Thursday, 15 February 2018

I DID IT !!!! - Gifted Gorgeousnes SAL February Update

Hello Friends,

Hope you had a good Valentine's day if you celebrate. Mine was good, we had cake and didn't have to cook as we had leftovers for dinner and lunch is arranged in office today 😁.

It's that time of the month when we show what gifts we have been working on or/and what crafty gifts we have received. If you don't know what I'm talking about , check Jo's blog for more info. This is a easy SAL where you have choice to stitch any designer, color or pattern, just that it should be a gift for someone or gift from someone.

I have been eagerly waiting to show you this , I finished my nemesis project .. can you believe it? I finished all the cross stitches on 19th Jan , still it took me 2+ weeks to finish the back stitching and lettering. Back stitching is not my fav thing about cross stitch projects. I always try to avoid it or do the bare minimum but this time I followed the whole pattern. Though back stitching on this piece is not very heavy, I'm happy I finished it.

Without further ado, I present to you "Most Beautiful Things " by Candamar designs(excuse the wrinkles).


Most Beautiful Things

Started on : 4-Mar-2016
Finished on: 6-Feb-2018
Actual number of days:134
Stitched on: 25 count vintage lugana
Floss used :Kit floss
Designer:
Pattern source: Candamar designs

Number of colors: 17
Design Stitch count:137 H*110W

Actual stitch count = 4* Design count
Type of stitches: Full cross stitch, back stitch
Number of strands used :1 for Full cross stitches,1 for back stitch

This project has lots of first :

1. First kit bought and completed which turned out to be stamped because I didn't read the description properly.
2. First project bought online/on facebook.
3. First time switching fabric in the kit.
4. First time using evenweave
5. First time making changes to stitch count- I was a novice when I bought this kit and decided to switch fabric. The fabric change meant 1 cross stitch on pattern= 4 cross stitch in actual.
6. There are few counting mistakes in this project and instead of frogging them I improvised around them.

It won't be exaggeration if I say this project was like going on crafting journey, learning so many things including patience. There were times I thought of giving it up, sometimes I hated it because of the mistakes but in the end the result is worth it, don't you think? I have grown up with this project learning to improvise and make changes.

I really hope my best friend appreciates the labour behind this gift, I will make sure she does 😉.

I also made two small gifts this month but will save it for the Smalls SAL post.

P.S. I have achieved 1 of the only two crafting goals made for 2018.

10 comments:

  1. Wow! It looks gorgeous:) Congrats on completing it. Backstitching requires patience but it is well worth the final output. Your friend is sure going to treasure it.

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  2. Congratulations! That's a fantastic finish and I'm sure your friend will love it. Now it's time to put all your experience into another project. I can't wait to see what you'll stitch next!

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  3. Well done, Mini, and especially for persisting with the horrid backstitches!
    I hate backstitch too! You’ve certainly learnt a lot from this project, but it’s all very useful experience, and at the end you have a beautiful gift for your friend.
    Hugs,
    Barbara xx

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  4. Congratulations on completing a project that has caused you problems.... on to more exciting things now.

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  5. Congratulations on completing your project! And for persisting and problem solving as you went along x

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  6. Mini, this is lovely work and well worth all those - irritating to do- back stitches. A pretty design and with a lot of first times for you. well done. beautiful gift.

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  7. Thanks for taking part in GG this month, don't forget to link up.
    Congratulations on the Happy Dance for this challenging piece! I am sure your friend will love it, it looks amazing.

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  8. Congrats Mini!!! It is perfect! And I am not a lover of backstitching either but I really love how it gave definition to this project. I am sure you friend will love it!! Well done :)

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  9. I am a weirdo who loves backstitching! It's fun seeing the design pop while it goes in. :) I especially love how the butterflies came to life with it! Your friend will love it, no pressure needed haha.

    The year is still young; you will be able to achieve goal 2 no problem!

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  10. Gorgeous, Mini, just gorgeous.

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