Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Fat Tuesday / First Finish of 2012


Well what do you know?  I actually finished Tis the Season AHEAD of my goal deadline of Leap Day!  YAY!

Blackbird Designs
threads:  Belle Soie silks
fabric: 32 ct. stash linen

I loved Loved LOVED the color palatte and simplicity of this design (a.k.a. NO backstitching) but if I'm totally honest, I'd do a few things differently if I were to stitch this piece again. 
  • Save the cardinal for last so the red has less of a chance to rub off onto parts of the fabric where it does not belong.
  • Space the date a little better so it doesn't look so scrunched up.
  • Work the berries in something other than eyelets.
  • Push "Tis the season.." an inch or so to the right so as not to end up with an empty corner in the lower right.
For me to have finished it in just over a month, a normal stitcher could probably whip it out in a couple of weeks.  If it is on your "To Do" list, I hope my observations help you with your planning. 

Onward and upward!


  1. I would love to stitch this someday as I love cardinal! Very pretty.

  2. Congratulations on finishing-- and ahead of deadline, at that! It turned out gorgeous!

  3. Your finish is just beautiful. I have thought of doing that one so appreciate your comments!

  4. It looks fantastic! Great tips too, the one about stitching the cardinal last is useful for other projects too :-)

  5. Great work! I loved the colors!

  6. What a super finish!! Congrats to us both!!! :)

  7. I love the colors you've chosen for this one. Very nice.

  8. You are an inspiration - I have this and really want to start it, so thanks for the tips. Love the fabric you chose!