Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Voyage







I'm so excited to share my finished pirate ship cross-stitch today! The design is called Voyage, and it comes from the brilliant Jody Rice, modern cross-stitch designer and proprietor of the Etsy shop Satsuma Street. If you haven't checked out Jody's shop, I recommend that you do so immediately. She has so many wonderful designs. (I have no connection to Jody, I'm just a really big fan).

I loved working on this piece. I started around late May, just before the end of the school year, and worked on it throughout June and July. This piece was a little different from others I've made, in that there are lots of little areas of color, which meant more floss changes. I was a bit intimidated by that at first (I really like stitching big areas in one color), but I soon found it enjoyable and exciting as I watched the design take shape. I especially enjoyed working on the flags and sails, and also the part of the boat with the colorful triangular pattern from one end to the other. This ship is bold and graphic, but it also has a cartoonish feel; sort of Peter Pan, sort of Scandinavian, I think - a colorful vessel full of gentle, Disney-fied Vikings.

I stitched my ship on navy blue 14-count Aida cloth with a variety of different flosses from my stash. I only needed to purchase about five skeins to make this piece - everything else came from my collection of newish DMC flosses, as well as a sizeable collection of "antique" flosses given to me by my mother-in-law. They include Anchor and Coats & Clark flosses, as well as the more exotic Rose and Mez brands. For my ship, I matched colors as closely as possible to the design. Some are slightly different; I worked with what I had.

As I often do with stitched pieces, I framed this one myself. I won't offer a tutorial, as I don't think I have any real expertise in this area. I'm happy with it, though, and I think the frame works well. I wanted something a little bit gaudy, both to set off the dark background and to add some glitz to the gallery wall in our family room where I've hung it. But I also wanted to be a little bit tongue-in-cheek about it - pirates, gold, treasure - just for fun. I really wanted a scrolly, ornate frame, but the ones I found were a bit expensive and they looked silly with the more conservative black photo frames in my wall display, so I went with a simpler gold frame with delicate beading along the inner edge - subtle gaudiness suits me just fine. My gallery wall is a work in progress; I'm still not sure what else to hang up there but I know a lot of it will be handmade. I love the way my ship looks on the wall, adding color and balance just where I needed it, with a bit of sweet whimsy on the side.

34 comments:

  1. its absolutely beautiful - wonderful job!

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  2. That is just lovely, you must be delighted.

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  3. Really beautiful and the frame sets it off perfectly.

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  4. Brilliant. Your stitching is so neat!

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  5. Well done on such beautiful cross stitching Jennifer! It is a lovely design and looks so nice framed and on the wall.
    Helen xox

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  6. It's fabulous, Jennifer. I like how you used up the threads you had on this project. Subtle gaudiness, I love it. xx

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  7. It looks amazing, I love how you have framed it too, a professional job.

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  8. It all looks fabulous, Jennifer. Well done you! :o)

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  9. You have completed a most successful Voyage, Jennifer! Thanks for sharing your journey with
    us :) xx

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  10. It really turned out well and you did a good job of framing it. Love all the color changes, more work for you, but makes a spectacular picture.

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  11. I love how the ship turned out.. wouldn't it be fun to sail on a real ship done up in all those colors? I took my "pirate ship" sailboat in the opening day parade (of sailing season) with the Portland Yacht Club and I had colorful banners up to the top of the mast to the stern of the boat... so your ship reminds me of that wonderful day. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  12. Gosh that is fabulous Jennifer!! clever girl you xoxo

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  13. It's fabulous, you've done a good job with it, even the frame has been thought about. I found the Satsuma Street blog shortly before you started working on this project, she does have some lovely designs. How do you manage to get all the creases out of the fabric once it's finished? I've found that even if I iron when still damp, the creases are really stubborn and can't be removed completely.

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  14. That's come out really well and is so neat :)

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  15. I love cross stitch. The different colours work so well together. Amazing framing; makes all the difference when you can do it yourself. What a long summer holiday you have. I guess you have much shorter holidays for the rest of the year. We only get between 6 and 7 weeks over here. B x

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  16. Wonderful to see the launching of the pirate ship, Jennifer, and how stunning it looks. The gold frame is a stroke of genius, setting off the colours beautifully. I love it!

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  17. I love its whimsical look, Jennifer! What you said about liking to see the pattern emerge as you did all the different colours is the same reason I like doing Fair Isle knitting.

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  18. This looks so lovely ,and you have done a great job framing it ,xx

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  19. This looks so lovely ,and you have done a great job framing it ,xx

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  20. Looks really good Jennifer! I love all the colours - the pastels and that blue go so well together. Well done! x

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  21. Brilliant Jennifer, and so different and therefore a good contrast to Alicia's designs. I really love the punchy colours and you have stitched it beautifully - as usual!

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  22. Your pirate ship is really beautiful Jennifer, and fun, too. xx

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  23. how lovely! well done! such a fun piece! I love how you create so much of your home decor this way! A beautifully done and framed piece! :)))

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  24. Love this piece - so cute! Great job.

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  25. So pretty and whimsical. I can definitely see Peter Pan guiding this ship through magical waters or clouds.

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  26. It is beauty and you have framed it so well. It is great to have handmade things on the wall for all to see. Jo x

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  27. It is absolutely lovely. I love the vibrancy of the colours, and the fun and whimsical feel of the design. The gold frame you choose is perfect. Are you sad it's over? ;-) xx

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  28. How did I possibly miss this post? I've been waiting to see it finished. It's fantastic Jennifer! I love it so much. The frame you chose is perfect for it.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  29. Wow that looks terrific! And the frame suits it perfectly. Am I the only person who thinks the blue & white triangle flag looks like an owl? I see it in every shot . . . Maybe it's just me!
    What's next up in the embroidery hoop? X

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  30. It's so lovely...beautifully colourful and it seems like you really loved making it too.
    Marianne x

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  31. I love the ship...such neat stitching. you must be really pleased with it. xx

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  32. BEAUTIFUL Jennifer! I love the pretty colors -- and, well, just everything about it!

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