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« on: April 12, 2014 05:07:23 AM »

I made this for the recent Complete Nonsense swap, for Helena Puck.  She listed a part of a Shel Silverstein poem as a favourite quote and when I first read it, it seemed awfully familiar.  Then I realized it was a lyric from a favourite Irish Rovers song that my grandfather in law would love to sing around the fire when we used to visit them at their retirement property.  He passed on a couple of years ago and I loved that man dearly, especially since he reminded me so much of my one of my own grandparents, all of whom passed on when I was quite younger.

Anyways, I knew then that I *had* to make something for that quote and I came up with this little guy - he is just so plump and cute, and I swear I was smiling every time I worked on him - for one thing, the song kept running through my head.  Oh yes, the design for the unicorn came from Urban Threads.




I am also proud to say that it was all made from stash materials - a friend gave me a bunch of leftover floss from her mother who loves to cross stitch, and all the colours came from that.

After mounting it on the hoop, and finishing the back, I took the outer hoop and wood burned the quote onto it, then stained it in a light finish.



I posted more pics on my blog, and also the full poem if anyone is interested
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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2014 07:44:03 AM »

It's superb!! The story behind it it moving too Smiley what a lovely thing to give!
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2014 09:18:25 AM »

Ah, thanks for the reminder of that great song by the Irish Rovers, one of my favorites too!
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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2014 10:01:51 AM »

I loved it because it is a unicorn...but the story behind it makes me love it more! Beautiful stitching!
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2014 12:38:43 PM »

An awesome piece of stitchery.  I hate satin stitch as it never comes out even for me.  Yours is just beautiful.
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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2014 05:23:33 PM »

I LOVE this!!  I remember that used to be my favourite song, every time I went to my grandmas I would break out the Irish rovers record and play it on the record player. Love love love.
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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2014 07:58:02 PM »

I am so glad you guys like it and share the good memories!

One of the last gifts that DH and I got his grandfather was tickets to an Irish Rovers concert for Christmas before he had his stroke.
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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2014 08:59:40 AM »

WOW! Your stitching is amazing!
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« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2014 10:36:29 AM »

You think so?  I was in a quandary over how to do the curves of colour in the mane several times.  I thought it would take a couple of weeks to do, but really it did go faster than I thought, especially when I was doing it during night shifts during my break or when it was slower.
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« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2014 03:36:23 PM »

Love it!  Your stitching is just wonderful!  Satin stitching can go pretty quickly.  I would be intimidated by the body!  So much empty space...
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