Saturday, November 15, 2008

Framed Quaker Christmas Photo

Here's the final framed photo for Quaker Christmas from ByGone Stitches.

Red suede mat, 11 x 14 frame.

I thought I'd finish another old project, but I decided to start Mary Mack from La-D-Da.
I thought it looked like it would stitch up quickly, but the border with all the buttons is going to take longer than I thought. I'm doing it on 32 count, one over one, dmc black 310.
The finished size is suppose to be just over 4 inches square. I've always been attracted to the pattern, so I might as well just get it done, and enjoy it hanging on the wall.

Framed Fire Flower Photo

Here's the final framed photo for Fire Flower from Needlemania - Marc Davis.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Fire Flower By Needlemania - Marc Davis

Here's a photo of Fire Flower from Needlemania and Marc Davis.
It's done on 25 count black, one over one, with Weeks Dye Works 'Whiskey' thread.
Whiskey is a variegated thread. It's about 3.5 x 5.3 inches.
It took less that a packet of thread to complete.
It took me 3 days to stitch.

The frame is a cheap Wallyworld 6 x 8. The frame is something that I already had, but seems to be a nice size for the design. In the photo the frame is just laying on top of the fabric.

It will hang with the Ink Circles Triangles and Circles designs that are done with the same thread and fabric.

When I originally wanted the variegated DMC thread, it was not available in any local stores, but the Weeks Dye Works thread was. It was stretching my budget to buy the more expensive thread, and the first time that I'd used a fancier more expensive thread. I'm sure I'll die with lots of thread, but I won't die with fancy expensive thread. I'm using it all up.

I'm trying to live by - 'use it up, wear it out'.

And stitching this new project was a reward for completing three other projects from my past.
Now back to finishing up three other projects again, until I'm caught up.

And naturally, I changed something. The four corners had a bit more backstitching of points on the pattern. I liked it just fine without the extra corner stitching.

I know that there was a pattern correction on his web-site, and I'd printed it out knowing that I had the pattern. But when I couldn't find the correction sheet that I'd printed, I also couldn't find it out on the net anymore either. I didn't find the error when I stitched the pattern, but I just stitched the top half, flipped the frame 180 degrees, and stitched the top half again.
Weird, but I figured it would be symmetrical, with or without the error.

I do have to admit to having to tear out and restitch areas twice because I didn't count right.
Just when I think I'm beyond having that happen, it happens a couple of times, and I spend hours fixing my mistakes.

It was a very nice design, and I thought it was going to be the size of a piece of paper, and it's more the size of a postcard. That worked just fine for me, and I just needed and wanted a quick project. I'm glad to see that Marc Davis is getting more and more of his designs published.
I've been watching his website and blog for a while, and he's a very talented man.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Quaker Christmas - Stitching Completed

Finished stitching Quaker Christmas from ByGone Stitches.

It doesn't match the pattern. I changed parts of the two half vase designs that are on the bottom of the pattern. I changed the initials into the year, and I omitted where the year was to be placed. I reformed the numbers to not slant so much. I changed the 'Y' and 'J' in JOY, I moved in the three tulips in the vase on the right side so that they weren't so close to the edges of the box surrounding them. I corrected the motif to the left of the MERRY CHRISTMAS, because it was missing a row of stitches. If you add the row back in it still fits in the same area without moving anything else, but you have to allow for the extra row. I leveled out the O and E in NOEL.
I'm sure there are other things that I don't remember doing, but did just to please my eye.

I always knew that I didn't like the flowers in the vases, and would change them, but I waited way too late to try to change or adjust any letters or numbers. It was poor planning on my part. I think that I could have balanced my changes better, and that is all my fault.

I had originally started this design in green and had planned on using this same red for the lettering, and a gold like the pattern. But I wasn't happy with my choice for the green, and when I shifted my stitching somewhere in the pattern, I decided it would be less frustrating and quicker to just start over. I like the fact that it's a cheery red, and yet the red alone doesn't scream Christmas, and I can leave it hanging all year around. It just becomes a Quaker design.

It will get framed with a red suede mat and be finished soon, and a final photo will be posted.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Quaker Virtues - Finished and Framed

Here's a finished photo of Quaker Virtues, framed and finished.
It's in a 16 x 20 frame, and matted with a black suede mat. Done on 28 count, 1 over 1.

I omitted the lower case letters, by choice. I replaced a motif just to please my eye, and adjusted a motif, because I could see that it wasn't balance in the pattern, but I couldn't figure out exactly what was shifted in the pattern.

I counted what I considered to be pattern errors, and came up with a rough count of 82.
If there were 4 extra stitches in the motif design, it counted as 4.
That doesn't include the designs that I just decided to redraw before stitching, or any design that I replaced with a different design.

It is an amazing pattern, and saying it may have 82 errors, isn't saying that the pattern has lots of errors, or is a terrible pattern. I was amazed at how tightly the designer was able to keep the motifs and the design of the pattern. It's impressive, very impressive.
It was a pleasure to stitch it, and I'm looking forward to seeing more from the same designer in the future.

Additional: I have finally seen another one of these completed, two months after I posted this photo. It was framed in a frame that was cut to follow the designs edge. One of the people commenting said that they thought that framing it that was was much nicer than just putting it in a rectangular frame, and cutting a mat with the extra angles. ( Like I did, I assumed. )

For the record. I paid $15 for the wooden frame, $5 for an entire sheet of suede mat that I have more than half left, and $6 for the glass. At the most I have $26 in total framing costs. If you can get a form fitted frame for that or less, good for you, but it's just not in my budget. I have too many things that I want to complete to pay a professional framer to frame every piece. If you can afford to do that, great, but I can't, and I'd rather frame 10 or more projects than just one.

If I had it to do over again, I wouldn't have done it in all black, but again, I can't afford to do it in any fancy expensive thread. I wouldn't use that material either. I'm still trying to just use up what I have, and I had enough black to do the complete pattern.

I posted photos here because the pattern photo was incomplete, and I really would have liked to have seen a completed design before I bought the pattern, but it wasn't available.
From the pattern cover photo, I expected it to be more square, and that was why I point out that it is shaped more like a table placemat. Again, it doesn't matter, and if you like the pattern, but it was a bit of a surprise to me as I stitched it. And I've pointed out what I have omitted and changed so you won't expect wonder why the pattern you ordered didn't look the same.

I like to view other people's projects to get ideas of what I like and what I don't.
We've all seen some interesting combinations while looking at photos of other people progress.

But try to be kind and remember that not every person can afford to professionally frame every project, and even the people stitching know that not every stitching choice that we make is a good one.

And I also know that the persons comment wasn't directed at my choices, or me personally.
It was me that just took it that way. ( I'll jump off my soapbox now...)