Happy Dance and Hearts & Flowers

Got the last bits of my backstitching in yesterday to finish this one. No this doesn't look much different than yesterday's photo because all that was added was a small bit of backstitch on the border in that "charming" shade of yellow that's calling to you from the design :) I actually do like it better now that its complete and all the other elements are there. Its sitting on top of the sewing machine across the room at the moment and if I look at it from here the large motif top right actually is more eye catching to me than the yellow so it seems to balance out.

Here is a close up of the reticello area, you can see this looks pretty much like hardanger in this example. I googled it and it is a type of needle lace. Its defined as connecting of threads between embroidery and lace. That doesn't sound exactly like what I did here but the finished result looks good so for right now I'll leave it at that. In this shot you can also see a bit of the yellow backstitch I was finishing yesterday. It was literally 10 stitches on each flower blossom so it wasn't a lot of work but the flowers alternate so much I didn't want to run a thread all that distance so I was constantly starting and ending my thread.

Here is my less than spectacular start on Hearts & Flowers. That hint of a circle in the center... that's where I misread the directions and stitched with the wrong color and then got to frog it this morning when I realized it, oops. One of these days I'll remember I have to read the directions on these twice to make sure I've read them right the first time.


  1. Congrats on your HD! It looks amazing!

  2. Garden Spot looks stunning, congratulations. The yellow blends so much better now it's finished

  3. Garden Spot looks sensational :) It's now on my list of things to do! I am going to have to stop reading your blog at this rate :) I've also joined the needlepoint ornament group :)


  4. Congrats on your finish! Its beautiful

  5. Kali - Garden Spot is incredible! I think it's in my stash, along with a bunch of other IR's. I'm surprised she called that area reticello, since it's not what I think of as such. The stitch in that area is typically called "lacis". If you google that, you'll probably get better results.
    Jeanne (juststring.blogspot.com)

  6. Woohoo! It looks great. You did wonderful job on the stitching. I bet that you are happy to be finished. :)


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