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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Off with Her Head!

That's how I feel this week! I got a nasty head cold last Friday and it's been hanging on ever since. Today I finally feel a bit better, but the weather is NASTY out there. Freezing rain and snow over the top, woo hoo! Not looking forward to the weekend when the high is going to be 13F...EEK. ;)

Okay! Here is the framed "What is Home". It turned out great, a couple of snafus, but nothing major. Apparently the frame is made out of super human stuff, as Greg had a heck of a time getting a hanger attached to it. We got lucky and found this anti glare plastic that we used instead of glass. It would bring a wall down with glass in it. ;)

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I think the rose turned out great, I like the solid color in the middle, which gives a bit more definition to the flower. You can see a larger version here by clicking the smaller framed version.

I have a great start on Alice. It's going very fast, of course being home sick a day has helped, but it's really a fast stitch. I love the colors and the addition of the metallics is a nice touch. I'm leaving off stitching the Japan thread until the end, but have added some of the Kreinik magenta. I still need to get beads for this, I haven't sewn beads before, so am a bit leary of them.

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This has been a lot of fun to stitch! It does use white rayon for some of the flowers and though it is tricky to sew with it does add a different look to the project. This project calls for Whisper for the White Rabbit, to give it a "fluffy" appearance. I have used this thread before and honestly I don't like the overall finished look of it. Plus after all the hard work I did with it in another project I found that it ends up getting squashed behind the framing glass which detracts from the intended look. I am debating whether to use the rayon on the rabbit. It would definately make him stand out, but maybe it would be too "shiny". I have to say I am a bit disappointed by the purple "A" that is the backdrop. On the pattern picture it appears nearly black, but when you stitch it it is definately purple. The purple is pretty, but I was expecting black so it seems a bit odd to me. The best part though is experiencing all the elements and remembering their meaning from the book. :D

Hope everyone is having a great week! Happy Stitching!

13 comment(s):

Congrats on getting this big piece finished and framed, Kim! And that's a great start on Alice. Hope you'll get better soon!

By Blogger Isabelle, at 2/16/2006 11:06 AM  

I have been trying to stop buying so much stash but I may have to go ahead and get Alice, I just love it so much.

By Anonymous Julie, at 2/16/2006 11:14 AM  

Wow What is Home looks fantastic framed..

May have to hunt out Alice to stitch, it looks like its going to be a nice piece.


By Blogger natty68, at 2/16/2006 11:37 AM  

WOW, it looks GREAT! Congratulations!
Hope you are feeling better real soon!

By Blogger BeckySC, at 2/16/2006 11:59 AM  

Hope you are feeling much better by the time you read this comment - love your Alice project, its fun and very quirky! Take care of yourself Hugs Ali xx

By Blogger Ali B, at 2/16/2006 2:41 PM  

Home looks wonderful framed. Alice is off to a great start as well. If you're that upset with the purple A have you thought of getting a deeper black-purple (if it exists) or doing a blend of purple/black? Would that work or make it more troublsome....hmmm

By Blogger Bastet, at 2/16/2006 3:40 PM  

Alice is looking lovely already! It looks like a quick stitch too, and now that I've seen a bit of it closer up (is that English?), I think the design looks even better, with all the details from the story worked out like this. I can't wait to see the rest. And the purple looks good to me!

By Blogger Annemarie, at 2/16/2006 5:26 PM  

What is Home looks great in that frame! Isn't that the frame that Greg and his dad made for you?

Alice is coming along really nicely! I like the purple in the A and I bet you'll find that it will work nicely with the rest of the design.

Don't be intimidated by the beads. They aren't as difficult as they might seem. You'll be a pro in no time.

BTW, the beads are going to get crushed, as well as the Wisper, so you should look into putting a spacer between the glass and your work.

I'm glad that you're enjoying stitching Alice so much!

By Anonymous Jenna, at 2/16/2006 9:47 PM  

I agree with Jenna, if you have mount boards with your framing it will make the whisper look fluffy and not crush the beads - I love mount boards!! A minimum of two per article!! I never frame without them as it squashes your stitching and distorts it.


By Anonymous Coral, at 2/17/2006 2:40 AM  

Sorry for this nasty cold!
Your what is home without me -I mean mother- is great! The rose is perfect!
Alice looks so beautiful! I'm surprised at seeing all the different strange stash you need to use on it! Beads are a pleasure to stitch, just don't worry about it! Just remember tht a complete cross stitch will hold it fine in place.
The purple A looks great to me, and for a reason I can't explain, purple means extravagancy to me, so I think it suits Alice's story fine...
Take care, and enjoy your week end INSIDE!

By Blogger Lili, at 2/17/2006 3:06 AM  

Congrats on your finish. It looks great framed.

I can't believe how much work you have done on Alice already. It is looking good. You could always substitute the thread for A to colour closer to your expectations.

By Blogger karensff, at 2/17/2006 3:15 AM  

Congratulations on your new finish!! It looks great on that frame.
Your new wip seems like fun, it will be great to see it grow.

By Blogger Carol, at 2/17/2006 8:22 AM  

Oh, you are stitching Alice in Wonderland!!! That is my favorite Lynne Nicoletti design! I must check back here often to see your progress Kim!!

By Blogger Carol, at 2/17/2006 3:35 PM  

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