Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Clara - Finished!


I popped over to Art of Fabric in Pickering last weekend to look for the thread I needed to finish Clara's ears.  It wasn't in my stash, but judging from the other colours I did have, I thought it was probably DMC 841 that I needed.  Wrong!  It was a good thing I brought everything along with me to the store.  It turned out to be DMC 3864.

The new thread looked ever so slightly darker.  I used one old thread and one new thread together in the needle to blend out the transition, and I don't think you can see it at all on the finished piece.

I gave you a bit of a close up in the photo above so you can see the Algerian eyelets in the waistband, and the great shading you get from the Sampler Threads in the blouse.  The light blue squares are Morning Glory, the green ones are Evergreen, the purple is Hyacinth, and the pink is Victorian Pink.  The dark indigo of the apron is Midnight, and the lighter indigo of the skirt is Blue Jay.  The inside of the ears and the hearts on the apron are Cameo Pink.

Because I decided not to use any of the charms in the kit, I added another heart to the band on the apron (see below), and just used French knots for the buttons on both Clara and Henry.

Once they were both done, I saw that Henry was actually a little taller than Clara:


The plan is to set them both into pillow covers.  Given the great faded indigo look of the Sampler Threads, I think I will sacrifice some old jeans and make the covers out of denim.  I am glad the flood uncovered them. Clara was a fun and easy project, and I think they make a nice couple!

14 comments:

  1. They are darling! That's what is nice about cleaning out the sewing room, you find things that have been forgotten so that it's just like going shopping.

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    1. Thanks Cynthia! Have you been finding stuff too?

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  2. they are just so cute and i am glad you have been able to match up the thread

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    1. Thanks Katherine! I guess that's the advantage of sticking with something as universal as DMC.

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  3. Clara and Henry make a very cute couple. I love the "denimy" colours in the threads that you chose. They will look fab set into some old jeans.

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    1. Thank you! The only catch is that I don't think I can give them away any more! We'll see...

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  4. They look very compatible! The colours are inspired and will look great on denim. I think it's acceptable to give away recycled denim - it's such a good look and feel.

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    1. Thank you Jillian. I actually meant that I don't *want* to give them away any more! LOL.

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  5. They are so great. Beautiful.
    Liebe Grüße Grit

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  6. Very cute!! I like her little jumper. It caught my eye :D

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    1. Thanks, Metanoia! It has a "quilty" look to it, doesn't it?

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  7. Sono deliziosi questi coniglietti, così teneri... mi piacciono proprio tanto
    Baci
    Emi

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