In order for Miss Mary to fit into the rectangle tin pin, she must be stitched over one on a high count fabric. I found a nice bit of 40 ct R&R Gold Finch in my stash and cut a 4" x 5" piece. (This piece of Gold Finch looks very similar -even identical- to the 40 ct Sheep's Straw that I have, but that is a whole other topic!) The cut is a bit generous, as the tin pin is 1" x 3", but I want to have plenty of fabric to work with. I don't want to stitch this in hand, so I need to sew a few scraps of muslin around the edges and make it large enough for my small q-snaps.
If you look closely at Lori's necklace, you will see that she stitched Miss Mary with an overdyed thread. I did a floss toss with the Gold Finch and several different overdyed threads. In the end I liked GAST Black Crow the best. Black Crow has a touch of dark blue; I love the way it looks on the fabric. (It also gives me a bird theme...Gold Finch...Black Crow - get it? Yes, I know I am crazy...) Here is a scan of my fabric, an old skein of Black Crow and the tin pin, still in the package. I'm going to buy a new skein of Black Crow for this project, just in case.
Missy and I have been talking about stitching this together as a SAL. Karen V is interested too. Anyone else? You wouldn't have to make it into a necklace if you don't want to, you could just stitch the design. We haven't chosen a time to start as we are still collecting supplies. Is anyone else interested? I wouldn't mind getting started on this right away, but I'm also willing to wait until next year to start if more of you want to join us and if that works best for everyone.
I should also add that I think the fabric Lori chose is darker than Gold Finch and I do not know what floss she used. The Gold Finch/Black Crow choice is my personal preference. Miss Mary wouldn't have to be stitched in black or dark colors. Wouldn't she make a cute redwork design?
I counted the design area for Miss Mary and came up with 98 stitches high by 41 stitches wide. I calculated the design size (over one) for several different counts of fabric and came up with:
- 32 count fabric = 1.28" x 3.06"
- 36 count fabric = 1.14" x 2.72"
- 40 count fabric = 1.03" x 2.45"
I am horrible with numbers, so if you find a mis-count or a mis-calculation, please-oh-please let me know! I don't want to put out bad information. I think the design will look good in any of these counts of fabric and it would be easy to "morph" Miss Mary, making her a little taller (by adding a row to the dress or legs) or narrower (taking a stitch out of those wild curls) if need be. As I mentioned above, the tin pin is about 1" x 3".
So who wants to stitch along?