Friday, March 8, 2013

Heaps of Hearts!

The Sweetheart Tree hearts have been completed! I finished stitching Bloomin' Tulips on Sunday and completed all of the beading on Monday. I cursed the invisible thread a few times, but it was a mainly painless process.

Sweet Clover Heart

I actually finished this heart, beading & all, in Cambodia last year.

In all of the other hearts, I changed the DMC Ecru & Perle Ecru to DMC 3823 & Perle 3823; naturally, I had to return to this piece, frog the Perle Ecru and replace it with Perle 3823 so that it would match the other hearts.

Comparing the two colors, I preferred the Ecru, but it wasn't as visible, and, as I said, it didn't fit in with the group. I'm still pleased with how it turned out.

Lavender Blossoms Heart

There be beads, I swear! They're just pale and not too visible.

I think this one might be my favorite. I love the colors, the specialty stitches, the whole arrangement of the piece.

Blueberry Heart

DH & my dad like this one the best. My dad likes the blackwork, and DH likes the colors.

Caché Heart

This pattern came in a kit. A not-put-together-so-well kit. The colors of the floss weren't labeled; there was an extra shade of green and an extra shade of purple; and of the three pieces of ecru, one was a completely different shade.

The finished product is gorgeous (I love how Scotch stitches look), but I found this to be the most frustrating of the hearts due to the kitting issues.

I've never seen or done this lattice stitch before; I think it's beautiful, and it's really easy.

Bloomin' Tulips Heart

Last but not least- tulips! I like how this one incorporates at least one stitch each from the other hearts. I didn't do that on purpose, but I'll certainly take credit for it!

Now, what to do, what to do with it? I was thinking about giving it to my mom for Mother's Day. I can't afford to have it framed, and I don't know how to make a wall hanging. I am not good with the sewing machine, and there's no way I'm handstitching something that long! Oh, well, I've got two months to decide, right??

Best Stitches & Wishes,


  1. They're beautiful! Congrats on your finish(es).

  2. Your hearts are really beautiful!. I just love all of those little embellishments too. Great work.

  3. The hearts are beautiful! Congratulations!

  4. They are all gorgeous!!! Where did you get all of those patterns...I must get them?

    If you want, I can help you make it into a wall hanging! Shoot me an email and we can discuss.

  5. Wow, so pretty! Well done!
    Makes me want to start a small Sweetheart Tree ornament kit I have!

  6. Just gorgeous!! Your stitching is lovely!! I like to use specialty stitches, they are fun to learn. *Hugs*

  7. ohhh that's gorgeous ... well done you :) there no one near who could make into a hanging for you ?? love mouse xxxxx

  8. I love all of the hearts! Great job!

  9. Absolutely beautiful! I love the variety of stitches, too. They look great.

    Congrats on the finish!

  10. Beautiful job! Love the specialty stitches!

  11. Looks gorgeous! Congrats on the finish!

  12. If I can do wall hangings, so can you! The hearts are all beautiful! Please take Shelley up on her offer to help. They would look beautiful as a bellpull, whether with one scroll rod or both. Keep in stitches!


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