A Happy Boss!!!

I chose to stitch Windows of the World Italy for a Boss’s Day gift, since my boss is of Italian ancestry. I’ll submit a photo if possible. This courtyard scene provided a good opportunity to experiment with neutrals–with the many tones & shades of gold, brown, & gray, I learned a lot about using these colors effectively. Several of the new BFC threads look quite lovely in the stones, including 2751 Pale Gold, 2657 Mustard Gold, & 2630 Light Sandstone. I took extra time to change colors for the shutters to get the effect I wanted. I used medium-weight cotton twill spray-basted to Hemingworth medium-weight cutaway stabilizer, which made a good stable combo to keep the blocks as square as possible–some areas of these designs stitch 3 layers thick. My machine (a Brother PE-150) required me to reduce the stitch density of block #6 by 5 percent before it would sew that one, although oddly, it had no problem accepting block #8, which has an even higher stitch count. Assembly was Method #6 in the suggestions provided, using a wooden frame. I trimmed the completed blocks to a 1/8″ margin of fabric/stabilizer, & laid them out like tiles, not quite touching, along with my ribbon & wood trim, to determine the final size (which in my case was 14.5″W X 18.5″H). I wanted the ribbon “mullions” to barely cover the edges of the embroidery, so as not to hide any more detail than necessary. DH helped me cut the 1/4″ birch plywood, which our home improvement store carries in convenient 2’x2′ squares, & miter the stained wood trim. The blocks were glued to the plywood & outlined with black grosgrain ribbon (3/8″ wide for the mullions & 5/8″ for the casing), then framed with 3/4″ wood trim. I found this scene to be wonderfully detailed & it really sparks the imagination. I’m giving it 4 stars, because in my opinion a few areas stitch more layers than necessary, & a few of the details were a bit confusing, but on the whole, it is well digitized & an example of the outstanding level of art offered by BFC Creations. I’m proud of my result, & hopefully my boss will be pleased with his gift.

Judy

I’m sure your boss was totally amazed Judy!!!!  they way you finished it sounds wonderful.  Suz

 

BFC0623 Windows on the World – Italy

 

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