Sunday, March 13, 2016

Wild and Crazy Carrot

So after I caught up on my SALS in the last post, I realized that I hadn't planned what project to start next.  I usually have my next project in mind while I'm working on one.  I'm a one-at-a-time stitcher, so no WIP's waiting in the wings.  This happened on the night of the Oscars and I couldn't imagine watching an awards show without stitching at the same time.  I looked through my recent freebie downloads and the CEC Primrose Carrot caught my eye.  It fascinated me because it used a lot of colors, but the chart was in black and white with no accompanying color photo.  I couldn't visualize the completed design at all.  I laughed because the designer encourages you to pick your own colors.  Not sure how I would have been able to that.   Luckily I had an appropriate piece of linen and all the DMC colors in my stash, so it became a mystery stitch for me.  It was so much fun to stitch and see the design in color come to life gradually.  On 32-count evenweave, it's a bit too long for a book mark, so I made a little mat to use as a resting spot for my iPad-mini.  I'm quite happy with it.


And I did one more block of El's ABC SAL. Still love these quick little squares.



29 comments:

Jackie said...

I do terribly picking out my own colors You did a great job and I love the linen color!

geeky Heather said...

Cute carrot! With no guide as to what it's supposed to look like, it would have taken me forever to pick my own colors!!

Jane Galley said...

I love that carrot, it would make me smile every time I looked at it

Mini said...

Lovely finish. I'm like you...I think I'm still a novice at cross stitching to pick my own colors.

Preeti said...

You picked lovely colors, it is looking beautiful:)

Christine said...

That carrot is so cute!

Margaret said...

I'm the same way about picking my own colors. I love that carrot! So cute and pretty and colorful! The alphabet project is so much fun too.

Holly said...

Both the design and your finishing are adorable. I can see how that pattern would be a fun stitch. It's so quirky which is why I think I love it.

Mii Stitch said...

Well you picked perfect colours, your carrot looks awesome... almost radioactive :D Only joking, great work!!

Vickie said...

That is the funkiest carrot I have ever seen! And.... I love it.

Robin in Virginia said...

I really like your primrose carrot and how you finished it. Your mini block turned out great as well!

Heather said...

I love your carrot! It turned out so great. And yay for you being brave and giving it a go without a colour picture.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

You know, I have some freebies like that too and wondered what a person would do. Yours turned out really cool!

Kirsten said...

Cool carrot! Must have been fun and exciting to see the design develop.

Carol said...

How cute is that carrot with its heart shaped leaves! I think the black background adds so much to those great colors... Good for you for plowing ahead and just stitching it even though you had no idea what it would end up looking like, Annie :) A perfect little resting place for your iPad-mini!

Happy Spring to you!

Sheryl S. said...

Lovely carrot Annie, it has turned out beautifully - I take ages sorting out my own colours and often end up unstitching parts and redoing

ArchangelDecker said...

I love the carrot. How fun!

Hetti said...

It is a very interesting carrot;-))Annie, I love the colors and the mat for your iPad-mini. The ABC Sal is so cute with the little motifs.
XXX Hetti

Penny said...

I love your quirky carrot! :) And what a great way to finish it! Cute SAL addition.

Cindy's Stitching said...

I love it. beautiful colors.

Brigitte said...

It's always a fun adventure to stitch a freebie without having a colour picture of the finished piece. I love that too :) This little colourful carrot turned out great and I love how you finished it.

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

What a great, fun, colorful carrot! Your next SAL block turned out great, too!

Angela said...

Awesome finish, I love it!

Emma/Itzy said...

What a fun stitch!

mainelystitching said...

This makes me want to plant heritage carrots AND stitch! :)

Anne said...

Annie, I love your little Primrose Carrot,it's adorable!! Happy Stitching!! and Happy Easter! :)

Desiree Ehleiter said...

The carrot is lovely. Didn't think it would be so pretty from the black and white pattern. Great job! The finish is wonderful as well! I really have to learn to finish.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Love your Crazy Carrot! Thanks for the link. It's a really fun design for using up my scraps bag threads.

Annette said...

hihihi... what a funny Carrot.. but you made it very beautifull!!
Great job