Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentine's Day Exchange

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Design: All You Need is Love
Designer: The Drawn Thread (freebie available here)
Threads: DMC
Fabric: 28 count evenweave, cream


I stitched this for Staci on the HoE blog.

The freebie from The Drawn Thread was originally much brighter - more reds and deep pinks - but I wanted something softer, so used the palette from the Heart Throb (below) and added a couple of my favourite greens from the 50* range of DMC. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. Like all DT designs, it was a pleasure to stitch, and the stitch diagrams are so easy to follow.

I finished the piece as a mattress pincushion, but used a quilting fabric for the sides and base, instead of an evenweave. I think if I do this another time, I will use four shorter pieces instead of one long one, as I think there is room for improvement in the corners, but overall I like the effect, and Staci has told me she likes it, and that's all that matters!

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These are the rest of the goodies I sent along - I had a good time finding pink and flowery things. I'm not normally so girly, but sometimes one has to be girly! I found the heart in a gift shop which specialises in 'Fair Trade' goods and it's got me thinking about whether I could do something similar ... LOL

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone who reads my blog - may you feel loved and blessed today.

6 comments:

Cathy B said...

Nice job Nic! Your color choices are perfect.

Thanks for your card; it arrived today!

Suzanne said...

Gorgeous exchange!

Sally said...

Very pretty finish Nic. Love the colours you've used.

Kajsa said...

That turned out lovely Nic! Nice to see you again.

Sharon said...

Pretty exchange!

Ranae said...

beautiful exchange.
Your stitching and finishing is fabulous.