Saturday, February 19, 2011

Finished the Birth Announcement

Well, I finished my great niece's birth announcement...my first finish of 2011. It's actually been the only thing I've stitched on since I started on it which is not my "normal" system. But I really wanted to get it done.
I made a few changes to the pattern - most noticeably in the center part. I didn't like the "fill in the blank" style of the center, I wanted it to look a little more "formal". So I wrote out the date and stuff. The other thing I changed is the original pattern called for the baby's first and last name - I did first and middle, since the last name is down below with her parents' names. And...since she's a girl, I changed the coloring of the lettering to a dark pink rather than blue.
There are a few other less obvious (at least in the picture) changes - the pattern didn't call for stitching the white background on the wallpaper around the clock, the clock face, the stars (nor did it backstitch around the stars) and one part around Mother Goose's apron. But I thought it looked funny to have floating dots on the wallpaper, and also that it looked funny when the rest of the picture area was solidly stitched.
On Monday, it will go to the framer, so I can't wait. I'm thinking of a white frame - I don't know if it will need a mat - I think the blue and pink squares will kind of act like a mat. We'll see once I get there and we play with mats and moldings.....
Thanks for checking it out!



17 comments:

Shelley said...

It looks absolutely fabulous!! I love the way you wrote out the name and date and such.

A white frame with no matting would be beautiful.

Congrats on an awesome finish!!

angel parker said...

I like the changes and it is a beautiful birth sampler!

Nancy in IL said...

Wow, what a lot of time you put into this adorable piece! It's really outstanding!

Emily in NC said...

Very nice, congrats on your finish!!

Kate said...

Congratulations on your fantastic finish.
It will be a wonderful gift.

SoCal Debbie said...

This is really wonderful and will be treasured forever! It was a great idea to spell out the info instead of fill-in-the-blanks. Congratulations on a fantastic finish!

Anonymous said...

I have to say, your version is MUCH prettier and less "factory-ish."

Vicky L said...

The sampler is so beautiful! The changes are perfect. you did a great job! Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

You did a terrific job on this, it is beautiful.

Marl

silentsgirl said...

This turned out really nicely, and I love your amendments to it.

AFwife99 said...

Great job! What a lovely gift for the family.

Nancy M said...

I did the same thing with the childs name when I stitched it. I framed it with a white frame and no mat. You can see it here to see if you like it. http://ndmurdock.multiply.com/photos/album/8/Birth_samplers#photo=1. I think it's one of the cuter birth samplers out there! I'm sure they will LOVE it!

Cathy said...

Beautiful! I think I like your changes better than the original.

Carolyn NC said...

I have this pattern - I love the changes you made - much prettier! Congrats on the finish!

chrisstitches said...

it is adorable with all the nursery rhyme pics....love it...hope it is treasured,
chris, newbie, i-love group

Maureen said...

congrats on the finish - love the colour you have chosen for the writing, it really compliments the degisn

Katrien said...

fabulous finish!