Today I went to lunch with several stitching friends. I was surprised to see Jeanne there and even more surprised to see a large package waiting for me. Jeanne finished framing Bless This House! I'm so pleased with it. Jeanne you are THE BEST!
So here it is! I took this picture in full sun to avoid glare from the glass or flash.
I stitched the design on 19 ct. Dirty Cork linen. (This made the design size approx. 17" wide and 7" high.) The chart called for Sampler Threads; I wanted to stitch with #5 perle cottons over 2, so (with help!) I converted the threads to Weeks and Caron Watercolours. Here is the conversion:
GAST Dark Chocolate -> WDW Onyx (2 skeins)
GAST Black Crow -> Watercolours Dark Shadows
GAST Grecian Gold -> WDW Schneckley
GAST Blue Spruce -> WDW Juniper (2 skeins)
GAST Old Blue Paint -> WDW Dolphin
GAST Purple Iris -> Watercolours Periwinkle
GAST Cinnamon -> WDW Hazelnut
GAST Mulberry -> WDW Brick
GAST Parchment -> WDW Beige
Did I mention that I LOVE how this project turned out? Thanks again to Linda and Heather for helping me with the color conversion and also thanks again to Jeanne for a great framing job.
Thanks to all of you who commented last week when I posted about the finish. I appreciate your comments and encouragement! To Tobie and Lelia, my favorite ornament from the JCS magazine is the Glad Tidings Needlecase by Gentle Pursuit Designs. (page 15) I'm fascinated with the finishing, and I LOVE the idea of a strawberry emery for the bell clapper. My "favorite" changes nearly every time I pick up the magazine, so tomorrow I'll be ga-ga over another design. So which design is YOUR favorite?