|CQI Heart DYB RR 2014 - Lisa B.'s block embellished by Renee Y.|
Earlier this month, I received the following set of blocks from Lisa B. of ivoryblushroses.blogspot.com. (Yes, this is the same blog with the fantastic pincushion tutorial!)
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|Close up of the heart embellished by Renee Y. on Lisa B.'s block.|
A couched heart with lazy daisy (detached chain stitch) leaves and two flowers at the top.
The butterfly is a Swarovski crystal bead.
Flowers and Bows
A gathered silk ribbon rose.
A tall vine flower.
This block was a true joy to work on.
Most of the heart area was worked in DMC stranded floss and perle cotton (sizes 5 and 8) in shades of 498, 814, 815 and 816. A couple of shades of DMC white flosses were used with strands of rayon floss and perle cotton floss (sizes 5, 8 and 12.)
The heart shaped beads are Mill Hill Glass Treasures #12082. There are four hearts in a package. I picked up two packages of these quite some time ago at Acorns and Threads, a cross-stitch store on Scholl's Ferry Road in the Beaverton/Portland, OR area.
My husband teased me as I worked on the white section. I would show him my progress and he would tell me he couldn't see anything. This was the most tone-on-tone work I had done. And, with the shapes of the white patches being rather uneven because of the heart, I worried a lot about keeping things balanced. So, I kept hoping it would all look okay when it was complete. Imagine my delight when I showed the completed block to my hubby last night and he told me he thought this was my best work yet. (It turns out the white-on-white grew on him and he really likes being able to find something new each time he looks at it. Good thing, as I hope to make white-on-white curtains for our office doors some day!)
I do hope this is what Lisa had in mind for her oh-so-pretty blocks!
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