Monday, 13 February 2017

Alice In Wonderland - Bothy Threads

 
 
Hello Peeps!
 
 
Back in March 2015 I was gifted this kit for Mother's Day.
After focussing on this project in Jan/Feb,
it is now finally finished!
 
 
 
Alice in Wonderland
Bothy Threads

 
kit version and includes:
14 count hand dyed Zweigart Aida fabric
Black Madeira stranded cotton

 
Stitched 3 over 1
4 pages in total
 
 
 
 
I only wish I had opted to use Linen instead of the Aida fabric.
 
The design is mainly full crosses but for some of the details, half stitches are also used.
Sadly, I feel these didn't work on Aida...
 
My Cheshire Cat is now not grinning so much and
it looks like Alice is trying to do some kind of finger shadow puppets!
 
 
 
 
Now, what to stitch next?
 
Toodles,
Mii
 


114 comments:

  1. Stunning! I love the multicolor fabric and the black crosses.

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    1. Thank you Rita!
      I'm so glad I've finished it, after all this time :)

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  2. Yes, I know that it is nasty to do a half stitches on aida, I hate it, too. But the colour of aida fabric looks beautiful and your finish is wonderful, you did great job.

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    1. Thank you Irmeli, this is really sweet of you!
      I have learnt to never use Aida for silhouettes...

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  3. Inspite the fact that you used ada it really looks lovely! I love black and white. Once I had done something similar with papercut though not cross stitch!AriadnefromGreece!

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    1. Thank you Ariadne!
      Just happy to have a WIP crossed off my list :)

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  4. Colorful fabric pattern embroidered fabulous, I love it!

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  5. That's a fab finish Mii. The fabric adds so much to the pattern.

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    1. You're right, the fabric definitely showcase the design & finishes it off nicely.

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  6. Hello!

    This is a lovely finish. The fabric really suits the design.

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  7. Well Ingrid I know you are a touch a disappointed, but this is fabulous,truly! Love the fabric!!

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    1. Thank you Vickie!
      I so wish I'd stitched it on linen, this would have looked much prettier... lesson learnt :)

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  8. Wowee - this is amazing - I love it, Ingrid!
    xxx

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  9. It looks lovely Mii, I'm planning on stitching that one for my sister in law. How long did it take you?

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    1. Thanks Kerry!
      As you have been reading this was started in Mar 2015... But was left untouched for ages.
      These past few weeks I worked from the cat to all the right hand side (2 pages). So, I believe less than 2 months should be plenty. Bear in mind, that would be working on it full time every evening & weekends. Note I consider myself as a slow but neat stitcher... Everyone is different!

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  10. Looks beautiful to me. I love Alice in any form.

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    1. Thanks Annie!
      She does look lovely but is sadly not perfect in my eyes.
      I am my worth critic!!!

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  11. So pretty I love Alice such a pretty stitch well done it is beautiful.

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  12. Congratulation on this wonderful finish.
    I like the fabric.
    Best wishes Manuela

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    1. Thanks Manuela, yes the fabric was provided as it was a kit and look lovely :)

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  13. Excellent finish! I will be honest, the fabric is what has held me back from these, but it was a gift, so stitching it as is seems to be right somehow. Nice to cross another one off the list!

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    1. You're right, but I would have been happy to order a piece of fabric separately. I think you can now get this design with the choice of fabric you want direct from Polstitches... If I knew at the time!! :)

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  14. Follow the black rabbit :)) It is a beautiful work & finish ♥♥♥

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  15. Oh I absolutely love her! I'm going to ignore what you said about the Cheshire cat's smile and finger puppets - she is simply perfect!

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    1. You are too kind my friend!!! I won't change my mind though, she should have been stitched on linen or evenweave ;)

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  16. It looks amazing! I love these charts and will definitely have to do one someday!

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    1. Thanks sweetie!!
      Certainly much easier than any HAED :) The fabric just make the design and finishes it nicely!

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  17. Congrats on the pretty finish Ingrid.

    Linda

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  18. Wow, Ingrid, Alice in Wonderland! Beautiful!

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  19. I think it looks great!! I am halfway through Mad Hatter's Tea Party!

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    1. Thanks!
      Oh great, looking forward to seeing your Alice project done :)

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  20. What a cute design. Good job, I think Alice and the cat both look fine!

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    1. Lol, thanks Barb!!
      Everyone has been looking at those two specifically and cannot find much... If you look at the chart, then you definitely know the half stitch didn't work!!

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  21. Your choice of fabric on the Silhouette is beautiful.

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    1. Thanks, it wasn't my choice.
      This was a kit so fabric & threads were provided with the design :)

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  22. Congrats on the wonderful finish!!

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    1. Thank you Preeti!
      I am still stuck with your blog when trying to leave comments :(
      Will have to try with my tablet, see if it works.

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  23. Un bien joli ouvrage... C'est vrai que l'Aïda ne convient pas au 1/2 et 1/4 de points mais on ne peut penser à tout...
    Biz
    Christel
    http://toilesetfils.blogspot.fr

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    1. Merci, je pensais que ca irait. Apres tout, il n'y en avait pas tant que ca des 1/2 Croix...

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  24. Yes, half-stitches on Aida are tough, but I think this looks just wonderful, Ingrid!! Such a pretty design :) Wishing you a very Happy Valentine's Day ♥♥♥

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    1. Thank you Carol!
      Have a lovely day & enjoy the chocolate dessert today!!! ;)

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  25. Gorgeous finish! And thanks for telling us about the half stitches - I didn't know these designs have those, so now I now to opt for linen/evenweave if I ever get one of those. Still, your finish does looks gorgeous and I kind of like the way the cat looks!

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    1. Thanks Leonore, you're so kind.
      If you buy the kit from Polstitches, they will let you choose the fabric of your choice, which I think is a fantastic idea!
      There wasn't too many 1/2 stitch on this but they were for details and sadly I feel it didn't work.

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  26. i mezzi punti non vengono bene sull'aida ma il ricamo è bellissimo

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    1. Oh I know Irene!!
      Still, Alice is done :)

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  27. I love the fabric and the black stitching is so wonderful. Sunny greetings from New Orleans, Alice

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    1. Thank you Alice!
      I've always loved silhouettes but must admit the choice of fabric really helps to finish them off so nicely.

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  28. WOW! I like this wonderful finish.

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  29. Love this one Ingrid and the fabric is fantastic! I also have that problem with 1/2 and 1/4 stitches on aida and try to avoid them for that reason.

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    1. Thanks Faith!
      I thought it would be alright as there weren't many 1/2 stitches but still don't find it neat enough :)

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  30. très sympa en noir et blanc!

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  31. I think it looks perfect exactly the way it is. Amazing work! Congrats on the finish.

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    1. Thank you Katie!
      It took a while but I finally got it finished.
      No idea why I always leave bigger projects untouched for so long :)

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  32. whooo j'adore, Alice et le lapin blanc
    absolument ravissant
    bonne soirée
    Bises

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  33. A wonderful finish, well done.

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  34. I love Alice in Wonderland! The fabric colour is pretty and the stitching is very neat. Aida does have the tendency to be a bit blocky, especially in the lower counts. It still looks fab though, congrats on your finish! :)

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    1. Thanks Megan!! Nowhere near all your fantastic Haed standard, but still, it was big enough for me :)

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  35. It's lovely! Why not give us a selection to choose from so we can help you chose :)

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    1. Lol, my choices were made already, thanks!
      Started a Veronique Enginger flower study, also multitasking with my March fairy & LK March calendar piece... Turning into a production line :)

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  36. You're right the half stitches on linen looks better but it is lovely anyway 😍🤗💕

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    1. Thanks, that's really kind of you :)

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  37. It's so lovely! Been eyeing these patterns up but not sure how I'd feel just working with one colour. Congratulations on your finish! x

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    1. Thanks!
      Well I found it quite relaxing as you don't have to keep checking you're using the right shade and don't have to look for your threads neither... easy!

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  38. So pretty! Congrats on the finish :D

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  39. It turned out beautifully, I couldn't even tell it was on Aida.

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  40. A wonderful finish, Ingrid. The black thread looks so good on the pastel colours of the hand dyed fabric.

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    1. Thank you Brigitte!
      I agree, the fabric really make this design.

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  41. Brava....bravissima....mi piace un sacco....mi hai fatto venir voglia di ricamarli....

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  42. Oh wow it is beautiful Ingrid!! I have drooled over this range a lot but have wondered if just working with the one color of floss would become boring? How did you find it? I kinda see your point on the aida/ evenweave but I didn't notice at all until you pointed it out - we are our own worst critics aren't we?! Happy stitching on whatever project you choose next :-) Helen

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    1. Thank you Helen.
      I didn't find it boring at all to stitch with just one colour.
      It was in fact more relaxing but I guess you could crave for some colour after using black for so long :)

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  43. Beautiful fairy scene :)
    What do you mean by saying that the "stitched 3 over 1"?
    Have a nice weekend :)

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    1. Thank you :)
      3 over 1 means 3 black threads used to make my crosses going over 1 thread of fabric - which is obvious with Aida.
      I hope this helps.

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  44. Hi Mii,
    thank you for visiting my blog ..... Your new stitchery is so beautiful, I love it!!!!
    Jutta

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    1. Thank you Jutta!
      Thanks for stopping by too :)

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  45. I love this one! I think it turned out fabulous! Beautiful work.

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    1. Thank you Renee, I'm just glad I've finally come round to finishing it :)

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  46. Coucou,
    Du retard et même beaucoup! désolé
    Cette magnifique broderie me rappel le découpage suisse en papier noir!
    c'est superbe,le noir n'a pas été trop dur a broder?
    Dans tous les cas ces merveilleux
    Bon week end Mii

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    1. Merci Marie Christine!
      J'espere que tout va bien pour toi & que toi aussi tu t'amuses bien avec tes petites Croix :)
      Le noir etait plutot relaxant, pas besoin de verifier si j'avais la bonne couleur, c'est certain!

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  47. It looks lovely. I think you are being too critical of your work.

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  48. This looks absolutely gorgeous! You know I am doing the Ten-a-day this year? Linda is suggesting a 100-a-day for next year and I think this might be perfect. If I aimed to stitch seven 10x10 blocks each week it would take approximately 40 weeks to complete. Allowing for some empty blocks cancelling the completely filled blocks!

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    1. That's a good idea to stitch your Alice Jo :)

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  49. A fantastic finish, and I love the effect that pretty fabric gives!
    14 count sounds quite small for stitching 3 over one ..... did you need a larger needle ..... but I'm sure it must have made a change, as you say "not having to check whether you are using the right shade"!
    Barbara x

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    1. Believe me 14ct with 3 threads is fine. I didn't need a bigger needle no :)
      I'm used to 16ct so when I worked back on that one I thought the crosses were huge!!

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  50. Lovely finish, congratulations

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  51. Yay congratulations! It looks great!

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  52. Looks awesome!! I don't find it any easy to stitch so much in one single color, for me at least, it's hard (a bit boring too). Congrats on your finishing!! Very pretty!!

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    1. It is a bit boring to use one colour but it's also relaxing as you don't have to worry you're using the wrong shade :)

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  53. I had to laugh at the finger shadow puppet Alice. I think it looks great. I have this kit too so I may take your advice and use evenweave. But then again it will be a waste of the Aida fabric. Oh decisions. Are you doing anymore of the series?
    xo Alicia

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    1. Oh, please do stitch her but use evenweave & she will certainly look beautiful! You won't waste the fabric, it could be used for another design with only full crosses :)
      Not planning on doing anymore in the series, but then again, never say never ;)

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