a little announcement before moving on to today’s topic: the finishing fridays will last one more week! yours truly has got her fourth finish of the year!
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now, the second finish for 2014 was a sweet design I got in November and started straight away. it’s Papillon Creations‘ A Welcoming Spot. I received the newsletter and saw there was this adorable design on sale for mere 3 euros. it was a 50% off sale, and really an incredible deal cause this design features 22 delightful speciality stitches with clear instructions to all of them.
there are Ray Stitches, Satin Stitch, Spider Webs, Algerian Eyelets, Double Back Stitch, Rhodes Hearts, Eyelet Flowers, Star Stitch, Modified Tied Windmill Stitch, Bargello Heart, Queen Stitch, Lazy Daisy Stitch, Herringbone Stitch, Rhodes Berry, Fishbone Leaf, Rhodes Square and lots of beads.
it’s called for count is 28ct., so I had to reduce the amount of plies for all stitches, I also told Yvonne that I was going to change the vertical bienvenue into the Italian benvenuti and to my surprise she played with the chart and sent me another PDF with the edited version! ❤
funnily enough, she misread benvenuti and added another i, so I had to move letters around a bit but it was so kind of her to do this just for me! ❤ ❤
here are a few pictures of the finished piece and WIP close ups, it was so nice to see these parts grow into a little scene!
Papillon Creations’ A Welcoming Spot
Bargello heart, Eyelet flowers (top), Herringbone beehive and Ray stitched flowers (bottom)
white Spider Webs on top, Algerian Eyelets flowers in Pearl, modified tied windmill tree in Semiramis, Queen stitched flowers and Lazy Daisy stitched leaves on the arch
I backstitched the door and windows, took the picture and realized I didn’t like it like this so I frogged them out. classic.
I’m so so pleased with the final result! and I have something really special in mind for the finishing, once I figured out the likeness I simply had to go for this!
it was the perfect chance to stash lots of useful blings, and I already have the perfect fabric in my stash, so as soon as I get the charming stuff – I’ll switch the sewing mode ON.
here is the complete recap I promised Yvonne, I hope you can find it inspiring too!
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(my own) Welcoming Spot – a complete recap
fabric: Nina‘s 40ct. Victorian Rose Garden linen*, stitched 1 over 2
the called for threads are all GAST and the whitework is in Gloriana silk, in addition to metallic gold thread and two colours of beads. since I didn’t use silk and added more colours to the palette, this list is just a reference to what I decided to do rather than a truthful conversion list for the charted design.
beads: I used only one colour of beads, Mill Hill Magnifica beads #10010 (Snow White, attached with one strand of White Sheep).
- substituted the metallic thread with Nina’s Old Gold.
- used only one kind of beads: Mill Hill Magnifica beads #10010
- modified the lower part of the roof on both sides to make it fit, after I centered the vertical benvenuti I didn’t have enough space to stitch the roof as charted
- stitched the house walls in Asbury, the borders in Espresso, the windows in White Sheep and the roof in Nutmeg
- used only one green, Semiramis
- substituted the vertical “Bienvenue” with “”Benvenuti” and recharted the T according to the L in “Welcome”
- the tree stump, house walls and chimney top are in Asbury, the beehive and roof in Nutmeg
- recharted the backstitched details of the bird in Espresso
- added a backstitched nose to the bunny
- substituted the bead in the hummingbird’s eye with a French Knot in Espresso.
- recharted the hedgehog using a chessboard pattern in Asbury and Nutmeg
- used Old Berry for the Queen Stitched flowers on the arch
- stitched the cat in Steel, added stripes in Espresso and whiskers in White Sheep to resemble BaBa. I made his ears higher. I dropped the Heirloom Lazy Daisy ribbon. I also added eyes and nose in French Knots
I’m still not 100% sure about the dark brown stripes, I might frog/restitch them when I get to the finishing. I hope this list can help/inspire you and if you have any questions just add a comment below or email me at the grey tail at gmail dot com (no spaces, nor spam ).
also, I gave this for granted but just so everybody knows – I don’t make these pieces for anyone other than myself. all I use and change is for my own taste, and that’s how I like to stitch things. it’s not always possible, and it’s not a rule – but if I feel like doing things my way, that’s how I’ll do it. :) it has nothing to do with the original models, those are always great designs – and I’m so happy all these people some up with inventive, great ideas for others to enjoy – but I have to please my own eyes and needles first, so that’s where all this comes from.
and now that we’re at this, I’ve been using lots of Nina‘s creations for the past year, I’m terribly happy with the way she dyes linens, threads and ribbons. they all work together so perfectly I turned her into my go-to resource for stitching supplies. that’s why you see her name pop up in most of my pieces: I love stitching with her creations, that’s it!
* about the Victorian Rose Garden linen: unfortunately this beautiful, very delicate pink shade is out of stock and won’t be dyed again, but I’m sure you can find something close from other dyers or ask Nina to try and get something similar
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and last but not least, an unfortunate (but still fortunate) thing happened while I was ironing all around the finished project. there were really hideous hoop marks all around the project, and I really couldn’t make them go away – so I sprayed some starch (the kind I always use on my stitching) all around it and ironed it. well, I don’t know if it was because of the brand new bottle, or the company changed things in the way they do this, or the planets were in a bad alignment but I immediately realized something was not right. I checked and checked, blamed the indoor lights at first.. after moments of disbelief I had to face the truth: the linen got burnt all around the stitching! 😱
if you look again at the finished picture, you can see brownish marks that weren’t there before. I’m clueless to why this happened, I did everything the way usual way.. bah! 😕
to be perfectly honest, it still looks great. in fact, it gained that vintage look that makes the whitework pop up even more – but with this being said I’m terrified of using that spray bottle ever again!
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see you next week for the third of the finishing fridays, the Sunday Mystery Sampler!
YAY to all of the Seahawks fans out there!
wishing you a wonderful week, enjoy the Sunday!