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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:

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

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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! :)

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

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  5. Congrats on the gorgeous finishes Jo.

    Linda

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

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

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

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

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

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  11. Lovely finishes the Mona Lisa is awesome :)

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

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

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

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  15. Fabulous finishes. Have a great week of stitching.

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

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  17. 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

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

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

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

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  21. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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  27. 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

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  28. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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  34. Love the Mona Lisa, she is perfect.

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

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  36. Such a perfect Mona Lisa in this size..fantastic

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