Monday, April 30, 2012

Finally - a Finish :)

Gathering Honey - Finished! 
For those patient readers who've been "watching paint dry" as I finished Gathering Honey, I'm pleased to show you a FINISH!  Yes, Gathering Honey is now done, after several years as a work in progress (and sometimes just a plain UFO (unfinished object) in the bottom of my stitching basket.    I've been tempted to abandon it several times, but I'm glad now that I didn't.  It hasn't been difficult to stitch, just a little challenging (and sometimes tedious!) in following the pattern details with multiple colour changes and lots of backstitching.  And at one point this past week, with almost 200 French Knots to do, I wondered what I'd been thinking of!

  I'll add my initials and the date after I've had it on my project board for a couple of days and can think a little more about where those would be best placed.  And then the fun of choosing a frame - I'll search first through my vintage frames and see if anything might be just right.  Whether or not to add a mat is still an open question - I've seen photos of this piece done both ways and I'm unsure yet.  Any opinions? 

What's next here at the Cottage?  I have Drawn Thread's Cloister Garden on scroll rods, as well as Monasterium's Four Seasons Quaker - my goal is to have Cloister Garden done by the end of May, but we all know about setting goals, don't we? LOL  I have a couple of Sampler Guild projects I'd like to work on as well, so we'll see ......  

12 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the finish, it looks wonderful!

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  2. Oh my goodness, Di, WELL DONE! Such a pretty piece. Not sure about mat or not, I suppose best to try it with and without.

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  3. Beautiful, yes beautiful.....

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  4. Nice finish. This is beautiful.

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  5. It is absolutely beautiful I expect you will miss stitching on it.

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  6. ooooooooooooo well done that girl :) it looks fabuuuuulous .... well done for persevering and getting it finished :)
    mmmm re the matt ... I would have to try it both ways and with different colours of matts to see which worked best .... re the initials may be under the proverbs bit on the right ???
    looking forward to seeing the next one under the needle :) love mouse xxxxxx

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  7. Congratulations on your beautiful finish!

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  8. Oh my, Congratulations, Di. It's gorgeous! Definitely an accomplishment :)

    Looking forward to seeing your next WiP. I have all of DT's Gardens kitted up. They sure are lovely.

    Hugs,
    Veronica.

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  9. So worth all the work on this - just gorgeous. IMO i reckon just a frame, no mount, would work best from this or if you are going with a dark frame, maybe a small amount of cream.

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  10. It's beautiful Di, congratulations xx

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  11. Beautiful finish! This is one of my favorites.

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  12. Thank you for all of the lovely comments and suggestions. Gathering Honey is now at the framers, being placed into a vintage frame that has been at the back of a closet here for several years. I'm adding a neutral creamy-white mottled mat (partly to compensate for a slight discrepancy in the finished needlework and the frame that I'm using), and I signed my intials and the year directly underneath the Scripture reference, using a tiny backstitch in dark brown. I'll show a photo of it as soon as I have it back, and I'll be posting soon about the next pieces-in-progress :)

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