Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Primitive Wizard of Oz

I finished up this piece over the weekend. This is the Primitive Wizard of Oz by Midsummer Night Musings and it was a really fun stitch. So relaxing with no back-stitching or fractionals. It's such a clever design too. If you've never looked at this pattern closely, see if you can identify all of the motifs. Note how each is positioned near the letter of its initial. Took me a while to figure out 'hurricane' since I always thought of the storm as a cyclone, tornado or twister, but I looked it up and it all depends on the version you read or see. And since the 'T' already had the Tin Man and Toto too, there was more room near the 'H'. Look how the flying monkey is neatly positioned between the 'F' and the 'M'. Same for the Wizard himself with the 'O' and 'W'. And what a perfect winding yellow brick road.

This is stitched in my own DMC substitutions on Vikki Clayton 32 count linen in Bunny Brown. I had a small amount of the trim and backing fabric in my stash, but not enough for this pillow. I loved the look so much that I went out and bought more for just for the purpose.



On another note, I stumbled on the coolest little household tip for storing those plastic grocery bags we keep around to use for wastebasket liners and other things. Maybe you have switched to the re-usables and don't accumulate so many now, but I still seem to stack up my share of them and never had a decent way to store them. I love the method described here at Polka Dot Pineapple and I'm storing my little folded up bags neatly in an empty coffee can now!

28 comments:

Annette said...

What abeautifull pillow. It's such a fun story The wizard of Oz......

Are you folding you plastic bags yet???

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

What a great finish! Congratulations on finishing it.

Daffycat said...

Oh how darling! I love how you've finished it, Annie!

Farm Girl said...

It looks great Annie, as always such perfect finishing! Congratulations

Deb said...

What a wonderful finish. I really love this design because I'm a Wizard of Oz lover. You did a great job of finishing it off!

mainely stitching said...

That looks fantastic!

Cari-in-VA said...

Annie, what a wonderful finish! I just love this piece. The fabric you chose is wonderful.

Have a great Wednesday!

Bre said...

how cute!!!!!!

Miss 376 said...

How lovely. The colours in the fabric go so well with the colours in the stitching, perfect match

Theresa said...

I love your finish!!!!!!

Moreen said...

I absolutely love your wizard of Oz pillow and reading the story that goes with it. The fabric is a perfect match.
I started folding my bags like this a few months ago and it definitly is so much tidier now.

Mylene said...

A beautiful pillow! I Love it!

Hope you are having a good week.

Nancy said...

The Wizard of Oz has always been one of my favorite movies, but I always forget about this pattern until I see it on a blog. You did a beautiful job! Thanks for pointing out the little details that make it so special. I'll definitely have to get this one soon!

Vinniey said...

Beautiful finished, Annie. That's cute! :)

Pumpkin said...

Another beautiful finish! What a cute design :o)

How neat! I just stuff mine into an empty paper towel cardboard center and have them in a drawer for easy access.

Olenka's Stitches said...

Congrats on the lovely finish of the pillow! Great job on stitching and finishing!

Rachel S said...

That is a great finish! Very pretty!

Melanie said...

Very cute design!! It came out wonderful! :)

K-G Knitter said...

What a fabulous piece!

Michelle said...

What a lovely finish and such a clever chart - it must have been fun to stitch!

I always fold our plastic bags like that - my grandparents taught me :)

Kirsten said...

Great finish!
Not only the design is clever, you are too! I'm not sure if I would have noticed all the details.

TammyK said...

Adorable pillow! Great job Annie :o)

zoomcity said...

Good decision to get more of the fabric. I love this!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Congratulations on your finish!!!

Anita Camilla said...

I love this pillow! You are right: the pattern is really nice! Have a nice week end, Anita Camilla

Elaine said...

Congratulations on such a great finish Annie, it is gorgeous!

Siobhan said...

What a fantastic finish! Great job, Annie, on both the stitching finish and the finishing finish. ;)

caithogan said...

I just bought this pattern over the weekend. Do you remember what DMC conversions you used for the crescent colours threads? Thanks, yours is beautiful!