Saturday, October 9, 2010

I never saw a purple penguin Altoids tin

This must be the year of the penguin for me. My latest finish is the Workbasket "Mr Quaker Penguin" stitched on 28-count white Monaco over one. This will be a gift for a purple-lover (who may or may not be a penguin lover). I used Sassy's Strings hand-dyed floss in "Royalty", a rich color with lots of variation. This floss is a very reasonably priced alternative to some of the other hand-dyed threads on the market. But I just read that she is discontinuing this product. Apparently it just doesn't make economic sense for her to offer it. Sigh.....



I added lots of purple trim to the Altoid tin both inside and out.



Plus I made another crocheted penguin motif in purple thread to live on the inside.



The project took a bit more time than I thought it would due to the arrival of my seasonal headaches. But doing just a little bit each day adds up to a finish before your know it!

33 comments:

Miss 376 said...

And a very beautiful finish it is too. Shame about the thread, it's a lovely colour

BeckySC said...

CUTE!! You did a great job on the finishing, Annie :)

Lula said...

Oh my! How adorable! The penguin on the outside, eyes partly closed looks so superior and yet so sweet. He just made me smile. And the crochet penguin.... sooo cute. What a gorgeous finish

KarenV said...

It turned out great Annie - I love the trims you used and the cute little crocheted penguin inside!

Anne said...

Wonderful stitching and great idea with the tin Annie. Love it all. Sorry to hear about headaches. Ice on back of my neck helps some for me. Happy Stitching!, and get well soon.

Farm Girl said...

I love it Annie! So pretty, and the crochet penguin inside is a lovely finishing touch. Hope your headaches will ease soon for you.
Hugs, Nicky

Elaine said...

Oh WOW Annie I love anything purple and that is just gorgeous!!
Someone is going to be thrilled with this gift.
Hope you feel better soon.

Karen said...

Annie, this is beautiful, I love all the purple! The penguins both inside and out are adorable!

Jackie said...

Annie! It's gorgeous! Your crocheted penguin on the inside is a perfect touch. I love the trim you selected. I hope you get some relief from the headaches soon.

Ranae said...

What a cool little finish and it's twice as nice being purple ;)

Theresa said...

Awww.... What a cute finish!!! I love the stitched peice and the crochet one, too!!!

Annette said...

LOve the Tin!!! What a great job on teh stitching and crochet penguin!! Very beautifull

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

That is adorable.

Kirsten said...

Great job! You found the perfect tims.
When you pointed me to the pattern I did'n notice how clever the feet are made!
Kirsten

Carol said...

Hi Annie! Your purple penguin looks very regal and I love your newest tin finish (as you know--your Altoid tin pieces are my favorites!).

So sorry to hear about the headaches--hope the weather changes even off very soon...

averyclaire.org said...

Love the purple tin, especially the crocheted penguin inside! Love the lazy girl bag and the x-stitch design you used. Nice work.

Liz said...

Too cute! I love the way you have of finishing off stitchery so it is just right for someone. And purple! How can you go wrong with purple?

patternnuts said...

Looks fantastic Annie! P u r p l e! What's not to love? ;)

mbroider said...

Great penguin, lovely colour!!

Mylene said...

Beautifully finished, Annie. Great job.
I hope you are feling much better by now.

Margaret said...

It's wonderful! What a wonderful gift! I bet she'll love it whether she loves penguins or not.

Vinniey said...

Love the outside and inside of this tin! It's so so lovely! Especially love the trims. Adorable! :)

Blu said...

What a cute finish! The purple is a lovely colour. Shame about it being discontinued.
I love seeing your Altoid tins! They're all so pretty! I still haven't worked up the courage to tackle the one you sent.

Siobhan said...

Annie, that is soooo cute! You thought of every detail, down to the crocheted penguin. Adorable! I hope the headaches are getting better.

♥ Nia said...

So cute!!! Adorable details =)
I bet that who'll receive it will love it!! :D
Great work!!

Lois said...

It's lovely! The trims you used are great and I love the little crocheted penquin inside.

Nancy said...

Annie this is beautiful! It must be for someone special with all the thought that went into this project. Sorry the thread is being discontinued. I hate when something I love to use doesn't exist anymore. Hope your headaches are feeling better!

Rachel S said...

Adorable!

Pumpkin said...

It's brilliant Annie!!!!

Olenka's Stitches said...

This is very pretty stitching and finishing, I love your Altoids tin!

Moreen said...

I love this Annie and your finishing is just perfect.

Danielle said...

Oh, my God!!! I about died when I saw this tin! Purple is my favorite color! My office/stitch room is painted lavender and I own a ton of purple things. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! And you did such a great job finishing it!

Lucy said...

Just got that penguin pattern...what an awesome finish!!!