Sunday, 6 April 2014

Sheep in the meadow - Country Cottage Needleworks


First, place a little house in a field,



then add colourful daisies dancing in the wind,



and finally place a flock of sheep running around in the field,
there you have it, a very pretty Spring design!


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Sheep in the Meadow from CCN


 Stitched on 28 count Zweigart Brittney evenweave
The fabric was originally white

I ventured again into something new and dyed it with tea
(Tetley Earl Grey & Vanilla, please!)
I was really pleased with my first attempt and
think it is perfect for this design

I used all DMC equivalent colours listed on the instructions
Stitched 2 over 2
  

 Finished as a cushion

- Of course, I wouldn't want to neglect the ECM!! -
ECM = European Cushion Mountain

using a perfect matching fabric from Rico Designs
and white lace


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Happy Stitching!
Mii

130 comments:

  1. Hello Mii

    A lovely finish, very pretty and perfectly finished too.
    Have a good week.

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    1. Thank you Sally!!!
      Green grass drove me mad but overall I'm really happy with this finish :)
      Everything is matching!

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  2. OH MY!! This is wonderful, I love sheep and your stitching and finish is marvelous. I love how you have made it into that really cute adorable pillow.
    Love, love, love it!
    Such a happy design too :)

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    1. Thank you sweetie, so glad you approve!
      Lacy trim was a last minute decision, I'm glad I went for it :)

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  3. Lovely finish Mii.Your fabric is a perfect match for your house and flowers

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    1. Thank you Lesley!
      When I saw the fat quarter in the shop, I knew exactly it would be perfect for it :)

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  4. Your cushion looks great.

    Greetings, Manuela

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    1. Thank you Manuela!
      Have a lovely day!

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  5. Oh my goodness! This is so pretty! Well done.

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    1. Thank you Kim!
      I'm really pleased with this one :)
      It's now in display!

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  6. This stitching is so lovely.

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  7. Looooove this chart, you did a great job finishing it as a cushion.

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    1. Thank you sweetie!!
      The green grass wasn't fun to stitch... it was never ending!!!

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  8. Another adorable finish Mii. You are a stitching and finishing machine this year. Congrats.

    Linda

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  9. Beautiful Mii such lovely colours and finish hugs,

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    1. Thank you June!
      Have a lovely day
      Hugs

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  10. Dear Mii
    Absolutely gorgeous and perfect for this time of year. Congratulations!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Thank you Ellie!
      Have a stitch-tastic day :)

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  11. Wonderfully done! I love it. I love the colors and everything about it.

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    1. Thank you so much Michele, you're really kind!

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  12. Such a pretty design, and such gorgeous finishing too. xx

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  13. Beautiful job stitching and finishing! It looks lovely :D

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    1. Thank you Sarah!!
      This is the one I told you about the green grass.... never ending!!! A bit like your umbrella :D

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  14. It is absolutly beautiful work!!! :)

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  15. So cute!
    Great idea you had to dye the fabric... well I'm going to have a cup of tea!
    R

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  16. Lovely design. You've stitched and finished it beautifully and found the perfect fabric too.
    I had to laugh at the ECM :)
    Margaret

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    1. Thanks Margaret!!!
      ECM is a little joke I have with Valma... we do love our cushions :D

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  17. So sweet..so beautiful ...
    Big hugs x

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  18. Lovely design and gorgeous stitches! :)

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    1. Thank you Vickie!
      Have a stitch-tastic day :)

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  20. What a wonderful spring cushion!!!
    I like it very much and indeed,...I think I have the pattern!
    ;-)))
    Weekend greetings,Ulla

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    1. Better start working on yours!!!
      It's the right season for it :)

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  21. Your stitches are so perfect, Ingrid--what a beautiful pillow you've created!

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    1. Thanks Carol!
      I am really pleased with this one... I can't find any faults :D

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  22. Absolutely beautiful. As ever, I love your finishing.

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    1. Thank you so much Justine!
      I always make cushions though...

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  23. What a beautiful finish! Do you railroad your stitches? Your stitching is so perfect.

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    1. No I don't do anything... I just stitch!!! :)
      Thank you, I learn something today, never heard of railroad stitches.

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  24. gorgeous!! Nice stitching , what is your next project? sunny greetings from Rio, Alice

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    1. Thanks Alice!
      No idea what's next... maybe an update on a wip??

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  25. What a beautiful design and I love they way you have finished it...the fabric colour is perfect!

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    1. Thanks Rhona!
      The fabric jumped at me in my LNS!!! I knew it would be a perfect match :)

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  26. beautiful .... I have the pattern between the thing to do ..... I really have to make it happen .... glo

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    1. Yes you do!!
      It's a lovely chart & a fun stitch... except for all the grass :P

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  27. Such a darling little cushion! Nice work. :)

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  28. Ohhh it looks so pretty :) fantastic work with your fabric! I need to try that sometime :p can you share how you did it? =)))

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    1. Do you mean the tea dye???
      Easy! Make tea, leave your fabric to soad. Remove it when you are happy with the colour shade. I then placed mine in cold water with a bit of white vinegar, to set the colour..... Then I gently handwashed it to remove the vinegary smell :P

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    1. Thanks!
      I love this finish too. really pleased with it :)

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  30. ooooh I love your pillow you made. So pretty and I love the design you stitched - GREAT JOB!!
    love Annette

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    1. Thank you Annette!
      So glad you like it too :)

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  31. Very pretty finish, its so gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you Julie!!!
      And it looks lovely in my sitting room too :P

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  32. Absolutely beautiful. This looks fantastic. I love the fabric you used to finish this cushion off.

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    1. Thank you!
      The fabric was a lucky find at my LNS but it matches it perfectly :)

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  33. Again a beautiful new finish!! You are so productive stitcher and you have a good taste when choosing finishing materials. It's always delight to visit on your blog and see your lovely works.

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    1. Thank you sweetie, now you're making me blush!!! :D

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  34. Looks beautiful as always! You always have such creative finishes

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    1. Thank you very much!
      I feel I'm always making cushions!! :)

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  35. Wow that's fabulous and I love the way you presented it in this post. It was a great little story from creation to finish. Good job!
    Alicia xo

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    1. Thank you so much Alicia!
      Really pleased you like it ;)

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  36. Super! It's just gorgeous and so sweeeeeettttt!!
    hugs
    gloria

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  37. Wow that pillow is sooooooooo cute. I assume you've got it properly displayed on the living room couch. ;-)

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    1. LOL! Of course!!! :D
      Thank you sweetie!

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  38. Que bonito este diseño de CCN!!!! Un cojín precioso, con esas telas. Fantástica idea la del teñir con té, así destaca más la labor. Yo también lo he probado. Feliz semana Mii.

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    1. Thank you so much sweetie!
      Have a lovely day!!

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  39. That pillow is gorgeous and look how neat your stitching is! So jealous :)

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    1. :D Thank you but really don't be!
      Your stitching is neat too!!
      Have a great day, Hugs xx

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  40. These sheep are so lovely!

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  41. FANTASTIC !! superb :)
    I love !!!
    This is so beautiful .... I really can't wait to start it ....!!!
    wow, really pretty.
    unfortunately I'll neglect the ECM with that chart as we forecast to frame it once finished :D
    hehehe
    but ECM hasn't to be afraid...I'll stay around with other pieces :D
    you've done a wonderful job on this pillow, really :)
    xxxxx

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    1. Haha!! We will have to find another abbreviation!!!
      Why not ASS????? American Style Stairs?? :D No, I'm not being rude, this is purely a suggestion!!
      Have a great day & can't wait to see yours. I'm sure it will be another treasure!
      Hugs xx

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  42. A beautiful pattern and beautifully stitched! The tea staining turned out great!!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I was really pleased with it. I will definitely do this again :) I even want to try with beetroot... a yummy pinkish colour :)

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  43. cette grille est si jolie et ta finition superbe!
    j'adore ton coussin,le tissu ,les couleurs sont toutes douces
    bravo et belle soirée

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    1. Merci!
      J'avoue que c'est un de mes travaux préféré :) Tout se marie bien & la finition s'est bien passée :)

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  44. Piękna poduszka. Śliczny haft !

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  45. Une grille adorable. J'aime beaucoup ta finition.

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    1. Merci beaucoup!!!
      J'adore ce cousin, je n'arrête pas de l'admirer :D

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  46. I just love your cushion, it's very pretty!!

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    1. Thank you so much, I'm glad you like it too :)

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  47. Wonderful!!!!!!!!
    It's a beautiful chart and a very very love stitching and finishing!
    A big kiss
    Sonia

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    1. Thank you so much Sonia!
      Have a lovely day x

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  48. Ohhhh, such a lovely little design, and so perfectly finished as a little pillow. It's looking wonderful.

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    1. Thank you so much Brigitte!
      Have a lovely day :)

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  49. Wow, simply stunning! The stitching is perfect and the finishing is beautiful. You should be really happy with that! Well done :)

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    1. Thank you! I am extremely pleased with this finished, and it is now on display in my sitting room :)

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  50. You have done a wonderful job on this pillow!

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    1. Thank you so much, have a great day!

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  51. A real Valerie piece. Its beautifull
    Love stitched. Lovely finished!!

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    1. Oooh, thank you very much Annette :)

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  52. Tout en Douceur14 April 2014 at 19:14

    quelle jolie finition pour ce ravissant modèle
    doux bisous
    Sophie

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    1. Merci beaucoup Sophie! Joyeuses Paques!

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment & visit!

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  54. J'adore cette broderie et ta finition est superbe ! Bises du Nord de la France

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    1. Merci pour ce gentil message ainsi que d'être passé par là!

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  55. fabulous cross stitch with sheep! :)

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