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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Pink + Poodles = Fabulous!

Hi friends! Do you remember last month I received an RAK from Kim? Well one of the gifts she sent me was the JBW pattern, French Country Poodle. I stitched it up using the pretty, pink variegated floss Donna sent me in February. I finished it into a "knob knocker"/ door knob hanger for Madeleine's bedroom.
I stitched this one over one on 25ct white evenweave. It is finished with the adorable, pink poodle fabric you see. Thank you Kim! This won't be the last time I stitch this poodle up. :)

My heart finishes aren't always what I want them to be. I find it so hard to keep a uniform shape. Do you have troubles with hearts? This is what hung from Madeleine's door for a few years.
I believe this was from a Cross Stitcher magazine. I substituted my own purple DMC colors to coordinate with her room. :)

I took a picture of Theotokos when I took it off the scroll bars three days ago. You can see I began the beading in the upper left corner.
I want to thank Vicki,Lee and Dani for their advice on beading. I have not heard back from Riolis. That is okay though. Had I looked at the needle they included for beading, I would have noticed it is impossible for one OR two strands of wool thread to fit through those beads. DUH! I did say that I have not done a big project with beads before. I did! So, I took myself to JoAnn right after Dani told me to use Nymo thread for beading. I am happy to say it is working very well. Slow, but very well.

Remember my Spring Poodles post? Wanna know something I think is very cool? Kissy of Kissy-Cross saw my post. She said she was inspired by concrete Mabel and Henry wearing their bows with her freebies on them! She decided to create another freebie because of it! She made two bunnies wearing poodle bows! tee hee! She says, "Okay, you can't see the poodles on their bows but I swear there are some ;-)" Yay! Use the link above to check out this new freebie. I printed it off. :)

I hope you have a super day in the Lord my friends. It is rainy here, so I will be beading today. Thanks for stopping by.  Oh yes, I forgot to mention if you are interested in a free chart I am giving away, see my previous post. :)

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

30 comments:

Mii Stitch said...

Congrats on you latest finish! Your little poodle heart ornament is perfect!

butterfly said...

Your stitching work is so beautiful Vickie I love every thing , have a wonderful day.

Annie said...

Perfect chart for you and I think your heart turned out great!

I had alerted Kissy to your use of her bunnies for your poodles and I had seen her latest freebie. I didn't realize the latest one was inspired by your creativity! Great work to both of you!

KimM said...

Your heart turned out ADORABLE!! I'm so glad you enjoy the pattern. xxxx

Lesley said...

I love JBW designs and your poodle heart is gorgeous.

Annette-California said...

Love your poodle heart and you did a great job on shaping her. Oh yes making a heart shaped pillow is a challenge. I have to draw the heart on the fabric and stitch by hand, then using peaking sheers trim all around the edges. Your did a great job Vickie on yours. Very cool that you inspired a design. I will take a look. love Annette

cucki said...

Aww such a cute finish...
I love everything so much..big hugs xxx

Jacquie Morris said...

Awe your poodle stitch is adorable :) And a heart shape! Not one I have tried yet! But yours look so good..
Your owls are very cute too :)
Smiles to you :)

Furry Bottoms said...

those owls were too cute!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

I enjoy seeing all your poodle things Vickie - what a cute heart design. I like the way you include your reading list as a sidebar.

Margaret said...

I love both knob hearts that you made -- the one before and the one now. Fantastic! Love Theotokis. Gorgeous! Wow! I've heard of Nymo thread. Cool beans!

Cindy's Stitching said...

So pretty. Gotta love the pink.

Lillie said...

The pink poodle is so pretty. Love the owl one too. I think you finished the heart shape beautifully. Don't be too hard on yourself.

Have a good weekend

Solstitches said...

Pretty little hearts! The poodle one is adorable and so very "you" just perfect:)
Hugs,
Margaret

Chris said...

Your poodle finish is so sweet. I haven't attempted a heart shaped finish. I think that yours look great.
So glad that the beading is going smoothly. What great advice from Dani!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Awww love the sweet little poodle. Ohhh the beading is gonna truly make this piece POP! It's already lovely as if, but the beading is really gonna add to it as well.

Wishing you a most lovely day and weekend, too sweet friend.

Beth said...

Perfect pink poodle!

Michelle said...

Oh your poodle ornament is the prettiest xx

Theresa said...

Love the pink poodle!!! So very cute!!!

~Narita said...

Oh gosh! I MUST get that poodle. Hmmm maybe I already have it... lol

I collect those, they are soooo neat.

I'm loving Theotokos, too. Wow.

Brigitte said...

Oh so sweet, your little pink poodle. You are right, pink and poodle goes well together.

♥ Nia said...

Round shapes are always tricky to sew :p but you did a great work!
And your fabric is so perfect for the finish :D looks fantastic! :D

Giovanna said...

What a lovely finish - and Theotokos is just spectacular!

Carol said...

I think your hearts look wonderful! I can handle round, oval, or square finishes, but have been to chicken to attempt a heart-shape... And your beading is looking so good, Vickie--what an amazing finish this will be :)

Lulu said...

Wow so many beautiful projects to ooh and ahh over! I love your poodle and owl heart decoration. Last December tried to make a heart shaped stuffed ornament and it was tricky but it was my very first attempt at a stuffed finish.

Andrea said...

Your latest creation is fab. I don't have any trouble with hearts ... I just don't attempt them. :)

Melanie said...

The heart finishes are adorable!
I've yet to do one myself that isn't a tiny bit wiggly with the machine stitching around the curves at the top. It just happens. My preferred method to do them is trace the heart out on the fabric using a fabric marker and then stitch on the marked line and it STILL isn't a perfect curve after I'm done. Can't say I don't try though. lol

Stitching Noni said...

I love your pink poodle heart! Such a sweet finish :)
I haven't attempted a heart styled finish yet... So I can't give you any advice on them... But yours looks pretty good to me! :)
Hugs x

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Love your poodle heart. I've never attempted a heart padded pillow before. I usually whip stitch mine so I'm no sure how that would work.

Anyway, it's great that you were the inspiration for the new freebie bunnies.

Jennifer said...

My aunt was a poodle lover (she had a much adored giant poodle named Gigi) and she had a few of those ceramic poodle statues with the "crinkly" poodle fur accents. That was a pleasant little flashback for me.

I sometimes have trouble with heartshaped finishes, but I do find that the slightly larger ones are easier to get straight. Teeny tiny hearts can be difficult to make smooth. And once I tried doing a butterfly shape. It was SUCH a disaster that I actually threw the piece away and restitched it, then finished it in a tiny wooden embroidery hoop instead.