Saturday, August 30, 2008


I did it! I just finished this piece about 15 minutes ago! I must admit, it was almost difficult to finish it. I have enjoyed stitching this piece so much that I almost did not want to finish it. But I did and here are some pictures. I had to take them with flash since it is almost midnight, but I am going to try to get better shots and some close ups tomorrow if the brightness will be enough and if it will not be raining like it has been lately.

Little House Neighborhood finished

Little House Neighborhood by Diane Williams, Little House Needleworks
Fabric: 32ct Light Mocha Belfast
Threads: DMC, Crescent Colors and GAST

Little House Neighborhood finished

The text was changed out for a line in an Icelandic kids song. It says 'Ein ég sit og sauma, inni í litlu húsi' and that would translate to 'Alone I sit and stitch, inside a little house'. It is a song that is very dear to me and has been for as long as I can remember. I decided that I wanted to change some elements of the design and bring it a little closer to home so to speak, make it a little more Icelandic. So that is why I changed the squirrels out for a cat and a bee since we do not have squirrels here. I decided not to stitch the white star on the blue house as I thought it looked a little too American. And I decided to stitch the houses in over-dyes to get the look of painted houses, or the houses here in Iceland (especially in the city center) who have corrugated iron on them. And the final touch was the changing of the words. And since I decided not to stitch the women on the original design, but send them inside stitching, this lyric seemed perfect for my piece. I am so in love with it. Now to go to my framers and find the perfect frame for it!


Susan said...

It's gorgeous! I love the changes you made. Congratulations!

Irene said...

You are the first I know of to finish this. It looks wonderful, the colors and changes are great. I have 2 houses and a tree almost done, so it will be a while before I am done.

nicky said...

Congratulations! Its beautiful, I love the changes you have made!

Anonymous said...

Linda, this is absolutely fantastic! You are the first person I know to have finished this design! CONGRATULATIONS on such a wonderful accomplishment! Beautiful verse!! I will tell my dear friend who is from Iceland about it for sure!

Moni said...

Congratulations Linda, it is wonderful! I LOVE the changes you have made! How gorgeous!

Moni said... my previous comment I forgot to tell you that you have made me laugh reading that you have sent the two women inside to stitch! This is so nice and such a good idea! :-)

Sherry said...

Just beautiful! I have thought of changing the top section as well and love how you did it! What pattern did your birdfeeder come from?

Anonymous said...

Thanks everyone!

Christina: Who is your friend from Iceland? Just curious!

Sherry: I got the pattern from the new threadpack from LHN 'Reading'. I had to change it a little though as it was too high to fit in this pattern.

Meredith said...

Your work is beautiful and I love how you personalized it! Congratulations!!!!! Meredith

Nina said...

Congratulations, Linda!
I love your piece, it's just beautiful with your changes :)

Nicole said...

Congratulations!!!! It's beautiful Linda! I love it! You inspire me to get mine finished now! :)

Shelagh said...

Your SAL has been finished for over a week and I have just got round to reading the blog. Congratulations it's beautiful and I love the changes you made. I too had second thoughts about the star on the house, but I decided that it was probably Susan's house.

blog template by