Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Hug Ta Dah!

Well, the year of the needle is well underway and I have now - admittedly a little later in the year than I intended - finished my second tapestry for the year!!!

Ta Dah!


This is the Hug Tapestry by Emily Peacock.  I love it!!  I stayed up to past midnight last night working on it and didn't finish it, so this morning I did the last little bits and removed it from the frame that I work on.

This will be framed to hang on the wall in our bedroom.  We have enough cushions around the house, and I think that Hugs are appropriate for a bedroom aren't they. 

The finished size is (according to the kit) approximately 69 x 24 cm which is about 27 x 9 inches.  Of course it will be larger when it is framed.  The piece will need to be stretched over a board before it is framed, but I will have the framers do that for me then they can make sure the board is the right size for the frame and so on.

I have stretched pieces and framed them myself before, but I want this to be done professionally this time as I think the piece is really worth it.

I just adore the detail in the letters as well as their overall graphic appearance.  This really appeals to my design sensibilities.  Such as they are you understand...


The letters worked up quite quickly, but the background and borders top and bottom took longer than I expected.  That is OK though.  I started this piece in the middle of February, so finishing it at the start of April isn't too bad at all considering that the previous one took me, oh, about 8 years!!!  Not, ahem, that I was working on it for all of the 8 years you understand.

This is worked differently than the last tapestry I finished.  This is counted cross stitch and you follow a chart.  The chart is printed really clearly and in colour which makes it much easier to follow than black and white charts.  It is a good size as well - it matches the finished item pretty much.  Again that makes it easy to work from.

I was given this kit as a gift by my lovely Hubby, but I would definitely recommend buying one.

So, what is next?


The companion piece of course!  I will actually wait until this one is done - which if I go at the same pace should be mid May - and then get them both framed at the same time.

Two down, just 7 more to go this year.  What do you think?  7 in 9 months?


Have a hug from me today!

Amy

56 comments:

  1. Wonderful hanging. Good combination of colors. I like to have one like that...

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  2. Congratulations on getting it finished, it will look lovely framed and in the bedroom :-)

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  3. Lovely work, well done. I wouldn't worry about time and imposing deadlines - just enjoy your stitching. I'm working on Alicia's Daisychain ABC crewelwork sampler and enjoying it so much that I think I may use the letter patterns in other projects. My baby son used to call a hug a 'cuggy' which was a mixture of hug and cuddle of course. When he was two and a half and my daughter was born and seemingly always in my arms he used to ask so nicely for an 'up hug'.

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  4. It's really lovely and will look fabulous once it's framed.

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  5. I like this lettering very much. The colours are fab too. Colourful without being atall garish. Will be a super wall hanging or picture x

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  6. Looking good Amy, well done for finishing. x

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  7. Two beauties in two days! You are putting the rest of us to shame, Amy - well, at least me, anyway. Thank you for sharing this, I think it's lovely. x

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  8. Oh Amy that is so good, I love the colours too.

    All the best Jan

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  9. Love this. Will we get photos when it is framed and on display in the bedroom?

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  10. Such a beautiful piece and perfect for the bedroom. Looking forward to seeing it framed, it will look amazing.

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  11. Lovely, Amy you are very clever with your needle and you must need lots of patience and nimble fingers. The Hugs and Kisses are perfect together and will be lovely when finished and framed:)

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  12. beautiful stitching and I love the colors in the letters!! I think it's going to look great on your wall in your bedroom :)

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  13. I 'hug' it!! Love these letters and the colours are so eye-catching! Well done Amy, you will have a beautiful set when the next one is complete. Enjoy your day :)
    Wendy

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  14. Really lovely Amy. It will look fabulous framed and on the wall. It looks like hours and hours of work. B x

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  15. Wonderful! Hurry up with the next one, they'll make such a good pair and perfect for the bedroom.

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  16. It's a lovely piece. Congrats for finishing it. I especially like the border detail. Hugs to you, Pat

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  17. Yay! It's beautiful and such a dear sentiment! Well done, Amy!

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  18. That is lovely.You are a quick worker!!Emily Peacock is the name of my middle granddaughter.

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  19. A hug back to you too Amy I'm so impressed it's lovely, well done on getting it finished so quickly. :) xx

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  20. What a fun piece and lovely colours and after so much work has been put into it, I think it deserves the professional touch and to frame for the bedroom rather than cushions is a great idea. You also finished it pretty quick, look forward to seeing the next one xcx

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  21. It is beautiful. A lot of detailed handwork - well done!

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  22. I love these Emily Peacock pieces, saw them in a Kirstie Allsopp program once and have fancied one ever since. Would not if thought of it as a wall hanging though, lovely idea. One for my birthday list I think!
    Jillxx

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  23. It's lovely Amy. Colourful enough without being in your face xx

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  24. Looks really good and will be lovely in a frame. Hope your eyes are not too squiffy. x

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  25. Really pretty and so much work! Well done!

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  26. What an accomplishment, congratulations!

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  27. It will look great in a frame, well done. 'Hugs' to you. Jo x

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  28. Well done Amy..it's really lovely. X

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  29. That is fabulous Amy!! Congrats on the ambition to getter done...
    I think framed is a very good choice!

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  30. I love it! The colours are so great and it's really fun :) well done! xx

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  31. Looks great, Amy. You must be very pleased and proud. x

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  32. It's gorgeous Amy. I've seen her kits before and really admired them. I think I saw her on a Kirsty Allsop show a while back. It will make a beautiful pair with the other one, they really are delightful. Wishing you happy stitching! CJ xx

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  33. Hey Amy,
    That's a beauty. I agree that hugs in the bedroom are entirely appropriate ;)
    Leanne xx

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  34. What a lot of love and work that went into that cute tapestry! I love Hug and Kiss for the bedroom!!

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  35. Lovely Amy and well done. Take care.

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  36. I'll accept the offered hug, thanks! Your work is beautiful and I think the two pieces will be beautiful in your bedroom!

    Karen

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  37. I love it! You did such nice work, and the kiss piece will look so good with it!

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  38. I think February to April is a very impressive pace. I remember seeing these kits before and admiring them; they're absolutely lovely and will look great in the bedroom. Happy stitching. xx

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  39. oh how divine! I've never heard of this designer, but am off to look her up.

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  40. Beautifully done Amy. It definitely deserves to be professionally framed to show it at its best. I'm sure you will get all your tapestries done this year, you are clearly enjoying working on them.

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  41. Lovely Amy. It's nice to do something a little different isn't it. I am really enjoying cross stitching again although I think my eyes would disagree.

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  42. It is STUNNING!!! Huge well done! It's a lovely design and you've done it justice:) It'll look great in your bedroom I'm sure!

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  43. I love the style of those - so colourful. x

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  44. Hugging you back in congrats Amy! Love it - and they'll be such cute companion pieces together. ;) xoxo

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  45. This is fantastic Amy. The colours are so vibrant and a real statement piece. xx

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  46. Beautiful piece and a lovely gift from your hubby. When I was younger, I loved to cross stitch. This will be gorgeous framed and hanging in your bedroom.

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  47. Hi Amy - Hope you are keeping ok. Just catching up with your blog. What a lovely design. The colours are beautiful. Joan Jepson

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  48. That is the best hug I have had all day, I love ti Amy. Can't wait to see it framed.
    Meredith

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  49. Absolutely beautiful Amy. I've often admired these kits but know I would take forever. Eight years... That's nothing! I'd be ashamed to admit how long I've been working on my Ehrman pansies tapestry.

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