Monday, January 11, 2016

Bouquet des Fleurs

Last September, my cousin gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.  Usually I stitch something immediately when I get news like this, but somehow it stayed on the back burner this time.  I'm happy that I finally finished a door hanger in honor of the new little one and especially happy that's it done before she grows up and goes to college!

I had picked out the design some time ago.  I wanted something feminine with an alphabet.  Once I saw "Bouquet des Fleurs" by Jardin Privé, it seemed like nothing else would do.  I was so pleased that I could purchase a PDF for this since those French patterns can be hard to come by in the U.S.    I modified the border to include all of the "baby facts".  It's stitched one-over-one on antique white Monaco fabric.  I used the suggested DMC colors with a few changes, notably the upper left orangey flowers and a slightly darker gray for the letters.  The bird was done in a random hand-dyed floss I had.  I was also determined to use finishing materials from my stash.  This sparkly batik seemed like the best choice from what I had.  There are a couple of layers of batting behind the stitched part only.  I like that look with the flatter border.  Probably doesn't show up that well in the photos.

Now we'll see how long it takes me to get it in the mail!





28 comments:

Karen said...

So very pretty, Annie! I love the design and the way you finished it. I'm sure it will be very much enjoyed!

Robin in Virginia said...

What a wonderful "birth" sampler you created and I really like how you added the details in the border and finished it. Way to go!

Carol said...

What a great baby gift and a real heirloom you've created, Annie. I like the fact that it's not babyish and she will be able to have it in her room as she grows. The border of baby facts is perfect! I hope you get it in the mail soon--I know your cousin will love it :)

Vickie said...

Oh I am the same way with getting gifts out the door.
What a pretty door hanger you have made!

Annette-California said...

Fantastic & beautiful birth sampler. How pretty the fabrics you used for it are perfect! A treasure for years to come:) Great job Annie!
love Annette

Cindy's Stitching said...

so pretty. very bright and cheerful

Preeti said...

It is very lovely!! I am sure your cousin will love it:)

Kirsten said...

A lovely gift. I like those charming colors and the bird of course.
Looks like a fun to stitch.
Kirsten

Mii Stitch said...

Very pretty stitching & finishing :)

♥ Nia said...

Looks very pretty!! well done sweetie :)

Jane Galley said...


so pretty and the fabric is perfect. Well worth waiting for

Margaret said...

This is just lovely! I love how you put all the birth facts in the border -- what a great touch! Bet your cousin was thrilled!

Emma/Itzy said...

Very pretty!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Annie! That is so incredibly cute. The batik is absolutely perfect! I just love everything about it.

Terri said...

Very pretty and I love your finish!

Penny said...

Very pretty and unique! I too love that it isn't babyish - something that she can keep as she grows up.

Brigitte said...

Annie, I love love love this design. And I love even more what you made out of it. You are right, the batik fabric repeats all the colours in the design. And a nice way to write the baby facts around the edge of the design.
I'm always grateful to designers who sell their charts as PDF. Nothing can get lost in the nirvana of the postal services (I know what I talk about, lol) and in case you need the chart very urgently you needn't have to wait for one or two weeks for it to arrive.

Sheryl S. said...

This is lovely Annie, a pretty design and the fabric colours you have chosen are just perfect, including that of the ribbon. What a great gift.

Mylene said...

Oh i LOVE it! Beautifully stitched and finished!

Shebafudge said...

Oh...that is so pretty! I love it and your finishing is beautiful. xx

StitchinByTheLake said...

Annie this is just a treasure - and it's one this child can keep forever, not just for babyhood! I love the way you finished it and yes, the batting does make it more three dimensional...it shows up beautifully! blessings, marlene

Hetti said...

A unique gift a door hanger, which is not often given as a baby gift Annie! And as always, beautiful colors and your own touches to it. Over a century, it is still owned by the family, I'm sure of it :-)))
XXX Hetti

mainelystitching said...

Annie, your personalizations (is that a word??) make this utterly perfect! What a charming gift. :D I finished something for SILs daughter almost two years ago and still haven't mailed it. I've actually hidden it from myself. For shame!

Jackie said...

You always find a way to make a stitched project unique! Love the baby facts along the border and I'm sure your cousin is thrilled!

averyclaire.org said...

This turned out lovely. And the finish is perfect! Beautiful work as always.

Gina E. said...

Absolutely stunning. What a beautiful family heirloom this will be!

Sandra said...

This sampler is so pretty! Everything about it is right and so beautifully stitched! Hope it doesn't take to long to get to its new owner ;)

Mini said...

Love the way you have personalised the door hanger. I'm sure your cousin will love it.