Patchwork Town Sampler – FO

Huzzah, it is done! I can hardly believe it. I was seriously starting to see those blackwork patterns when I closed my eyes and in the lines of my tiles and books and furniture, like when you used to see Tetris blocks falling in your sleep after playing your new GameBoy for 37 hours straight.

There’s actually not too much to say about this project as an FO – there were a couple of late nights, one really, really late night, and getting it affixed to the canvas wasn’t nearly as difficult as I’d anticipated. I should mention that I owe pretty much a metric crap-ton of thanks to Kim from String-or-Nothing for her amazing free-to-download collection of blackwork fill patterns. I happened to come across this *exactly* when I needed it, and it was invaluable. I was really sleep deprived towards the end there, so I am honestly not sure if I used any of Kim’s fill patterns exactly as they are printed, but I definitely used the whole book over and over for inspiration. Using a little bit of one stitch, adjusting it to suit the project, adding a touch from another pattern.

So it’s done and I’m extraordinarily proud of it – honestly, when I had this idea months ago, I thought it was a good one, but it ended up looking a million times better than I expected it to. I’m so glad it’s done, but so so so glad I did it.

There’s loads more photos in my Patchwork Town Sampler Flickr set! And if you happen to be in Milton Keynes sometime in December, stop by the MK Gallery and check it out along with all the other 8″ squares my guild group has created!

20 Comments on Patchwork Town Sampler – FO

  1. Karen
    November 19, 2012 at 17:06 (5 years ago)

    Wow! It’s amazing Julie! Really lovely! Totally worth the late nights :) xxx

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    • julie
      November 19, 2012 at 21:38 (5 years ago)

      Thanks, Karen! I’m so behind on everything now – but looking forward to catching up blogs and not working on this at the pub anymore. :)

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  2. RMW
    November 19, 2012 at 17:11 (5 years ago)

    Lovely!

    Does this mean that GPS is obsolete in Milton now? (snicker)

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    • julie
      November 19, 2012 at 21:40 (5 years ago)

      Thank you!

      And apologies for not answering your previous comments (my fingers were a little busy!) but thank you for letting me know about the Sajou boxes. We’re looking for something with bobbins (I can’t get down with a messy skein, I can’t help it!) but those are so so beautiful. I would just order the entire Sajou shop if could!! :)

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      • RMW
        November 19, 2012 at 23:35 (5 years ago)

        No problem, I suspected that your fingers were busy. :-) I also hate messy skeins. My box, just the plastic and lided version, also has bobbins, just the regular plastic ones though.

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  3. deborah
    November 19, 2012 at 18:28 (5 years ago)

    truly beautiful, you should be very proud of such handsome work and I love the way you framed it.

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    • julie
      November 19, 2012 at 21:43 (5 years ago)

      Thanks so much, I can’t tell you how appreciated kind comments like yours are after such hard work on this project! Makes me feel like it was worth so much time and effort in the end! :)

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  4. Susan
    November 19, 2012 at 20:22 (5 years ago)

    Do you have the dates for the MK Gallery exhibition?

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  5. kbsalazar
    November 19, 2012 at 21:18 (5 years ago)

    Delighted to have been of help! I also get a special thrill of seeing what mischief the pattern children get up to, out there in the wide, wide world. I’m thrilled to see them cavorting around with you. An excellent finish on a great project! Good job! Happy stitching – K.

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    • julie
      November 19, 2012 at 21:52 (5 years ago)

      Oh, thank you! I did see on your site that you appreciate a pointer to projects that use your stitch collection, so I was planning to email you this evening! I can’t tell you how grateful – and relieved – I was when I found your book. I was running so low on ideas and had already depleted my own small collection of reproduction stitches, and needed help badly! Your book is awesome, and you’re awesome for making it available like you have. Thanks again! – Julie

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  6. Baamekniits
    November 20, 2012 at 12:55 (5 years ago)

    It is fabulous!! A beautiful price of stitching, well done! How did you attach it to the frame? And the corners, they are always tricky… Got any tips? I hope you take lots of photos of the exhibition :-)

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    • julie
      November 20, 2012 at 23:19 (5 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Jenni! Now I wish I’d taken photos of how I attached the embroidery to the canvas, but it seemed like the boring part at the time! It wasn’t half as painful as I’d expected – I was basically just getting it to wrap around an existing canvas. I used that double-sided photo tape, the stuff that won’t discolor or fade or anything else and is paper-thin, and first got it smooth and in place across the top. Then stuck down the top and bottom neatly. For the folded corners, I basically it just like wrapping a thick book in gift wrap – tucked under the excess corner fabric and then slip stitching along where the fabric met, and then just a touch around the back, to keep it nice and neat at the corners. You can see the stitching here:

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/100bean/8199355489/

      And then staple-gunned around the back to make sure it stays neat!

      I’ll definitely take photos at the exhibition!

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    • julie
      November 20, 2012 at 23:21 (5 years ago)

      Thanks so much for such a nice comment, Nicole – and so appreciated from an incredible stitcher like yourself!

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  7. Cherryandcinnamon
    November 21, 2012 at 10:54 (5 years ago)

    Its awesome Julie, looks amazing on a block canvas frame! I can image how glad you must be now it’s done. It’s funny though, now that I see it completed, you know it looks a lot like a ‘knitted’ piece some how? You’ve some how magically combined your two interests of knitting and stitching on this canvas!

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    • julie
      November 23, 2012 at 12:56 (5 years ago)

      Thank you, Bridgeen – what a lovely comment! :) Yes, I am relieved to have it done, but really excited that it worked out so well in the end! I hadn’t thought about it looking like knitting at all, but it is funny that you saw them both in there! Thanks again!

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  8. lilirious
    November 21, 2012 at 17:08 (5 years ago)

    I think I already mentioned it on the Flickr page, but this is seriously beautiful work! Great job!! :D

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    • julie
      November 23, 2012 at 12:53 (5 years ago)

      Thank you so much! And I’m so glad you stopped by because I got to find your blog as well – I’m sure you’ll see me there soon enough! :)

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  9. elephantjuice
    November 24, 2012 at 12:05 (5 years ago)

    Oh wow, that is stunning! I’m not surprised you’re so proud of it, it’s a beautiful work of art! Such an original idea, too :)

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