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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Some Fantastic Finishes

It was a busy weekend and I had two finishes plus some great progress on my Nora Corbett letter C.

The first finish was the Mini Mona Lisa you glimpsed with the Mona Lisa tea towel in a previous post.  This was part of Mr. X-Stitch's 52 Projects in 2015 and I fell in love with it when I first saw it.


I stitched her over one on 28 count black evenweave using a DMC conversion (the chart was in Anchor).  She looks better from a distance, so if you're reading this on a tablet or phone - hold it at arm's length!

Now I need a really tiny frame to mount her.  The finished piece is 1.75 inches by 2.25 inches.

The next finish is a little larger but still counts as a small.  CCN's Poinsettia Place is part of the Santa's Village series and was a giveaway prize from Gaynor of Stitchers Anon.  I started it as part of DUCJC 2015 and continued it in December.

stitched on 32 count Twilight Blue linen

and mounted for my scrapbook:


I used the recommended DMC for this one with a couple of minor changes.  I used B5200 instead of Blanc for the snow.  I changed the side wall to a darker green and used a brighter yellow for the windows.

I haven't got a photo of C to show you so that will have to wait until next time!  I will also be recommencing Book of Spells tonight for avid fans of that design.  It took a little break while I stitched the 12 Days of Christmas and then Mona Lisa (that 3799 fill-in was rather dull!).  But now I can return to my spooky love.

Finally, speaking of love - it's sign-up time for the Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop which takes place on Valentine's Day.  Full details can be found on this post but basically you email a photo of something suitable for a lovely friend and I send you a photo from a mystery friend which you post on your blog to wait for your Secret Stitching Sweetheart to find you from the list of participants on my blog.  Have a look at last year's Hop to see how it all worked:



39 comments:

Yekaterina Haussler said...

Lovely finishes! I like Mr.XStitch's enthusiasm...

Jan Jones said...

Wow Jo! Your Mona Lisa is awesome. If it were me I'd find a mountable brooch and wear it proudly for all to see.

Rachel Tomkins said...

Congratulations on your two finishes. They look great. I can't believe you stitched over 1 on 28ct black! You are one brave lady indeed! :)

Bea said...

Great finishes. The Mona Lisa is wonderful for being so small.

Linda said...

Congrats on the gorgeous finishes Jo.

Linda

Clare - Aimetu said...

Great CCN finish Jo :-) your Mona Lisa is beautiful, the real thing is a lot smaller than you think :-)

StitchinByTheLake said...

Beautiful Jo - the Mona Lisa is amazing. blessings, marlene

Barb said...

Both pieces are just beautiful. You are brave for all that stitching on black!

Claudette497 said...

Mona Lisa is amazing - I'm in awe at your vision!

CathieJ said...

Those finishes are great. I can't believe how tiny the Mona Lisa is. Wow.

Heather said...

Lovely finishes the Mona Lisa is awesome :)

Preeti said...

Your finishes are beautiful, Jo:) I liked the way you added it onto your scrap book page.

Justine said...

Your Mona Lisa is amazing! So detaileD. 52 probjects in a year sounds crazy - I wonder if he completed them all?

Shortbread and Ginger said...

My goodness the Mona Lisa project looks as if it might be difficult on the old eyes!
Liz

Linda Harris said...

Fabulous finishes. Have a great week of stitching.

Leonore Winterer said...

Those are great finishes! It's incredibly how much detail that Mini Lisa captures :)

Christine said...

Lovely finishes. The Mona Lisa is fabulous, and actually not much smaller than the real thing. OK, so I exaggerate, but the original IS quite disappointingly small in real life

Vickie said...

Mona is awesome!

Katie said...

Gorgeous finishes!! I just love the teeny Mona Lisa! Too cute.

Emma/Itzy said...

Your off to a great start for the year with two finishes already!

Kerryp77 said...

Wow, the Mona Lisa is amazing such detail. I think finding a frame will be more challenging than the stitching!

Margaret said...

Loving the Mona Lisa. Can I visit you to see her if I get to the UK? I'm unlikely to get to Paris ha ha!

Annie said...

Congrats on two great finishes! Enjoy your week of stitching:)

gominam said...

Congrats on two gorgeous finishes. The Mona Lisa is the unique and CCN is pretty as always:)

Kaisievic said...

Your Mona Lisa is an amazing piece - all stitched over one on black fabric!!!!! - you are my absolute stitching hero!

Tiffstitch said...

Wow! Great finish on that teeny-tiny Mona Lisa and your CCN cottage looks very bright. I love your changes.

Deborah Richardson said...

Love your mini master piece. Count me in for the the sweetheart blog.

Stitching Noni said...

Wow! Great finishes Jo! I love your mini-masterpiece :o)
Count me in for the Sweetheart Blog... I will try and send you a photo over the weekend :o)
Hugs xx

Blu said...

Lovely finishes!

Brigitte said...

Great to see these finishes. Mona Lisa really looks fantastic, and how tiny she is. A sweet little treasure. And your new scrap book page is so lovely again.

Sarah in Stitches said...

Beautiful finishes!

Mii Stitch said...

Ohmygosh!! Over 1, on black??? You're insane :D
Congrats, they are both lovely finishes.

Julie said...

Like Ingrid says .. over 1 on black!!!! it does look magnificent, well done.

♥ Nia said...

Congrats sweetie! Beautiful finishes :) I specially love CCN, lovely colors and I like your changes too ;)

Lili said...

wow, Mona Lisa is amazing! The other project is very sweet!
Hugs,
Lili

Mel said...

Ohhh Mona Lisa is divine. Would be perfect for a little dollhouse perhaps? :)

Sheryl S. said...

Love the Mona Lisa, she is perfect.

Astrids dragon said...

Oh wow, mini Mona is awesome! I love how you did the scrapbook page for your house, it looks great.

Mini said...

Such a perfect Mona Lisa in this size..fantastic