Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Chart that Never Ends: Somebunny to Love Finish

Have you ever had a project that felt like it would never end. That's what this chart has been like for me. After months of avoidance I finally settled down to finish the last few touches on Somebunny to Love. This pattern is a gift for a baby who is now 5 months old. I began working on this in June of last year.

Somebunny to Love - The World of Cross Stitching Issue 179
I'm not sure why this particular project has been so difficult for me. I have stitched projects more complex and had less aversion to them than this. I have also stitched two Somebunny to Love patterns before and found them enjoyable to work on.

Somebunny with Trailer and Somebunny to love Special Delivery 

The bubbles were the last of this chart that needed to be stitched and I found myself dreading them as they had DMC E746 pearlescent thread and S800 Satin thread. Both of these are difficult enough to work with in a regular pattern, however I find them torturous when they are found in such small sections floating away from the main body of stitching. It makes them incredibly hard to start or finish. So to combat this I changed these to two DMC cotton threads of similar colour; 745 instead of E746 and 747 instead of S800.


These bunnies are just so cute
I now just need to add in the baby's name, date of birth and weight to complete it which I will probably stitch in variegated threads. I think this piece has really turned out beautifully but I just found it very difficult to work and I am so glad it is done.

I really love the backstitching on the two chicks.
This is my first finish for 2015 and my apologies that there was no post yesterday. I knew I was close to the finish and wanted to post it when it was all done. I will be framing it before I gift it to the new parents.

Edit: This piece was stitched on 28ct Hand Dyed Jazlyn in Aleannas Garden from the Crafty Kitten.

Edit: I changed the photos on this post as the white balance on the previous set was wrong. It resulted in the fabric looking more pink than it is. These colours are more true.

39 comments:

  1. I feel the same way with my aversion to certain threads. I love this finish! The fabric is gorgeous and the stitching is beautiful.

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  2. I love it! I am sure the recipient will love it also!!

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  3. It's so cute! Worth your work that's for sure.

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  4. Great finish!! And I have at least one of these UFO charts, if not more... Congrats on sticking with it and getting it done!

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  5. Congrats on the gorgeous finish. I think the bubbles look great.

    Linda

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  6. Had that very issue with Butterfly Vignette...but now it hangs beautifully on the wall and everyone loves it...sighh. I'm glad your struggle is over! Still a lovely piece of work there.

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  7. The fabric fits this piece so well! I think I would be bothered by the little bubbles floating off all by their lonesome but they do look so lovely on the piece. The recipients will be so thrilled with this. :D

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  8. It's such a cute finish! Too bad that it was such trouble, but at least it's over :)

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  9. Oh but it's so cute - a gorgeous finish

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  10. It's turned out very lovely! The background fabric is just right, I am sure the family will love it.

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  11. Adorable finish. It's strange how different projects feel :)

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  12. Well....first off.....congrats on a super cute first finish for 2015!!
    I have to admit that I've had that feeling about some projects....it's not the complexity or the colours etc.....there's just SOMETHING that you can't quite put your finger on that makes it difficult to pick it up and stitch. For me...this happens most often if it's a piece that I KNOW has a strict deadline...not small pieces...but biggish ones that I want to gift by a certain time...it's like I go on super slow turtle mode:D

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  13. Lovely finish. Usually if a piece starts to give me anguish I put it away for a bit and bring it out later. If I still find it difficult then I bin it. I stitch for pleasure not agony.

    CJ

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  14. Очень интересный фон для вышивки! Возможно, это и усложнило работу. Сатиновые ниточки закреплять и правда проблематично, у вас отлично все получилось.

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  15. It's a cute lovely finish! Well done for sticking with it. It will be a wonderful gift for both baby & parents.

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  16. Yay! Good for you. All three of those bunny stitches you have done are sweet!
    Yes, I just finished Theotokos. This one seemed to go forever and ever.

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  17. Congratulations on persevering and finishing this project. I have enjoyed watching it grow but sorry that you felt it was more of an effort than pleasure. Hopefully you will get a good reaction from the recipients which will make it all seem so worthwhile. :)

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  18. Good job on sticking to it. It's such a cute pattern.

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  19. oh so very cute and lovely indeed. I'm sure whoever receive that precious will feel very touched and special. I love Crafty Kitten Fabrics too!

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  20. Congratulations stunner!
    I know how arduous this wip was for you so it's an extra celebration that you are almost at the end. I think it looks absolutely stunning and the fabric is perfect.
    xo Alicia

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  21. Love this bunny. well done on the finish.

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  22. What a great finish....it's beautiful! I love the fabric, it really adds to the design. It's funny how some projects can become a chore to do even though they are not difficult. Well done for sticking at it!

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  23. It's a really beautiful stitch XOX

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  24. Congratulations, this is an excellent finish =) The design is really cute and the fabric is amazing =)

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  25. It looks fantastic, I love the fabric.
    I think sometimes you almost get a block on a project, I've got one that I haven't worked on for two years because I remember it being fiddly, I'm sure it's not as bad as I remember

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  26. Absolutely beautiful.. what a present for a new baby.

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  27. It is SO adorable, though! I love that you changed out the thread. I don't like working with metallics either.
    : )

    Tricia

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  28. Its a lovely finish, some projects just seem like that and for me it always ends up the ones I think I will adore working on when I start them!

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  29. It looks fantastic, congratulations! I too have projects like that that I just don't want to work on. You must feel great now that it's done and you can work on whatever you want.

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  30. It looks fantastic!!! I love the fabric! I really hate projects that you just hate stitching on...I have some like that!

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  31. Absolutely fabulous!!!
    Some threads are so very difficult to work with. Remember DMC rayon? Pretty and shiny. Slid all the way to Alaska....

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  32. Satins, rayons, I just blanket refuse to stitch with any of that stuff, so I feel your pain there.

    I'm sorry this project feels never-ending, I hate it when I get stuck in those kinds of pieces. It is looking great, though!

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  33. Well Done!! That is a gorgeous finish :) The fabric really sets it off.

    I know what you mean about it being hard to stitch, I'm doing one of those myself (also started last year), maybe it's because it's for someone else?

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  34. Worth all the work! too cute and adorable =)

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