- Pattern by Joan Elliott
- Materials: 32 count Golden Harvest belfast linen by Silkweaver (old), DMC, Kreinik, Mill Hill as charted
- Size: 10.5" x 15"
- Time to stitch: 6 weeks (August 12-September 30, 2013)
Here she is, the last of the seasonal fairies! All 4 together surely constitute a BAP, and I'm thrilled to have finished this project in 2013.
The fabric is a neutral, subtly variegated light brown/tan. Just perfect for an autumn scene, I think. I plan to hang all the fairies together and each fabric is a different color so I tried to make color depth and variegation the unifying factor.
My favorite aspects of this design include the rainbow of color, and the details, especially the sparkly vines backstitched in Kreinik. The leaves could be dancing in the wind and apples are one of my favorite fall treats, particularly Stayman Winesaps. There was a lot of beading, including ones that required counting for spacing, and that was a bit tedious. I'm kind of "over" the seasonal fairies and very happy that autumn is finished.
So here is the entire seasonal fairies series; I have really enjoyed stitching these Joan Elliott patterns. The stitch count is big enough for detail without being so big it takes forever, there is very little confetti, and the patterns create nice shading without using a zillion colors. I plan to give myself some time to figure out the framing. One thing is for sure, it won't be cheap as they are fairly large, and I'm planning to double mat; each frame will be ~ 15" x 20".
I'm quite proud of finishing these projects within a 9 month timeframe. I waffled on how many I wanted to do, but eventually decided to do them all and moved up the deadlline as I wanted to finish during the first half of my pregnancy. Sort of a last hurrah, I suppose. I'd like to work on Joan Elliott's elemental goddesses series (my favorite is Earth!) next year, but I'll not set any time-based goals as I doubt I'll have much time or energy for stitching as a new mom.