Monday, May 10, 2010

I Had To Add The Words

I had planned on posting a lot sooner than now, so I'm sorry if you've been waiting for the surprise I mentioned in my last update. I said you'd probably see Ah, 'Tis Spring pop up again and here she is. All finished with the words added. I know I could have left it as it was but I felt that the words complimented the folksy feel of the piece. I also added the bunny's nose and mouth.

I actually got this finished at the start of the month. Then for the past week I've had an eye infection and have hardly been on the computer at all. I'm still needing to take drops for my eye but it's a lot more comfortable than what it was, though still a little sore. So I thought I'd update my blog before more time passed.

Now onto my finish. This was such a fun pattern to work on and I've loved the colour changes to the original pattern. I can't take credit for coming up with the different thread choices though. They have been worked out by the lovely ladies at Shepherd's Bush. Lots of variegated colours in cotton threads, using assorted brands, but still in keeping with the original colour scheme. This is my version of Ah, 'Tis Spring...

DESIGNER ~ Notforgotten Farm
PATTERN ~ Ah, 'Tis Spring
FABRIC ~ 35ct Sand Linen
THREADS ~ Sampler Threads, Crescent Colours, and Weeks Dye Works (1 over 2 - except for the pocket and carrot sticking out, which I did with 2 over 2)
STARTED ~ 17 March 2010
FINISHED ~ 1 May 2010

So I promised I'd list the threads once I finished this one and here they are.


310 ~ Wood Trail (Sampler Threads)
434~ Onion Skin (Crescent Colours)
610 ~ Dublin Bay (Crescent Colours)
611 ~ Bunny Honey (Crescent Colours)
612 ~ Stepping Stones (Crescent Colours)
644 ~ Linen (Weeks Dye Works)
730 ~ Pea Pod (Crescent Colours)
732 ~ Bean Sprout (Crescent Colours)
733 ~ Guacamole (Weeks Dye Works)
758 ~ Sand (Weeks Dye Works)
783 ~ Copper Penny (Crescent Colours)
921 ~ Clay Pot (Crescent Colours)
3013 ~ Bean Sprout (Crescent Colours)
3021 ~ Picnic Basket (Sampler Threads)
3848 ~ Dove (Weeks Dye Works)
Ecru ~ Linen Weeks Dye Works)

The changes to these that I made was the carrot tops in the grass at the bottom, which I did in Guacamole. I thought they stood out more using this than the darker green would have. I got the symbols mixed up and did the basket pattern in Bean Sprout rather than Onion Skin. I quite liked it so I decided to leave it that way. The last change was with the wording. SB had chosen Dublin Bay which is a darker blue. I wasn't going to be comfortable with that and chose Onion Skin instead. The original chart had called for a 'drab brown' colour and thought Onion Skin fitted nicely. I'm so pleased with the result. I also wanted to take the opportunity to say a big thanks to Loraine for helping me with the threads too. She was my angel in need with this project. Please take the time to drop by her blog if you haven't lately, as she's just been on a short trip which is so interesting to read about, and is also working on Ah, 'Tis Spring (with a different colour palette).

A few more photos for your pleasure.

I haven't started on anything new as I haven't felt like stitching with my sore eye. I'm seriously considering working on the latest Stacy Nash Group project I received in the mail recently (see last post). I really like it! Whatever I do, it will be something small. I'm just not stitching a lot lately to get through a bigger piece.

Thanks for your dear comments and kindness, my stitching friends. Have a lovely week and I do hope those mothers out there who celebrated Mother's Day this past Sunday, had a wonderful day.


JOLENE said...

Ah Tis Spring....Beautiful job on this one (as always). Congrats! Such a sweet design and I love the color changes, SB always has a way of coming up with excellent thread conversions. Hope your eye infection is clearing up and you're seeing better every day. Have a lovely week, looking forward to your SN piece. Smiles....

Susan said...

I'm sorry about the eye infection - I hope you're feeling better now.

I love your finish - you're right, too - the words do complement the piece beautifully.

I can't wait to see your next start!

Catherine said...

She's lovely!!

I do hope your eye is feeling better!!

Loraine said...

This is lovely Jane! I finished mine up last night as well. I love your new pick, and can't wait to see you get going on it.
Hope your infection gets better. It sounds painful. Here's a big get well hug!

Nicole said...

I'm so sorry about your eye Jane. Glad to hear it's getting better. Tis Spring turned out beautiful. Thank you for sharing your changes!! :)

Le blog de marylin said...

Oh he is magnificent Jane! Thank you for the sons(threads) the result(profit) is so beautiful! I hope to see you bientot all my friendship

Nancy said...

Ah Tis Spring is beautiful! Your stitching is always a joy to see. Congratulations on your finish!

Hope your eye feels better soon. That sounds painful.

Theresa said...

This is awesome!!!!
I'm sorry to hear about your eye, I hope it will all heal up soon!!!

Lana said...

Congrats on an adorable finish!! It look amazing!! Great job!! Hope that infection clears up soon!!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Tis Spring turned out as beautiful as I expected it would! Great colors and I love the two strands you used on the pocket to make it stand out a bit more!

I hope you're feeling better - eye infections are not fun.

Looking forward to your SN progress.

Melanie said...

I think it came out lovely! :)

Melissa said...

Oh, the bunny is sooooo pretty! You did a wonderful job stitching, and the photos are just gorgeous!

I hope your eye infection goes away soon!

ps I haven't been stitching that much either!

Karen said...

Hope the eye is feeling better soon, all that valuable stitching time wasted. I think you did the right thing adding the words to the bunny otherwise it would have looked more like an Easter stitchery.
Cheers karen.

Katrina said...

Gorgeous and I love your conversion. Congrats on the finish.

Isadarena said...

Hi Jane, I hardly hope your eye is felling better now ! You must have been really anxious :-(
Anyway, many congratulations on your little rabbit , he is so cute and this conversion is pretty nice :-)
Have a great day,

Karoline said...

Ah tis Spring is lovely, congratulations.

Glad to hear your eye is feeling better

bea de caracas said...

Your rabbit is really lovely!
Last sunday was the Mother's Day in Belgium too... and we celebrated it in Caracas, of course!
Do you know that we have 14 hours between us????
A lot of kisses to you, dear Jane...

Robin said...

Jane, your Bunny is Adorable!!! I am adding this to my wishlist!

Brigitte said...

Ah, tis finished. A most beautiful design stitched with an absolutely great colour combo. Congratulations! I think I would have added the words as well, it just looks more "finished" like this. Seeing this finish makes me want to start stitching my own pattern but there's just too many other things in the pipeline, lol.
I hope your eye infection will be healed very soon.

Gladys Creativa said...

Is really beautiful, congratulations!!!!!

Raven/Missy said...

This is beautiful! You did a marvelous job!

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