Monday, February 16, 2009

Sweet Heart Finish

At the end of a fairly quiet Valentine Day, I went to my stitching chair for a bit of television and stitching. As I thought, this design worked up very quickly.

Strawberries and Cream by Serendipity Designs

This design is designated for beginners to hardanger and I think the design itself is perfect for those making their first attempt at hardanger. I do have reservations about recommending it wholeheartedly however, as I think the instructions and the chart would be a bit frustrating for a true novice. There are three separate charts for the different design elements with good instructions on the stitching path for the kloster blocks. It needs one more chart of the whole design which would make placement of the vine under the heart more understandable. Also the charts vary from one square equals two threads to one square equals one thread. While the instruction page explains the differences, the charted design page is less clear. The information is all there in the kit, it's just not set out in a step-by-step manner that a beginner needs.

For most of us who are familiar with reading charted designs, this kit is very good for beginning hardanger. If you are a novice stitcher, I hope you have a more experienced friend to call on when you get confused. I've taught community ed. classes in hardanger and cross stitching and I know there are some beginners who would be very frustrated with a kit such as this one.

Lovely design, though, and I'm looking forward to finishing it up this week.

Here are the new charts I bought last week at Needful Needlecrafts

Cirque des Cercles by Ink Circles
Spring Fling by Keslyn

The little valentine basket from my previous post was from stamp club Friday night. It was a really quick, cute little basket to make from two circles put together to form a heart. We also made these pretty cards.

In the Praying for You card we used a stipple brush and three stamp pads of closely related colors to create the background.

With the little bird card we used a product called glaze enamel which works like embossing with your heat gun, it's just thicker and really shiny. After a few coats of enamel, we quickly cooled the paper down on ice, then cracked the enamel to give a broken glass effect. Really fun!

Today my boys are home from school, so I took the opportunity to sleep in this morning until 8:30! Later today I need to take ds Kevin out to buy a suit as he's going to the Winter Formal this Saturday. Michaels may be a stop so I can pick up some of their sale items and some DMC to make a kumihimo trim for Strawberries and Cream. Late this afternoon the little American Girl history group Kirsten goes to is having a taco dinner and movie premiere of the movie the girls made during their study of Josephina and her culture and time period. Then I'll be going over to dd Mystie's house for a homeschooling mom social.

Caution - busy day ahead!


Mylene said...

Such a lovely hardanger finish and beautiful cards too.

Hope you have a good week.

staci said...

Beautiful finish! I've never tried Hardanger...maybe I'll get around to it one of these days!!!

Carolyn NC said...

Lovely hardanger finish and beautiful cards!

doris said...

Beautiful hardanger and cards. It's been ages since I've done any hardanger. Thanks loads for visiting my blog.

Rachael said...

Beautiful Hardanger design,and lovely cards
Spring looks lovely will have to look for that, have fun stitching Cirque des cercles it is a fun stitch!

Crazee4books said...

Hi Von,

Your hardinger piece is lovely.
Such a delicate, graceful design.
Hardinger looks so pretty, but the
thought of cutting into fabric after
working on the stitching makes my
hair stand on end. Really.

Your photos are very clear though
and the close up shows how you've
stitched and cut the heart's
squares out. It's interesting to
see how its done by referring to
a real model instead of a diagram.

You've got some wonderful new
stash there. Cirque des Cercles
has charmed a lot of stitchers,
and it's been fun to see how it
turns out in different thread
colours. Spring Fling is very
pretty, like a colourful snowflake.
And it looks to be very sparkly.

Your stamping club must be a lot
of fun. I'd love to learn how to
do this sort of thing. So I
enjoy seeing the results of your
classes. You're so very good at
it. That Valentine's basket is
adorable, by the way.

I share your DH's reluctance to
get rid of books. It's so hard
to do. But I figure it gives me
more room to add new books that
I may love even more then the
ones I chose to get rid of.
I'm very happy with how the
library looks now and I'll post
pictures soon so I can brag.... you
all about it. :)


Ronel said...

You’re Strawberries and Cream hardanger is lovely! Can’t wait to see it finished.

Siobhan said...

Congrats on your hardanger finish! It's so pretty. I love the cards you made--they are sooo pretty. I love the look you achieved with the glaze enamel!

Patti said...

I can't believe I missed this. Your hardanger looks amazing and I love all the cards you made - they are spectacular. I love all the things you do. Love Patti xxx

Elisabeth Braun said...

Pretty finishes here, Von, well done! Hardanger is deceptively easy and very nice to look at, isn't it?

Sharon said...

Gorgeous hardanger finish!