Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Hello Spring Finish

As promised in my previous post, I'm going to try and do a better job of posting things as I finish them vs. doing a big batch of finishes all at once. Since I had a finish last night, I get to put that new goal into practice right away.

My latest finish is the new Hello Spring chart from Stitching with the Housewives. Chelsea designed it and I thought it was so cute when Priscilla posted it on her blog on Friday. If you would like to purchase this chart, they've opened a new Etsy shop to offer this design (as well as future designs) for sale.

Design: Hello Spring
Designer: Stitching with the Housewives
Fabric: 36 count Gunmetal linen (Weeks Dye Works)
Fibers: Mostly called for with substitutions listed below
Started: 9 February 2020
Finished: 10 February 2020

This finished size of this design ended up being a bit smaller than I had originally wanted. I used some Gunmetal linen from my stash that was labeled 32 count. Once I started stitching, I realized the stitches definitely seemed smaller than I would have expected so I pulled out my ruler to do a quick stitch count. As it turns out, the linen was mislabeled and was actually 36 count. Even though it turned out smaller than I had planned, it's still super cute.

I did match a few other changes from the chart.

  • I used DMC 3826 for the mug (instead of the called for Classic Colorworks 12 Grain)
  • I made my chicken a Rhode Island Red by using GAST Woodrose for the main feathers and GAST Buttercrunch for the highlights.
  • I omitted the word spring from the mug and moved the hello word down a few rows.

This was a really fun quick stitch. For a first time paid design, I thought they did a great job on the chart! The only thing I would have liked to have that wasn't there was indicators for the horizontal and vertical centers. I will add it was a color chart only, so if you prefer traditional black & white symbol charts, you might want to be aware that isn't included.

This finish qualifies as a small, so it's my fifth finish toward my goal of 20 small finishes this year for my Year of Smalls challenge with my BFF. It also earned me a $5 finishing credit for my Stitch from Stash balance.

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