20 December 2010

A finish for me!

It feels like it's been forever since I posted a finish. But, last night, during the Pats-Packers game, I managed to put the last stitches in my My Little Heart SAL.

I did a lot more customizing on this than I originally planned, especially on the bottom row. Not only is May now used as October's chart, but the color of the hearts changed. The top row used 3801 as charted, which was great because we need a pop of color in spring, then summer used the hot 321 red, but I changed out the bottom row to 815, for a more muted fall palette. This meant I had to change the owl's leaves to 918. They were originally 606, a hot orange. It hurt my eyes to see that pop of orange, but I think 918 looks better and fits more with the colors. I also did some customizing on December's chart. I didn't like having a word on it, because there aren't words anywhere else on the piece. So I spent the better part of the weekend at work, tossing around ideas while we were slow between patrons. I thought about moving the heart up top and putting a cross in the space inside the stable, but my co-worker suggested I put a star up there, so I came up with a really simple star. I like it.

And the entire piece. It feels good to get this done before Christmas. Now I have a few days to work on something small.

If I don't post between now and then, Happy Solstice and Merry Christmas!


jayne@~an eye for threads~ said...

Very pretty. Merry Christmas
Be always in stitches.

Annie said...

Beautiful finish. They are always better when you add your own touches to make it special and to your liking.

riona said...

How nice to end the year with a "big" finish! Will you be framing the piece? Making it into a pillow or wall hanging? Inquiring minds want to know!

Clare - Aimetu said...

Wow great finish :)

Natasha said...

That turned out great. I am sure you feel a sense of great accomplishment on finishing that sweet design before Christmas. How will you finish it?

I saw on someones blog how they made a calender from it, it was relly cute.

Take care

Bette said...

Very pretty finish! And with the special touches, you've made it your own.

Pumpkin said...

Great job Rachel! I think the changes you made were perfect :o)

Hope you have a very Happy Holiday season!

Elaine said...

Beautiful finish Rachel and the personal touches make it so special.
Hope you and your DH have a lovely Christmas. Hugs!

Meari said...

Congrats on your finish!!

Vicky said...

That is gorgeous Rachel :)

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

mbroider said...

Congratulations on finishing this!

Merry Christmas

I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped--Frederick Perls