Thursday, January 6, 2011

5th January Start

A fresh new day is here and isnt it a beautiful?!  I am excited to tell you about my new start yesterday.  Birds of a Feather L'Hiver.  This is one of 4 in the series.  A very long time ago, I bought these patterns,  I was only stitching on 32ct, maybe 36ct but never ever would consider 40.  At that time higher counts existed I am sure, but had no interest in them, so who would have known?  I kitted all 4 of these beauties up with 32ct linen.  After doing some measurements , I realized that these finished pieces would have measured out to be 19" x 24 " each, and that isnt framed yet!!!!  Well, knowing now what I know about frame costs, and minimal wall space, I elected to re-kit these 4 up.
I chose to use 45ct linen on each of these girls, using a color I thought worked best for the season.  Choosing 4 colors of linen seemed more interesting to me, then stitching all 4 huge projects on the same color.  Why not switch it up?  AND, the finished design size is going to be 13" x 17".  Can you believe the difference!!! Also, I converted all the WDW and GA colors to Gloriana, Silk n Colors, Waterlilies, Belle Soie, Dinky Dyes and Northern Lights.  Again, why not?!

L'Hiver, is the one I chose to start yesterday on Vintage Fawn Lakeside.  The color in the pic is SO off, that it looks like Pear on my screen.  You get the idea though.  The red for her coat is so vibrant, and looks fabulous with the dk brown hair, I cant wait to stitch on her more.

But, today is a new day, and I have decided not to start something new today, but break into the WIPs that I had planned on for this month, and see what happens.  There are so many calling me from across the room, it is hard to keep them all quiet :)


  1. Thanks for this great post! I have one of this set kitted up with 32 ct fabric, but haven't started it because the finished size was a big concern. Do you use a magnifier to stitch on the 45 ct fabric?

  2. Great idea to switch to 45ct on these girls. I've always loved them as well. Good luck choosing a WIP!

  3. I love love love these four designs and have been dying to stitch them since I saw Siobhan's. Love the idea of doing them on 45ct too! It will be fun watching you stitch on this one.

  4. I'm loving all your projects!! Can't wait to see more! :)

  5. I have the seasons, and the cat, and great hopes of stitching them all someday! :D


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