Saturday, March 17, 2007

As Promised

I finally took a few minutes today to wash and press, then cut out the hardanger doily that I started a couple of years ago, but finished just the other day. This is a project from a book by Jill Carter that is filled with stunning designs, but all quite approachable for all but the newest hardanger stitchers. It was stitched on light pink lugana with DMC perle coton.


The main reason I set this project aside was because of the picots, those little knots you see in the center square. Often you will see them as little loops, but I'm not fond of the loops, so I set it aside. When I saw my friend Laura's doily, she'd pulled the loops tighter to form knots which I really like, spurring me on to finish.


Looks like I could spend a little more time with the scissors trimming up the edges, but for now I'm quite pleased with it.

My rosebushes finally got their spring trim this afternoon. It won't be long before they're delighting me with their blooms again.

Tomorrow DH and I are leaving town once again for an insurance agents' convention in Las Vegas. Not many of the shows appeal to me, but I am looking forward to time away from the routine, soaking up some warmth and sunshine, eating some great food, and having fun with DH and friends. I'll be bringing my laptop along so I won't be completely out of touch!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

30 comments:

lena-lou said...

Von, your Doily is absolutely stunning...fantastic work :-)) Enjoy your time away and the rest of your weekend!

Chelle said...

Your hardanger is gorgeous! Congrats on a beautiful finish.

Barbara said...

Oh, Von! It's exquisite!

Isabelle said...

Wow Von! It's simply exquisite. What a wonderful job you did with it.

Tracy Baby said...

Von your Hardanger is gorgeous ,hope you have a nice trip.

KarenV said...

Your Hardanger is amazing Von - just beautiful! Congratulations on your finish :)

BeckySC said...

Congratulations, Von...it's gorgeous :)

Andrea said...

Von that is just exquisite. Congratulations on your finish.

Karoline said...

Your hardanger is gorgeous Von, congratulations. Enjoy your trip

Margaret said...

What a gorgeous piece - well done!!
Have a great trip to LV and don't miss a visit to the atrium at the Bellagio.
If you have time you should visit our LNS 'Stitcher's Paradise'. I'll be there on Wednesday stitching and chatting away. Would love to see you. If you would like more info just mail me at megratdataviadotcom.

Carol said...

Your work is so beautiful Von!

Connie said...

Good Job VON!! woo hooo! clapping and banging of feet! It's very pretty...I may have to pull out that book again myself!

Have a wonderful time in Vegas! We went to Ocean Shores yesterday to spend the night and all the hotels were booked solid...it was clam digging day! can you imagine? every single hotel was full! We ended up staying in Aberdeen...not so romantic, but we had fun anyway, just the two of us!!!

Dianne said...

Amazingly beautiful-this looks so hard to me.
Have a great get away too!

Vonna said...

Your doily is absolutely gorgeous. I mean it is truly breath-taking Von! KUDOS to you :)
Have a great time in Vegas! We went there on our honeymoon and had a fabulous time :)

Lelia said...

This is beautiful! Good job on the picots. I don't do hardanger & admire your project : ) WOW. Job well done.

Susimac said...

Oh WOW!!

Lili said...

A wonder! Amazing job, Von!
Hugs!
Lili

Sew-in-Love said...

That's lovely, Von, WELL DONE! I think I recognise this pattern, (or something very similar), but then I have a fair few hardanger patterns....

You must be so proud of it!=)

Rachael said...

The doily is Beautiful, stunning , really.

Have a fantastic time in Las Vegas.

Wendy said...

Gorgeous! I love the look of hardanger and I always admire those stitchers who work it. Have a wonderful mini-vacation in Las Vegas.

Katrina said...

simply stunning Von, congrats on a beautiful finish.

I hope you have a great trip :)

cathymk said...

Absolutely stunning, Von!
Just beautiful.

Karen said...

I just love this piece! It's absolutely stunning! Congratulations on your finish.

Stitch Wizard said...

Your Hardanger is really beautiful! I have been tempted to try doing some of that. A friend of mine made a hardanger angel and everyone that went to her house wanted it. She made hers from Cross N Patch Angel Book. I may have to try that sometime. Yours is just gorgeous!!

Debby :)

Cathy said...

Yay! It's finished and its gorgeous! You do beautiful work Von!

Sharon said...

Simply stunning Von!

Senorita Stitches said...

Beautiful and impressive!

Dawn said...

Wow!! It is beautiful! Great job. :)

Jenna said...

I'm glad to see some of your hardanger work again. Great job! I'm not such a fan of picots, either, but they do seem to be getting better, with practice.

StitchCat said...

Your hardanger work is gorgeous...what a wonderful job you have done of it :)