Pages

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Help...Your Opinion Needed - Guardian Angel - Lavender & Lace

I NEED YOUR OPINION!

I have been agonizing over my first cross stitch project... Guardian Angel from Lavender & Lace. I started this project on a piece of 32ct linen that was too small. When complete, I would only have 3 stitches of space left on the top. The questions is.. start over on a bigger piece or finish it.... Please give me your opinion...



 Happy Stitching!!!

Chris

13 comments:

Rachel said...

Oh, Chris!!! What a dilemma! I am not sure what I would do. sometimes you can sew on extra fabric, but I wouldn't know how to do that, but I have heard of people doing that. Hopefully you can fix it.

Or have you thought of leaving the gold border off her? When I stitched her, I left the border off. That would save you an inch or so by the looks of it.

cucki said...

oh no..i think just finish it..i think 3 inches of space is enough for framing..
please finish it:)

Chris McGuire said...

Cucki,

Not 3 inches... 3 stitches :-(

Chris

Danielle said...

I agree with Rachel. Either leave off the gold border or if you stitch it, you can add fabric on to it if you are going to get it framed. It would be awful to have to start that over! You've done so much already.

irishcream06 said...

I don't think I could unpick that amount of work... If you've definitely counted and it is 3 stitches, she'll fit. But what about framing her?

Also, how do you get those progress bars on your blog for your wips? They look as if they'd be quite motivating!!

Julie said...

It would be such a shame to have to restart,after all that you have done so far.What if you got a matt border that went 3 stitches all round the Angel,instead of just having all the fabric showing when framed,(hope that makes sense).It's a hard call,hope it works out,what ever you do.

Joysze said...

Oh Chris.... :( What a dilemma. I don't think I'd start over...

I like Rachel's suggestion... unless you love the border. In which case, you might be able to drop the border 1/2 and inch so it looks more like a halo around her. You'd probably have to adjust the flowers too.... but that will allow you some space to stitch muslin to the top of the fabbie.

Also, you might want to check out Gio's tutorial on joining 2 pieces of linen: http://gio162.wordpress.com/2010/03/12/how-i-join-linen/

Chris McGuire said...

irishcream06: Here's how I got the progress bars...
1) Go to http://www.critiquecircle.com/wordmeterbuilder.asp and follow the instructions
2) In design mode....Add a gadget
3) Choose HTML/Javascript
4) Enter a title
5) Copy and paste the code from step 1 into the content


Change the "current" and "goal" numbers to update your progress

Hope that helps
Chris

Minnie said...

I think you should leave off the gold frame which would give you some extra fabric for framing, it's beautiful and you have done some outstanding stitching on it.

Anonymous said...

only three stitches left? How about linen one or two shades darker to surround your crossstitch angel? It will be fiddly to make it just right, but if you would make a passe partout (sorry, do not know the English word) you could stitch the gold border onto that, cut out the middle, leaving enough linen to fold under a thin carton bordersurround and it would look like it was always meant to be that way, so from outside in you would have: the frame, the darker linen surround with the gold and then the lighter surround with the angel. You exchange the carton surround for the linen surround, leaving enough space (count the threads you will have to not embroider on the pattern and the put together linen) between the stitched head and the stitched border as if it was one piece of linen. Fiddly and you will have to make sure the 3 stitches worth of linen will not creep out of under the borderlinen, but it is worth considering.

XXXStitching (Emma) said...

oh no that's a nightmare Chris. Seems this angel just loves to be tricksy. I remember my mother stitching it she did a huge amount of the dress bottom on a peice too small to finish at all so had to restart and I don't think it ever got finished. This was when my mother then beat into my head start from the middle lol. I'd say finish it if you know there's room just and add a bit fabric some how for framing maybe so it's hidden behind a mount. Good luck

cucki said...

a big oops..yup..i am agree with all of them..leave the gold border :(
good luck dear..i hope you sort this out soon..
keep well.

Kate said...

I would say listen to the advice re. leaving off the border or adding fabric when framing - but if you are a perfectionist and you have the patience to start again....lol! I wouldn't but...