Monday, January 23, 2017

Blossoming Spring Cross Stitch Finish

Hey all, I hope everyone is making it through January alright. As many of you know, Blogger has undergone a number of changes recently and I have found a lot of them have made the blogging experience extremely frustrating. As a result of this I will be moving my blog to a paid hosting service over the next few months. Not to worry though, I will give plenty of notice of everything that is happening and I hope you will all continue to follow along with me in my new blogging home.

Anyway back to crafting, I'm delighted to report, I have my first cross stitch finish of 2017! I took out Blossoming Spring the other day and was shocked at how little was left to be done. I thought that there was a fair amount of stitching left on this piece. However only the top cluster of blossoms needed finishing. The last progress report on this project can be found here for those interested. 

Cross stitch finish, blossoming spring, sheila hudson, The Ultimate Forest Friends Cross Stitch Collection, stitching
Blossoming Spring - Japanese Crab Apple - Sheila Hudson

This piece was stitched on 28ct hand-dyed evenweave from Sparklies, using DMC threads 2 over 2. Usually when I stitch on hand-dyed fabric I keep the bag so that I know the name of the colourway for it, however I can't seem to find the one for this fabric and I can't remember what this is called. It's a very subtle combination of pale blues and greys.

Cross stitch finish, blossoming spring, sheila hudson, The Ultimate Forest Friends Cross Stitch Collection, stitching
Chart from 'The Ultimate Forest Friends Cross Stitch Collection'

I have really enjoyed this project, even though it has taken me over 2 years to stitch it. I actually feel pretty bad about how long this has been a WIP, because realistically I could have finished this project fairly quickly if I didn't keep jumping from piece to piece. However that's one of the things I love about being creative, matching a project to my mood.

Cross stitch finish, blossoming spring, sheila hudson, The Ultimate Forest Friends Cross Stitch Collection, stitching
Can't believe this took over 2 years *hangs head in shame*

I'm delighted to have been able to cross this project off my to-do list and I adore how it looks. It will now go with my other finishes waiting to be properly completed. I think this one will be going into a frame, if I can find one that suits. I have also been working on some more pairs of hand knit socks, see my first ones here, so they will be showing up soon. I think I may be addicted to knitting socks, have added so many patterns to my Pinterest, opps.

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39 comments:

  1. Congrats on your finish, your tree looks beautiful!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment Mii. I'm so happy with the result on this piece as I think the one in the magazine was stitched with Anchor thread and I used DMC. I was a bit worried the colours would be a bit off, but thankfully they look fine.

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment Karin. This one is definitely staying with me.

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. It does feel great to have this one off my to-do list.

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  4. Congratulations on your Happy Dance. It's beautiful and a reminder of the spring weather to come. :)

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. It is a nice, bright, colourful piece to counter the Winter greys.

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  5. What a beautiful finish! Congratulations on getting it done. It's always nice to find out there isn't as much work as we thought in a WIP.

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. I was so surprised when I took it out. I'm amazed I didn't just finish it off the last time I was working on it.

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  6. Beautiful finish!! That is amazing and it must feel so nice to be finished.

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. It's nice to have it finished but Elegance is really the one I should have been working on.

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  7. Congrats on the lovely finish.

    Linda

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    1. Thanks so much Linda. The charting on this was really great. The negative space adds to the impression of it being a blossom tree.

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  8. Love your finish! That tree looks so springy and a sign of good things to come!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. Here's hoping the Spring is nice and sunny with lots of flowers peeping out.

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  9. Oh, this is so very pretty. Well done - I hope that you Happy Danced around the house.

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. Didn't quite do the happy dance, I think I more stared at it in surprise that I had so little to do to finish it!

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  10. A lovely finish,it really is a pretty design.Love your socks on the last post:)

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. I'm delighted that you like both this piece and my hand knit socks!

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  11. Ooohhh, it's lovely. Congrats on the beautiful finish!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. It is such a pretty piece, I'm really looking forward to putting it on display somewhere.

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  12. Congrats on a wonderful finish! It's always nice to realize that there's really not much stitching to do to have a finish :)

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. It was great to have so little to do but the finish came as a surprise as I finished off that last bit so quickly :D

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  13. I did see your finish on facebook - but I love to read your blog, it is easier to share more about each project on the blog, than on facebook.

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment & for visiting both my Facebook & blog! Mostly I just use Facebook to post other interesting things, I don't post here, and to let followers know when a blog post is up. I definitely put much more detail and pictures in my blog.

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  14. It's truly beautiful. Doesn't matter how long it takes, it's the journey. You seem to have enjoyed working on it throughout those 2 years. So all good. It's beautiful stunner. Congrats on your finish!
    xo Alicia

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    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment Alicia. I did really enjoy this project, though I still can't believe I had so little left to do and I didn't finish that until now :D

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. Now the hunt for the perfect frame begins.

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  16. Congrats on your finish, it is beautiful! :)

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. It really reminds me so much of Spring time!

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  17. Will definitely join you in your new blogging home, I have thought about leaving blogger too, they just don't make it easy do they?!! Your new finish is GorGeouS!!!! Well done!! Perfect fabric choice too :-) I have this on my to stitch list along with a lot of others from that bookazine. No need to hang your head, I don't think 2 years is bad going for a completion - I haven't even started yet! lol! Happy sock knitting! Helen

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  18. Oh wow your finish is beautiful. Such pretty colours.

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  19. Congratulations on that wonderful finish =) <<the designs is so pretty and I am glad you stitched and finished this one =)

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  20. Congrats on the gorgeous and first finish for the year:)

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  21. Congrats on a beautiful finish! I was wondering when I'd see this again :)

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  22. This is just stunning!!!! There are no other words!!!!

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