Thursday, March 21, 2013

Finally….the reveal….


Woohoo….I can finally show you my secret stitching!  Cue drumroll….




I loved stitching this design…and yes, it used metallics, and no, I didn't complain, moan or whine about it - surprising, uh? :)

I had wanted to stitch a small card design but when I saw this design, I knew it was perfect for the person I had in mind. Unfortunately the design was a bit on the large size for making into a birthday card but I knew I wanted to stitch it. The thought of all that work being on display as a birthday card for only a couple of weeks seemed a bit of a shame so I decided to make it in to an almost permanent birthday card….a flatfold! This way it can be displayed with other birthday cards but afterwards can be kept on display on a shelf etc ….the perfect solution.

Here’s a picture of the side details…




…and don’t you just love the ruffled ribbon and bead border?



Here’s a close up of the dragons face with those metallic threads that were surprisingly very well behaved!


Those metallic threads behaved so well that I even did the French Knots using them…




….they are far more sparkly in real life!



This was a free chart designed by the fabulous Joan Elliott and you can find it here  (you may have to set up an account to access the free chart, but it’s well worth it!)

The metallic thread that was so well behaved was Kreinik No 4 which I would definitely use again and would certainly recommend if anyone else has a love/hate relationship with metallic threads!

Until next time...happy stitching!

Rhona 


16 comments:

Cath said...

Wow , what a gorgeous finish. I'm sure the recipient will love it .X

cucki said...

Wow such sweetie ..so cute x

Astrids dragon said...

Wow, I love it! Fantastic finish, it looks great. I have printed out the chart, now I just need to stitch it, what a great incentive!

SoCal Debbie said...

Oh it's a gorgeous dragon, Rhona! What a great idea to make a flatfold!

Samplers, Silks and Linens said...

The colours are gorgeous and your stitching beautiful, so generous of you to stitch this for your friend.

Stitching Noni said...

Gorgeous dragon! I love the finish. Definitely a better idea than a card - much too nice to be hidden away :)

Blu said...

What a lovely finish! I love the colours.

Mii Stitch said...

Wow, another lovely finished project!!! I love the ruffled ribbon all around the dragon, I wonder how you get this done? An other trick up your sleeve :D Have a lovely weekend, x

Chaucer's Aunty said...

WOW that is absolutely amazing! Thanks for the link to the pattern too :-) Laura (www.strawberrymousecrafts.wordpress.com)

Irishenchantment said...

gorgeous!

Anne said...

He's wonderful Rhona!!! I love the close up shots of him, especially of his face and the metallic threads. Glad there wasn't any bad words shouted while working with them this time! The ruched ribbon is a great finishing touch!

Valma said...

Wow !
what a beautiful piece, the design is so beautiful and you did it so perfectly
very well done
French knots with metallic threads...you're an expert =)
xxxx

Keebles said...

Wow! French knots and metallic thread! You are a better stitcher than me! It looks gorgeous!

Le trame della Galaverna said...

Absolutely fantastic
I love it
Giovanna

♥ Nia said...

Beautiful piece! Congrats on your work :)

Caitlin Jordan said...

Gorgeous! I love je's designs and your finishing is stunning!