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Thursday, 8 February 2007

My Valentine exchange to Paula

STOP!!! Before you maybe rush ahead to take a look at the stitched piece I would like to say a few words...Last year whilst visiting Nataliejo's blog I saw she had on two occasions stitched and finished little Shepherds Bush hearts. There is no real need for me to say... I absolutely fell in love with them (as I do all her exquisite needlework:) When I got Paula's name for this Valentine exchange from the SBEBB I was so excited on two counts... ;-) I know Paula is a BIG Shepherds Bush fan so much so she has even been to the Retreat there at the end of last year!! The other reason is with this being a Valentine exchange... here was my opportunity to stitch and finish a SB heart in the same style. I asked Natalie if she would mind me doing the same style of finish..... :-)))

So..... here we have below my version of the heart with the tassel finish. I used an old (1990) Shepherds Bush chart 'Father Yule' for the design, this is called 'Warm Hearts'. I stitched it on 40ct ivory with one strand. I used the stated colours but did make a couple of changes to the design to make it a bit more my own.

Heart Valentine Exchange to Paula

It had a section of writing that I did not want to put on. Instead of that, I decided to use one of my favourite pulled thread stitches and I added the line in underneath that section. Other than that it is as charted. This picture is closer so you can see the pulled work which is the cream on cream.

Pulled Work

I had decisions, decisions over the colour for the cording and tassel, first I did try ecru cording with a pink tassel as the contrast. I felt for the colours of the stitching it looked a little bit bland as it is quite pale. Then I re-made some more cording in the DMC 316 pink and a tassel in the ecru, this I was happy with as it brought the colours together and made it look alot richer :-))) I have finished the cording at the bottom of the tassel with a large pearl bead that I had. You can see this in the following picture below...

Cording, Tassel and Pearl bead

I have really enjoyed making this so cheers Natalie for the inspiration and I am really pleased Paula is so happy with it :-))) Another coincidence lol...it was Paula who stitched for me on the Needlework Smalls exchange, the redwork items a few postings below.

I really don't know how people manage to blog nearly everyday??? This must be a record for me:) I am going now to get on with my SAL on BD 'GOL'. I will be back before long, have a great weekend everyone and once again THANK-YOU very much for all of your visits to my blog that you take the time to do :-))


Anonymous nataliejo said...

WOW !!! Helen ! this heart is amazing ! I LOVE the colours you used and your finishing is per-fect ! I am very pleased to have inspired such a gorgeous Valentine project ! and you did a wonderful job !!! Congratulations !! and your pictures are very very pretty ;-) Thanks for sharing, it was well worth waiting ;-))

11:30 pm  
Anonymous Susan said...

Another amazing finish, Helen. And as Paula said in her blog, you take the most amazing pictures of your finishes!

11:37 pm  
Blogger BeckySC said...

You are amazing, Helen :) BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL work :)

12:53 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful finish, Helen.

2:24 am  
Blogger stitcherw said...

The heart is gorgeous, and you did a fantastic job on the finishing as well. Congratulations on such a lovely finish.

3:29 am  
Anonymous Yuko said...

Hello from Japan!
Amazing! Your works are really really wonderful!!
I'm so happy to find out your blog and am very excited now!
Definitely you became my favourite stitcher!!!
I'll come here to see your works everyday! Thanks Helen!

4:00 am  
Blogger piko said...

Thank you for visiting my blog! Your works are so lovely! I'll often visit here.:-)

4:36 am  
Blogger Carol said...

That's really beautiful Helen! Hugs to Amy too!

4:45 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is just so gorgeous Helen! Paula must have been thrilled to receive such a beautiful piece :) Your stitching and finishing are perfect!

8:52 am  
Blogger Barbara said...

Utterly exquisite.

Paula is no doubt thrilled, and you should be absolutely delighted with your skills!!

10:20 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great ornie, I love it :-)

11:58 am  
Blogger Jacqui said...

The heart is gorgeous, if you have no room for it I can send you my address. LOL.

12:09 pm  
Blogger Vonna said...

You are as amazing at your finishes and stitching as your sister! This is truly an amazing piece of art Helen!
Exquisite stitching and finishing :)

12:24 pm  
Blogger Susimac said...

Oooooooh!!(words fail me)


1:00 pm  
Blogger Isabelle said...

Wow Helen... That is so beautiful... so precious... Just perfect! :)

2:18 pm  
Anonymous Coonie said...

Wow, this is absolutely beautiful!!

6:35 pm  
Blogger Stitch Wizard said...

Wow Helen your Valentines Heart here is just really beautiful!!! I too love hearts and this one is ever so pretty!! I love your finish work too!! Debby :)

9:57 pm  
Blogger bunnyhead said...

Oh my, such a beautiful piece!

12:49 pm  
Blogger IsaB said...

I find it really exquisite!!! So precious... class!!!

1:38 pm  
Anonymous Cécile said...

A lovely work and you used so lovely colours. Congratulations

4:40 pm  
Blogger Karoline said...

It's gorgeous Helen, congratulations

6:14 pm  
Anonymous Svenja said...

Absolutely beautiful work!
And great pictures!

8:34 pm  
Blogger Georgie said...

WOW!!!! That is so delicate and pretty! Well done!!!!!!!!

7:00 am  
Blogger Von said...

Not only is work work exquisite, but your photography is so artful, Helen! I think I need to spend some time with my photo program to learn some new tricks! Hugs :Dx

10:28 pm  
Blogger Patti said...

As per usual your stitching and finishing are just superb!! Thank you so much for sharing.
Patti xxx

10:33 pm  
Blogger Lucy said...

Beautiful heart...I think you did the perfect color combinations!!!

2:09 am  
Blogger Ruth Rachel Vendsel said...

Helen, it is all so exquisite. Really gorgeous and such a token of friendship!

6:27 am  
Blogger Lili said...

Hi Lena Lou!
This is an amazing job, as always! I'm a keen admirer of your lovely finishes -and stitching too...
TRake care!

9:06 am  
Blogger Meari said...

It turned out beautifully.

6:49 pm  
Blogger Cathy said...

Beautiful exchange - exquisite finishing!

3:17 am  
Anonymous NtaQuebec said...

Ohhhh another wonderful thing of you ! It's sooooo nice .....Congratulations !

3:56 pm  

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