Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Frances B's Turning Point

I know it's been a while since I've done an official stitching update, but that doesn't mean I haven't been hard at it! It just means the stitching I have been so diligently working on has been, well....hard.  Yes, that means hard at work on Frances Burwell, she of the endless outlined satin stitch pansies and nerve-fraying double running stitch thingamajigs.  But at last, I've reached a turning point!  Here's the last stop on the crazy train final flowering vine band in her growing expanse:


I feel like I've slayed the beast!  So please pardon me while I gloat....here's another pic of that same row, with the middle insanity pansy band stacked over it. 



Now, time for some honest answers here.  I think I got overexcited while ironing her for these pictures and made the dark red on the top right yellow flower bleed.  Can you tell?  It's not bad, but to my eye, that linen looks a little pinker than it should around the dark red threads.

Just to make it an even threesome of photos, here's how she looks from the top to the point I'm at now:


So from here on out, I'm hoping Frances will be agreeable and let me have my long deserved finish with her sometime soon.  There's still a lot of stitching to do - a few more blackwork bands, a whole gaggle of funky birds in bright colors and a big old brick house - but nothing I can't power through.  I've reached the turning point and am moving into more a comfortable friendship with her!

7 comments:

Margaret said...

OMG! Just gorgeous! The bleeding doesn't show in the pictures at least. What a wonderful piece this is! Can't wait to see more. :D

Deb said...

This is such a pretty piece. I've had it in my stash for a long time and never pulled it out. Perhaps I thought all that Satin stitch would be daunting. I blew up your picture and I couldn't see the bleeding at all. This is really a wonderful piece and I can't wait to see more of it.

Lanie said...

She is so pretty, Mary! What an accomplishment! Look forward to seeing her completed!

Lois said...

Absolutely gorgeous Mary! Like Deb I blew up your picture but I couldn't see any bleeding so it looks fine to me. Such a lovely piece.

Penny said...

Frances is just beautiful! Your stitching is lovely too! And I don't notice any bleeding. :)

Krista said...

Mary, this is just absolutely gorgeous! Such gorgeous, vivid colors in this sampler. Just love it :)

Lynn said...

This is an incredibly gorgeous piece Mary! Your hard work on her is really paying off. I looked closely but didn't really notice any bleeding.
I look forward to seeing some of those funky birds now!