Sunday, March 13, 2011

Pride and Prejudice finish and some Granny Goodness.

Woot! Here's another little happy dance. This was so lovely to do and as I stitched it I realised that I do not have or have never had any of Tanya's charts in the UFO pile! I get her charts stitched up ever so quickly. I have quite a few of them now and I am thinking of a The Sampler Girl wall. Speaking of walls, I will show you what has gone up on my wall later if you stick with me.

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Pride and Prejudice
The Sampler girl

Now what I want to discuss with you is MISTAKES. Do you ever make them, intentionally or not?? Well, I mentioned in my last post that I had made a few with this piece - some intentional and entirely deliberate - some not! So I thought I would share. This is what comes of not reading the instuctions prior to starting stitching!!

Mistake no.1.

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See that green border... supposed to be worked in Satin Stich. Was I going to unpick it? No never. I like it just as it is.

Possibly another mistake is the blue bonnet. I used the correct code given but in the picture it is a pink colour, not blue. Never mind I like it and I won't count it as a mistake.

Mistake no.2.

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Mr Darcy has longer legs than he should have! I had stitched the tree above him miscounting a stitch and whne it came to stitching him, his legs came out too short so I added a stitch. Woops! I did frog and restitch the tree so it sat inline with the other one but I kept Mr Darcy as the slightly taller version. I prefer my men this way.

Mistake no.3.

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The little pink border had an extra stitch somewhere but I didn't see it. Carried on blindly along as they say. Anyway, I just needed to make sure my letters to the right of it sat okay and had to watch I didn't line them up with the top half of this pink border and everything worked out fine.

Mistake no.4.

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This one was deliberate. The instructions said to do the diamonds in rice stitch - not my favourite stitch. I must also add that the chart looks like it is all cross stitches and doesn't show where spec stitches go. Seeing as I had not done the satin stitch border, I decided to opt for simple crosses. Which leads me to the next mistake...

Mistake no.5.

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Here the instructions call for Herringbone stitch but I could not figure out how to do them both horizonatally and vertically as again the chart was just in stitch symbols. By this time I felt that there was no point in doing any of the spec stitches as it would stand out too much (ahem!) so I carried on the theme of plain old cross.

So there you have it. I put my maiden initials and my dh's and our wedding date too.

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So you see, mistakes can be darling and personal and I love them. I loved every stitch and have a few more TSGs in my stash to look forward to for my wall.

Speaking of which, I had this idea a while back but it has taken all this time for me to actually do them.

Here are my granny square pictures..

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It was really hard to get the pictures as there were reflections all over them. The point was that I wanted something white to break up all the red I had painted the walls in. I love the red but it needed something to break it up and this idea just popped into my head. I think it works quite well.

Well, thank you for staying with me if you got this far. On my next post I am going to be having a MAJOR party so please pop by soon. Big thanks to every single one of my readers and commentors. I know what an effort it can be to make just one comment on a blog and I want you to know I appreciate every single one of them and don't take them for granted.

Have a good week, y'all.

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58 comments:

CalamityJr said...

Well, I don't think you made ANY mistakes - you just made that pattern all your own! And your granny squares are a great idea for breaking up the red wall. You showcase your own work and add the needed punch of white all at once. Way to go on all of it!

Tina said...

Love how PNP turned out,and your (mistakes) made it more personal and unique.The granny square piccies have turned out fab
Looking forward to seeing you at the meet-up
Tina xx

Jeanne said...

I make many mistakes too and sometimes I leave them in and work around them if possible. Borders seem to be nemesis - I'm always silently hoping the corners meet up when I get back to the starting point LOL. Your P&P finish is lovely and not doing the special stitches doesn't detract at all from the piece in my opinion. Congrats on another finish and your granny square idea is really cute!

Heather said...

Your work is beautiful and the differences (not mistakes) make your piece individual and personal to you. It's lovely :)
xxx Heather@Littletinbird

Christine said...

What a fabulous idea for artwork on your walls! It looks fantastic.

Congrats on your finish, too!

DebbieSFL said...

Love your granny square pictures--what a great idea!

Jackie said...

I make mistakes too. Whether or not I leave them in depends if I can make it work or not. And how much I'd have to rip out.

The white frames look really nice against your red wall. Framing your squares was a wonderful idea!

Angela P said...

I love all of your "mistakes" on the JA piece :) I love the Sampler Girl charts too and want to stitch more from my stash too. I've made those "mistakes" before too and I've worked around many of them as well.

I love what you did with the wall and framing your granny pieces!

gracie said...

The red wall looks great. The what?? mistakes?? remember life is not perfect. It looks good to me!

Lynn B said...

Hi Hazel, Oh yes I have made lots of mistakes, in fact I make so many I just can't believe I keep on making them! Your stitched piece looks lovely but I absolutely love the crochet framed pictures, what a super idea.

Hugs

Lynn B

Ranae said...

I love your version of the happy dance, do they count as mistakes if you are satisfied with them??!!
I love the granny sqaures framed, what a neat idea

mainely stitching said...

The framed granny squares are SO cool - what a bold, retro design idea!!

I love how you've done Tanya's chart. I make mistakes all the time. Sometimes I frog, but a lot of the time I just work with them. ;)

Sally said...

I LOVE your TSG finish Hazel. I make loads of mistakes! Sometimes I leave them, sometimes I don't, but I think it makes a piece personal:) I have a Sampler Girl wall with a few pieces on it.

Love how you've framed your granny squares.

Christine said...

Congratulations on your P&P finish, they aren't mistakes they are personalisations.
What a fabulous idea with the granny squares!

Barb said...

Hey WELL DONE YOU!! despite the mistooks and they are not really just precious you moments that look just as good as the real thing. Love the grannies on the red wall .
Look forward to seeing you Wednesday with a new start. Putting S&S in the post it is not pristine by any means as I stood a cup of tea near it and yes you have guessed ,it is still readable though lol.

Cole said...

Great finish! And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your granny pictures!! What a great idea :)

Lisa said...

Well done on your P&P finish Hazel, it looks gorgeous. I'm a bit of a perfectionist so tend to frog most of my mistakes, but I think you did the right thing with your's and who's to say we have to follow charts exactly lol.
Love you granny square pictures, such a great idea!

Catherine said...

Don't call them mistakes - just artistic interpretations!!

Love how those squares pop on that red wall!

Rachael @ CleverCheshireCats said...

Pride and Prejudice is beautiful and what a wonderful idea the granny square pictures are - very clever you Xx

Gillie said...

They aren't mistakes they are changes! Looks lovely as does the wall! I am going to swap out one of my 15 for a Tanya one as it really reflects my life right now, lol! I was on a hill in the Delamere Forest and waving at you, did you see me lol! See the March 10th post!

Mylene said...

A lovely finish. Mistakes...i think everyone encounters it all the time.

What a great idea with the Granny squares. it looks wonderful!

Lesleyanne said...

I love your finish I like it without the speciality stitches mainly because I would probably not do them because I can't lol. I make loads of mistakes sometimes leave them in sometimes don't it really depends if I can find them which I can't always. Your granny square wall looks great.

Attic24 said...

wow at your granny pictures, what a hugely effective and beautiful idea, I love it :o)
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ps boohoo turquoise shoes in my size out of stock, v sad x

Maaike said...

what a great idea to show you granny squares like this! Very well done, it is fabulous.
Have a great week,
love Maaike

jane said...

A very refreshing approach to your "mistakes" Hazel, I think your finish looks great and it is now individual to you.
Love the framed granny squares - what an original idea.

Cath said...

Great finish ,and your mistakes are merely personalising the design , lol .
Love the granny squares in frames , so cool .X

Michelle said...

Your granny goodness wall is so perfect...What a fabulous idea...
And I love your needlework...
and really...I alway though Mr Darcy should have been a bit taller...

carol at home said...

It's a beautiful sampler and I'm sure noone would have noticed the mistakes if you hadn't pointed them out!

Margaret said...

Oh my gosh! I love your granny square pics!! What fun, and what a great idea! Love the red wall too! Breaks it up nicely! Love your xs finish too. So pretty! Mistakes? Nah! They just make your piece that much more you!

Aisyah Helga said...

I love samplers! And yours is very lovely! Mistakes are normal and it makes it unique☺. I love your idea of framing those granny squares individually! They look really beautiful on your red wall.

Elizabeth said...

Your stitching is beautiful so even if you do make 'mistakes' (I call them variations) the whole thing looks lovely!

Carol said...

Mistakes or not, your piece is just wonderful, Hazel! I almost always incorporate mistakes into my stitching unless it really will affect the whole outcome of the piece.

And what a neat way to showcase your granny squares--I love that idea :)

Rowyn said...

I love your Sampler Girl finish, Hazel. It's beautiful.

Thanks for sharing your deliberate and not-so deliberate pattern variations. If you hadn't told us, we would probably never have known. I'm forever making mistakes, my husband calls me 'Wowyn Wong'... 'cos I'm always getting it wrong. lol

Kate said...

Your "personalised" finish is great - they only count as mistakes if they bother you!
Love the granny square pictures - great idea.

Rachael xxx said...

I wouldn't of noticed any mistakes myself!
I just love the crochet blocks used in frames like that, well done you may of started a trend!!

Marlene said...

I do that all the time, I carry on stitching and then when something does not go into place I fudge it. I must learn to read patterns first. Anyway, your work looks great and it's just your take of a pattern, there is not another one like it in the world.

sylviesgarden said...

Mistakes or not, it's gorgeous.
x

Sheilasembroidery said...

Love the square pictures. What a great idea.

valerie said...

The "mistakes" makes it much more personalized and it's gorgeous! Love the sampler! The granny square wall is cute! Great way to display your work. Love the red wall!

Carolyn NC said...

Awesome finish and I love your granny squares!

Giovanna said...

Congrats on the finish, and the granny squares display is pure genius: fabulous!

Siobhan said...

Hazel, what a NEAT idea to do your granny squares into framed art work!! I love it--so clever.

Your P&P is gorgeous. Congratulations! You are much braver than I am, showing your mistakes. I don't think I have enough space in my online albums to store photos of my mistakes! ;)

Berit said...

Love your "Mistakes"--lets me admire the closeups that show of the dimensional quality of the stitching--one of my favorite parts!

I also love the strong graphic element of your framed G. Squares--do I espy some Ikea frames? Loving it!

Kelly said...

You did a great job, I don't see the mistakes. The stitching looks top notch to me. But I know how it is you know they are there, it is good to know that I am not the only one that does stuff like that. I love, love, love your grannies on the wall, how adorable and love the red wall. ♥

Maggie O said...

Love the art work and the stitching. P&P looks amazing!!

Julie said...

Granny square picture boxes are such a fab idea, perfect for a crafters home - clever girl!

Loveing the JA finish, misinterpretations and all

See you Saturday xx

Julia said...

I'm going a bit loopy with joy at seeing those grannies up on the wall in frames like that! What a completely awesome and unusual idea!
Thats another idea added to my wish list!! :D

Your embroidery is wonderful too, Im amazed at anyone who has the patience to work at those tiny stitches to create such beautiful pieces of work.

Thanks for dropping by my little blog today - anxiety, yes thats a bit of a swine isn't it? Best thing to do is punch some cushions or dig a big hole in the garden (Im not kidding, it helps to release the adrenaline that causes the anxiety in the first place). You'll feel heaps better. Either that or you could just crochet lol!! I hope things work out for you ok, sending you love,
Julia x

Debbie said...

Love what you've done with the granny squares, Hazel. And, as I believe Ruskin said they are not mistakes but Badges of Craftsmanship.

Bernardeena said...

The granny squares look great, they reaaly break up the space and look fab.

Lisa x said...

I love your P&P finish Hazel, and I think I would have taken the speciality stiches out too as I can never get satin stitch to look neat, I love that you made this design in your own way, had to laugh at making the man taller as you prefer them this way LOL
I have a few of Tanya's designs but sadly not this one, will need to add it to the wish list

What a wonderful idea of hanging and framing your granny squares they look fabulous on the red walls

Always smiling said...

What alovely idea to put your granny squares in frames, very effective especially on your red wall.

Hugs Chris x
See you on saturday....

Michelle said...

Beautiful finish! I love it. And your framed Granny squares are fabulous!!!!!

Deborah~ said...

Hi, Hazel! I love that you shared your mistakes in detail! I make them readily, and am a busy bee trying to compensate. I always feel it's the Lord's way of keeping me humble over a beautiful piece of needlework so I don't get too sassy about it! I'm easily vain about them! :O
I also love, love, love your red wall and the way you've put your framed crochet up there. What a great idea! I loved stopping by to see you. Hope you'll visit my newish blog:
http://abookishlibraria dot blogspot dot com
when you get a chance. I miss seeing my stitching friends there.
Hugs,
Deb

cherie... said...

i really love framed crochet as art - but never seen colourful granny squares used this way! so cute!!!

Marsha said...

LOVE the granny squares on the red wall. Ingenious. I really don't like it when designers don't include instructions for specialty stitches that they use in their charts. I KNOW I can look them up but really? Anyway, I totally missed using the 4 sided stitch in a row of alphabet letters on a BBD. They showed symbols like the cross stitch so , I cross stitched. It wasn't 'til I was done and discovered what it should have been. NOPE, did NOT rip it out.

Karoline said...

P&P is looking lovely, especially your 'personalisations'

The idea of framing the granny squares is inspired, they look great

Dani - tkdchick said...

You are so cute!!! Love your HD.

How neat to frame your granny squares like that, a nice personal touch!

Zucchinimom said...

What a lovely piece! I think we are hardest on ourselves and every little tiny mistake inflames us to the core!!!! Hahaha! You should be very proud...it's beautiful!