Saturday, March 10, 2012

Paradise Lost Finish

That's right, I finished Paradise Lost this week!  Here it is in all it's glory...


I just love this piece!  It reminds me of a piece that my mom stitched for me when I was little.  It's still at my parents' house or I'd take a picture of it to show you.  This was my challenge piece for the Sampler Guild of the Rockies as well as for Becky's BAP Challenge.  I think I might need to add another piece to my 2012 challenge lists! 

I stitched this on 36 ct. Vintage Light Examplar with the called for Needlepoint Silks.  I made one change, do you see it? 

That's right, I added my black cat next to Eve!  I love adding him into pieces that I stitch as a way to personalize them as mine.  I used to change something on every piece I stitched, the linen, threads or something else.  Now I'm more content to stitch things as charted but a piece like this one just was perfect for personalization like this with all the animals so here he is!  :)

I just loved stitching this guy too, saved him for nearly last and it was such a fun addition:IMG_0303
And, here is Tiger wondering what the fuss is about and why she's not in this piece too!IMG_0305

It was such a fun piece to stitch and as I was nearing the end of this piece I started to think about all of the things I want to start next.  I want to start Mary Roe by The Scarlett House next and I think I now have everything I need but I think before I start another big project I'd like to do a few little things, like a pincushion for an exchange we are doing at Sampler Guild, the pre-stitching for my Briar Rose Etui, an ornament, etc.  Plus, I have Anniversaries of the Heart kitted and ready plus the valentine piece from the new Blackbird Designs book and the rest of Plum Street Samplers Russian series... So, I'm not sure what I'm stitching next quite yet, I think I may savor this finish for a day or two before starting something new. 


  1. PL is gorgeous and I think it's wonderful that you included your kitty in the sampler. You have lots of choices as to what project to start next. Looking forward to seeing what you decide to work on next.

  2. It's just gorgeous, Jen! I love how you put your black cat in -- so fun! I need to figure out how to stitch Mia in my pieces. lol!

  3. Congrats on such a beautiful finish! Love the little black kitty too!
    happy stitching....

  4. Very, very, very beautiful finish!!
    Greetings from Debby

  5. It's so pretty!!!!! And love that you added your kitty :-). Can't wait to see what's next :-).

  6. Beautiful finish Jen!!! Congrats!!

  7. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous finish! I just love this piece and you have stitched it up so quickly! Such an inspiration! Can't wait to see what you're up to next.

  8. I also enjoy cross-stitching.

  9. WOW! What a beautiful sampler. Job well done.