Sunday, September 25, 2011

A Longish Post With Lots of Pictures (And Some Whining)

Exactly what the title says so you may either want to skip my inane ramblings and look at the pictures or grab something to drink ;D

The topic of discussion the last stages of finishing Tree of Stitches and the woes I encountered. So yes, I've finished it! *Dances in relief*

Tree of Stitches
28ct white Jubilee, CW Bermuda Reef, WDW Peony, MH 42010

All new stitches this time:

Fancy cross which is a Herringbone Square over a Leviathan. I love it! It's so pretty and I did it with one strand to make it look a bit more delicate.
Tied Windmill. Another stitch that I like! Abi mentioned that there might be a need to "nudge-and-stitch" to get the middle cross, but I had no such issues.
Leaf stitch. After the last two stitches this was kinda boring but easy. No falling leaves just because.

One look at the overall tree, and I decided that my Jerusalem stitches didn't fit in with the rest since they looked too thin. So frog and redo in two strands and the whole tree looks pretty full.

Now is the bit where I whine. A lot. I knew straight off that Horace the Rabbit and his flower were not making an appearance, but I wasn't too sure about Lester the Owl. So I gave him a try.

Snag 1: I couldn't get a decent Knit Stitch, which is what makes up his body. Several tries and I gave up. Then I dug up my various dictionaries of stitches to try and find a replacement. I tried Ceylon stitch, blanket filling and finally settled on the Triangle stitch.

And yes, he's yellow. I thought it would fit in with the otherworldly theme I was going for.

A step back and I found snag two: My eye kept being drawn to the owl. I've always planned on having the tree being the focus so that wasn't good. I still like the owl. He's just so cute. But sadly he was ruining my plans for this design. So I frogged him and his branch.

Next was trying to randomly fill the space with the surrounding stitches while not making it too crowded. I'm actually very very pleased with what I managed.

And then it was beading. Now I'm rather odd in that I enjoy beading. I find it very soothing, and in a project where the placement is more of a guideline? It was sheer joy. I went with tiny clear beads since I wanted a raindrop effect.

So what's next? I have two packages crawling their way to me. Whichever arrives first will be my next start. Until they arrive I'm off to put hours into a UFORR.

One last look:

TitleTree of Stitches
DesignerAbi Gurden
Start dateAugust 6, 2011
Finish dateSeptember 25, 2011
Total time23.5 hours
Fabric28 ct White Jubilee
Floss Caron Waterlilies Bermuda Reef, Weeks Dye Works Peony, MH 42010


Anne said...

Oh Blu!! This is superb!!! Glorious Tree of Stitches!! I love all the close up of the stitches! The lil' owl looks great in there and your rain drops are so pretty and delicate!! Get this framed for sure! It is a masterpiece :D


Ineke said...

Your Tree of Stitches is gorgeous! The owl is cute the way you stitched it.

Lesleyanne said...

A lovely finish.

Martysmile said...

Tu sei bravissima e questo è un capolavoro!!!

Mouse said...

love the colours and sorry you had to miss out the wol the rain drops on there too :) I find beading soothing too .:) love mouse xxxx

Mrs Milkybar Kid said...

Not commented on your blog before (am shy!) but just had to say firstly how amazing your tree looks - but also a huge thank you to pointing me in the direction of The Stitch Specialists! It was your first blogpost about TOS that put me on to them and has broadened my horizons considerably! Your work is very inspiring in so many ways - thank you for sharing it!

Annette said...

Congratz on the beautifull finnish
It looks wonderfull

Cindy said...

Oh my gosh....your tree is wonderful and thanks for the closeups of the stitches....i am sorry your cute little owl didn't make it in..hehe..i thought he was darling...thanks again for sharing :D

Chris said...

Beautiful finish. I love all the stitches.

Annie said...

Just gorgeous! Your stitches are so perfect. And the colors are beautiful.

Carol said...

I love the variety of stitches in this, Blu--your work is wonderful :)

Kaisievic said...

A wonderful tree - such soothing colours and I love the bright trunk.

Hugs, Kaye xoxox

Rebekah said...

Very pretty! I like your changes. I would love to stitch a frog under my tree instead of a rabbit. I will have to play with some stitches to see what I can come up with. ;)

Beth said...

What an amazing group of different stitches - I had no idea there were that many! More stuff for me to learn - whoo hooo!

I really liked your addition of the clear beads they do look so much like raindrops.

Anonymous said...

Wow! It is truly lovely. You did a wonderful stitching job. Congrats on your finish! You have more patience than I if I had to do all those specialty stitches.

Melissa said...

I am a new follower, but I wanted to say I loved the colors in your tree! Great job!

Aurelia Eglantine said...

Beautiful finish! I love the colours you chose, and the changes that you made. I'm so taken with it that I've submitted an application for the SS, and have my fingers crossed that this project will still be available, if I'm accepted.

A minor issue: I can't see your yellow owl! All I have is a big white square with a red X in the corner. I've tried reloading, but it's not turning up for me. Just thought it's something you might like to know. I'm using IE9, BTW.

♥ Nia said...

That tree looks amazing!!! :D
Fantastic work!! Congrats!!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Gorgeous! Your tree joins Wendy Stitch&Sparkle and Charbs Bumpy Dog in my top 3 trees!

I love your beads especially in the right hand portion. I have some browny/bronze ones I removed from a cardigan that I'm hoping will look conkery!

Bec said...

Stunning!! I love the colours and all the different types of stitches. I would definitely struggle doing them all.
The little owl is so cute, shame he didn't make it.

Congrats on such an amazing finish :)

pat said...

What a lovely and delicate work

Giovanna said...

Gorgeous tree, congratulations! The stitches in close up are so cool.

Anonymous said...

Wow, your Tree of Stitches looks amazing =)
The colors are enchanting =)
Sorry to hear that you had some frogs visiting you, but the result is wonderful =)

Lynn said...

Amazing work Blu! I think you were right to remove the owl because the focus should be on this beautiful tree! I love the colours and all those specialty stitches are giving me inspiration to try something other than just x's!

Veronica said...

Beautiful, beautiful, Beautiful! I especially love the raindrop effects of the beads and the extra bling. So, which two projects are winging their way to you? Can't believe you left us hanging like that. Enquiring minds want to know!

Ziggyeor said...

That is gorgeous! I'm looking for that pattern to go into the stash I'll never get around to stitching stash ;)

Love the colors you did for the tree.

Karoline said...

It's lovely, congratulations

Jackie said...

Your speciality stitches are gorgeous! I'm not to the point yet where I can make changes in a project. I loved hearing your retrospective on how you made the decisions that you did.

Smily said...

It is gorgeous!! Really!
I haven't seen this design before, but you made it lovely! So many new interesting stitches, what a contemporary look!

Kristen said...

Beautiful tree stitchery! Nice sampler with a modern feel.