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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Mariann Wenn is a Wrap!

Dear friends,

      It has been a very quiet weekend 'round here.  I was off work on Friday and no thanks to a bit of ice and rain, it was a quiet day.  I stayed in and stitched for most of the day.  Pretty much did the same thing yesterday and today.  Oh, I came up from my hibernation now and again.  I'd like to say I came up to do a load of laundry, cook a meal or something else productive but mostly, I'd come upstairs for a fresh glass of iced tea and then head back downstairs.  I was on a mission.   I start a stitch-a-long with Yuko today and I am not a gal that likes to have several, BFM (Big For Me) projects going at once.  So, before putting stitch one on Isabella Johnstone, I was working furiously to finish Marianne.  I finished her late this morning.  Pics are clickable....

Ta-Da:

I am really pleased with how she turned out but she wasn't without her challenges.  First, I didn't think that the colors charted looked much like the picture I saw on the Needleprint Blog (you can order the chart via the link).  The colors are what I loved so I had to make some adjustments.  Then, as I was stitching it,  I thought something about it just wasn't looking right.  A glance back at the color pic and I realized that the baskets weren't charted the way they appeared to be stitched on the original sampler.
This is how they were charted:
Solid, filled in baskets that didn't look like baskets so.... more frogging and re-stitching to get it the way I thought it should have been charted in the first place (sorry for the blurry pic).  Looks way better now, don't you think?  Marianne is stitched on 32 count LL, Vintage Exemplar with a mix of CC, WDW and even an odd DMC thrown in here and there.  I ended up using more colors than the chart called for but I like the way it looks and can't wait to get her framed.

I got a wonderful package in the mail this week.  I won a giveaway on Patty's blog and look what she sent me; a beautifully stitched and finished pin cushion to add to my collection and two skeins of CC floss in great colors!   I love the thread color that Patty used on the pin cushion - it's so rich!  Thank you so much, Patty - I am just tickled to death!


Thank you so much for all your comments on my last post!  You're all, as I suspected, enabling romantics!  No wonder I love you all so much!  Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go catch up on my blog reading!

Have a wonderful week and thanks so much for stopping by.

Peace!

Terri

89 comments:

jayne@~an eye for threads~ said...

Oh my Mariann Wenn is wonderful. Very nicely done and the colours are great. I pictured you with your Ice tea girl and I sure hope you finished taking that picture and rolled up the sampler prior to making the trek up for the refill.
Oh, and I have my marker in place for Tuesday. lol nice pretty red too,,, I hope the Dr. has a sense of He He...
Be always in stitches

Rachel S said...

Pretty finish! Love the goodie you got in the mail.

Maggie said...

Lovely goodies in your mail box :-)
And your sampler looks wonderful, your needle must have been flying to get it finished so quickly :-)

Have a great week x

Jan said...

YAY!!!!!

She is SO very beautiful, Terri!! I was just thinking about you and her this afternoon, just somehow knowing that you had her done!! I am impressed, as always, but definitely NOT surprised!!!!

I can't wait to see how you frame her, so, so pretty!!!!

Lovely pincushion from Patti indeed!!

Can't wait to see your first stitches on your new sampler with Yuko, DO share with us, I am anxious to see how that fabric works for you!!

xoxo

Annie said...

Gorgeous stitching. Your attention to the details really paid off!

Margaret said...

Wow! She's spectacular!!! I do love how she came out. I'm going to have to remember about the baskets. Bummer -- I hate when charts aren't quite right. Congratulations -- can't wait to see her framed! Nice prize from Patty too!

sampler lover said...

Wow, Mariann Wenn looks lovely. I will also have to remember about the baskets. Wonderful goodies that you have won. The pin cushion is really lovely - Sandra.

krayolakris said...

She's a beauty! Your basket modifications were a great idea. Well done!

Robin said...

Congratulations on your Marianne finish! She is stunning! Also congratulations on your win of Patty's giveaway! Lovely pincushion!

Susan said...

Marianne Wenn is beautiful - I love the colors! Congratulations on your finish!

Your pincushion from Patty is lovely.

Deb said...

I can't believe how quickly you got through Marianne. Such great colors. Makes you want to smile when you see it. Whatever things you changed it all worked out well. I'll have to make note about those baskets because if I don't, I'll forget.

Very nice pincushion from Patti!! And you'll have to call me some Friday when you're off. I was going to go out for a day of "sightseeing" on Friday, but heard the forecast and went on Thursday instead. Friday definitely was a good day to stay in and you made great use of the time!! Marianne is wonderful!

KAREN said...

Oh I love what you did on the sampler. Glad you are well and stitching up a storm. I have been in Florida for a few days and saw Cari. We shared and stitched for an afternoon. FUN--Can't wait to see your next project.

Cari said...

Holy smokin' needles Ms. Terri !! Love your finish on Ms. Wenn. She is BEAUTIFUL. You did very well my dear on your color and charting changes!! Beautiful.... HUGS

donnatl2004 said...

Wow Mariann looks fabulous thanks for the heads up on the basket and stitched so fast..can't wait to see her framed...Donna

Yuko said...

Oh Terri, congratulations on finishing Mariann Wenn!
Sorry if I made you rush as we do SAL for Isabella...
Mariann is fabulous!
I'm going to start Isabella from now!! Yahoooo!
It's such a lovely design, I'm going to put our schedule on my blog not to forget about it!

Take care and do not over work!

Yuko xxx

Measi said...

What a lovely finish - congrats! I found your blog via a fellow stitchy blogger... just wanted to pop by because I love seeing what everyone's stitching. :)

Julie M said...

Mariann is beautiful Terri!

Very nice pin cushion, I too love the color.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Congrats on your Mariann Wenn finish. She looks fabulous. Lovely gift from Patty too.

Faye said...

What an absolute feast for the eyes!! Mariann is stunning beyond words Terri~~~ You stitched it up REALLY fast!!! Now, I cannot wait to see Isabella..... You are truly amazing!!

Lisa V said...

Beautiful finish, love the change you made to the baskets too.
LISA V

Diana said...

Your Marianne Wren is beautiful! Can't believe you finished it already!

Beth said...

I think Marianne was a "Big for Anyone" stitch - congrats - she looks wonderful!

Pumpkin said...

Stunning finish Terri! I think you did the right thing with the baskets and the colors :o) I can't believe how quickly you stitched this one up.

You were another lucky lady to receive one of Patty's pin cushions! Aren't they incredible?

Glenna said...

Love the colors you decided on, and I totally agree about the baskets, although I would not have re-stitched them!

Pointed Stitcher said...

Your sampler is sooooo pretty. Nice gift you received from Patty too.

staci said...

WOW! What a stunning finish! The colors are gorgeous too...congrats Terri!!!

BeckySC said...

WOW! It's stunning! I just love it-you did a wonderful job on it, Terri!!
Congratulations :)

Andrea said...

Mariann Wenn is absolutely gorgeous Terri! I love it! Just totally gorgeous!
xox

Theresa said...

Wow!!!!! Mariann Wenn is fabulous!!!! What an eye catcher~~

valerie said...

Congrats on your finish! Mariann is gorgeous and boy, you finished her fast! Congrats on winning Patty's giveaway. Love the pincushion...that rust color is beautiful!

Carol said...

Congratulations on a lovely piece! I can't believe how quickly you finished Mariann Wenn, Terri. It looks wonderful and I love the changes you made to the baskets--much better than charted!

What a beautiful giveaway win from Patty, too. Hope you have a wonderful week :)

Melissa said...

Congratulations, Terri! Marianne is beautiful. You did a wonderful job with your conversion. Now I will have to figure out how I will stitch mine!

Lovely goodies you received too!

Sylvia said...

Your Mariann Wenn is absolutely beautiful. I just love the colors you picked. Its good to know about the baskets.

Congrats on winning the giveaway.

Solstitches said...

Wow! Mariann Wenn is magnificent.
Congratulations on such a beautiful finish and for winning the lovely giveaway too.
Margaret

Just Me and My Shadow said...

Beautiful finish Terri. Congratulations and what a pretty pincushion you won in the giveaway.
Chrissie

marylin said...

Terri oh how wonderful your embroidery is so beautiful! you have plenty of talent ....
kisses

Brigitte said...

Ohhhhhh, a gorgeous finish! I love those colours very much and I'm sure it was a fun stitch. Congratulations!

Cath said...

Your finish is stunning , and the baskets do look better now . Congrats . Can't wait to see it framed. X

Lili said...

your finish is gorgeous! very pretty pin cushion.

Giovanna said...

What a gorgeous finish - congratulations!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Beautifully done! Nice win, too.

Alice said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I love the way you fixed the baskets.

Siobhan said...

WOW!! You just whipped through that! I am so impressed with your gorgeous finish. It really is wonderful. I love the threads that you used. Great job!

Cathy Lloyd said...

OH.MY.GOSH. Stunning sampler Terri! I love everything you did for Mariann! Beautiful! Congrats on a really fabulous finish!

Sherry said...

Congratulations on winning the pillow. Marianne is just stunning! You have really been busy with her! You did a lovely job!

anniebeez said...

Wow! I can't believe you are done with Marianne Wenn! I feel like I blinked and you are done! It is truly stunning and I love the changes you made.Really great work-wow!

Hazel said...

I think it loos beautiful and your adjustments are perfect. Well done. xx

Littlebit said...

Oh, Terri, your Mariann is stunning! Congrats on your beautiful finish! That ice had a little advantage, huh? LOL!

Bertie said...

You should be pleased Terri, MW is fabulous!!

Congratulations on your win too!

1vanberg said...

Ohh emm gee.......Love Marianne. I received my chart last week. Any chance of your sharing your colors? I'm just not good at changing colors!! And the basket change is brilliant. Did you do a different stitch or just add a second cross stitch color to it? Thanks for sharing your knowledge!! I'm a work in progress even though I've done embroidery since a little girl. ----Bonnie

pamina said...

Wonderful finish ! Congratulations !

Natalia said...

Terri, I love the changes you made to Mariann, specially the baskets !!! I can't wait to see it all framed :-)

LiahonaGirl said...

Your Mariann Wenn turned out great. Your color and design "tweaks" make her even better. And how nice to have had a great weekend of stitching.

cuori e perline said...

Thank you Terri for your visit on my blog!
Hi from Italy
Annamaria

Katrina said...

Mariann Wenn is gorgeous, did you sleep :-). I do like the baskets better too.

BTW, love the BFM, big for me, projects, cute!

lynda said...

This is beautiful Terri! I love the colors you chose.Enjoy your new SAL!

BrendaS said...

Beautiful finish! You sure stitched that one up quickly:)))

Nice gifts you received too.

Have a good week

Karen said...

So pretty! Kudos on a great finish... can't wait to see your SAL.

Happy stitching...

KsMaryLou said...

Holey Moley! I can't believe you finished Marianne so quickly. Are you sure you came up for air once in awhile? I love how your sampler turned out, congratulations on a great finish. Thanks for the info about the baskets, I'll be sure to make a note on my chart.

Michele B. said...

Wow, it's just spectacular! You have such a good eye for color and you were so right about the baskets. I would have been holding my breath the whole time I stitched the border, hoping against hope it would match up. You deserve a huge glass of iced tea for finishing this! I can't wait to see it framed.

Nancy said...

Oh what a beautiful sampler! The colors are just wonderful.

Congratulations on your win too!

Dovilė said...

realy wonderful!

Holly Hills Primitives said...

Your work is so beautiful! Don't know how you find the time. Our spring open house will be March 26 and we will be filled with new goodies by then. Hope you and Julie can stop by! Dawn

Edgar said...

MW is just gorgeous - congrats!!!!

Susan said...

Congrats on the finish!
Have fun on the SAL.

Happy Stitching!

Lois said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous finish! I love the colours. What a nice package of goodies from Patti.

Blu said...

Gorgeous finish! What a clever idea changing the baskets. Yours definitely look more basket-like.

Jane said...

What a wonderful, BIG finish! Love the pics too:) Enjoy your SAL with Yuko ~ have fun!

Nicole said...

Wow!! I can't believe how fast you stitched Marianne! It turned out beautiful. Congrats on the wonderful finish Terri! :)

Isabel said...

What a beautiful sampler! I am charmed with the changes that you have done in the baskets and your choice of threads colours... Congratulations for the gifts, the pincushion is lovely.

Mylene said...

A gorgeous finish, Congrats. And such a lovely pincushion from patti.

Michelle said...

Wow - you stitched that fast!!! She is beautiful, I love the changes you made, especially to the baskets - much better. What a sweet pincushion too. Can't wait to see how you're faring with Isabella!

Loraine said...

Oh my goodness! You just blow me away. It was just the other day that you ordered that sampler, and now it's done and ready to hang...I'm so in awe! Great job to you. It is going to be perfect in your lovely home.
Hope all is going well. Miss you, and think you often!
Hugs dear friend.

Carolyn said...

STUNNING!! Marianne is just breathtaking! What a beautiful heirloom. I like your changes, too. :) I can't wait to see her all framed up. Thank you for sharing your lovely talent with us. HUGS

Marsha said...

Very nice finish and you are right your baskets are sooo much nicer - more baskety.

Rhona said...

What a fabulous finish! Great job!

Suzanne said...

What a beautiful finish on Mariann. I really love the colour changes you made and the change to the basket, it looks much better.

Great parcel you received!

Prims By The Water said...

Hi Terri. Your latest masterpiece is just fabulous! Bob and I started a blog now to feature the store. Cannot wait for you to come visit us again. Your little sewing machine looks so cute! Visit us at prims by the water when you get a chance. Keep up the great work. Until next time. Your friends at Back Porch Antiques.

Lennu said...

Congratulations, Terri! She is absolutely gorgeous! Wonderful colours.

Tanya said...

Mariann Wenn is gorgeous. Congratulations on getting it finished so quickly.

Karoline said...

Mariann is gorgeous, congratulations

Dona said...

Beautiful finish, Terri! I like the changes you made and the colors are pretty. I have this to stitch someday as well. I like how the baskets turned out!

CATHERINE said...

Coucou !
Merci pour tes messages !
For lavender, it needs a special "terroir" very acid ! In america, its not easy !
Have a good day !
Kisses
Catherine

Patty C. said...

Awesome Finish !!!!!
I'm glad you enjoy your pin cushion :)

Pam said...

That is a beautiful finish!! I love the colors.

Deborah~ said...

Hey, Terry! Long time... I love your finish on Mariann Wenn! So beautiful. Also, love your blog look in the pinks. I'm trying to get around to visiting my stitching friends more. I've been so busy with writing book reviews as I'm now hooked up with several publishing houses and loving it..but it keeps me busy reading.
Please stop by and visit me sometime. I have a Giveaway going on!! You little Giveaway winner!!! LOL
I loved the entry you had on those vintage clothes. Beautiful dress with the pink sashing! Oh, how we wish we had the opportunity to look like Jane Austen... surely Mr. Darcy would choose us for a dance...
Sending love and hugs,
Deb

Mercedes said...

Oh, My God!! this is stunning !! I love it!! What a wonderfl work you did .

Rita said...

Gorgeous!!! Now that I've seen yours, I want to stitch it.

Linda said...

Mariann is exquisite. I had no delusions I'd get it done quickly. Your fingers must really move! I'll show you mine in hmmm.....a few months!
Linda