Peter is finished

March 3, 2005

I finished my project, Peter, tonight. He went pretty quickly. I thought I would be able to finish him in a week but it took a little longer. The stitch I used on Peter was more time consuming that I anticipated, but worth the effort when I look at the final product.

As for the details:

  • If you look at the painted canvas, the background was plain brown with black dots. I’m sure it would have looked nice, but I had a different vision. I think of the painted canvas as a guideline or a suggestion. It’s important to let the creative juices flow and imagine other possibilities. I stitched the background in Weeks Dye Works Pearl #5. The color is mocha. The Pearl #5 cotton is thicker and covers well. I like the texture added by using the diagonal mosaic stitch.
  • The carrots were stitched in cotton floss. Using overdyed threads from The Gentle Art, the main body of the carrots was done in Bittersweet and Fragrant Cloves. Fragrant Cloves in from Simply Shaker, a collection within The Gentle Art. I used DMC #300 for the accents. I really enjoy working with the overdyed threads because of all the possibilities with the shading. As a result, each carrot looks distinct. It can be a challenge working with overdyeds because it should flow and not look splotchy. Sometimes I have a better outcome than others.
  • I also stitched the carrot leaves in an overdyed from The Gentle Art, Shutter Green. I think that the carrot leaves are getting lost in the background so I will make sure to keep that in mind when I have my project “finished”.
  • The heart was the first thing I stitched. I originally planned on using the traditional tent stitch but decided to do a Rhodes Heart. It pops off the canvas. I stitched it first because I knew if wouldn’t fit the painted area exactly and didn’t want to have to undo any of my background later.
  • Peter was the last thing I worked on. He’s done using 3 shades of Alpaca 18 from Rainbow Gallery. It’s a soft and furry fiber, 100% alpaca. He’s stitched using the Velvet stitch which created a furry effect. The stitch diagram shows the stitch as being very linear – lined up sideways and up and down – but I wanted things to look a little more random so I added in some stitches, turned stitches, generally just played around. It was a good stitch to use because he is distinct from the background. That could have been a problem. Peter took the longest to stitch and took a lot more thread than I thought, but I think he’s cute.
  • Peter’s eye is stitched in Very Velvet, also from Rainbow Gallery. I chose it because it’s very thick and I needed it to be seen. His eye is actually two “x”s stitched on top of one other so it would stand out from the fur.

Every project is a labor of love and some turn out better than others. I am also very critical and hard to satisfy (I’m speaking about needlework specifically). I think Peter turned out well, but I do have some concerns. One is the carrot leaves that I’ve already mentioned. The second is does he still look like a rabbit. Third and finally, I’m worried that the background dominates the piece. The project is done. It’s too late to do anything about three. As for two, I think he’s cute and I know what he is. Number one I have some control over. I am going to have this piece finished as a pillow. I think that if I have the piece framed in green fabric, it will bring out the carrot leaves. I’m seeing plaid for the back of the pillow, a plaid with brown and purple and green. It’s hard to have such a specific idea in mind as it can be hard to find the perfect fabric, but I’ll see what’s out there. Once I’ve found my fabric, I’m going to take Peter to The Stitching Post to be finished. They send it out and it takes about a month. Well worth the wait (and the price).


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