excluding you lovely people, I have three friends who have stuck with me thruout the last two years - thru thick and thin and thinner and non-existantly thinnest, the good and the bad bits and the worse bits and the rock-bottom bits. . . (and I'm kidding about the "good" bits - there weren't any)
when I saw the Shaker Village needlepoint (up arrow) I knew it would be the perfect gift for one of them (one of the other two was the happy recipient of the Fasset Lobster; and I don't think the other one would "get" a tapestry gift, so she's not going to get a tapestry gift)
having taken a break from the Klimt for a short while, I've now almost finished the village (and this friend still lives in The Village, so it's quite apt in a way) (duck pond and all) but being my good self I couldn't just stitch what was there could I?
so, the horse has a mane and a tail, all loose trimmed threads sticking out from the canvas; one of the picket fences has some extra white washed wood in it; the lambs are fluffier than they were originally intended to be; one of the trees has a multitude of little red French knot apples on it and one on the ground underneath (boys, a French knot is a stitch where you wrap the yarn around the needle to make a small 3-D bump on your canvas); one of the houses has pink climbing roses up the front (yes, also 3-D), and the corn in the cows' field is also raised; there are 3-D crops in the big field behind the red barn (can't remember the name of the stitch that I used); I struggled for ages to work out how to make the laundry on the washing line stand out, or up, blowing in the wind, but couldn't
and now I have the same problem that I have with these, I need to have the finished item made into a cushion. . .
. . .as dull and middle-aged as it sounds, I think I'm going to have to get my sewing machine mended
what has my life come to?
(actually - don't answer that!)