Sunday, November 23, 2008

She Threads a Needle

She places fabric in a hoop.

She makes some little Xs on the aforementioned fabric.

And a year or so later she has a finished project! Seriously it can happen to you.

Blackbird Designs
Beneath the Sunlit Sky
Completed 11-23-08

The buttonhole stitch kicked my butt. The version viewed in a previous post was just made up. The BBD ladies did not include stitch diagrams with this chart. It might have helped, maybe not, but I do believe that if you want to have speciality stitches in your design you should really include some visual aides for the stitcher. I have embroidery books and could look up the stitch, I have Google, I can Google the stitch but maybe, just maybe, not every stitcher has these resources available to her/him so a stitch diagram would be a nice thing to include with the chart. Just sayin'.

Yes, the picture is a bit wrinkledy, apologies. My iron has gone missing. Normally that's a pretty good thing but of course it only decides to go missing when I might need it.


Nancy said...

Not sure what a buttonhole stitch is either, but your made up version looks good! Congrats on your year long finish!

Kerry said...

Congratulations. It is beautiful. Yours is the second finish I've seen of that design and I really do love it. Wonderful job.

A said...

Your finish is just gorgeous Melissa, I love it and it's so perfect for you! You did a great job on the made up stitch, who will ever know the difference?!
I agree about the lack of directions too, as much as I love BBD and hate to say anything even slightly negative, that is definitely a problem with their charts. And not just sometimes. MOST times. That and lack of directions for things like needlerolls (the one in the Thank you Sarah Tobias book for example)'s maddening! And when you email...nothing. Oh well.
Anyhoo, way to stitch girlfriend ;)

Michele said...

lovely finish!! Your buttonhole stitch looks great! sorry about your frutrations with them .. that is soo not fun!

Siobhan said...

Melissa, your finish is fabulous!! B-E-A-Utiful!! YGG!

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Lovely stitching. I adore those pans....too cute.

KsMaryLou said...

Wahoo, way to go!!! Great finish! You did such a beautiful job on this piece.

Jacque said...

A finish is a matter how long it takes! : )

I love it...great job!

Have you seen Twilight yet? I thought of you after I saw it and wondered your take on it.

staci said...

Very pretty finish, congrats!!!

Michelle said...

Beautiful finish! Congrats! I really enjoyed Twilight. I may have to go back when there isn't a theater-full of screaming 14 year old girls though. I'm currently reading Breaking Dawn and can't put it down.

Jeanne said...

Congrats Melissa - yes the buttonhole stitch is a pain! Another notch in your XS belt! Hey I didn't know they had hot cocoa Hershey's kisses........yum they sound good.