Florentine Fancy Finished

I’m so happy! I put the final stitches into Florentine Fancy just about an hour ago. It feels great to have it finished.

Florentine Fancy, designed by Carolyn Mitchell

Florentine Fancy, designed by Carolyn Mitchell

Florentine Fancy was designed by Carolyn Mitchell, and is currently offered as a correspondence course through The Embroiderers’ Guide of Canada (EAC). The pattern was very detailed (nearly 30 pages!), but I had to choose my own colours.

Florentine Fancy, designed by Carolyn Mitchell (detail)

Florentine Fancy, designed by Carolyn Mitchell (detail)

It is stitched on white mono canvas. I used a wide variety of threads:

  • DMC Perle Cotton #3
  • DMC Perle Cotton #5
  • Watercolours
  • Soie Cristale
  • Neon Rays
  • Flair

I also made a couple of choices with regards to filling stitches for the background around the centre flower and the outer border. I also chose to have the corner motifs face each other, rather than all point in the same direction.

Florentine Fancy, designed by Carolyn Mitchell (detail)

Florentine Fancy, designed by Carolyn Mitchell (detail)

It didn’t turn out exactly as I had envisioned. I had planned to do the background around the centre flower in the same shade as the background as the outer border. Unfortunately, my dye lot disaster meant I had to look for another solution. With the help of some ladies at one of my monthly stitch nights, I decided to go with a very pale grey. And, I think it looks pretty nice. Overall, I’m really happy with how this design turned out.

I’m going to take a break from EAC correspondence classes for the time being because I just have too many projects that need to get done! But I do plan on signing up for Shockwave by Lorene Salt sometime in the near-ish future. I can’t wait!

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17 Responses to Florentine Fancy Finished

  1. Dima says:

    Congrats on the finish! I absolutely love the colors you picked in this project. By the way, how was your experience with taking a correspondence class? I’ve been thinking of taking one but haven’t taken the plunge yet.

  2. Nicole McReavy says:

    Your finished piece looks wonderful. You should be proud of your beautiful stitching !

  3. Joanne P says:

    The finished piece looks wonderful. The colours all go together so well too.
    I like the look of the next piece you have signed up for too!

  4. Kerry P says:

    It looks lovely Heather, the colour palette works so well and shockwave looks fab too.

  5. Kim McCool says:

    This is absolutely and undoubtedly stunning!! Well done!

  6. Jo ButterZ says:

    This work is amazing. A very pretty piece

  7. Christine says:


  8. B. Lapp says:

    Beautiful finish. Love the colour combinations.

  9. Judithmakes says:

    stunning, gorgeous, love it ♥♥♥

  10. Rachel says:

    Well done – it looks gorgeous!

  11. Anna says:

    Congratulations! Beautiful work!

  12. I think it turned out beautiful. Thanks for posting a closeup of your work. I love the detail of the stitches – and your floss choices.

  13. Katie says:

    Beautiful piece. Congrats on the finish! Love the colors you picked.

  14. Darlene says:

    The finished piece looks wonderful. Well Done.

  15. Suzemo says:

    I love the colors in this piece – pink and grey/white is/are my favorite combinations for a lot of things.

    You did an outstanding job, even if you did have to contend and “ad-lib” with a dye lot horror story.

  16. Justine says:

    I think it looks perfect! Stunning finish.

  17. Susan says:

    Very pretty finish. I do like that you turned the corners, so to speak. Love the colors – having to pick my own colors would scare me away from this piece.