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Sunday, February 17, 2008

It Comes To Life!

If you've ever stitched a design by Michael Powell then you appreciate what backstitch can truly do! His designs as you work on them are non-descript blobs of colour. That is until you put the backstitch in. Then the details just come alive!

I finished this tonight...
Mini Spanish Cottages 5
c2004 Michael Powell
Stitched on 14ct aida using Anchor cotton floss

Tonight, before I hit the hay I'll start my February ornament. Tomorrow I have a full day to work on Tour Des Marques (or as long as my eyes can put up with it), its a new provincial holiday for us : Family Day!

Friday I brought Christin home with me and she stayed until this afternoon. This morning Manon stopped by to stitch with us, until the rain started. We're now being hit by rain from Texas no big deal right? That is until we go below zero (we're hovering around there now) then my winter wonder land (which I would gladly give up for warm temps!) will turn into an icy world that can be dangerous at times.

29 comments:

Kim said...

Dani, I love that Michael Powell design and you did a GREAT job stitching it! Do you know if they ever published it in a magazine?

Ruth said...

Wow, congrats on that Michael Powell!!!! It looks great.

Kathryn said...

Hooray for Michael Powell!! I have Mini Christmas Window 2 to start the next time I travel. There is never enough Michael Powell. Maybe I will even start one of his larger ones. Oh, you are a temptress, Dani!

Chiloe said...

Congrats on your finish! Backstitching can be a pain but very necessary to add that final touch that bring the piece to life ;-)

Coral said...

Well done!!

I never use 2 strands of black to do the back stitching tho'.

I finished the mini spanish 6 - it took me more than a year(!!).

But I do love them so.

Congratulations, it looks great!

Cheryl said...

My DH was telling me all about the rain :(
I really like your finish. What are your plans for it?

Linda said...

I love the Spanish cottage. You did a great job. I can see what you mean about the backstitching. Did you say you were in Texas? Sounds like the same kind of weather we have been having in Chicago! Rain, below zero temps and then snow and ice. Nice.

Linda said...

OOps, a correction! You didn't say you were in Texas! Sorry,must have my coffee before I start commenting.

Linda said...

Like I said, I need coffee before I start blogging! I tagged you! Isn't that more important than the weather?

AnnMcD said...

Enjoy the holiday Dani! I thought I may have had Dan home today too if the temperature had plunged. However it is above 0 here so all that rain has not frozen (yet).
The MP is looking good. Have fun with Tour.
Thanks for using your blog to help Barb out and thanks to Darla for having the thread she needed!

Vonna said...

Hurray on your finish! It's lovely :)
Hope it just turns into more snowland and not icy land...yikes!

ollie1976 said...

great finish!
-Jen

Wanda said...

Great job! Those little houses are fun I just have not backstitched anything in so long I tend to steer clear! Hope your weather turns out all right, I think Spring is trying to come early this year here then we will have a big freeze and everything gets killed!

Lisha said...

I love backstitching to see the picture come to life. I didn't find much from Nashville that I liked either. She brought back a lot of quaker type designs. Not my thing, but very popular right now.TO each is own. Gingerbread houses aren't my thing either. I'm about ready to throw them out the window. But I love my friend.

Sally said...

Your Michael Powell piece looks absolutely fantastic!

~Tammy said...

Cool design.

I'm really hoping this storm will pass us by.

Karoline said...

Your cottages look great Dani, congratulations

Kajsa said...

Your cottage turned out darling. So cute!

Leslie aka zoeandcooper said...

Beautiful finish! I just love Michael Powell designs.

Beatrice said...

Can you see me doing the happy dance for you. The cottage is soooo pretty!
Congrats to you!
Happy stitching on Tour. I might do the same today!

claudia said...

I love the Michael Powell Designs! Yours looks fantastic. Can I ask? Where did you get your chart? Or did you by a kit? I would put this on my wish list, if I had one!

Mad Dixie said...

WOW your MP looks stunning I love his designs

Itching To Stitch said...

What a cute design. Congrats on the finish ;)

Lynn said...

Fantastic Finish on your Michael Powell!

stitcherw said...

Very cute, and it looks summery (which is what I wish it was). We got that nasty rain that froze too, what a mess.
Sue

vEr0n!c@ said...

Yup, nothing like backstitches to define a piece. Love them or hate them, they sure do make our stitching come alive. Gratz on the beautiful Michael Powell finish!

Carla said...

So colorful!! Congratulations on your finish!

Heather said...

I love it!! Congrats on the finish!

Michelle said...

Beautiful finish! Stay warm!