I've accomplished much since last Sunday's post. For starters I finished stitching Fond Hearts by Blackbird Designs on that very evening. It is stitched on a piece of 28 count OOPS fabric (meaning the dyer didn't get the color she wanted so didn't write down the formula so this color won't be recreated). This photo I took at the frame shop when "trying on" frames is the one that really comes closest to the true color of the fabric.
I also changed the colors for this design. I found the designer choices for the reds ran a bit more purple than I liked and the colors for the stems a bit drab for my taste. I am very happy with the results.
Designer's Choice Lorrie's Choice
WDW Palomino WDW Lucky
WDW Red Pear GA Raspberry Parfait
WDW Havana CC Spinach
WDW Williamsburg Red CC Razzleberry
I will also point out that I moved the words on the right side of the heart down by 4 stitches. The design did not have the words reading smoothly from the left side of the heart to the right and dropping the words by 4 stitches does make it flow more smoothly when reading.
I chose the frame from the bottom in the above photo. It is a perfect match in color to the CC Razzleberry.
Monday night I sat down and in 2 hours stitched part of Give Love by The Little Stitcher. I stitched it on 28 count 1 over 1. I did change the called for DMC 355 (the dress) to DMC 498. I'm really into the reds right now for some reason. Threads, fabric, cars, clothes, kitchen towels - really into the red. I've been wanting to make one of those pocket watches with a small stitched piece for it and this is the one I chose. I wanted to make it as a birthday gift for my friend, Belinda. I chose to keep the design in the pocket watch simple and just used a couple of my vintage buttons. Sometimes less is more.
It would also seem that a 6" snow day results in some very productive time at my sewing machine. I was commissioned by my sister-in-law's sister to make two zippered sofa pillows. A few weeks ago the three of us sat down to do some fabric and pillow shopping online and she found some gorgeous fabric. It arrived a couple of weeks ago and as of Wednesday I had not yet found the nerve to cut into her beautiful fabric. I woke up Wednesday with all that snow and decided THE DAY HAD ARRIVED! Armed with my iPad which had the video tutorial I had watched at least a dozen times I headed off to my sewing corner and commenced cutting, pressing, sewing, turning and stuffing the pillows.
This is the finished product and I have to say I'm very proud of my work on them. I think they look as good as anything I've seen for sell in the stores for a much larger price. The tutorial was absolutely amazing and the zippers were a
cinch breeze delight to do. I know zippers are NEVER a delight! I could not believe how fast they were to make from the first cut to the zipping them closed. I have in mind a way I can apply this technique to making my lined zippered projects bags that will make them look so much more professional and faster to make. I'm hoping to carve out a bit of time this weekend to give this theory of mine a try.
I was so enamored with my new technique that I decided to finish One Soul One Earth and Valentine by Primitive Hare into zippered pillows. The fabrics are Midwinter Reds by Minnick & Simpson. Again the reds - I love them!
This is a Lizzie Kate Winter Fab Fob Limited Edition Kit. I stitched it up last year and it was hanging on my magnetic project board in my sewing corner waiting for finishing. It only took a couple of minutes to get it to the "just need to slip stitch it closed" point. It will be done before the weekend is over.
I tried a new recipe this week as well and it was a keeper. This is beef and snow peas - well actually it is snap peas as could not get snow peas here. I got the original recipe off of Pioneer Woman. As always, I changed the recipe for a couple of reasons. One I could not get all the ingredients at my store which is surprising and secondly and most importantly I changed it to suit my family's taste. I added some mushrooms to my version and used balsamic vinegar (I had it on hand) instead of cooking sherry (I would have had to buy). I also added a bit more brown sugar to the sauce as it was a bit too tart for my taste. Served over rice it was just delicious!
Off to run a few errands and then lunch to celebrate Belinda's birthday! I'm also going to start a new stitching project tonight!