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Dutch Canal Houses Embroidery Has Been Completed. Sharing a little PDF
Submitted by Pam on Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:31
Dutch Canal Houses Embroidery completed! And I am happy to report - completed in time for St. Nicholas Day last December. At least one end of it.
I am the first to notice my stitching is not perfect, but one thing I did learn is that, in this particular case at least, the whole is greater than it's imperfect parts!
There are choices in stitches that I wish I had not made - the lovely stitches I used for the flower boxes in the far right house especially do not play well with the flowers. On the other hand, areas of stitch I was not happy with were converted into a woven pattern I love!
For the most part, I like the results and am eager to begin the other end of the table runner!
I believe I last left you here last October. Because Jet's post sharing St. Nicholas was so rich and informative, I didn't want to dilute it with progress reports on the embroidery. So I decided to save that until now - when I not only am sharing the completed design but also a 7 page pdf which includes patterns, stitch guides and floss used.
It is my first ever multi page pdf so while not perfectly polished, it does the job of sharing the information so many of you have been requesting. You will find the link to the pdf at the end of the post.
I have been surprised and delighted to find out how many of my readers are drawn to the lovely, architecturally unique old houses lining the canal in Haarlem, the Netherlands and have written for copies of the pattern.
I decided if there was this much interest, I really should learn to make a proper pdf! And share it!
BUT! Before I share the pdf - I want to share fun little details incorporated into some of the windows to honor a few friends. I am also sharing a charming and colorful version sent to me by one of my readers!
You might remember Jet from the post about her amazing recycled privacy curtains! Notice the window on the bottom right in the image above. The top half is a series of small rectangles - looking very much like her "juice box curtain" - which I am happy to report she has finally completed and can now drink any flavor of juice she likes!
Below the curtain, a potted orchid! Sarah, Creative Jewish Mom recently traveled to the Netherlands and while sharing these images from Haarlem, she mentioned seeing orchids growing in many windows. You really must go visit her post (and visit the other posts in the Netherlands series). She has done a good job with her photography, and I loved seeing the canal houses as they actually are!
She decided to share my embroidery on her blog for St. Nicholas Day. In fact both St. Nicholas Day and Chanukah fell very close to each other this year, so I decided to add a menorah in the second floor window (the house on the left). It was my friend Avital who figured out how I might do that in such a tiny spot in that little window. And her idea worked perfectly.
In the windows below the menorah, I tried making a snowflake to honor my friend Silvia (we share a mutual passion for snowflakes) and to reflect Jet's breathtaking snowflake curtain. But it is a total disaster and must be redone so no more about that!!
The point is, this design welcomes your own creative imprint! I have provided a guide to the stitches I used in the pdf, but I would encourage you to do as I did and sit quietly with your embroidery stitch books until a stitch pops out at you for a given space and use THAT!
I love all the color!!! I totally LOVE the flowers! The sun and clouds! The sweet playful simplistic interpretation of this lovely embroidery.
The stitcher, Dawn Kemper, requested the pattern illustration last fall and shortly thereafter sent me this picture of her first house! She apparently is planning to stitch a full set!
Thank you Dawn 1,000,000 times for taking the time to share with me! And for allowing me to share your work here. I adore your interpretation!
You will notice in the pdf, although I provided a guide to the stitches I used, I did not provide links to online tutorials for the stitches. However, except for a couple, almost all of them can be found easily in a google search. If you have trouble finding one, let me know and I will try to help. But again, there are so many great alternatives. And I still think that meditative time with your stitch books is the best way to find the right stitches just for you!
The two books I rely on to find (and learn) new embroidery stitches are: The Embroiderer's Handbook by Margie Bauer and Stitch Sampler by Lucinda Ganderton. If you don't have a stitch guide book, I recommend you get your hands on one or both of these.
And now - my very first official pdf! Dutch Canal Houses Embroidery Guide.
If you are into embroidery, you might like these embroidered Easter Eggs created using wool embroidery thread on knit/felted eggs.
And a friend from Haarlem (her windows are featured in this embroidery) wrote a delightful story about Sinterklaas which she shared on my blog here.