Saturday, May 04, 2013

Nine years in the making...

It took me nine years, but I finally did it. Last night, somewhere close to midnight, I put the last stitches into Houses of Hawk Run Hollow. I started this way back when the chart was first released in 2004. I naively ordered HDF's very first silk conversion pack for this sampler. I figured it would look a lot like the original... oh, so very not! I present to you what I call the "watercolor version" of Houses of Hawk Run Hollow. I have had a love/hate relationship with this sampler from its earliest stitches. But today, I am pleased. I now know better than to "assume" that silk conversions by other manufacturers can be relied upon to be close to the original. I know HDF changed the conversion at least one time since I bought my silk pack. After what I spent on this silk, there was absolutely no going back after I started. So, after languishing for long periods in my projects chest... here it is...in need of a press, but at least two dear friends want to see this now, so...
Houses of Hawk Run Hollow
Carriage House Samplings
Lakeside Linens 40 ct Pearled Barley Linen, HDF silk conversion #1
Started mid 2004 - Finished 5/3/13

25 comments:

Kay said...

Congratualtions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rowyn said...

That must be such a great feeling to finish it 9 years later! Well done, it looks beautiful.

Deborah Schander said...

Congratulatons! That's such a huge accomplishment, and looks wonderful!

Colleen said...

Lovely - inspires me to get to work on mine. I agree about the conversions. I use a lot of HDF, but if I ask for a conversion the colours i get can be quite different than the original. What I do now is pull the DMC, lay it out and see what I have in silk or overdyes, depending what I'm doing, that is at least close and satisfies my colour aesthetics, such as they are. Again, congratulations.
Colleen

Melody said...

Hooray! You finished! I do really like this piece. I haven't decided yet if I am going to add it to my list of projects or not. I still have on my list the Autumn of HRH to do. I've done the Village, Christmas and the Shores. So, obviously I love the series.

Do you think you want to do any others in the series?

Lana said...

Awesome!! Great finish!!

Catherine said...

Beautiful!!!

Karen said...

Beautiful finish! I do love the subtle colors.

butterfly said...

Congratulations, its beautiful. hugs.

Jan said...

This is stunning and inspiring.

valerie said...

Congratulations on your finish Carol! I think it looks lovely.

Joke said...

You did it!!! Congrats on this beauty!

Cole said...

What a great finish, congratulations!!

Tatkis said...

What a wonderful sampler! Fantastic!
Congratulations on your finish!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Sally said...

Congratulations on an amazing finish!

Manuela said...

Congratulation.
Great finish!

Manuela, from Germany.

Shelleen said...

Congrats on the great finish.

Giovanna said...

Congratulations, it's beautiful!

Karoline said...

Congratulations, it's stunning

Lillie said...

Beautiful finished, congrats.

Grit said...

Wow, this looks so, so fantastic. Great work.
Greetings from Germany, Grit

Marie said...

What a wonderful finish and such a gorgeous design.

Kay said...

This turned out so beautiful! Well done

Lynn said...

Finishing a work this large is quite an accomplishment. Congrats! I haven't had the nerve to tackle anything this large yet.
I'm currently using a HDF silk conversion on my PSS Fruit of the Spirit. So far there were only 2 colours that didn't come close to the originals and I have gone back and reordered those two in the original colours. It was still cheaper for me than to order the NPI silks for the entire design.

Valentina said...

Many congratulations for such a stunning finish!!!