Sweet Summer

Happy First Day of Summer!!!! (Also, Happy Father’s Day!)

Sweet Summer, designed by Lizzie*Kate

Sweet Summer, designed by Lizzie*Kate

The design is the new Lizzie*Kate limited edition kit Sweet Summer. The kit includes the pattern, fabric, shell trim, beads, and metallic thread. It is charted for WDW and CC, but I stitched mine mainly in DMC. I did have two of the WDW colours, so I used them (the periwinkle and the tropical blue colours).

The linen in the kit has a very, very open weave and feels very loose. To be honest, I didn’t like it at all. But, I decided to use it since I paid for it. 😉

The kit also includes finishing instructions so you can finish your piece to look like the cover picture. It took me a while, but here is my finished piece:

All finished!

All finished!

I used some really cute sailboat fabric that I have no recollection of buying. (Did one of you lovely ladies send it to me?) I laced all of the pieces to their boards (acid-free comic bag inserts–available super cheap at your local comic shop), and sewed on all the jute trim. I did use glue to attach the shell trim and to attach the stitched design to the fabric covered board. Yes, I know some of you hate the idea of using glue on finished pieces. But, this is not meant to be an heirloom piece, handed down to my great-great grandchildren. It is meant as a bit of seasonal fun–to be displayed for a few years and eventually misplaced and forgotten about. So, I’m okay with using glue. 😉

All in all, I really enjoyed stitching this design (excluding the poor fabric). I really hope that there will be similar kits for the other three seasons.

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