Thursday, 19 June 2014

Where did "A Taste of Tuscany" come from?

Hello fellow bloggers!

It's time for a small confession.... The more eagle-eyed among you may have noticed a new WIP goal and progress tab called "A Taste of Tuscany". These are four small magazine charts which I have been wanting to stitch for years.

I started the first one back in April as I wanted a quick-stitch project to work on between the larger HAEDs. Being small designs I did not originally set up a WIP tab but guilt set in so one has now been created. Afterall, a project should be a project, no matter how small it is. I don't know why I like these charts do much - I'm not especially a cat lover, not particularly fond of blue and have never been to Tuscany! I suppose I just like them because I do!

I don't pick them up very often or for a long stretch but find them convenient if I've got the odd 30 minutes or so. They're on my Mini Wizard so are easily transportable if need be.

Here's the first completed picture:

A Taste of Tuscany by Rico Designs
Featured in Cross Stitch Crazy issue ??
Stitched on 16ct Light Blue Aida 2 over 1
Stitch count 54 wide by 55 high
Started - 8th April 2014
Finished - 16th June 2014
Total stitching time - 20 hours

The three green foliage threads were substituted with variegated, likewise the pink flowers (although the photos don't really show that clearly) and the yellow cats eyes and whiskers became blue.

I'm also half way through the second chart but will just post a picture of that when it is completed.

I have already chosen the colours of the frame and mounts from My only decision, though, is - do I frame the projects individually (about £40) or take advantage of their multi-aperture mounts and frame them together horizontally (£25), vertically (£25) or as a 2x2 square (£20)? My inclination is towards the square - not because it's the cheapest but just because I think it will look the best. But I need to get all four projects finished before I ask for your opinions and make my decision.

Meanwhile, I've been slowly beavering away at Hang In There so should be back with a progress report on that soon.

All the best and
Happy stitching :)
Rachel x


Pull the other thread said...

These look like great projects. I love the one you have finished, it looks great!

Miss Lilly said...

Very cute. I like how you've changed the cats eyes and whiskers - he looks much better now :)
I would go for the square frame, I think it would be more visually pleasing that way :)

Rachel said...

Thanks. I'm looking forward to completing the others too.

Rachel said...

Thank you. And as for the frame, I think it has to be the square one.