Stitching and Life in the Company of Pets

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Winter Welcome Finish

Well today was another quite warm day, and while I was inside quite glad of the AC I finished Winter Welcome, just a little out of season, LOL. I really like how it all turned out, even though several of the areas did give me quite a bit of trouble with the color changes from the original design, which was on a pale natural color linen. I was really in luck on this though, as I misjudged how much green the leaves would take. The very center parts of the large leaves are DMC, so no problem there. However, the outer areas (which was most of the leaves and ivy) I decided to do with WDW in Lucky which I had on hand and really liked the variations in it. As I got closer to being done, the amount of this I had started to disappear quite quickly. When I put in the last stitch of green I had enough left to have been able to have done just one more leaf, talk about cutting it close. Trying to get another of this and have the dye lot match would have quite tricky (not to mention the frustration of having to put it on hold while I waited to get more when I was this close to finishing.

This was actually finished last night except for the overstitching on the snow. I wanted the snow to have just a bit of sparkle as if the moon was glistening off of it, so after I got the rest of the stitching done last night I used some petite treasure braid and went back over all the snow with a half stitch. I had seen snow done like this at a LNS and really liked how it added a touch of shine, but not to much. Unfortunately it doesn't show up in the picture, but in real life it has a nice touch of sparkle.

I haven't decided yet if I'm going to start another project to replace this one, or if I want to concentrate for a bit on my other various WIP's. Or, I did pick up the new Harry Potter book today, so maybe some reading time is called for for awhile. Hmm choices choices.

32 Comments:

  • At 8:50 PM , Blogger Lady Val said...

    That is so cute! Congratulations on the finish. I love the idea of adding the sparkle to the snow.

     
  • At 9:39 PM , Blogger Kathryn said...

    This is quite lovely, especially the windows. Going over the snow with Treasure Petite is certainly easier than using Kreinik Blending Filament in the first place.

     
  • At 10:30 PM , Blogger Espresso Girlie said...

    I love this Sue - makes me long for the cozy winter times with snow on the ground.

    Suzann

     
  • At 11:28 PM , Blogger Dee said...

    Winter Welcome turned out very nicely. I love the windows done in the different shades.

    I think I'm the only stitcher/knitter not reading Harry Potter tonight. LOL

     
  • At 1:54 AM , Blogger Barbara said...

    The sparkle shows up pretty good when I enlarge the picture. Great idea! I've used blending filament in the past, but as another comment says, it's kind of a PITA. ;)

    It's a wonderful finish. Congratulations!

     
  • At 7:45 AM , Blogger Stitchingnow said...

    That turned out stunnig. Love the windows and glad you left then alone. Congrtas

     
  • At 9:10 AM , Blogger Jennifer said...

    This is so lovely! Congrats on finishing! I really love the way the windows have turned out. And the contrast to the winter night looking fabric.

    When I enlarge the picture, I can kind of see the finishing you did on the snow, and I really like it! I'll have to try that!

     
  • At 9:25 AM , Blogger Susieq said...

    It turned out so pretty. I really like it done on the darker fabric. Go ahead and read the Harry Potter before someone spoils the ending for you.

     
  • At 10:16 AM , Blogger tkdchick said...

    Congrats that looks great!!!! Excellent colour changes.

     
  • At 10:25 AM , Blogger Cheryl said...

    It looks really great! Lovely finish. The colour changes you made have worked so well, it looks great on this blue linen

     
  • At 10:52 AM , Blogger Lynn said...

    This is BEAUTIFUL!!! You did a great job! All the changes you made I think made it look much nicer than what it could have been.

     
  • At 12:55 PM , Blogger Barb said...

    That turned out beautiful. I love the way it looks on the fabric too and with the snow it just adds to it.

     
  • At 2:40 PM , Blogger Sally said...

    Wow I love your Winter Welcome! I love the sparkles.

    I'm not reading the new HP yet as I'm still on book 5!! I'm way behind! My eldest DD finished book 7 this afternoon. She couldn't put it down.

     
  • At 4:15 PM , Blogger Itching To Stitch said...

    Winter Welcome came out great, I love the fabric you did it on ;)

     
  • At 6:31 PM , Blogger Anita said...

    It is so pretty..:) I love your colors and fabric.

     
  • At 9:46 PM , Blogger Hannah said...

    I love it! You can see the sparkle a little bit in the big picture.

     
  • At 10:12 PM , Blogger Chiasmata said...

    What a beautiful finish! It has such a wonderful atmosphere to it. You did some great work with the colour changes.

     
  • At 6:01 AM , Blogger Isabelle said...

    That's a lovely finish Sue, congratulations.

     
  • At 7:13 AM , Blogger DaisyGirl said...

    I think it looks wonderful! I love the blue linen! I need to add some sparkle to my snow on my rr.
    Donna

     
  • At 3:43 PM , Blogger Sue said...

    Congratulations on the finish!

     
  • At 7:18 PM , Blogger Katrina in NZ said...

    Well done on a lovely finish, looks super!

     
  • At 11:11 PM , Anonymous monique said...

    wow... that turned out very nice! Love your color choices :)

     
  • At 11:37 AM , Blogger Sharon said...

    Absolutely gorgeous finish! Congrats. I love the color changes.

     
  • At 3:57 PM , Anonymous Lauren said...

    Oh, that is beautiful! I love how it turned out, especially the windows!

     
  • At 11:06 PM , Blogger Mary Ann said...

    A BEAUTIFUL finish!!!

     
  • At 12:17 PM , Blogger Beatrice said...

    what a good idea for the snow...It is sooo pretty!

     
  • At 12:24 PM , Blogger Lucy said...

    You know you could always stitch while listening to the audio Harry Potter. Beautiful cross stitch!

     
  • At 4:56 PM , Anonymous June said...

    Winter Welcome turned out fantastic - well done!! :)

    I finished HP on Monday and all I can say is: read it, read it, read it, read it, read it... ;)

     
  • At 3:40 PM , Blogger Lizzy said...

    Oh, Winter Welcome turned out Beautifully, Sue!!! I love the sparkly snow... so lovely on the blue linen... :-)

    Have you started Deathly Hallows yet? I can't wait to hear what you think of it!

    Thanks for always thinking of me, Hun! You are such an Angel and always make me smile! :-)

     
  • At 7:47 AM , Blogger Hazel said...

    Looks great! Go on - start another project lol. xx

     
  • At 9:39 AM , Blogger Jade said...

    Congrats on your finish, it's really pretty, I love it!
    Ooh, another HP fan! I just read Deathly Hollows, you'll love it!
    I hope you don't mind but I have tagged you for a 5 things meme on my blog!

     
  • At 5:52 AM , Blogger Lili said...

    Still catching up!
    You've done an amazing job with Winter Welcome all along, Sue: congrats! All the colours together look real good... And I'll certainly use this sparkle idea for snow pretty soon (wink!)
    It was great to read about what your DD is doing as I had never thought of that aspect of circus. Besides, here in France, a circus will travel with loads of trucks and caravans, you see? But France is quite a small country compared to yours... lol!
    And I think it's great that your DD is making such experiences when she's young and independent: that way, she will have had a life before being -eventually- a mother and all... I sometimes regret I haven't you know...
    Take care, Lili

     

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