I am finished with my SAL with Sally ... Lone Elm Lane's Snow Angel!!!
This project has been both a blessing & a curse for me. I purchased the fabric as recommended by the designer, then pulled the suggested hand dyed threads. However, some of the threads just did not look good against the fabric ... certainly nothing like they looked in the model photo. I then pulled the DMC equivalents but some of them didn't look good either : ( I ended up using a mixture of hand dyed & DMC. I did not catch on to the fact that the tan color suggested for the angel border was showing up terribly light. By the time I did see this, I had already stitched a large portion of the border which made frogging all those stitches from the 36-count fabric too much of a feat to even contemplate. I continued, feeling "stuck" but hoping that by some miracle the project would all turn out all right in the end.
The tree was a real exercise in frustration as it was way too nit-picky for me. I don't like a lot of color changes grouped together. Still, I plodded on. At one point both Sally & I dreaded Thursday (our SAL day) as we were both so frustrated with how our projects were coming along. We had no idea that we were each fantasizing about throwing in the towel & moving on to something else. We took deep breaths, however, & continued stitching.
Here is how Snow Angel is supposed to look per the designer's model photo ...
I decided to forego the date on the roof. I also decided to get rid of the dog. I have enough with the locals here in The Devil's Playground letting their dogs run loose to chew stuff up & dig holes & poop all over my yard. I didn't need that big black dog in the design chewing stuff up & digging holes & pooping all over my fantasy yard. Therefore, I substituted a bunny.
Here is my adaptation of Snow Angel ...
The bunny I chose to stitch is taken from a freebie design, Joyeux Noel 2013, by Maryse Dupont - Les Grilles de Maryse.
Any comments about my frustration with this design are solely based on my frustration with myself to create finishes that look exactly like model photos & my dislike of stitching many color changes grouped together. I am not by any means finding fault with how the Lone Elm Lane designer chose her fabric, thread colors, or how she executed her design.
When Sally finishes stitching Snow Angel, our next project will be Little House Needleworks' Warm Winter Woolens ...
Winter, woolens, a sheep ... I can't wait : )