Sunday, September 16, 2012

Finished - "All Things Bright and Beautiful"

Good morning, readers!  I promised you I would have some stitching done this weekend, and I am not letting you down!  I am typing this Sunday morning, and I have already finished a project that was kicking around for awhile.  Here is "All Things Bright and Beautiful!"

"All Things Bright and Beautiful."  Designed and stitched by Erin E. Turowski
"All Things Bright and Beautiful."  Designed and stitched by Erin E. Turowski
I designed this piece because I am a veterinarian, and there is a lack of veterinary-themed pieces in the cross stitch world.  I wanted to be able to make something that shows why I love my profession.  The central verses are inspired by a 19th century Anglican hymn - they were adopted later by James Herriot as the titles for his autobiographies.  Stitched around the border are six embroidered animals.  I selected them because they are all likely to be encountered in veterinary practice, and I designed the motifs myself.  Here is a close-up of each of the little critters:

Little orange kitty
Little orange kitty
Chocolate Labrador retriever
Chocolate Labrador retriever
Blue bird
Blue bird
Black stethoscope
Black stethoscope
Tan Jersey cow
Tan Jersey cow
Black horse
Black horse
Pink pig (Landrace, maybe?)
Pink pig (Landrace, maybe?)
I like the orange kitty the best, but I am partial.  :)  I didn't do anything fancy to design these - I just sketched them out as line drawings using KG Chart and tweaked the stitches until the shapes looked right.  I also stitched certain words in the text in scarlet and gray to represent my alma mater (Go Bucks - although they looked pretty terrible playing Cal in football yesterday).

Scarlet and gray accent words in each line - Go Bucks!
Scarlet and gray accent words in each line - Go Bucks!
I am going to list this in my Etsy shop and offer custom embroidery to include the buyer's selected name, vet school, and graduation year, along with embroider in school colors for the "bright," "beautiful," etc.

Now, I am off to Michael's to pick up some floss - now that I have finished this project, of course, I have permission to start another!  :)

Have a great weekend, readers.  Thanks for taking some time out of your busy day to visit my little blog!

-Erin

4 comments:

  1. This is fantastic, Erin!! Really great job. So talented!

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  2. This turned out so cute! I really like the pig ;-)

    I'm originally from Ohio. Go Buckeyes!

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