Monday, November 18, 2013

A Huge Thank You and a Finish

First of all I want to thank those of you who left a heartfelt comment on my blog regarding my sweet cat Cee-Lo Red.  I can't tell you how much it meant to me.  I remain heartbroken and tearful, but I suppose time will heal the heart.  I stitched last week with friends and sobbed a couple of times talking about him.  But you know, hugs and kind words from dear friends helps a whole bunch !!


Next, I finished Manor at Peacock Hill from With Thy Needle and Thread.  



I need to take a 'photo' taking class though.  Both of these pics were taken with the same camera, same setting, same finger, same sofa, same room.  I don't recall making any changes, but obviously I must have changed some setting.  



This was a fun piece to work on because I have such fond memories of my great grandparents home, BUT, as much as I love punch needle with Valdani threads, I do not care for them one bit, not one bit as thread for counted cross stitch.  I will keep my Valdani only for punch needle.

I provided my sweet stitching sister, Cathy, link to her blog here, with a DMC conversion for her piece as the Valdani called out on the pattern was and is not available. I suggested she use DMC #3777 for the border berries, the roof of the house and the outside of the pomegranate, #3830 for the inside of the pomegranate and the door on the house, and #356 for the Ohio Star motifs.  Actually, these three DMC colors are called out on WTN&T limited/sold out piece, Snow Bird. I was lucky enough to score one of them and when I opened the package I was really, really happy to see what I thought were excellent DMC substitutes for the Valdani. 

So happy, happy stitching to each and every one of you.  Thanks for stopping by.  All of your comments mean so much to me.  




11 comments:

Margaret said...

So so beautiful! Yes, I have trouble with picture taking too. No clue at all. lol! But your finish is wonderful! I'm glad you've had lots of hugs from friends to comfort you over Cee-Lo Red. More hugs coming your way from New York!

Cathy Lloyd said...

Breathtaking sister!! Love, love, love!!! And thank you for your DMC conversion! Couldn't do it without you! Yes...save the Valdani for punchneedle!!! Too many wonderful threads for cross-stitching!! XOXO

Jeanne said...

Great finish Cari! You seem to have gotten that done pretty fast.

Melissa said...

Cari, congrats on the finish. I feel the same way about the Valdani threads for cross stitch - don't like them at all!

Vickie said...

What a beauty!

Katrina said...

So, so sorry about your kitty!!!!! It's just hard to lose a pet, we love them so much.

Love your Peacock Manor piece, too pretty. I substituted overdyes for the valdani :-). And lucky you getting one of the kits, can't wait to see it all stitched.

Brigitte said...

What a gorgeous finish you have. That's a wonderful piece.
I have never stitched with Valdani threads - not available here (but then, even DMC is not available here, lol).

Loraine said...

Hi Cari. I am so sorry about your little kitty! My heart goes out to you, and I hope that you are doing okay.
What a beautiful finish! Peacock Manor, is a stunning, piece, and I love the colors!
Time is marching on, at a rapid pace it seems. I was looking at the SB Angel piece that we started a few years ago, and I think I may start working on it again through the season. If you feel like doing a SAL, pull it out and we can work together. :)
Hugs to you!

Sharon said...

Beautiful finish Cari!

Sherry :o) said...

So sorry about your kitty-cat. Love your finish...beautiful!

Faye said...

Those Valdanis were oh so difficult to work with for me also.... They seemed to frey and break easily.... I'll probably substitute on the next WtNT project that calls for the,... Not worth the frustration..... Nice stitches to you!