Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Merry Mandolin

This month's Mill Hill is Mandolin. I had a brief pause when I had to go pick up the gold beads but otherwise it was an easy stitch. And then it took me a week to get around to cutting it out.

The strings are supposed to be backstitched but I was lazy and just did them as long stitches. They might slacken over time, but that would look a little natural (don't the strings of stringed instruments loosen if they aren't used?) and it would look better than the dips from couching.
There are a few gaps in the greenery where the kit had tiny bells. Since I'm stitching from just the chart I haven't gone looking for any replacements. If I come across them on my random shopping trips I'll add them in, but otherwise they look fine as is.

DesignerMill Hill
Start dateApril 5, 2015
Finish dateApril 7, 2015
Total time3.75 hours
Fabric14 ct white perforated paper
FlossAs charted
BeadsMH 2001, 2011, 2014, 3043


Rachel Tomkins said...

These little Mill Hill kits seem to be quite popular at the moment and are really growing on me. Congratulations on another finish. I think you did the right thing with the strings as it creates the proper effect. Well done for altering the chart! :)

Rhona said...

What a great finish! I agree with you...the strings look much better done in long stitch.

Dani - tkdchick said...

I really like the strings done as long stitches looks more real that way!

Congrats on your finish.

Carol said...

Good call on the strings!! Your mandolin is very cute :)

Anonymous said...

I like your idea of long strings too. Looks much more realistic.

Congratulations on a beautiful finish. :-)

D1-D2 said...

Good choice on long stitches, it looks more natural that way.

Rohini Sharma said...
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Rohini Sharma said...

Very nice! I really like it.
BT help

Kaisievic said...

Very sweet stitch!

Lumiruusu said...

Those small Mill Hill kits are really pretty and must be joy to stitch.I have a ginger kitten with the Box waiting me to stitch it.