When I designed and stitched Sew Pretty In Pink
I was not happy with my final picture despite taking many which were either too dark or too bright that the design did not show up very well. Valie
said she would stitch it too and here is her 'finish'. It is stitched on Zweigart linen called Maple Sugar with AVAS Soie d'Alger in shades of plum and pale pink and finally finished as a pinkeep but a pinkeep with a difference as it is backed with a piece of Blackbird Designs Harvest Home fabric and has a lace-covered pocket for storage. There are more pictures on Valie's blog *here*
showing the back and a closeup of her minor changes so do visit and see not only this pinkeep but Valie's other beautiful stitching and finishing. This is a truly beautiful version of Sew Pretty In Pink - I think I should design and leave my friend to interpret such designs! Thank you Valie for allowing me to show this here.
Sew Pretty In Pink is still available *here*
or by clicking CHARTS on the sidebar.
Click on the picture for a close-up view
The latter part of my heading refers to this gorgeous pillow. This pillow was originally a tea towel given to me by Sue (one of my Stitch-n-Bitch group) as part of my birthday present last December. As this tea towel, with the embroidered hearts and lettering, was much too nice to use for drying dishes, June (another Stitch-n-Bitcher) suggested that it would make a nice pillow and offered to do it for me. I passed the tea towel to her and forgot about it until, at our last meeting, she handed me a bag and inside I found this beautiful pillow! Now I find that this pillow is much too nice to let anyone sit on/against it, so it's new home is on my bed away from bottoms, elbows and sticky fingers! Thank you Sue for the tea towel and a big thank you to June for turning the tea towel into such a stunning pillow.
The Dutch Band sampler is progressing although I do have to unpick some of it later today. When I originally started stitching this I altered the threads from those recommended to AVAS and had all the colours hanging from a ring but I must have changed the colours as I was stitching because when I came to stitch with the pink it was an entirely different shade to that already stitched! I thought maybe I had removed the original pink from the ring for something else so I spent ages searching through my AVAS threads but without success. I then checked the ziplock bag the project had been stored in and found, not only the correct pink thread but also a gold thread on a MOP ring. This led me to checking on the gold stitches to find that I have used the wrong thread - hence the unpicking later today. I had hoped to be putting a few more stitches into Jane this weekend but I guess not!
My two eldest grand-children, Kirby and Jack, are at the V Festival in Cheltenham this weekend and I hope they are having a great time. I can't imagine Kirby in a tent - where will she plug in her hair straighteners?
Thanks for visiting and enjoy what's left of the weekend
Labels: Gift, iStitch Designs, Sew Pretty In Pink