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Guess What’s Finished…

 

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There’s nothing quite so satisfying as chipping away steadily at a To-Do List!

Here’s one more embroidery project I’m crossing off this week:

Embroidered Hummingbirds - Finished!

Considering that the Secret Garden Hummingbirds have been flitting about on my Perpetual To-Do List for a long time, this particular finish is pretty darned satisfying, come to think of it!

With the second hummingbird completely embroidered, all that’s left are some stem stitch veins on a few leaves.

Embroidered Hummingbirds - Finished!

So my next step this morning is to embroider those veins, then remove the piece from the stretcher bars and wash it. It’s been on the frame for over a year, and even though I cover it when I’m not working on it, it will benefit from washing.

Then I’ll stretch and block it, take better photos of the whole piece in good lighting, and, finally, have it framed.

I’m thinking a round frame with bubble glass (convex glass), though I’m not sure what color wood for the frame. Any thoughts on framing? What would you do with it? If you have any scathingly brilliant ideas, let me know!

If you want to see the Secret Garden Hummingbirds Project develop from start to finish, you can find a list of all the articles relating to this project – including the source for the design plus thread colors, stitching tips and the like – in the Secret Garden Hummingbirds project index.

 
 

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  1. Breathtaking, Mary! The bubble glass sounds very interesting. A round frame would be very nice, I think in a light colored wood, but I imagine it would be super expensive, wouldn’t it? Sorry, no helpful ideas. 🙂

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  2. Maybe a soft purple or red, that is beautiful. I had the opportunity to see the book, it is a good book.

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  3. That is absolutely beautiful!!! and inspiring. By reading your blog, you have inspired me to embroider a tablecloth which has been in the family since omg! at least 50 years!! My idea is to embroider something representative of my kids and grands ie my daughter and her daughter are both into dancing ie ballet my grand-son is into football those that aren’t into sports well then there is always the zodiac sign for their birthday since it is the tablecloth most used for birthday celebrations and other special events. Great work and thank you for you inspirations!

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  4. It’s gorgeous, Mary! For framing, I would stay away from a coloured frame; there are enough colours in the piece itself. Equally, I would not choose a metallic frame. Instead I would choose something in a dark wood so that the colours within glow out. I was thinking of a pale wood frame but I don’t think it would complement the piece inside enough; I think a pale wood would just wash it out.

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  5. Simply superb, Mary! What an incredibly colourful feast for the eyes! Congratulations on completing this wonderful project, which has thrilled me from start to finish and for so many hints and tips along the way.
    Johanna Basford must be delighted with your amazing interpretation of her beautiful design! (Have I used enough adjectives, yet?!?!) 🙂

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  6. Mary, the piece is stunning. I didn’t look to see what your dimensions are, but it sure would make a beautiful stool cover. Lynn S.

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    1. Or maybe a birthday present for your mother…or a sister or something…
      btw, Mary, it IS gorgeous, but you didn’t need me to tell you that!

  7. Absolutely stunning, Mary. Loved this design so much I bought the book and the second, Enchanted Forest. I think the bold colors require a crisp outline; instead of natural wood, I would choose Charleston Green, a green/black color to emphasize the foliage or Black. Thanks for sharing this amazing process…you have encouraged me to pick up my embroidery again.

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  8. Mary the piece is just beautiful, but I think the beaks are glorious, the colors perfect. Enjoy your site love to see your projects. The piece is shouting for a round or oval frame with very soft colored natural wood, nothing to distract from the beauty of the piece.

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  9. Oh Mary! I think a black frame with the convex glass would set it of beautifully! Superb work, detail and process has been a pleasure to follow. And the end results…..Thank you! Your inspiration for us to complete our work can get no better.

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  10. Hummingbirds are my favorite birds and here in sunny Florida the ruby throated hummers light up my garden! Your interpretation of these birds is stunning. I think a black lacquered frame would really make those colors pop!

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  11. As always, I’m in awe!! I hope that one day I’ll have the skill to come close to something like this. As a beginner, I’ve learned so much from your website. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.

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  12. I have been following this project from the initial concept of using the page from the coloring book.
    Congratulations! This is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

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  13. I didn’t know you can still buy bubble glass frames. The hummers are lovely, I think I’d go with a darker frame. Black might be too harsh, perhaps something like a walnut or cherry color? Or for non-wood tones, how about bronze or *maybe* a very dark green.

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  14. Mary that is stunning! What a wonderful job you have done and well worth the time spent.
    I’m dying to get at my peacock from the same book and planning white embroider on black material.
    Unfortunately I have had to put it aside as I’m in a middle of moving but planning to be settled enough to begin (and my broken foot healed) to start in another three weeks.
    Look forward to your daily email in spite of mass confusion amidst boxes both full and empty!

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    1. Midge, I’m planning to embroider that peacock, too! I haven’t decided on a ground fabric yet, but I’m hoping, ultimately, to use it as a cover for a box of embroidery supplies.

  15. Mary that is stunning! What a wonderful job you have done and well worth the time spent.
    I’m dying to get at my peacock from the same book and planning white embroidery on black material.
    Unfortunately I have had to put it aside as I’m in a middle of moving but planning to be settled enough to begin (and my broken foot healed) to start in another three weeks.
    Look forward to your daily email in spite of mass confusion amidst boxes both full and empty!

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  16. I’m thinking a round frame: either a dark wood frame with a purple mat (like the medium purple in the flowers and the one hummingbird), or else a white frame with no mat.

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  17. YEAH! Congrats, Mary. What wonderful work you did!
    I have no brilliant ideas for framing. I would use a round frame with a mat and wood frame. Something soft brown — don’t ask me what kind of tree. You want that gorgeous piece framed, so the mat and frame should do just that, and let all those colors shine forth without detracting from it.

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  18. Hurray for you! I have been following this project and am so excited for you. Congratulations on your so-nearly-finished-you-can-taste-it project. That is one