Sunday, September 14, 2008

Honeycomb Sampler - Meinick Designs


Design: Honeycomb Sampler
Designer: Meinick Designs
Threads: DMC 310 and 113
Fabric: 28 count evenweave, cream


This project that I've finally finished was originally a round robin which came back to me incomplete. It's been mouldering in my UFO pile for about three years...

Originally designed for metallic gold highlights in amongst the blackwork, I changed the colour to a varigated gold stranded cotton as I wanted a more subtle effect - and also I'm not keen on working with metallic threads and didn't want to inflict that on other people too!


I changed the lettering on the verse (although not the verse) because to be honest, the initial lettering look rather amateurish and blocky - and I felt it really spoiled the quality of the whole design. I've noticed that on a number of charts - there's great care taken over the design, and no thought seems to be given to the lettering, especially back stitch lettering. The one I chose was the general one Victoria Sampler uses - it was the right size and the style seemed to fit. (Picture is a bit yellow, it was taken under artificial light)


This will - eventually - get framed and the decision to whether to hang it on my 'wall of bees' or 'wall of blackwork' will have to be taken :o)

6 comments:

Cyndi said...

That is gorgeous! I've never done blackwork, it hasn't appealed to me - and I think it was the patterns that I've seen. THIS one is one I would do. It's just beautiful. Great work on it!

Jennifer said...

What a cool piece! I like your choice of going for the gold cotton thread instead of a metallic - I think it accents the blackwork instead of competing with it.

cathymk said...

A beautiful finish!! Congratulations!

vEr0n!c@ said...

This is really pretty and unique. Have never seen it before. Congratulations on the finish!

marci said...

This is absolutely lovely. I've never heard of the designer (no surprise there) and I love how you swapped out the metallics. I would have too.

Lee said...

Really beautiful! I love all of the detail in the honeycombs. You did an awesome job on this.