Throwback Thursday Project: Esther's Queen

Today's Throwback Thursday project features products from our Winter Queen (November/December 2015) box, and is also our first project from our Project Model Stitcher Program. Thanks to Esther for sharing her project with us!

Project Details:

Chart: Part of the Heaven & Nature Sing chart by Primitive Hare. (Be sure to check out Isabella's work, if you haven't already - I just love her style, and was lucky enough to meet her in person at the recent Nashville Needlework Market!)

Threads: Esther used all of the threads from our Winter Queen box for this project, as well as some additional threads from her stash:

  • Crown, belt & snowflake: combo of the Sullivans cotton and silver metallic thread in Winter Queen
  • Wings & Snow: DMC B5200
  • Dress: Winter Queen (one of our Gentle Arts exclusive colorways)
  • Blue leaves: Valdani Silken Purple silk perle 
  • Green leaves: Holly & Ivy cotton floss from Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe
  • Hair: DMC 310
  • Skin: DMC 543
  • Red Headpieces: DMC 3777

Fabric: 14 count Stormy Grey Aida from Garibaldi's Needleworks 

Project Notes:

Esther tells us she purchased this chart specifically to stitch with this winter palette. "I love this design so much that I will work with it again but in a higher count linen, with the dress in the suggested color, which is a blue-gray. That way I can use the beads for the dress. I didn't use them here because the GA thread is so stunning that I thought it would be overkill."

Thanks so much for sharing your project with us, Esther! I love your color choices, and the little pom-poms in your finishing :)

Would you like to see a project you've stitched featured here on our blog, and receive a free StitchyBox shipment to boot? Check out our Project Model Stitchers Program for more details - I can't wait to see your work!

Throwback Thursday Project: Merrie Halloween

Throwback Thursday Project is a new series here on the blog - while our usual Wednesday project ideas focus on using products from our most recent StitchyBox shipment, every few weeks we will be posting a TBT project that uses products from our previous boxes to encourage you to dig through your stash and find some new-old treasures.

Merrie Halloween - original chart cover, copyright Pineberry Lane 2015

Merrie Halloween - original chart cover, copyright Pineberry Lane 2015

Project Materials:

Chart: Merrie Halloween by Pineberry Lane (available from your favorite needlework shop or from their website)

Fabric: 40 count Gingerbread linen from Handdyed by Stephanie (available from your favorite needlework shop or Stephanie's website

Thread (all available from your favorite needlework shop:

  • Weeks Dye Works - Eggplant
  • Weeks Dye Works - Whiskey
  • Thread Gatherer Silk n Colors - Gingersnap
  • Krenik Silk Bella - 4206
  • DMC 6-strand cotton - 3371

Project Notes:

Merrie Halloween seemed like the perfect project for our first Throwback Thursday Project post - not only does it feature fabric and threads from our Sept/Oct 2015 box, but I also started stitching it before Halloween, let it become a UFO, and only pulled it out of my WIP pile to finish about a week ago!

If you have this chart in your stash, the first thing you'll probably notice is that the design is charted for all one thread color - I decided to fancy it up a bit and include all five of the threads from our Falling Leaves box. Monochromatic spot samplers like this one are an excellent starting place if you'd like to try your hand at changing out colorways in a stitched piece. For this project, I knew I wanted to keep most of the  project on the darker side, so I selected the Eggplant as my main colorway. I didn't really plan out where I was going to add the additional colors (other than obvious things like the Gingersnap pumpkin and the Silk Bella vines), but instead stitched a good chunk of the border and the words in my primary colorway (Eggplant), and then started adding in the others. 

You might also notice my stitched piece has a few changes, when compared to the original. I added a little zig zag to the vase so I could include a bit more of the Whiskey, which seemed a bit lonely being used only for the moon, and I also only did the little border dots on every other space, rather than every space as in the chart. This was simply because I really don't enjoy doing those single dot stitches! I might go back and add the rest later, along with the flowers at the end of the vines I simply forgot to stitch and just noticed while writing this post! Never let it be said I show you only our perfect projects :)

I'm not sure how I'll finish this one, but I'm leaning toward some sort of little banner - I used a Fat 8th to stitch this up, and it left me with a good deal of fabric at the bottom of the design, so I could even do some sort of fancy pointed bottom with a tassel! What do you think? Leave me a comment below, then get back to stitching!