Finish-along Update!

How are you guys coming with your Finish-along projects?! Mine are actually coming along pretty well!

If you remember, I had quite a list of things I wanted to get done, only some were embroidery. I’ve been trying to go through them based on what can be finished most quickly. So I did finish and block the shawl for my mother (forgot photos though, d’oh!) and also finally blocked my Henslowe shawl, which was a knit-along with the lovely Karen from Henrys Shed.

Finish-along update

Aak! Taking a photo of a shawl on your own is hard, especially if you have no useful place to lay it out nicely. Nevermind – just trust me on this one, it came out lovely and it’s a fantastic design. (It really is a shawlette though, not a snuggly sort of size. Keep that in mind if you knit it!)

I also finished my Orangework sampler:

Finish-along update
Finish-along update

– so now I’m almost caught up on my samplers!

And I’ve finally figured out a way to stitch those little flowers in my Eels lyrics embroidery:

Finish-along update

One strand of silk floss, chain stitched in a teeeeensy spiral. These flowers are only about 1/4″ across (shown here larger than actual size), which makes me ridiculously happy. But because I made them so small, I couldn’t find a way to stitch them all Mackintosh-style as they were in the vintage pattern I used, so I just went for a nice round flower instead.

I’ve started doing them in white with very, very pale blue stem stitched stems, but I’m not sure if that will make the whole thing too colorless. I was originally going to use pale pink for the flowers, but that seemed a bit typical. Now I wonder if typical would be actually be quite nice in this context, since the lyrics themselves are not. So I may end up pulling those few flowers out and re-doing them in another color, but that’s ok. Working out how to stitch them was the hard part!

5 Comments on Finish-along Update!

  1. Debbie Seton
    January 31, 2014 at 10:20 (4 years ago)

    Gorgeous work on the shawl and the Orangework sampler is lovely too :)

  2. DeborahGun
    January 31, 2014 at 12:43 (4 years ago)

    those little flowers are so cute, and your orangework sampler looks brilliant :-)

  3. Karen
    January 31, 2014 at 20:01 (4 years ago)

    Woohoo for the finishes! I love them all, but then I pretty much love everything you make! We will have to get our Henslowes together soon :) xx Oh, and plan our next knit-along! hehehe!! xx

  4. Hannapat
    February 1, 2014 at 10:16 (4 years ago)

    Loving the orange work sampler it’s stunning. I would love to know a little more about it. I am slowly getting to finishing my spring throw still a bit to go and almost finished my first quilt. Very satisfying xxx

  5. Rebecca
    February 1, 2014 at 18:40 (4 years ago)

    I’m embarrassed to admit I haven’t touched a single piece I mentioned in my finish-along post.

    Your shawl is gorgeous! And I love how the orange work sampler turned out, I really like the different shades of orange!
    The flowers are looking great too!


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