05 March 2016

Major Happy Dance

Santa's Pets
2009 Better Homes and Gardens Cross Stitch Calendar
stitched with called-for threads on called-for fabric

After a little over 4 years and 3 months, this is finished. I am in awe of it. 17 1/2 by 11 1/4 inches. 39445 stitches. Fractionals and blending filament. In the course of stitching it, I have bought a house, had 3 employers, and had a baby. I have also learned a lot about what I am capable of; when I started this, I didn't think I'd ever finish it, because I never finished anything this large and fully-covered. Now I know I can do it, a plan which I plan to extend into other areas of my life.
But I won't be stitching with blue for a while.
Or grey.
And I am currently working on a conversion for Celtic Spring. I don't like the colors she chose for Spring, Summer and Autumn. They don't feel "of" that season to me. But I want to step outside the colors others have chosen. So, I decided to start with Spring. Once I am outside the time for Stash and Start Restraint. I thought about a green colorway for her, but I am not sure I could deal with that much green.  Then thought about incorporating a colorway from my college costume design days, a design of pale pink over salmon, but again, too much pink. So it struck me. What about a colorway that pulls its inspiration from the DC area's cherry blossoms? Pale pink gown, with a beige-brown top coat-with small green flowers. And black/brown hair for the girl herself, for a Galway kind of look.
What do you think?


Blu said...

Congrats on a gorgeous finish! It really does look amazing.

Your colourway sounds fun. I say go for it.

Robin in Virginia said...

Rachel, congratulations on your finish! It is simply stunning. Way to go on stretching yourself with your stitching and completing your goal. I like your idea for Celtic Spring with the cherry blossom influence in your color palette. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Annie said...

Totally gorgeous! Hope you plan to enter it in the fair!

Carol said...

YAY!! Your hard work paid off--it is just stunning, Rachel!! Congratulations on a major accomplishment :)

Dianne said...

Congrats on an amazing finish!

Astrids dragon said...

Wow, how adorable! That looks fantastic! You must be thrilled to be finished with it.

Since it's almost time for the cherry blossoms, go for it!

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