Thursday, October 25, 2007

Hot off the hoop!

.... it's Starflake - finished at lunchtime today. I brought my camera with me to work as the light isn't so good by the time I get home.



Don't look too closely - you'll see all the 'deliberate' mistakes I've included to 'personalise' the design. LOL. For starters, the fabric isn't right. It's the right sort of colour but it's an evenweave rather than linen and it's too high a count. End result is that some of the stitches don't pull so well, particularly the four sided stitch, and the beads can be a bit crowded. You might also spot the fluffy bit where I accidentally cut one of the fabric threads as I was trying to unpick a particularly knotty eyelet.

However, I did enjoy stitching it, and I do love the colour combination. I am slightly disappointed that you don't really get the benefit of the Waterlilies thread used in the centre and elsewhere, but I'm already considering stitching it again 'properly' at some point, that is, on a better fabric, so that I can see properly how the four sided stitches are supposed to work!

I'm also thinking of finishing this one as a tuck pillow and have been eyeing up various possible finishing methods via Focus on Finishing. But I do need a bit of inspiration for some fabric. Maybe I'll get a chance to do a bit of browsing at the weekend.


And for a bit of fun, as I have my camera at work, here's a photo of my desk - it looks strangely tidy for me!

17 comments:

Barbara said...

Well, it looks absolutely incredible to me!!!! Congratulations!

Julie said...

Starflake looks stunning, well done on a great finish

Lynn said...

Starflake is absolutely stunning, well done .... and what 'deliberate mistakes'? lol

Carla said...

Gorgeous finish!!!! Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!

Sally said...

Starflake is beautiful!

Von said...

Lesley, congratulations on creating a wonderful bit of gorgeousness. :D Your color choice is sublime!

Cheryl said...

Starflake is gorgeous Lesley!
I havent forgotten about that strawberry by the way...last week was manic at work and i ended up being out at meetings a lot...this weeks looking fairly quiet so i'll get it to you no probs x

Michelle said...

Wow! It is just beautiful. I love the colors. Congrats on the finish.

Michelle said...

Wow! It is just beautiful. I love the colors. Congrats on the finish.

Jackie in UK said...

Starflake looks just *gorgeous* to me! The colours are very pretty and you must be very patient to do all that beading! Well worth all the work though!

Jackie x

Cindy said...

Your finish is absolutely beautiful...congratulations! I love the slideshow of pics :)

Wendy said...

Its beautiful - congrats! Love the beading and specialty stitches!!

The Silver Thistle said...

I wish I could see the pics, they sound fab :(

I also wish I knew how to fiddle with computers to make them jump through hoops for me.........but I'm clueless, lol.

Hopefully they'll show for me when I come next time :)

Carol said...

Wow! Just gorgeous!!

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Lesley, I think Starflake is beautiful. Only you see the flaws. Martina Weber's new Christmas 2008 design looks like it's going to have some similar colors... You've really made them come alive and sparkle!
Hugs,
Deb

Lelia said...

It looks awesome to me -- mistakes? really? I just don't see them. Enjoy the day.

PS my desk is so messy, I'm using my sons set-up!!!

lena-lou said...

Just beautiful, I don't see anything that looks like a mistake?? !!