Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Be Kind & Be True ~ Finished!

I've now come to the end of my SAL with Melissa. We worked together on this project with much delight and both enjoyed it immensely. A lovely design, great company, and a wonderful ending. Thanks Melissa, for joining me on this journey and encouraging me to work on it quicker than I would have on my own. Here's the final result...

DESIGNER ~ With Thy Needle & Thread (Country Stitches)
PATTERN ~ Be Kind & Be True
FABRIC ~ WDW 35ct Linen
THREADS ~ recommended DMC (1 over 2)
STARTED ~ 20 February 2010
FINISHED ~ 8 March 2010
SAL ~ with Melissa of Words And Blooms

Linen choices and thread thickness were the main decisions for me at the start. I decided on WDW 35ct Linen because I had it in my stash, and it looked similar to what was used on the original design. Being 35ct I normally use one thread so I went with this theory on BK&BT. Looking back I think two threads would have been suitable for this design, but I'm still happy with the result that's been achieved. I stayed with the recommended DMC threads because I liked the colours of them, which was part of the appeal of this pattern.


My least favourite part (if there is one) were the leaves. I just didn't enjoy stitching them as much as other things. Maybe it was the quantity - you know, novelty wore off after a few. My favourite was the woman with her pantaloons. They're only peeking out from under her dress but I love the look of them! Simple but effective.


Can't forget the man with his big pants.


Now to how I'll finish this stitched project. I'm still tempted to stain it with Walnut Crystals and if I do I will show you the end result. I will also get this one framed in the future. I've been buying too much stash lately to get anything framed just now though.


Thanks for coming up with a great design, Brenda. I love your patterns and will stitch many of them in the future. Thanks also to those who have followed Melissa and I on our SAL. We've enjoyed your company.

38 comments:

FayeRaye said...

Congrats on the finish! I have really enjoyed following along with you and Melissa on this SAL~ Faye

Dianne said...

beautiful!

Rosita said...

muy lindo, felicitaciones.

Maggi Co said...

Beautiful!

T. Whitesell said...

Your finished piece is beautiful. It was great seeing it come a long and so quickly too.

Michelle said...

Congrats on the finish - it is beautiful! I love the subtle colours.

Cari-in-VA said...

Congratulations on a wonderful finish. I enjoyed your SAL with Melissa.

Márti said...

Very nice work and beautiful colors!

Josie said...

Congratulations on a beautiful finish! I enjoyed watching it take shape with you every step of the way.
I think the thread coverage is great and I probably would of done the same. so ...what's next?

Elisabetta said...

Really perfect work!! I love so much the colours and the linen (sorry what is WDW???)

Cathy Lloyd said...

Beautiful Jane! Congratulations to you and Melissa on great finishes!

brenda gervais said...

Jane,
Was fun to follow your progression of this piece as I actually didn't stitch this one myself. Your package of goodies shipped yesterday...you are going to be busy girl!
brenda

Nancy said...

What a beautiful sampler! It seems like you just started it! It has very nice colors.

Анна - Зонт said...

Congrats! This finish is beautiful!
It was very interesting to look for the process :)

Catherine said...

Congrats on your finish! It was fun watching you and Melissa do this together. Now we'll be waiting to see how you both frame them when you get around to it!

Lesleyanne said...

Congratulations on a wonderful finish. I enjoyed your SAL with Melissa.

Melissa said...

Hooray! Big Happy Dance Jane! It looks beautiful! Thank you for suggesting this SAL. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Maybe we can do another way later this year - I know you'll probably just want to recover from this one! ;-)

Susimac said...

Congratulations on your finish, its so elegant - I love the colours very much.

Sweet William Primitives said...

Jane, I too have enjoyed following along, and your finish is simply
Beautiful!

Ginnie said...

looks really lovely, well done.

valerie said...

Lovely finish! Congrats, it turned out wonderful!

Deb said...

Wonderful finish Jane!

poussy stiches my love said...

Oh which beautiful picture(board), beautiful work, how go you to frame(supervise) him(it)? At any rate it is magnificent, congratulations
Best regards
marylin & poussy

Susan said...

I love it! I only use 1 thread on every thing I stitch as I twist the thread too much for the two threads to work together. (That's my reason and I'm sticking to it.)

What are you going to start on now?

Happy Stitching!

Dovilė said...

Congratulations on your gentle, elegant finish:)

♥ Sari ♥ said...

Wow, it's lovely!

Irene said...

Wonderful finish, it was a joy to watch.

Theresa said...

Congratulations on your finish!!!!! It is beautiful!!!! It was a joy to watch your journey with Melissa~~

Blu said...

Congratulations! It's a very pretty finish!

Karen said...

Beautiful finish!

Aussie Stitcher said...

Congratulations on the finish Jane, it is gorgeous. Great stash also.

Gladys Creativa said...

However, really, really beautiful! Congratulations....

Linda K's Creativity Works said...

That is so pretty...congratulations on your finish.

What are you going to stitch on next?

Take care & Happy Stitching
Hugs :)
Linda K, Railroad

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

What a really pretty finish. I must add this to my stash! I really enjoyed watching how fast you and Melissa stitched this! You two had smokin' hot needles! As always, Jane, your pictures are just so special!

Katrina said...

Gorgeous finish! Congrats :-).

Hilda said...

I really can understand, that working on this design was delighting - it is so adorable!
I also enjoyed it watching it growing!
Congratulations on a wonderful finish!
Hugs from Austria
Hilda

Stef said...

You have such a beautiful blog - I love your stitching and your pictures! Your sampler is gorgeous Jane, you and Melissa stitched them so quickly! Congrats on your finish!

Karoline said...

It's gorgeous Jane, congratulations