Hallelujah! It's FINISHED!

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Hallelujah! It's FINISHED!
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Tue, 12-11-2012 - 9:18am

"Birds of a Feather is complete! I was beginning to think it was going to drag on forever (I checked and the first stitches were put in in July!).

So here it is, a design by Yvonne Horn of Papillon Creations, puclished in "The Gift of Stitching", Issue 57, October, 2010! And with the exception of some fudging for miscounting and switching out beads from my stash for the ones called for, this is stitched as instructed... Stitched on Wichelt's Permin of Copenhagen 32 count linen ("French Lace"), which might have been a mistake since I think some of the colors would have shown better on a pure white or even an antique white, but I didn't have any 32 count large enough in those colors; bad enough that I didn't have Q-snaps long enough either! ... Finsihed stitched area is 16 1/3" by 9 2/3 ".

It was the speciality stitching and the beading that really slowed me down... Here's a close-up of one of the border corners so you can see what that entailed:

I don't know if you can see the gold and peacock blue beads easily - I know the light yellow star stitches and the gold braid couching doesn't show up at all... But there are nine speciality stitches in the border: Rhodes Sqaures, Ray stitches, Diamond Eyelets, Lazy Daisies, Rhodes Diamonds, Herringbone stitch, Fan Stitches, Couching and backstitch in addition to the beading, In the center, there are large Queen stitches (if you consider over six threads large!), Tied Windmill stitches, Diagonal Fly stitches, and Star stitches as well as straight stitches on the birds' heads and backstitching on the feathers and paisley motifs.

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Tue, 12-11-2012 - 12:07pm

Carol, that is very pretty and as usual you have done a beautiful job on it!

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Registered: 05-23-2001
Mon, 12-31-2012 - 6:05pm
Carol - that came out quite lovely. And kudos for getting it completed. So what's next?

Liz

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Tue, 01-01-2013 - 1:02pm

Well, i finished the Michael Powell sampler I was doing to get relief from all that blue! LOL

And staying well away fomr blue still --- the current piece is working up fast becasue it's blackwork in shades of black, grey adn red! It's a design by Elizabeth Almond that also appeared in The Gift of Stitching, called "Red Thai Mandala". 

The year ahead is pretty full. I've plotted out my Crazy Quilt Journal Challenge blocks for the year and have two ready to piece together as basic blocks. Need to find trims and the like though before I get really going on that. And I know what I want to do for Bead Journal Project 2013 as well --- just need to figure out the approach I will take (it will be butterflies, possibly arranged in a specimen case...). And I have enrolled in two online classes as well --- bioth small ones and short terms, hosted by Sharon B of PinTangle (Encrusted Crazy Quilting Class 2013 and Sumptuous surfaces embroidery class). Yes, I'm a glutton for punishment! LOL



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Registered: 05-23-2001
Wed, 01-02-2013 - 6:35am

Ooh Carol - I remember that Red Thai Mandala - I thought is was just beautiful. What issue was it from?

Liz

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Wed, 01-02-2013 - 11:13am

#61, March 2011... but you can also see it on her site here: http://www.blackworkjourney.co.uk/images/500w/CH0220%20Red%20Thai%20Mandala%20500w.jpg



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Fri, 01-04-2013 - 9:06pm

It's gorgeous!

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Sun, 01-06-2013 - 1:51pm

Thanks! It looks even better now that it's pressed and blocked. TIme to start planning a framing expedition!