Monday, May 25, 2015

Heard melodies sampler

I had a recent discussion with Margaret  about how often we are disappointed when reality doesn't match our expectations.  You know, like when you order hand-dyed fibers or fabric and the colors just don't turn out to be as nice as they looked on your monitor or in your mind's eye.  But the concept applies to many other areas of life as well.  It reminded me of the Keats poem, "Ode on a Grecian Urn",  that at least in the way I was taught to interpret it, was somewhat about the same subject.  I mentioned a line from the poem, "Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter".  This prompted the Sampler Queen (wasn't that an old ABBA song?)  to challenge me to design a sampler with that quote.  I'm no designer and I just laughed at the thought.  But then for fun I tried to think of what a sampler on that subject might look like.  Google was no help really.

I thought of an old freebie bookmark pattern by Prairie Schooler.  I think it was re-released for sale in a collection of their former freebies a few years back.  I then got to work in that advanced cross-stitch design program, MS Paint.  I just positioned the bookmark on one side and then charted the words in a Bent Creek or Trilogy kind of font.  I added a few musical notes and voilà.. a sampler was born.

I don't think I really intended to stitch it, but Margaret encouraged me.  So I created a pinkeep by stitching over-one on Dove Gray Monaco and adding a few doo-dads for interest.  I think it really needed a border, but I don't like stitching borders.  So not really my own design, but a fun project all the same.




Getting to be dental maintenance time again.  Here's my latest reminder notice postcard flashing that famous Mona Teetha smile.

Wishing everyone a pleasant Memorial Day and a happy National Tap Dance Day.  May 25 is Bojangles' birthday.

22 comments:

Nancy said...

Love your stitched pinkeep and your Mona Teetha! Hope you're having a Happy Memorial Day!

Vickie said...

Good for you! Designing takes TIME! It turned out neat!

KimM said...

Love your pin keep - it's beautiful. Well done!!!
xxx

Sheryl S. said...

Pretty stitching and doo dads.

CalamityJr said...

Love your finish and the saying!

Margaret said...

YOU DID IT!!!!!! Yay! It looks fantastic! I love how it came out. Perfect! Lovely colors too. I see a stitching designer being born.....

That dental reminder card cracks me up! lol!

I'm so glad you stitched your idea up. Hooray!

Jane Galley said...

What a great piece of stitching and a wonderful story to go with it. These are definitely the best sort of projects

Preeti said...

It looks beautiful!! And the saying is sweet too:)

Mii Stitch said...

I totally agree with you on how we can be disappointed with things sometimes!
You have made a wonderful little pinkeep & really love that sentence, well done!

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

A perfect finish a la Annie :)
Love Mona's smile! HA!

Barb said...

Your designed piece is beautiful - very creative!!

I think we all love your dentists sense of humor too - Mona is so funny!

averyclaire.org said...

Absolutely beautiful...love the creative aspect of this. Hope you do more of these. Your work is lovely.

Blu said...

What a pretty finish! It looks great!

Hetti said...

Your design is fantastic Annie, the letters of the quote are fun and the flower with bird make it complete. It's a beautiful pinkeep in this colors!
I've missed your last post but the rulers are sooo cool, kids will love them.

I will my dentist show the picture, better than another boring email :((
Hugs, Hetti

The Inspired Stitcher said...

I think it turned out nice! It's fun to stretch your wings and step out of your comfort zone. The best part is you were rewarded with a pretty meaningful design. Cool!

Dani - tkdchick said...

great job!!!

Holly said...

Another beautiful finish! I really love your designed font - the style is very befitting of the quote as well as the subject matter. I don't think it needs a border - it's lovely just the way it is.

I like Keats too....the first stanza of Endymion is my favorite and I've always thought the first few lines would make a beautiful stitched piece.

Karen said...

I think it's brilliant, Annie, and came out very nicely. I really like the saying, too. Very well done!

Jackie said...

Annie! It's gorgeous! You really seem to be a designer at heart to me. Very creative!

Anna van Schurman said...

Very pretty! And a lovely quotation.

Brigitte said...

A fantastic design that you created here, Annie. Good that you did not only put the design together but also stitched it. What a neat idea and the finishing is perfect, too.

Annette-California said...

I love it Annie! You always make your projects look incredible with your special touches. I had a good laugh at your reminder for your dental appt! Mine is coming up too:) But I don't get such a cute card!
love Annette