Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Birds On A Wire by Heather

Good morning all,

Thank you for all your lovely comments about Wilfred the Winter Owl. I'll be replying to them shortly.

But for now, it's down to business.

My daughter, Heather, is a very talented 14 year old who can draw, paint, knit, sew, quilt, make her own clothes and do countless other creative things..... apart from cross stitch! She has tried a few times in the last five years but never managed more than about twenty stitches as she found it "boring".

So you can imagine my scepticism when she asked a couple of weeks ago to have another try. Naturally she didn't want to stitch anything from my stash so she browsed etsy and (following my recommendation that she try to keep it small and simple) finally chose this one:

(picture shapshot from front page of chart)

She then rummaged through my box of fabric, choosing this:

16ct Setting Sun Aida by Silkweavers (expressions range)

And within a few days had put the two together to create this:

Birds On A Wire (our title)
Started - 31st October 2015
Finished - 5th November 2015

With the exception of cutting the fabric and ironing the finished piece it's all her own work. Now it just needs a frame - a simple black one I think. She is very proud of her first finished cross stitch (as am I of course) so asked if I would post it on my blog. I said yes - I hope you don't mind!

Close-up she needs to work on keeping the tension consistent but it's absolutely brilliant for a first attempt. And, yes, all of her crosses do lie in the same direction!

The trouble now is that her second project is bigger so she keeps sitting in MY stitching space using MY daylight lamp, MY frames and MY floorstand! Oh, the sacrifices us mothers have to make!!! Looks like I might be asking Santa for another daylight lamp for Christmas!

I'll be back soon, probably with an Owls In Love progress report (if I'm allowed my space back for a while!)

Thanks for stopping by,
Rachel and Heather xx


Mii Stitch said...

Woohoo!! Well done Heather!!! Your birds finish looks fantastic.... and I really like the fabric you've chosen, it's a perfect.

Tricia T said...

Great job Heather!! You will LOVE cross stitch... once you get started it gets into your blood - just ask my daughters!!! :)

Sarah said...

Great job on the birds! That fabric is perfect for it. Can't wait to see what she choose for her second piece.

Justine said...

Well done Heather! What a fantastic finish for anyone, never mind a beginner. You chose beautiful fabric to set off your lovely stitching.
Don't forget to let your mum have a turn in the stitching chair now and again!

Brita said...

Great work, Heather! The fabric was a fantastic choice so now go and make sure your mother gets an equally ideal frame for it. Lokking forward to seeing your next piece of work.

Faith... said...

Heather has done a fabulous job from matching the fabric to the design to stitching it up! Congratulations to her :)

Tiffstitch said...

Great finish Heather! That is much more impressive than my first finish and I love that your Mom let you rummage in her stash. @Rachel - hooray! Awesome to spread the love on to your daughter and you didn't mention what Heather's 2nd project is?

Linda said...

Congrats to Heather. She did a great job. Better watch out Rachel. You might be losing some of your stash.


Heather said...

Congrats Heather (great name!) it looks great! I suggest going to the Fiberlicious Designs Etsy site. She has some cool designs on there I think she'd like. Great choice of fabric it's so bright and cheerful!

Katie said...

Congrats Heather!!! Looks gorgeous on that beautiful fabric. Yes I think a black frame will be perfect indeed. Keep it up and good luck with your next project.

Megan Joelle said...

Well done Heather! It looks fantastic :D

sharine said...

It looks awesome and perfect fabric choice!

Brigitte said...

Great job on this first cross stitch finish. Well done, Heather!

Stitching Noni said...

Oh wow! Good on you Heather! I think the fabric is stunning - the black really stands out :o)
Hugs xx