Friday, 15 August 2014

A Taste of Tuscany - finished and framed

Hello all!

It's happy dance time! I'm so pleased to have a finish to show you. Here's part four of A Taste of Tuscany:

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 - 4th August 2014
Finished - 14th August 2014
Total stitching time - 20 hours

This final piece has stitched up very quickly but only because I have been able to put in some solid hours of late night stitching due to it being school holidays.

And here is the Tuscany quartet in my custom-designed frame from

And the individual framed pictures up close:

With hindsight I should have made the black mount another 1mm wider but that's only a tiny niggle and was my choice. Other than that I am extremely happy with the frame and have had some really nice comments about it. Thank you.

Being small pieces I did not have to worry about stretching or lacing them so they are only (cringe) stuck onto the back aperture with double-sided tape. Some 2oz wadding was placed behind to make them stand out a little which is just about visible on the photos.

Despite the whiskers and french knot eyes being a pain to get correct (and I am REALLY glad I changed them back from blue to yellow) I have thoroughly enjoyed stitching all four Tuscany pieces and would not hesitate to stitch them again if the need arose.

Yet again my mum has claimed this project for her room. She lives in our front lounge but as that is where I do the majority of my stitching I'm not complaining!

As for my my next ten hour stint of stitching I have already returned to Millie, otherwise known as Hang In There, filling in the odd gaps of confetti. I aim to work on her until she too is completed, so hopefully I'll be back soon with a Millie update. Until then,

All the best and
Happy stitching :)
Rachel x


Mii Stitch said...

So so cute!!! That little cat is just adorable :)

Annie said...

I just love all the pictures in that frame! Congrats on a fabulous finish!

Unknown said...

That is gorgeous. I love it!

Unknown said...

Fabulous! I think sorting out the whiskers was a great move and has made a difference, wonderful finish and great framing xx

Rachel said...

Thanks! Isn't it amazing what a few black stitches and a little yellow thread can produce? :)

Rachel said...

Thank you so much. :)

Rachel said...

Hmm, that's what my mum said too, which is why she has commandeered it for her room!!! :)

Rachel said...

Thank you so much. Obviously the designers knew what they were doing with the yellow thread. Serves me right for thinking I knew better than them!!! :)

SoCal Debbie said...

Oh this is wonderful, Rachel! Great stitching and fantastic idea for the framing too! Thanks for commenting on my blog. I always try to reply by email but you have noreply-comment.

Rachel said...

Thank you for your kind words Debbie. I didn't know I had a noreply-comment so will look into changing it if I can find it! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Rachel

Congrats on your lovely finish and the frame is perfect. I have to admit to using sticky tape on small projects and sometimes even glue!
I'm not surprised your Mum claimed this one.
Happy stitching (:

Miamina said...

That looks great! Perfect frame for the lovely stitching!