Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Ninth Finish For 2009

I bet you thought that I haven't been stitching ;o) Actually, this became my car project when we drove to NB and back. Here is Frog Biscornu by Casey Buonaugurio -

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And here's the bottom -

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I hate to say it but I never thought this project would end! I don't know why I felt that way because it's really not a large or complicated pattern but it just seemed to take forever. Do you ever feel that way?

I stitched Froggy on 25 count white Lugana and I'm glad I did. I don't think I would have been happy if it came out smaller than it did. It's just right to sit on my stitching table next to the Orts bag that Cindy made for me :o) Even the colors match!

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I made a few changes along the way. I know I feel confident with my French Knots now but I didn't relish the idea of adding 56 of them :oP (They are placed at the ends of the frog's feet) It was bad enough that I had to add 8 of them for the bee's eyes, which btw I changed from DMC 167 to DMC 310. I also used DMC 310 to backstitch the frog's eyes instead of using DMC 167. And the final change I made...I cross stitched the hearts all in one color of green. They were supposed to be two colors of green but eh, I guess I preferred solid at the time ;o)

I received a bit of stash the other day :o)

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Anita sent me some skeins of Valdani threads and some 36 count linen. I might as well use it now while I can still see! LOL! I also found the September 2009 issue of Cross Stitch & Needlework (can you believe it Ranae!). I almost passed out when I spotted it! I can't tell you how hard it is to find cross stitch magazines around here.

I was also excited with another find -

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See that beautiful fabric? I've been hunting for something like that for a few years now. See that tin in the picture? The fabric will be used for a project using that tin (thanks Irene!). What will it be? HA! I'm not telling :o)


18 comments:

Annie said...

Beautiful finish. I always get tired of stitching a biscornu since most designs have the motif repeated 4 times. But this one was worth the effort and I like all your little mods.

Love that flowered fabby!

Mel said...

A great finish, new stash. And what fantastic fabric! :)

Daffycat said...

Beautiful froggie biscornu! It is my belief that some sort of frog near your stitching area wards off stitching frogs.

Wow ~ great stash! I can't wait to see what you do with the tin and lovely fabric.

Katie said...

Oh, I love the froggies!!

Irene said...

Lovely biscornu ! I've made a few of them and they are all different sizes from tiny to just right. Love the fabric, can't wait to see what your finish will be.

Alberta said...

Cathey, I hope this is the only frog that comes a'courtin!

Kajsa said...

Your biscornu turned out great! I think that the design is the cutest, I'll have to remember to stitch it on 25 ct when I get to it.

Cindy said...

Fabulous biscornu! When I read the first bit about what you were stitching, I thought about it matching that ort bag...and I am so glad that it does :)

I wouldn't even begin to attempt 56 French knots, either (you counted them? LOL!)

Sharon said...

Very pretty biscornu! Love that fabric.

Olenka's Stitches said...

Cathey ,
Your biscornu is very pretty, I love the way you "personalized" it.
Fantastic stash! Congrats!

jayne@~an eye for threads~ said...

what a nice finish. Love the Frogs be always in stitches

Ranae said...

Adorable froggie biscornu.
I am so glad you found that magazine. CS mags are getting hard to find around here too. I am so glad for subscriptions.
The fabric is so pretty.

Rachel S said...

That fabric is gorgeous. I love the biscournu

WendyCarole said...

great stitching wonderful fabric

CritterLady62 said...

I love the froggy biscournu. When I stitched it, I also felt like it took forever. I, however, didn't have the sense to replace the french knots and did them over and over . . . ugh!

Jenn's Crafty World said...

Nice job. I would love to make a biscournou, but I don't think I have the focus for four repeating motifs. Yours is really cute though. I can't wait to see what you're going to do with the fabric; it's very pretty!

Lili said...

Well, strangely, I have stitched the same biscornu and found it was endless too...
Are the puppies born, Cathey? Have you made a decision about taking one yet? In loving memory of Brie, but also to give him/her all this love you have in yourselves?
Lots of love,
Lili

SueFitz said...

Love the frog biscornu - have the pattern - just haven't stitch yet, since I don't know how to finish the stitched product.

Besides I love frogs.