Sunday, 8 November 2015

Challenge Finish 16

Good morning everybody!

It's been a couple of months since my last Challenge finish but I am happy to report that Winter Owl has now been completed. Like all of my projects, Wilfred was an absolute joy to stitch, especially with those eyes watching me all the time! Here he is then:

Winter Owl
UAHomeMadeStudio (etsy)
Stitched on 16ct Misty Blue aida 2 over 1
Stitch count 88 wide by 87 high
Started - 3rd February 2015
Finished - 8th November 2015
Total stitching time - 27 hours 5 minutes

To add some sparkle to the snow I used Kreinik #32. The snow on top of his scarf had already been stitched so, to save unpicking it, I simply added a cross of single strand Kreinik on top. It's very subtle but just catches the eye. The blue and white snow on the branches was stitched using one strand of thread and two strands of Kreinik. It's quite bold but gives the impression that there is at least some sunshine on what is obviously a cold winter's day. Naturally, none of the sparkles show up in the photo!

Wilfred will, for the time being, be going into my Box of Shame. But he shouldn't be there long - I just need to find a suitable 8" square off-the-shelf frame so that he can join some of my other projects on the wall.

I'm hoping to finish at least one more Challenge piece before the end of the year but am not going to rush or worry if I don't. Que sera sera is very much how I feel at the moment.

16/59 Challenge pieces down, 43 to go!

See you soon,
Rachel x


Heather said...

Congrats he's gorgeous! And looking very snug :)

Manuela said...

Lovely finish. The owl is very cute.
Greetings, Manuela

Mii Stitch said...

Wilfred looks lovely!
I am so glad you've finished him and your idea to use Kreinik is brilliant. He must look even nicer in real.
Hope you find a suitable frame for him.

Emma/Itzy said...

He is so cute!

Thoeria said...

I love him Rachel!! He is so cute!! Sixteen finishes are absolutely had 59 on the go???!!!?? EEeeeeekkkkk!!! :D

Cath said...

He is just gorgeous . Well done x

Justine said...

He's lovely! Great idea to add Kreinik to the snow for that crisp sparkle. I absolutely love him and hope he doesn't languish for too long in the Box of Shame.

Linda said...

Congrats on the super cute finish Rachel.


Tiffstitch said...

Congrats on 16 finishes! That's excellent. I'm feeling the same way. If I get more done, great! If not, no worries.

Cathy said...

Congratulations on the finish! He's really cute. When using Kreinik in combination with floss, I stitch the floss first and then stitch the Kreinik on top. I typically use two strands of floss and one strand of Kreinik.

sharine said...

Beautiful finish. Love the autumn colours:)

Pull the other thread said...

Absolutely wonderful finish. I love this piece, such a snug looking owl on a cold Winter day.

Tina said...

He's adorable and he looks so cozy in that scarf! You enabled me to do this little fellow when you first started him. I have him in my "box of memories" just waiting for a the rest of them. I call it that because I always get a surprise when I go through all the stitched pieces I have done. It brings back memories of the time when I was working on said project..the highs and lows sometimes of stitching the piece. Congrats on 16 pieces done!!! That's quite a lot!!

Sarah said...

He's adorable. Definitely needs to go on the wall this winter.

Katie said...

Congrats on another finish!! Too cute!! Love the idea of adding the Kreinik.

Brigitte said...

He is so sweet, little Wilfred. And you just get sorry of him that he has to sit on his branch on such a cold winter day. But at least he has his scarf :)

Stitching Noni said...

Oh, he is adorable!! I love your idea of adding sparkle to the snow!
He has just cutest face :o)
Well done on a lovely finish
Hugs xx