Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ezmeralda from the top down..

I've been gradually constructing Ezmeralda's House by Brightneedle from the top down. I started in December, but since this is a larger project than I usually tackle, I've just worked on it intermittently swapping in more small projects. This house turns out to be really great fun to stitch. With the exception of the border, there are really no long boring areas to slog through. And the details are just so much fun. I'm using light coffee 32 count linen from Vikki Clayton, but the color is really not very true in the photo. The whole thing is much more light brown. The designers suggested that one stitch the whole house frame first. That to me sounded like a recipe for frog legs! I fill in as I go and it's proved to be a good decision. Lots of touch points to check your work along the way.

25 comments:

Carol said...

Cute, cute, cute, Annie! I love all the little details in this one especially the "LaBooTique" shopping bag stashed up in the attic. I wonder what the witch has hiding in it? Beautiful stitching!

Peonies & Magnolias said...

Beautiful stitching. Looks great and the details are wonderful.

Sandy

Nancy said...

I've seen this pattern so many times but never stitched. This is wonderful!

Ranae said...

This is just too cute and so me. I love it.
I have to locate it now, Thanks!!lol

KarenV said...

That looks wonderful so far. I'm disappointed that BN seem to have taken a designing break (or retired completely?), as their designs are so intricate.

Michelle said...

That is so cute - it looks like such a fun stitch! The details are great.

Cari-in-VA said...

What a fun piece and you've made great progress. Can't wait to see the rest.

Annette said...

What a cute design you are making... It looks almost finished...

Miss 376 said...

Great progress. I prefer to fill in on the way too

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

This is darling, Annie! I love all the BN houses but this is my favorite, by far!

Deb said...

It looks so cute! I have to agree with you that stitching a border first is always a recipe for disaster. I think the way you're going it is the best way!

Rachel S said...

That looks great!

Pumpkin said...

Sweet! I didn't know you were working on this :o)

BeckySC said...

It's looking great Miss Annie :)

Vinniey said...

That's looks so cute! love the little spider! It must be very fun to stitch, Annie. Looking forward to see your next update. :)

mainely stitching said...

It's looking GREAT!!

Jackie said...

This is so cute. I especially love the socks hanging out of the drawer. Doing all the border would just be too scary to me too. I think you're taking a really smart approach by filling in the frame of the house along the way.

nima said...

Beautiful stitching...i love it

Siobhan said...

Oh my gosh!! That is too, too cute. I really wish that BN hadn't stopped designing--they did such fun stuff.

Mylene said...

That's a very cute design and your progress so far is looking great.

staci said...

This is so cute! Great progress, and it looks like you were right on with your method of stitching the house border :)

Liz said...

What fun to see each detail emerge! Not too scary a place - quite cozy if you are a witch!

Blu said...

Very cute!
Depending on my mood I either stitch frames as I go, or at the very end. But stitch it at the start sounds like a recipe for frogging to me too!

Melanie said...

I'm lovin' Ezmeralda's House! I think you are very smart to stitch the details as you go....I'm hatin' frog legs!

Sandra said...

That looks spooky wonderful! Even though I'm not a Halloweenie person, I love the design.

You're right is better filling it, I too need to develop a sense of accomplishment as I go.