Tuesday, 26 August 2014

QS Hang in There - finished and framed!

Hello fellow stitch-a-holics!

I'm back sooner than anticipated with a finish! I worked on Millie during Bank Holiday Monday, promising myself that I would stitch her until she was finished. I achieved this at 12.10am this morning! She has now been washed, ironed, thoroughly dried and framed. I am so happy with the result and guess what?..... yes, my mum has claimed her for her room!!!!

The "green" peg is a little bizarre as it contains blues, greys, golds and mauves. I had anticipated altering it to all greens, but there were so many colour changes that I decided to leave it. Also, some of the blue sky effect faded in the wash. At first I was annoyed but I still like the paler colour. She was not easy to frame either as the fabric at the top and bottom stretched a little during washing. I have put wadding behind her which helps hide the pucker marks from where I had to straighten the fabric. You wouldn't notice if I hadn't told you though!

So, here she is completed before framing:


And after framing, with her details:

QS Hang in There (aka Millie) by Karen Middleton
Heaven and Earth Designs
Stitched on 16ct hand-dyed Sky Aida 2 over 1 (no background)
Stitch count 150 wide by 173 high
Started - 6th May 2013
Finished - 26th August 2014
Total stitching time - 85 hours 30 minutes


The frame is, as I have mentioned before, from ezeframe.co.uk. It's a 20mm mahogany frame with a 40mm royal blue top mount, a 6mm terracotta bottom mount and anti reflective acrylic glazing. Perfect in my opinion!

I have sent pictures off to HAED showing her progress and framed. I can't enter their reward programme as I haven't stitched the whole project but I thought it would be nice for them to see a finished piece of work - MY finished piece of work!!!

With Millie completed I am officially down to 8 WIPs or 7 if I discount the one I am going to re-start (but more about that when the time is right!)

The whole point of finishing Millie was so that I could commence Mini Space Traveler, but at the moment *shock, horror* I don't actually feel like starting a new project! Which means I shall be carrying on with a current WIP - Mini The Owrd Lord. I just love the autumnal colours in this picture and very much feel in a browny-terracotta type mood.

See you soon then!

All the best and
Happy Stitching :)
Rachel x

9 comments:

  1. Hello Rachel

    Millie is adorable and I love the way you've framed her too!
    Looking forward to seeing what you stitch next (:

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  2. So so cute!! Congratulations in finishing it :)

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    1. Thank you Mii. I have to say I'm glad this one's finished!

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  3. Great piece. Many congratulations on getting it finished and framed.

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    1. Thank you. Finishing her now leaves a space for a New Start!!!

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  4. Hello Rachel,

    you have a wonderful blog. I'm your new follower.
    The little cat is so cute. The frame is perfect.

    Greetings, Manuela from Germany

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    1. Hello Manuela and welcome to my blog. Thank you for your comments about Millie. You are very kind.

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  5. That looks amazing and you've stitched it so quickly! I am such a slow stitcher but I guess I get there....eventually :P Well done on a beautiful and super cute finish, it's really does look wonderful! :)

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