Monday, May 07, 2012

Frederick Finis

Frederick - design by Carriage House Samplings
36 count Silkweavers Antique Gold Linen
Recommended NPI silk one over two

At long last!  Frederick is finished.  I started this bad boy in May of 2010.  Two years!  I love how it turned out.  Like with his wife, Frederika, I made a couple of changes.  I don't like my borders to be "off" so I did make a small change - the bottom row of diamonds in the border don't butt up to the black border like charted.  I added the year of the finish rather than the 1831 as charted.  And I put my initials in the box rather than an date on Frederika.  And of course the biggest change, they are both stitched on the same piece of linen.


Here are my two birds stitched together.  I'm happy I did this.  For a while I wasn't sure if I would like the end result but now I'm pleased.

Since this is the year of the WIP, I picked up my IsaV Marquior - I haven't worked on it since February of last year.  I'm using 35 count WDW linen in Havana with Vikki Clayton silks in Imperialosity and Bewooded.  Not sure how long I'll work on this one but I would like to get at least the entire chart done for this release.  Each of the six monthly releases had nine blocks so this one has five more to go before it's finished. 

I really struggled with what to pull out next.  I really wanted to start something new and even had a Shepherds Bush in my hands for about a half hour.  Then I thought I really need to get a couple more things in the done stack so I pulled this one out.  This was the last full size photo I took of it the last time I worked on it back in November of 2010.  So this round I'm hoping to have the alphabet to R completed.

My family had a hard week last week.  On April 26th one of my sister-in-laws died from complications from heart surgery.  She had been ill for quite some time now and her passing was almost a blessing.  But the biggest blow was the lost of my youngest niece Haley.  She was only 21 and died last Monday.  She will be sorely missed.

20 comments:

Giovanna said...

Congratulations! What a handsome couple :-)

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Your finish is lovely! What an undertaking--both on same piece of linen. I like the changes you made.

It is always difficult for me to decide what to stitch next after a big finish.

Loosing someone we love is always difficult.

Natasha said...

Your finish is lovely, I like that idea of stitching them together like that. And your two WIP are very nice. The color floss on both is so pretty.

I am sorry for your loss. My heartfelt Condolences go out to you and your family. **HUGS**

Suburban Stitcher said...

I am so sorry to hear about both losses for your family. Very tough to cope with one, let alone two. Prayers with you at this time.

Great finish for Frederick! I've always loved that you stitched them both together.

Karen said...

So sorry for your family's loss especially one at such a young age.

Your Freds are marvelous.... I love them stitched together! I can't wait to see how you frame them. Kudos on such a great feat.

happy stitching...

Theresa said...

Frederick is gorgeous!!!! congratulations on your finish!!!

I'm so sorry hear about your loss. 21... so young. my heart goes out to you and your family.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Margie ~
I am so sorry for your losses. What a tragedy to lose your young niece. Heartfelt condolences.
Hugs :)
Lauren

marly said...

My sympathy to you and your family for such tragic losses.
I really like your decision to pair the birds on one piece.

mdgtjulie said...

Congrats on the finish, and I'm so sorry for your losses. I'm sure they will be missed terribly, and I hope your family can feel the comfort given by hugs and love coming from around the world (and right up the street). Have said a prayer for all of you who are affected by this.

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Ilove your stitching ...

bisous de FRANCE

Teresa S. said...

F & F turned out terrific! Love them on one piece of linen.

So sorry about your recent losses and one that is so, so young. What a blessing to have had her in your life :)

Daffycat said...

Congratulations on this wonderful finish! It's pretty spectacular, Margie!

Heartfelt condolences on the losses in your family. *hugs*

Tatkis said...

Wonderful finish - this couple looks so lovely!
And good luck with your WIP.
Sorry to hear about your losses.

Hugs,
Tatyana

Nicole said...

I'm so sorry for your family's losses, Margie. That is just so sad.

Your stitching is beautiful. I love how you stitched the Fred's on one piece of linen.

Love to Stitch said...

Great finish, it was worth the wait. I am so sorry for your losses, what a shame-- You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers:)

Barbi said...

Congratulations on the finish..it turned out amazing!!!This WIP looks like it's going to be stunning as well.
So sorry for you family's losses this week. That's never a nice think to hear :(

Anna van Schurman said...

So sorry for your loss.

Your birds did come out great though. Love them on one piece of fabric.

Michelle said...

Your Freds turned out so beautiful. I love how you've placed them on the fabric, one on top of the other rather than side by side. Gorgeous. And I am so very sorry to hear about your SIL and niece. My heart goes out to you and your family.

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