Back in July, I put this (very boring) photo on my FAL list (and again in October, on my Q4 2015 FAL list):
That was all I could show as it was a surprise make for a friend, I couldn't even show the pattern, just in case she knew I had a blog (I don't think she does but...) and stumbled across the photo! I've failed to take a photo of the pattern (by Emie Bishop) and have since given it back to (a different) friend but you can see it here (in case you fancy making your own).
After many (many!) hours of stitching, cutting and more stitching, I have finished this project! I managed to take some progress photos but not many, I'm afraid! Here's what I have:
I started by cutting the piece of (32 count) linen into four pieces and zigzagging round the edge of each piece (to stop fraying). I then tacked in the vertical centre (don't think you can see it in the photos but it is there...in pale pink) and then stitched the kloster blocks on each piece, using perle 8 (#712):
I did the same part on each piece, mainly so that I could get those bouquets out of the way! As you can see in the photo, there are little bits of colour dotted all over so there was no nice rhythm to the stitching - a bit of light green here, a square of pink next to it, a square of pink thirty threads to the left and ten threads up, etc. I knew that if I was going to stall anywhere, it would be on those bouquets so I decided to get them over and done with. The letters and the satin stitch frame, in contrast, were lovely to do!
Next were the satin stitch hearts - these were supposed to be done in perle 8 but I wasn't buying a whole ball just for twelve small hearts so I used three strands of the stranded cotton used in the bouquets (in the same shade as the perle would have been) instead:
Next was the other bouquet (almost the same as the left-hand one but not quite), the blanket stitch border, some pulled thread work and thread cutting (eek!):
I've failed to get a photo of any of the pieces after the needle weaving (the bit in the middle of the kloster blocks, where all those threads are in the photo above) but after that it was time to cut them out along the edge of the blanket stitch border and create a pocket for the hanger (as well as the twisted cord from which they would hang).
And here's what I've been making:
|Excuse the not-very-elegant hanging arrangement! I'm sure my friend will arrange it better on her Edwardian (and gorgeous!) mantelpiece!|
And, because I believe the back of your work should be (almost) as nice as the front and certainly as neat, here are a couple of 'backside' photos:
|I love the hem stitch used to create the hanging pocket - such a great stitch and one I will use again!|
And a final photo of the front, just because I can!
I'm so pleased to have this finished in time for Christmas so my friend can hang it from her mantelpiece (I think she was going to anchor each of them with a glass paperweight, which I bet looks lovely) and (hopefully!) enjoy it.
Archie has taken to dodging the camera. He looks straight at me until I lift the camera and then he turns away right at the last moment! A couple of weeks ago I took several photos of the side of his head (and many, many blurry photos of him turning away!) and these were the best (I/he had a fellow dog walker in kinks!):
|No, I won't look at the camera.|
|There's something far more interesting down there than you and that thing.|
|All right, then. I'll look at the camera, but you needn't think I'm going to look cheerful as well.|
|Go on *sighs* you can have one good photo of me, but only one mind!|
|I said one. Do you think I'm daft? I can count, you know! I demand an apology...and a biscuit.|
I think I'm going to have to re-introduce biscuits into the photo-taking process! Well, not proper biscuits, he's not allowed those any more. The vet diagnosed him with colitis (on top of everything else!), so he's on special food and he's allowed that and only that. Goodness knows how I'm going to break it to him that he won't be allowed those handmade cheese biscuits that Susan brings him...with a bit of his food pretending to be a biscuit/treat, perhaps?!
Thanks for popping in - I have more FAL finishes to share so I hope to be back soon(ish)!