186 hours and done!

186 hours, 47 minutes, to be precise!  Started March 7 and completed it October 14. It needs a wash, ironing, and some blocking, before it gets framed, yet.  And I should probably try to stitch my initials in there somewhere.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. It was probably the most enjoyable birth announcement cross-stitch I’ve worked on!

Close-ups of the third row are behind the cut.

Beatrix Potter Storybook Sampler II

Beatrix Potter Storybook Sampler II

Continue reading »

Share on Facebook

A Tip on Personalization

When working on anything that will be personalized, double, TRIPLE check the spelling, the event date, the weight and length of the child (if the piece is a birth announcement). I have been burned once on this, and nearly burned a second time on the Beatrix Potter piece I’m working on for my nephew.

A couple years ago, I did a birth announcement for the first-born of friends of ours.  I was originally told their daughter’s name would be Anna. Since I was pretty diligent, and not very distracted by other things (as I am now), I got the cross-stitch completed in record time. Her name was personalized on it before she was even born. Of course, I had to wait until she was born in order to stitch her birthdate and weight on there, so it wasn’t completely finished. Despite being as diligent as I was, I did not know until I had finished that her parents had actually decided to go with “Annabelle” instead of just “Anna”. Too late, it was already at the framers.

On this piece, I was thankful that I had the wisdom to double (and triple) check the exact spelling, weight, and birthdate of my nephew. Originally, I had gone with my mother-in-law’s spelling of “Elliot” (since she was the one who sent out the only birth announcement via email). And even though his name was stitched onto the piece, when I looked at an email from my sister-in-law (my nephew’s mother), I noticed that his name was actually spelled with two Ts. So I un-stitched, recounted (to properly center), and stitched the correct spelling of his name on the piece. Whew! At least it wasn’t at the framers this time.

Similarly, when making a piece for a couple who is about to be married. I’ve often deliberated about using proper first names versus nicknames for friends (i.e. Thomas versus Tom). As much as I’d like to keep these works a surprise, I will often confirm with them if I’m not completely sure how they would want their names immortalized on the gift.

It seems like common sense, but sometimes, it’s just a good reminder to have just in case!

Share on Facebook

120 Hours in: Beatrix Potter Storybook Sampler II Birth Announcement

So! I’m glad I took my friend’s advice and picked up more than just one of the Beatrix Potter patterns from Green Apple Inc. Why? After I finished the top row of animals in the pattern, I scrolled down so I could set up the personalization of my nephew’s name, weight, and birth date. However, the alphabet template provided in the pattern was completely wrong. It didn’t match the text in the example on the cover, and it was ONLY lowercase letters. Fortunately, I remembered I picked up more than just one of the patterns and checked them for an accurate alphabet template. I lucked out, and found the correct template in the Storybook Sampler I.  Whew!

Lesson learned: check the pattern before you start stitching, especially where personalization is involved. Even so, there may be other mistakes in the pattern, and sometimes the company will list corrections on their website. If corrections are not available, have a back-up plan (i.e. alternative alphabet template, in my case. I’d love to pick up the “Cross Stitch Letters Bible“).

With that out of the way, here are pictures of what I’ve completed in 120 hours (top row of animals completed in the last 73 hours; Mr. Jeremy Fisher taking the longest, for some reason).

cross stitch 002

Continue reading »

Share on Facebook

47 Hours in: Beatrix Potter Storybook Sampler II Birth Announcement

Storybook Sampler II

I noticed that my last post about the Ark was at coincidentally at 47 hours too.  Funny.

I like to make these kinds of gifts surprises, however, since I do like to post my progress on my projects, my sister-in-law and her husband might get a sneak preview.  They’re having my nephew in August, and I wanted to make a cross-stitch baby announcement for them.  After much deliberation and help from friends, I’ve decided to go with the Beatrix Potter collection, in case they have more than one child, I can always make another in the same theme!  Smart!

Continue reading »

Share on Facebook