Thursday, 16 August 2018

Summer Days

Hello Blogger friends,

I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful summer and managing to get some stitching done while lazing about in the garden, that of course if you are in the northern hemisphere.



Last month I took a bag packed with good intentions to my mother in law´s house, including fabric, all my floss colours and several needlework magazines for inspiration.  I´m working my way through stacks of needlework magazines from 2009 which I discovered at a nearby public library.



I had decided to cover a sad dark wrought iron clock surround with something interesting and thought the design `Wild Flowers´ by Kazuko Aoki might be perfect.


Well perhaps not so perfect because I was going to have to juggle about with the pattern to make it fit on the clock face and buying a higher count fabric and so make the design smaller, wasn´t an option when spending a couple of weeks in a tiny mountain village.



Whilst enjoying the company of my three grandchildren I endeavoured to do some stitching in the evenings squinting and peering under the beam of pretty tiffany table lamps !  I made loads of mistakes and one day my daughter commented that she thought the design too light and airy for the dark heavy frame -  now she has a point.



So now I am in doubt as to whether leave the clock as it is or maybe paint the surround in a lighter colour.  I´m tempted to redo the design  making it smaller so it fits properly.

Sorry if I haven´t been visiting and commenting recently due to having been away but I hope to see what everyone has been doing and catch up on comments sometime this week.
Until then.
Sheryl

27 comments:

  1. I love the soft pretty colors in your cross stitch. What a pretty design. That was a nice idea about using it in the clock face! I agree with you that Tiffany Lamps are beautiful but do not put out good light to do stitching. Although I would enjoy having them all over my home. I enjoyed seeing what you are working on. Good luck with deciding what is best. I think it looks pretty as it is.

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  2. What a wonderful sommer flower wreath.
    Looks great.
    Best wishes Manuela

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  3. It's a neat combination with the iron. I think it looks nice as is, but I can understand your desire to shrink the pattern.

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  4. I love it ,the clock and the beautiful design looks wonderful to me .

    Such a pretty design .


    Have fun the last part of summer .

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  5. Well I am a big fan of your work so it looks perfect to me right now. I think the design is delicate and lovely. And the airy look of the wrought iron complements the beautiful and soft design. I also love the idea of using an old clock to hold it... perfect use of something you already had.
    RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

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  6. Perhaps not so good for the eyes but stitching under Tiffany lamps does sound delightful. =) I think the clock looks perfect just as it is. The black iron makes your beautiful stitching pop. As for reworking your embroidery on a smaller thread count, I wouldn't......I think it is beyond perfect! I am a little envious of you stitching in a beautiful, tiny mountain village in the warmth whilst I freeze all the way down here.

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  7. What a wonderful cross stitch!Congrats!Hugs!

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  8. Hi Sheryl,
    Nice that you're back.
    I like your little wreath and how it appears in the clock. It has such a nice charm. as if the little flowers grow out of the clock.
    Hugs, Martina

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  9. The clock was given a beautiful face.
    Hugs!

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  10. Lovely stitching and a great clock finish.

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  11. I can see why you would want to shrink the design and do it again, and also why your daughter said it was perhaps too delicate for the black surround. I suggest hanging it where you intend it to live, because the surroundings make a huge difference to something like this. If you decide to leave the embroidery, but the frame is a bit heavy, you can always disassemble the whole thing and spray paint the clock surround in a paler colour!

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  12. The clock looks very beautiful, Sheryl! It is looking great in lighter shades. Nice stitching idea!

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  13. Sheryl, The pattern you chose for the clock is just perfect. I think I would leave the embroidery as is, maybe add two more random bees if you think it needs something else but I agree with your daughter. I would just paint the clock frame, it's so pretty but the black is overpowering. This is IMHO!!! THis is another great project and I'm going to tuck this idea away for the future. So nice that you got to spend time with your grands too! Mary

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  14. I think it looks lovely with the clock. If you did it smaller I don't think it would work somehow. xx

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  15. Oh, my gosh! Don’t change a thing, Sheryl. The clock is gorgeous, your stitching is amazing and they both compliment each other exactly as they are! I love the idea that you stitched this in a tiny village and by Tiffany lamp!
    Nice to see you back.
    Barbara x

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  16. What a lovely design for the clock! I actually like the dark clock and light fabric/stitching. I think it creates a lovely contrast!

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  17. As always your stitching is beautiful. I like the contrast of pastels with black. Your photography skills are also superb, you have a good understanding of how to use props.

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  18. I actually like the contrast with the dark iron and light stitching! Pretty flowers on an old black fence look lovely out in a garden and that's what this reminds me of! But I can see there's a split here on your blog haha. You should do what makes you happy!

    Stitching around (maybe not so much under -- they definitely are a bit glowy) Tiffany lamps in a remote village sounds like the world's best vacation.

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  19. Hello Sheryl, So nice to spend time with your grand children. Your design is lovely and fresh, if it was my choice I would not change anything I think it suits the clock frame perfectly. Maybe if you think about where it will hang and would it suit the surrounding's. best wishes Julie x

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  20. So nice to see a new post from you after your holidays.
    Such a great wreath that you stitched for the clock frame. I love the various summer flowers in it. I love the result as it is but you must do what you think is appropriate.

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  21. It's beautiful, the flowers are so delicate looking. I kind of like the contrast of the frame, but maybe painting it lighter would be nice too.

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  22. Hi Sheryl wow what a beautiful piece of work,maybe you could paint the clock in a white and detress it so that a bit of the black comes through,I think you have done a lovely job of this my friend xx

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  23. I like it how it is - the flowers contrast well with the iron frame. But I'm sure it will look great no matter what you decide to do x

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  24. A lovely piece of stitching, Sheryl! I might paint the frame a lighter color, but it looks fine as is! I had to laugh at your description of peering under the light cast by the Tiffany lamps :) It is SO hard to stitch under poor lighting circumstances, isn't it? I have the same problem when I go to my mom's--I may start packing my small Ott light to take with me :)

    Hope the rest of your summer is enjoyable. I've been away, too (to Panama to visit my youngest son) so I'm WAY behind on reading and commenting as well!

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  25. I like it as it is, so pretty

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  26. Precioso todo lo que haces, te sigo desde ya. Te invito a mi blog y si te gusta te quedes.

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  27. It's an unusual contrast between the airy design and the heavy clock surround, but I think it does look great :)

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