photos to show otherwise. Dull, dull, dull... I know.

I have a few finishes though, so thought I'd pop in with a few photos and to say hello. :-)

Victoria Sampler's Christmas Village that I finally finished this week.

(Dumbarton Castle in the background!)


I used the recommended Smokey Pearl Belfast Linen with all the recommended threads. I did make a few wee changes:

* I used smyrna cross stitch for the snow drops rather than regular cross stitch.
* I used two strands of silk floss for the snowflakes rather than the recommended one.
* For the lettering, I used Crescent Colours Belle Soir Noir (that I had in my stash) rather than the AVAS #3834, as I thought it was too close to the fabric colour.
* I left out some beads here and there, and stitched the beads directly onto the fabric rather than over the cross stitch (as recommended in the chart).

I think that was it!

I thought it would be a nice companion piece to Jingle Bell Xmas Tree Farm that I stitched back in December 2008. This was supposed to be my December/Christmas project, but it ended up extending into my "half of January" project too. I hadn't anticipated how long it was going to take!

And finally, my "autumn" project was Rubie Owl's Sampler by Plum Street Samplers.

(apologies for the white blob covering up my last name!)


Happy New Year
! Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2010. ♥

27 comments:

Giovanna said...

Good to see you post, Tina! And good to see you've been stitching - and what gorgeous pieces! Major congrats on both.

Adee aka kiwigirl42 said...

I adore Rubies owl. what a great piece. the xmas sampler looks great too

staci said...

Oh! Both of your finishes are stunning!!!

KarenV said...

Nice to see a post from you! :) The VS piece is gorgeous with all that white work, very very pretty! I love Rubie Owl too, such a fun, quirky piece.

Paula said...

Lovely finishes and its great to see you post again.

Terri said...

Beautiful finishes. Thank you so much for sharing them.

cathymk said...

Two wonderful finishes!! I love them both!

Christine said...

Great finishes, Tina!!

Amanda said...

Beautiful finishes! Congrats! Love the VS piece!

Von said...

Hearty congrats on two amazing finishes!!

Karen said...

They are both beautiful! Congrats on the finishes.

Анна - Зонт said...

They are great! Wonderful finishes!

Siobhan said...

It's good to see a post from you, Tina! Love the finishes--YGG!

Nicki said...

Well worth the wait for a post - both those pieces are lovely. In fact the VS one is absolutely gorgeous! :D Congrats!

Sharon said...

Happy New Year! Your finishes look fabulous! Congrats.

Suzanne said...

Congratulations on both of your beautiful finishes!

J Rae said...

Both of your pieces are beautiful!

Nicole said...

Wow, your Christmas Village is so pretty!! I love it! I also love Rubie! I meant to stitch it last year, but got bogged down with other things... maybe this year I'll get to her! Good to see you posting again. :)

mainely stitching said...

What fabulous finishes, Tina! And it's always a joy to see a post from you. :D

Teri said...

What pretty finishes! I love the lacy look of the border on the Christmas village.

Robin said...

The VS stitching is BEAUTIFUL! I just love this one from Thea!

shakatak66 said...

Both are really lovely finishes - congrats :D

Euphorbia said...

Hello, I love Christmas's village, it's so beautiful! Congratulations!
Elena

Redwitch said...

Really late and catching up with blogland. These are two really lovely pieces, many congrats! Hope you have a great 2010 :)

Jo said...

I adore the Christmas Village, its so beautiful. Congratulations

Stitchingranny said...

Beautiful finishing Tina and I am in love with the Christmas Village. I am going to try and get some of my wips done this year but making one concession as I am going to be doing Jingle Bells farm as a SAL with a couple of friends.

Lisa said...

oh I do love your christmas village there's a lot of work done in that one

I really do like PSS and Rubies owls sampler is gorgeous such Autumn-ly colours, need to get this chart one day, but I'm on the stash wagon until July '12 LOL