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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Part One Complete!


I finished Part 1 of the Mystery Sampler today.  I am right on schedule since Part 2 arrived in the mail yesterday.  Now we start on the interior of the piece.  For those of you following my DMC conversion, I ended up using DMC 831 for the WDW Sage.  I had originally thought I would use DMC 370 but after comparing it to the Weeks floss I went with the 831.

So now dear friends I have a question.  Is it okay to mix the overdyes with the DMC?  I have some of the Weeks flosses and I believe I would really like the subtle shading they would offer on the tree trunk and the alphabet.  Would this be a stitchy faux pas? 

As I was looking at the chart for part 2 I thought this would be a wonderful opportunity for a contest and some additional summer fun.  I have been having all sorts of thoughts on what lies behind that bird nest picture that will be the final installment of this mystery.  Those of you who are stitching along know there are several colors that haven't been used that must appear in that lower left corner.  So, what do you think lies in that lower left corner of the finished piece?

Submit your best guess on this post by July 1st.  Then we will wait impatiently for the final installment to be revealed sometime in mid July.   I will put together a little prize package for the person who guesses the closest.  In the event, more than one person hits the nail on the head - I will draw a name from the correct entries.  (No fair if you have some sort of inside information, please don't submit a guess).  You don't have to be stitching this sampler to participate (although you should, it really is a lot of fun)  - just head over to Brenda's blog and read a bit to gain some clues.  One entry per person please.  :o)  I can't wait to hear your guesses!

26 comments:

Catherine said...

Congrats on finishing part one! I have it, but have yet to start!! Need to pick up part 2 from my LNS.

I'm going to guess that maybe there is a little farm house with music notes coming out of the screen door in the final section!

hugs!

natalyK said...

Many designers mix overdyed threads with DMC. Alot of LHN ornaments are done this way so go for it and mix. I am sure it will be lovely. As for what's next I have a feeling it is either a bird nest with fledglings or a feeder with more birds. Can't wait to find out.

Karen said...

Very pretty... I am really enjoying seeing everyone's progress on this one. Happy stitching on part two...

Ellen said...

Wow, beautiful stitching! Love your DMC conversions. I think it is ok to mix overdyed threads with DMC, it's done all the times by designers.

My guess, the third part of this sampler is a bird nest with fledglings.

Hugs,

Friendship Crossing said...

I'm not even going to try and guess but just wanted to stop in and say it is lovely! Yes, it is perfectly fine to mix DMC w/overdyed threads ~ I do it all the time and know of several designers who do it too.
Thanks for stopping by for a visit recently!

Tanya

Chris said...

Hi Myra!
Part 1 looks great. I have not started mine yet, I am working on some gifts.
It is fine to mix overdyes w/DMC.
I just had to wrestle a bag of rolls away from Binx...He is a handful!
Have a great week!

Carol said...

Oh, how pretty, Myra!! And yes, I mix overdyeds and DMC all the time. I won't spend the money on a suggested overdyed if it is just used in a tiny section of a chart. I'd rather use the overdyeds in large portions where you can really see the variations in color...

Hmm...I would say it is a nest, too--with little chirping baby birds craning their heads up for a nice juicy worm :)

Laura said...

Congratulations on finishing the border!!! That is a big achievement. It must feel good to be right on schedule.

You can definitely mix overdyes with DMC! I am doing it right now on 13 Colonies by LHN. It is called for on the chart.

I was going to leave this comment no matter what; but I will add in my guess just for fun........my guess is hearts.

Crispy said...

Your stitching is always so lovely Myra :0) I think you can use whatever threads you want to make it yours.

No guess from me :0)

Crispy

Nancy said...

Lovely stitching! I just put the first stitches in mine last night. I would think mixing threads is fine. My guess is a birds nest with 3 eggs in it.

♥marylin♥ said...

juste magnifique !
very beautiful

bonne journée

have a good day

marylin France

Pumpkin said...

How exciting Myra!!!! It looks fabulous :o) And no, there are no rules about mixing DMC and overdyed threads.

My guess...oh gosh...I want to say a bird's nest but I don't think that's it. It has something to do with music. A piano maybe?

Pat Matejcek said...

Myra your border is looking beautiful.. I just ordered this one. It is fine to mix overdyes with dmc. I have seen designers do this.
My guess is a bird feeder or a bird bath with some little birds..
Pat
p.matejcek@yahoo.com

Berit said...

This looks fabulous! :D

And, OF COURSE you should mix DMC and overdye in one piece! I've lost track of how many times I've done it myself and it looks great. :D

If you consider the fact that most cotton overdyes are made using DMC to start with it's exactly all the same thing (not any different than giving your piece a coffee/tea/rit bath when finished.) Also similar to Staci's tutorial for making coffee-dyed ecru/white floss. :D

I say go for it!

P.S. Got any cobbler left? Yum!

valerie said...

Myra, your border looks great! You got it done in no time! It's totally ok to mix DMC and overdyeds.

carol fun said...

Oh it looks wonderful - I'm waaay behind at the moment, too many other projects calling me. As for what is at the base of the tree - I'm hoping for a house and I can't wait to see what appears- take care -

mbroider said...

It looks great!! I see this SAL being done on so many blogs.

As for guessing, i think it is a nest of eggs, some feathers seen and prolly some eggs cracking, lol showing the young 'uns out...

Sharmila
mils_here@yahoo.com

Elaine said...

Your part 1 finish is so pretty Myra. I mix my threads quite often, its all part of the fun. Look forward to seeing part two.

Amy said...

Looks great - love your DMC choices! I don't know what it's going to be, but look at the floss colors, I think it must be something other than a birds nest. A house or barn perhaps? I like someones comment of a birdhouse - hope that's what it is, guess we'll know in a few more weeks! :-)

Pointed Stitcher said...

I love this border. This is going to be a very pretty piece.

Tracey said...

Lovely!! And I mix DMC and overdyes often.. :) I am going to take a wild guess on the pattern and say maybe a tree with some fruit on it. Hope no one else has guessed that yet.. I didn't check. ;)

robindefender said...

Totally random guess: maybe it's a sweet little cat, admiring all the pretty little birds.

Mix your fibers. I have lots of patterns that call for a mix, and I will mix them myself if the mood hits me.

Mary said...

The border looks wonderful Myra! I mix DMC and overdyed a lot. (I relax rules for beauty)lol

As for the remainder of the chart surprise....My guess is that it's a newly hatched bluebird singing to the music it hears coming from the house.

Whatever it is, I'm sure it will be a beautiful finish.
Good luck with the rest of it. You seem to be right on track with the atitching!
*HUGS*

Sally said...

Your part 1 finish looks gorgeous. I mix DMC with overdyes and I think they look fine:)

Lisa said...

Hi Myra, hope you are well?
your part 1 looks really lovely, I would go with a mix of threads a lot of designers do, I love hand dyed threads on larger areas of the design

I just received both part 1 and 2 yesterday so can't wait to get started, I think part 3 might contain a little bird house, oh so exciting! LOL

Teresa S. said...

As usual, your stitching looks divine! My guess for Mystery #3 is a nest with eggs AND fledglings (maybe 1 or 2 of each??)

I saw a mother Mallard duck today with 2 babies following her-right on the shoulder of the freeway!!