Hooray! I finished the Lemon WIP!
How cute are these lemons?! I can't stop looking at them. They're just so stinkin' CUTE!
|May: Lemon pattern by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery|
And how pretty is this fabric? I wish I knew more about it, but I inherited it without tags, so I have no idea what it is. I think it's hand dyed, and I think it's 32-count. Maybe. I suppose I could have used my cross stitch gauge to figure out the exact count, but that would have meant trying to locate the tool, and since I haven't actually used it, I'm not sure where I put it after I bought it years ago. ;) What I do know for sure, though, is that it's very sparkly (unfortunately, the sparkles barely show up in the pic) and very pretty. It looks like a sparkly sky. ☺
I tweaked the pattern ever so slightly when it came to the backstitching. For starters, I wasn't supposed to backstitch the eyes on the lemon slice, the pattern didn't call for it. Also, I used one strand of white thread instead of the suggested two for the lemon slice. I tried it with two, but I had issues with my thread being too twisted. I usually don't have problems with twisted thread, but I think because I was making such looooong stitches, my thread was being naughty. I wonder if something like Thread Heaven would have helped. (I've never used it.)
I was kind of sad when I finished this project. I LOVED stitching this, and I've missed working on it. Does anyone else experience that? It's similar to when I finish a really good book; I am glad that I've finished the story, but sad that the story has come to an end. There's a feeling of emptiness. It's a mild feeling, but it's there nonetheless.
But! I have plans for my next project, and it's a cutie. I am on a citrus kick right now, so next up is February: Grapefruit, another pattern from The Pumpkins. Eep! ♥