Feb 16, 2017

Pears winner

Oh my.  I can't tell you how it pained me to not be able to have a box for all of your friends and relatives experiencing difficult times.  I'm keeping the entries, just in case.  Seriously.  Through comments and also quite a few emails, I was asked to consider Patti and her mom (recently lost father and husband).  She must be a special person to have so many stitchers wanting this for her.  Patti's blog Winding Vine Wanderings is a delight and her faith is strong.  That faith worked for her (and her fans) because believe it or not, the number next to her name came up as the winner on Random.  So I hope this lovely lady and her mom enjoy their retreat and their boxes.  I want to thank everyone for the emails asking me to not stop the boxes, for entering this giveaway, and for all the kind comments.

On to stitching.
My first blanket stitch edge.  I watched several online videos for instructions on starting and ending this stitch, but none of them talked about threads.  I didn't know if floss, perle, wool, or what would be appropriate.  I went with DMC 3 strands.

The applique I see on sites is usually done with a contrasting thread, but with the dark brown backing and linen I wasn't sure if I would like that option.  How could I tell?  I didn't want to pull the thick threads out of the high count linen and leave a little hole so I had to know before I started.  Enter...Paint program!
It didn't look bad at all with the lighter thread, but I chose the dark green from the border because it outlined the pouch better.   Either would have worked and as usual, I'm questioning my decision.  Nah, it's good.  Good enough.  Good to go.  Good as gold.  As good as it could.
 
Snow snow snow here.  But this weekend and next week's beginning will be 50's, even 60!    Mark's finger will be well enough to golf and isn't causing him too much pain.
 
Enjoy your weekend!.
 
Thanks for visiting.
 
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12 comments:

Rugs and Pugs said...

Congrats to Patti. I've met her and she is so sweet.
I do like the dark green. It will be another wonderful finish!
Hugs :)
Lauren

Robin in Virginia said...

Congratulations to the winner. Way to go on your blanket stitch edge. I really like the dark green you selected; it doesn't detract from your stitching.

debbie haggard said...

Congratulations to Patti (and her mom!)
Definitely the dark for the blanket stitched edge. The lighter all around would have bee a major distraction from the inner body of stitching. No rules on thread choice-whatever is pleasing to you is the right choice!

Mary A said...

So glad Patti won! So deserving! I have read her blog for years and she is another link to my daughter who also lives in Chicago. The dark green is a winner. I will happily trade you our rain (the wettest year on record) for your snow...

TheCrankyCrow said...

Awww...how sweet that Patti won.... I didn't realize she had suffered those losses recently (yes, that's how awful of a blogger I am....)...but am so glad for her. Ha!! I can finally intelligently participate in one of your stitching-related posts!! Blanket stitching!! I usually use perle cotton....size 8 or 12....but, truth be told (and since, in Nod at least, one cannot ever find the exact color of perle cotton one is searching for), floss does just as nicely. Lazy me, however, uses only 2 strand (so much easier for the starts ya know....) And I do say your stitching is wonderful... Mine, by contrast always manages to get wonky somewhere along the line LOL. Thanks for the wonderfully generous giveaway opportunity. It was fun!! Stitch on!! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Barb said...

Congratulations to the winner! I'm glad it went to her. I am so impressed with your blanket stitches. I tried them once and they looked like very crooked teeth-just horrid.

blueladie said...

Congratulations to Patti and her mom. Well deserved winners. :) Cathryn

Three Sheep Studio said...

Love your blanket stitch and the color is perfect. Nicely done ! Congratulations to Patti.
Rose

StitchinByTheLake said...

How wonderful for Patti and her mom....sometimes you gotta love Random Number Generator! The green would have been my choice too. I do a lot of wool appliqué and almost always use Valdani for a blanket stitch like that, but primarily because I have it. I think DMC would work just as well, either 3 strands like you did or a size 12 Perl. Blessings, Marlene

Winnie Nielsen said...

Isn't it wonderful when a winner ends up being just the perfect person who really needs a perk? Congratulations to Patti!

Your sampler looks beautiful. I love the colors and how you finished the edge.

Patti said...

Marly,
I simply can't thank you enough!! Not only for the wonderful pear boxes that Mom and I will both treasure, but also for the kind words in your post and from others!!! They truly warm my heart! I had no idea! Thank you ever so much! I'll be posting when the boxes arrive. Now I am off to tell Mom the good news :)
Blessings to all. Patti

Patti said...

Oops! I hit send too soon! I love the idea of the blanket stitching on your sampler. It will look awesome and I love how you tried it out first. You are so tech savvy!!! The color is perfect. I might have to try that sometime...
Blessings, Patti

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