Monday, January 9, 2017

Ta-da!!!

So....the tea sampler is finally finished! All the back stitch border.....which wasn't as bad as I had thought it would be.... was, in fact, quite therapeutic! (I think that's the first time I have ever said that about back stitching!!!) 

So here's each block...









 


...and if you're counting, you'll realize that there's one missing! I didn't take a picture of the finished purple cup 'Rooibos'....oops!(That was the one that I unpicked and changed the colours) 

And here it is in all its glory...





Doesn't it look wonderful!? I'm really pleased with how this turned out....it looks even better than it does on the picture on the kit.

So here's the details and my thoughts of the kit as I know several readers were looking for the kit.


The kit is by Design Works . 
Number JAS-047 #2596
Design by Krista Hamrick
Finished size 12' x 15" stitched on 14 count aida.

Pros.

- Large black and white chart.
- Clear instructions.
- Nice bright vibrant colours.
- DMC numbers were listed ( but didn't quite match, but helped when trying to figure out what thread was what colour...see cons)

Cons.

- I thought the fabric was a little too short...I prefer the fabric to be 2 or 3 inches larger than the design (For large designs like this, smaller ones  don't need quite so much!)
- Threads did not come pre-sorted. Trying to figure out which was gold, brown and rust etc was a bit tricky.
- I ran out of black thread....luckily black is one that you don't have to match, so it wasn't really a problem!
- the picture on the front of the kit looks like a computer generated simulation....a picture of the finished stitching would have been so much better....might also improve sales?!!!



Anyway...I loved stitching this piece and I'm so pleased with how it turned out. Now I just have to get it framed and give it to my Dad!

Until next time...happy stitching!

Rhona



23 comments:

Kate said...

Rhona, your tea sampler is beautiful!!

Prairie Needleworks said...

I love everything about your Tea Sampler. This is definitely something I would enjoy stitching and thank you for listing the information about it. I will put it on my too look for list. I am a tea drinker and this would be something I would enjoy stitching, framing and hanging up in my home.

Mii Stitch said...

Congratulations on your lovely finish Rhona!

Justine said...

What a lovely finish! I really like this kind of design in blocks which are like mini finishes along the way.
I think you may have won the giveaway on Crafty Rahenna's blog - she was asking for Rhona to contact her?

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

Beautiful finish! Congratulations!

Katie said...

Huge Congrats on the finish!!

Linda said...

Congrats on the gorgeous finish Rhona.

Linda

Lynda Ruth Bowers said...

Wonderful job. Love your sampler, I am going to do mine on 14 adia. hugs

Bea said...

Love it! I am a tea drinker so it really appeals to me. Thanks for all the information.

Tiki said...

Great finish.

Shami Immanuel said...

Beautiful finish. Congrats.

Pull the other thread said...

This looks amazing!! Well done on an amazing finish.

Mouse said...

yeahhhh well done on the finish ... and nice write up too on the kit .. always useful for others when trying to decide etc .. Happy New Year to you too :) love mouse xxxxx

Wendy said...

it looks fantastic and you seem to have finished it so quickly! Well done!

Astrids dragon said...

Wow, he'll love it, it looks fantastic! How nice to see it all finished, can't wait to see it framed.

gominam said...

Congrats on your beautiful finish. Just looking at all those backstitch...Great Job!

Mini said...

It's been fun to see each block being stitched. Congrats on a beautiful finish. The kit review is very helpful.

Stitching Noni said...

Love it! Congrats on a gorgeous finish :o) Your Dad is going to love it
hugs x

Ariadne said...

I love how it turned out!A great finish!AriadnefromGreece!

Helen said...

Congratulations on your beautiful finish! Thank you for listing all the details & the pros and cons, there are so many within reach these days thanks to the internet it really helps to have as much info as possible to help with the choice! I'm looking forward to seeing what you will be stitching next now this huge project is complete, have a great week, Helen

Heather said...

Yay congratulations it looks beautiful! Maybe you should send them a pic of your work they can use on the cover ;)

Helen Philipps said...

This tea sampler looks really beautiful...congratulations on such a lovely finish Rhona!
Helen xox

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Congratulations on the Happy Tea Dance for this beautiful sampler. They should use your stitching for the cover, it would sell more kits!