Monday, February 14, 2011

Dutch Beauty Sampler, Part Deux

It's done, it's done, it's done!!!!   I feel a little like Steve Martin in "The Jerk", excitedly screaming, "The new phone books are here, the new phone books are here!"  Yes, it's like that. Just like that.

After 3 LO-O-O-ONG years of working on The Dutch Beauty Sampler, I have finally finished, framed and hung this beautiful long term project.  Yes, three years of the same dozen or so colors staring at me from an off-white canvas.  Three years of wondering if I would EVER finish and three years of wondering if I bit off more than I could chew... I emerge victorious!  Queen for a day (or even a week!).  High priestess of the #26 tapestry needle.  M'lady of linen.

I've been renewed.  After placing the last stitch in mid-January, I immediately ran (it may have been closer to a heel-toe) to my favorite little cross stitch shop, The Stitching Cottage, for framing.  The owner hand-laced the back for me and even went beyond the call of duty, using conservation glass as an additional layer of protection.  It turned out better than I had ever imagined.  She did an absolutely beautiful, professional job.  I couldn't be more pleased with the finished product.   And speaking of.....
(Can you find my initials?)
It measures 41½" x 26½", including the frame, and was stitched on 32 count Belfast Cream linen.
The pattern didn't have a stitch count so as an FYI, my count was 630 across and 390 down (please count it yourself if you have the pattern, I take no responsibility for my possibly faulty count...though it worked for me).
(Info updated April 9:  Thank you "The Stitching Cottage", who noticed the Permin of Copenhagen pattern was void of the above details and that I had omitted them! )

We hung it above the fireplace mantle...
For the last 5+ years I wouldn't let anything else be considered for placement.  I knew it would be the perfect spot for "Beauty".  The focal point of the room.

Now that I've carried on far, far more than I probably should have, I'll go...happily skipping off into the sunset in search of another, easier, project.  Something with lots of color.  If you want to read my previous post regarding 'Beauty', you will find a link in my sidebar or here.  It goes into a little more detail regarding the pattern.  
It was before I lost my mind....

11 comments:

  1. I had faith you would finish!!! If I could do a train, you could do this Beauty! OMG. And, yes, I found your initials. The fireplace is worthy of it's crown. Diane

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  2. Wow! That is amazing. Love the perfect choice of frame and the special spot that you saved for your beautiful sampler. You did a fabulous job! Oh, and I am so glad to meet another "in-hand" stitcher!

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  3. Thanks, Jenny! It was a long process, but really happy with the result. ...In-hand stitchers unite!

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  4. I have made many many samplers. Probably 50 or more. I just ordered this graph. I am so glad to see your finished product. It is beautiful. Most of my samplers have been from Scarlet letter. It will be the largest one I've tackled though some of mine have been very large. The price of getting them framed is always mind boggling. Your is perfect for the spot you've chosen.

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  5. Pat, I also love samplers! Scarlet Letter is one of my favorite sampler sites to visit, though sadly, I have yet to order anything. I must remedy that soon! Framing was less that I expecting on this, so don't fret. Good luck, it's definitely an undertaking, but well worth the effort! Thanks for visiting!!

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  6. This took my breath away. Can you tell me if you used the DMC threads stated in the chart, or did you convert them to something else? I am in the process of pulling my materials together and am trying to decide if I want to convert the DMC to silk. Yours is beautiful, and if you say you used DMC, I'm going with DMC. Thanks so much for sharing the pics.

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  7. Hi! Thanks for your kind comment, Anonymous! I used the DMC threads stated in the chart. You'll go through A LOT of floss, so you may want to buy several of the green and the beige that the swam is stitch in (for starters), if you find a sale! It's a wonderful pattern, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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  8. Wow, I'm a little late commenting on your finish but it is beautiful! I've stitched And They Sinned and am considering this as my next huge project. Just not sure if I'm up to the challenge! :) Congrats on the finish!

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    1. Thanks Jen! I Googled 'And They Sinned' and it's a beautiful project. If you were able to finish that...I'm more than confident that you're "up to the challenge"!
      PS...I love your blog! You do beautiful work!

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  9. This is beautiful!! I was just looking at my chart for this, and noticed it was missing a stitch count so figured I would "google" search to see other people's finished. I found yours first, and you so kindly included the stitch count in your comments! :)
    I'm thinking of using 40 count linen for mine. Really love seeing yours completed and framed - it's gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Kevin! You must have great eyes to be considering a 40 count! I think that would have blinded me ;-)
      I loved working this piece and am sure you will, too!

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