Tuesday, December 1, 2015

New design finished!

The reason that I was able to work on one of my HAPs this past month - I finished the design I'd been working on!!!  I'd be doing a happy dance, but I'd just probably end up hurting myself.

Genealogy has always been one of my obsessions hobbies.  Don't worry, this is relevant.  Years ago, I saw MLI's version of a Mother's Tree.  I loved the idea but not the actual design.  That was the only design she did that I wasn't impressed with.  I felt it was too dark and the font was very masculine (I deal with fonts for my "real" job).

I finally made the effort to create my own Mother's Tree pattern!  In the next few weeks, I will have it available in my Etsy shop, XedStitches.  I want to get it framed before I offer it for sale, hence the delay.  I will be offering it where I do the hard part: the charting of the names.  It will include an alphabet so future generations can be added.

Here is what it looks like for my maternal line:

I figured if I was going to stitch a model of it, best to start with me (no kids) and go back.

Here are some details about it:
  • Fabric is 32count white evenweave that I tea-dyed. 
  • Tree is stitched over 2 (so 16count) using Gentle Arts Sampler Threads (GAST) in Acorn and Forest Glade.
  • Text is stitched over 1 using GAST Weathered Barn.
  • Overall size of stitched area is:  16½" (41.91cm) tall x 22" (55.88cm) wide.  This will, of course, vary.
Not everyone is going to have a name as long as mine (33 letters!), so the width will most likely be smaller for most people.  The height will depend on the number of generations known for the family.  My Eva was born in 1804 in Poland so I don't know how successful I would be in going further back.  Both of my sisters do have daughters so another generation would add about 1½-2 inches.

I will definitely take a better photo once it's been framed.

Happy Stitching!



Susan said...

That looks amazing! I like your version much better than the MLI one (and I stitched that on for my niece).

Leonore Winterer said...

Oh what a great idea, and lovely design :D

Heather said...

That looks really cool great job!

Katie said...

Beautiful design! I know a lot of people are into family trees so that's fantastic.