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Saturday, 30 April 2011

Live in Harmony

I'm sneaking in a last post for April. Here's my latest finish and a really fun stitch.


 
 "Live in Harmony"
by Homespun Elegance

I really loved stitching this piece. Instead of using DMC, I used various overdyed silks I had in my stash.  There is no direct correlation though. It was like painting using whatever crayons I had on hand. I finished this last weekend, then jumped right into stitching this... Garden Glade by Carriage House Samplings.


Golly, there is a LOT of filling in!  I had stitched the stag over on the right hand side but frogged it out. Maybe you can see a faint outline.  Why did I have to frog? Well, I was trying out an overdyed silk and ended up with a stripe-y result. I went back and forth trying to justify not frogging, but in the end I'm glad I did. It really offended the eye! 

I think I have learned a big lesson with the overdyed silks like Belle Soie. I like them when used in small bits of design, like with "Live in Harmony" above, but anything with bigger continuous surface can get the stripey look. 
Thank you so much for your kind comments left in my last post. Things are still somewhat bumpy but at least one hurdle is out of the way. The boy has flown the nest yesterday and now safely (we think) in his new home in Germany. Here's a photo of DS with DH at the airport.

It was a pretty tense day yesterday. Thank goodness the Royal Wedding provided a good diversion all through the day.  I love this photo of the two sisters and their dresses. 


It was a beautiful wedding, wasn't it?

Here's some stitchy news for you - I received a newsletter from Carol at Em-li's this month where Carol said she has purchased the inventory and copyrights to Sheepish Designs!  I don't think I've seen this announced anywhere so I am not sure what this means in terms of seeing all the designs listed, etc.  If you are looking for these charts, you should email Carol.

Thanks for your visit! Now I'll do the disappearing act again! :-)

35 comments:

Barbi said...

What a wonderful finish! And yes that's one of my favorite shots as well. She was a stunning bride, and they did a wonderful job putting the ceremony together, I think it was perfect that they kept the attendents just to his brother and her sister! PERFECT

Nancy said...

Beautiful finish!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Live in Harmony is gorgeous, Melissa! The colors and bands are beautiful. Beautiful new start, too. Good luck to your son! Be well. ((Hugs))

Glenna said...

Your finish is so pretty! And yes, I agree about the lovely wedding, and I'm thrilled to hear about Sheepish Designs--I hadn't heard that anywhere. LOL about the stripes--he could've been a zebra.

Margaret said...

You always choose to stitch pieces that I want to stitch someday!!!!! I love your Live in Harmony finish! Love your Garden Glade so far too! And yes, I agree with you on the stripy effect of overdyeds -- that's why I don't like them much. :D Hope your son has settled in in Germany well. What a big step! Scary - for the parents anyway. I loved watching the royal wedding! Oh and I heard about Emli's too! Great news!

Chris said...

Beautiful finish! The wedding was wonderful too.

WoolenSails said...

Another beautiful piece. I really love the look of linen, so going to have to get something to magnify, so I can see the smaller counts.

Debbie

mainely stitching said...

WOOHOO on the news of Sheepish Designs charts perhaps being made available again!

Love your stitching. :D

lynda said...

What a lovely finish! That one is going right to my wish list...

Catherine said...

What a lovely finish! And I love your new start!

Good luck to your son!

And, yeah to possibly seeing Sheepish Designs again!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Beautiful finish. Congratulations.

Loraine said...

Wonderful colors Melissa! I love both of these designs. Good luck to your son! All the way to Germany? I'm biting my nails for you. :)
Isn't that fabulous news about Sheepish Designs. I'm so excited we can get the charts again.
Hope all is well. Hugs to you!

Deborah said...

Beautiful finish! Love the colors.

Theresa said...

Another beautiful finish!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!

I enjoyed the wedding so much!!!! The bride was gorgeous~~~ The whole ceremony was just wonderful!!!

Good luck to your son!! I know it will be a life changing experience for him, as it was to me when I first came to the States!!!

Lois said...

Oh you've done it again Melissa, a finish of a design I don't have in my stash and now, well, now that's going to be one I'm looking out for!! Love your new start and hope all goes well for your son in Germany. You know I'll be thinking of you all in the coming days as he finds his feet and you get used to him being so far away. Now isn't that interesting news about SD. I do hope the charts become available again.

Annemarie said...

Wow! WOW!! Oh my word, 'Live in Harmony' is too gorgeous for words! And so is 'Garden Glade'! You're really stitching up a storm, Melissa, but I guess it's keeping you distracted from your son being in Germany... that's a long way away. But a lovely country. I'm sure he'll do fine, and so will you :o)

Siobhan said...

Fantastic finish!! I love your Garden Glade, too. I need to get back to mine.

Big hugs on your son's new adventure. I know how bittersweet it is when they do what we've prepared them to do... fly the nest successfully. It's like you stand there with a big smile on your face and a huge ache in your heart. ((((((((Melissa)))))))))

Nancy said...

A wonderful finish with such an important message, and your Garden Glade start is gorgeous!

Wasn't the Royal Wedding absolutely beautiful!

I hope your son has a memorable experience in Germany, and just think of the wonderful stories he will have to share with you!

Deb said...

I saw that newsletter from Carol too. I hope that we can get some of the charts that we've all been wanting.

Love your Live in Harmony, especially the banding. I haven't seen this one before, but I really like it. Love your new start too - that's been on my list for like forever and still haven't done it. There is a lot of fill-in, but the end result is so worth it.

Anne said...

I really love the band sampler! The colours you chose are lovely. Its good to know that when using overdyed silks that they cause a stripe like effect. I will have to avoid that in the future! I hope your son will love his new home in Germany and think to phone his parents a lot! As for the wedding, I watched it all on the royal website and loved every minute of it. It's nice to see that they truly love each other, and well she looked stunning!

Carol said...

I'm so glad to hear that your son arrived in Germany, Melissa. I know that must have been nerve-wracking to get him all packed and on his way. I'm sure he will have the experience of a life-time :)

Your finish is so pretty--I love the way you can just select colors from your stash and make them work so well together.

I sure enjoyed the wedding--hope Will and Kate really do live happily ever after...

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Your Homespun Elegance design is just lovely, I love words in needlework that deliver such a simple but meaningful message.

Barb said...

Oh, I love your new finish! The colors are great.

Does Em-Li's really have the charts in stock? Thanks for the tip!

Here's hoping that your son keeps in touch on a regular basis. I sure know how it is having a child so far away.

valerie said...

Beautiful finish and great start on Garden Glade! I know what you mean about the overdyeds...sometimes it's just too stripey. Good luck to your son on his german adventure. What a wonderful opportunity!

Pointed Stitcher said...

I love your Homespun Elegance piece, it's beautiful.

Joy said...

Lovely finish! I'm beginning to dislike over dyed threads...just don't know why I thought I needed to invest in them.

Hope your son keeps in touch.

Happy Stitching!

JOLENE said...

What a beautiful sampler! I love your Garden Glade, the colors are fantastic! You do such beautiful work. Smiles....

staci said...

Beautiful finish! And you're right, that is a lot of filling in on your new project~~good for those times when you need something a little "mindless"!

Sharon said...

What a gorgeous finish! I have not ever seen that sampler before. I loved the Royal Wedding, it was beautiful. I hope things will go well for them.

Suzanne said...

Congratulations on a beautiful finish! You picked some perfect colours for this piece.

Love the new start, I have this in my stash to stitch as well.

Karoline said...

What a gorgeous finish, congratulations

Nicole said...

Beautiful finish Melissa! And great start on Garden Glade! I just love that design! Glad your son made it safely to Germany! Hope he's doing well!

Brigitte said...

Oh Melissa, what a beautiful finish this is. I don't know what colours the original version uses, but yours looks fantastic! And Garden Glade seems to be a fun stitch as well.
I do hope that the Sheepish Designs patterns will be available again. At least there's hope ...
Meanwhile you certainly got a bit accustomed to the fact that your son is living so far away from home. But I know that it isn't easy in the beginning. Where in Germany does he live? I hope he's doing well there.

Katrina said...

What a pretty finish, the colors are so easy on the eye.

Love Garden Glade. It helps with the overdyes to stitch in small areas, almost work in patches so you don't end up with stripes.

marly said...

Living in Harmony is wonderful as is Elizabeth Easton. I can't wait to see Garden Glade's progress.