10 June 2008

Gourmet Garden & More

Wow, first off, thank you for all your compliments on my first biscornu. I'm overwhelmed that you all love it.Last week, I picked up another LHN design and in no time at all, I finished it. Okay, it actually took me a week but that's because I only have night time to stitch and I wasn't working on it every single night last week. There were times when I was too tired all I did was lie in bed and read. Anyway, on to the photo...
Design: Gourmet Garden
Designer: Little House Needleworks
Fabric: Wichelt Imports' Barely Blue 28 count Jobelan
Fibers: DMC
Here's a close up of the garden at the top. The fabric colour here is a closer match to the actual colour. I especially love the sunflowers on the left.
Three nights ago, I decided to start building my cross stitch kingdom. I didn't get far before the frogs attacked. I guess they decided they want a piece of it too. I ended up spending most of last night and part of tonight ripping out and restitching nearly half of what I had completed. Incredible, isn't it, how one small mistake can have such a huge impact? Well, at least I finished planting three urns of flowers though as I predicted, my butterflies kinda disappeared into the fabric, don't ya think? >.<
I'm so totally enjoying stitching this despite the frogging. This is the first time I'm stitching this kind of sampler and the amount of detail that goes into one band just amazes me. The silks I got for this design makes it even more of a pleasure to work on.
I added more stash to my to do pile. Got these off Ebay for a song!
Barnabee's Quest I, Barnabee's Quest II & Barnabee's Quest III by Just Nan
No idea when I'll get around to this yet but soon, I hope. I'm thinking of getting Lady Scarlet's Journey as well to accompany Barnabee ^.^
A Spot of Spring, A Spot of Summer, A Spot of Autumn & A Spot of Winter by The Drawn Thread
I'm thinking of working these four designs in a row like a bellpull. What do you think? Also, I'm hoping someone could help me. These charts came without the charms. I was wondering if any of you know where I can get them?
I kitted up two more patterns. One from LHN and the other a CCN.
Home of A Needleworker Too! by Little House Needleworks
Gingerbread Cottage by Country Cottage Needleworks
This one is only partly kitted up as I've not yet pulled the DMC floss for it. The fabric is Silkweaver's Sapphire Sky. I thought it would look more stunning stitched on that instead of a neutral colour due to the fact that most of the colours in the design are already shades of brown. Opinions appreciated.
Noreen, unfortunately there's no backstitch around the purple area and it would be pretty hard to work it into the design because that would mean I'd have to backstitch the other flowers beside the purple pansies but thank you anyway for your suggestion :)
Hmm... looking at what I just wrote, I realized how much my taste in designs have changed. I've... I guess you could say, expanded my "horizons" a lot more compared to a year ago. Before, I'd not have picked up any Just Nan or The Drawn Thread or even LHN and CCN designs. They're so different and yet I find myself equally drawn to both. I'm sure I'm not the only one experiencing this change. I'm curious as to who else is or has felt this way. Let me know if you're sharing your experience regarding this topic on your blog and I'll definitely drop by for a visit.


Stitchingranny said...

Your Gourmet Garden is lovely are you going to frame it?

Queen of the Needle looks great on the dark fabric, I stitched mine on a light fabric and had to change the white perle cross stitch to lavender because the white just did not show. Why not change your butterflies and make them yellow they would look lovely in yellow against that fabric.

Barnabee is lovely to stitch and though it looks really big mine grew really fast.

Lisa said...

I have also experienced a huge change in my stitching tastes recently. I would never had considered anything remotely like a Just Nan pattern about 6 months ago but now I really like them. I also love LHN,CCN and Prairie Schooler to name some others. All the cutesy designs that you find in the magazines are just of no interest to me at all now and I have sold alot of my stash to make way for my new favorite designers.
It looks like you are into the same styles as me.
Have fun and happy stitching.

Sally said...

I actually think the butterflies look fine. I can see them really well.

Oooh you will love stitching Barnabee's Quest and I would definitely recommend Lady Scarlett too:)

Love your LHN finish.

Linda K's Creativity Works said...

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Paula C. said...

Hi Veronica,
I have the Drawn Thread charts and can see if my LNS has the charms if you still need them. She has a great selection so the chances are good that she will have them. You have some great projects lined up!

Milly~ said...

Gourmet Garden turned out great!

Elisabeth Braun said...

Love the purple fabric!

Jenn said...

Isn't Gourmet Garden a fun piece to do Veronica. I stitched it up in no time last year. You did a great job. Congrats!

Joysze said...

Hi Veronica! Thanks for your comment about TT. ^.^ Lovely finish on your Gourmet Garden. Oh, I soooo hear you about being too tired to stitch after work. Hmm... I think the dark thread of the butterfly stands quite nicely against the purple fabbie, and I especially love the corner patterns.

Joysze said...

I have to add.... just looked through you blog and you have beautiful finishes, Veronica! I saw your Forever Friends piece that you mentioned. How absolutely adorable is that???!!!

Carol R said...

Love your Gourmet Garden. Your three urns look gorgeous against the mauve background - what is that pattern called?

Chiloe said...

YOu got tagged by me !!!

I'm so glad you're back ay blogging and to see people are back to your blog as well ;)

Margaret said...

Thanks for your lovely comment about Frederick.

Gourmet Garden is lovely and you sure whizzed right through it. Also loved the biscornu you finished for May.

Wonderful stash Veronica - lots of lovely stitching coming up for you.

Bliss said...

Gracious me, you are on a roll. I like the finished piece at the beginning of the blog entry very much.

Kathy said...

Oh wow I love Gourmet Garden its gorgeous hun.

I have Barnabees Quest in my pile to do too, can't wait to get started but I have some presents to finish first.

Hugs xxxxx

Nicola said...

Hi Veronica, thanks for leaving a lovely comment on my blog. Your Gourmet Garden is beautiful! I've got this one in my ever growing "to do" pile. The Just Nan is looking great, I can see the butterflies just fine. Looking forward to seeing more of it. The Drawn Thread Spot of designs will be fantastic as a bellpull. Enjoy all your lovely stash!

Marie said...

Your Gourmet garden is very nice !!! i love those CCN and LHN too :-))

sugardoll said...

OMG! I didn't know until now that you are a WOW addict! How awesome! So am i!!! LOL.

Hubby & I play in alleria, got 70 demonology specced warlock, all clad in pvp gear. Hubby's got a hunter also mostly in pvp gear What about you?

I have a noob in Dalvengyr (pvp server) lock as well. Couple of friends wants us to join with them.

great stash!

Wendy said...

Great work on your LHN finish! And wonderful new stash acquisitions. My tastes changed drastically once I started blogging! And I love it...although my wallet isn't quite so happy being empty!