Dimensions Gold Elegance of the Orient – Finish!

Hey all, hope everyone is well and enjoying the month of July. Once again I must apologise for being away for so long. My partner and I have been in the process of attempting to purchases our first house and it has been one of the most stressful experiences of my life. However the stress of the whole process seems to have done great things for my crafting productivity. I have worked on a number of different projects over the last few months, so will have lots to share over the next while.

First on the list though has to be one of my long time WIP’s, Elegance of the Orient. This is a gift for my mother and had been very close to the finish for a long time. What was left to be done however was all the detail stitching, which I just couldn’t seem to settle to. One Sunday I just decided that I would sit down with this project and get as much of it finished as I could. Before I knew it I was adding the finishing touches.

Dimensions Gold, Elegance of the Orient, Cross Stitch, Handmade, Finish, Embroidery

So here she is in all her splendor. My mother now has her and will be choosing the frame etc. There are a couple of things I’m not entirely happy with though. The belt piece on the obi should be off centred to the right and I made an error in the colours of the top rose on the kimono but decided not to rip it back to fix it. While I’m happy enough with the decision not the frog these stitches, I can still tell quite easily that they aren’t as they should be.

Dimensions Gold, Elegance of the Orient, Cross Stitch, Handmade, Finish, Embroidery

I have to admit that I absolutely hated doing the metallic gold back stitching in the under skirt. It was incredibly tricky back stitching on its own without the added challenge of the metallic threads. I found that I had to really concentrate on this section and made so many errors. The effect is undeniably stunning but it’s not something I would look forward to doing again in the future.

Dimensions Gold, Elegance of the Orient, Cross Stitch, Handmade, Finish, Embroidery

This project included a few things I hadn’t done before, including the twisted lazy daisy stitches in her hair. I’m not sure how technically good they are, but I think I did a good enough job that the effect is quite nice. This project had a lot of different techniques in it from cross stitch and half cross stitch to cording and French knots! It was quite a challenging project but it creates a stunning result.

As soon as she has been framed I will get some more pictures to share with you all. For now I have a few more projects to post including my very first HAED (Heaven and Earth Designs) finish! So keep an eye out for more upcoming, right here.

25 thoughts on “Dimensions Gold Elegance of the Orient – Finish!

  1. Congratulations on your finish! She looks stunning and I’m sure your mother will be delighted with her (and only you will ever see those small differences!). Congrats also on your new home, it is a process which takes a lot out of you so hoping you have some more restful months ahead! Looking forward to seeing your other projects, have a lovely week,
    Helen

    1. Thanks so much for your great comment. My mother was super happy with this piece and has dropped it to the framers already. I’m really looking forward to seeing how she decided on framing it. The house buying is unbelievably stressful, people had warned us but it still doesn’t prepare you.

  2. Beautiful, only you know where the mistakes are. I hate stitching with gold metalic thread, always breaking.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment. The metallic gold in the Dimensions kit was pretty good. The only problem was the way it frayed at the ends making threading the needle difficult, though I have yet to find a metallic that doesn’t do that

  3. Congratulations on your fantastic finish! She is absolutely beautiful and worth all of your hard work.

    I once knew a very old Greek lady who embroidered and she put deliberate “mistakes” in each piece which she told me was tradition as only God makes perfect things. So when unexpected alterations creep into my stitching I just think to myself that I’m honouring that tradition!

    Hope the house moving goes/has gone well and can’t wait to see your 1st HAED finish!

    1. Thanks so much for your comment and for sharing such a great story!! The house is still in progress but hopefully we will be moving soon.

  4. Congratulations on your beautiful finish! She looks absolutely stunning!! The metallic really adds to it and don’t worry about mistakes; nobody will notice them except for you! I am sure your Mother is beyond thrilled with this gift!

    Good luck at purchasing a new home. It is pretty stressful but hang in there and it will pay off in the end.

    Looking forward to seeing your other finishes!

    1. Thanks so much for your comment. My mother was delighted to get her hands on this piece, it made all the struggles with it super worthwhile.

  5. Congrats on finishing her! All that hard work really paid off and I must say I am particularly impressed with the backstitching on her hands. Hands are potato to deal with and these are nicely done. 😀

    G’luck with the home purchase! We did our earlier this year and yuck, what a drama it was. I was so relieved when it was over.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment and your compliment! The house purchase drama continues but I think we are finally seeing the end of it on the horizon. Will be so happy when we have the keys.

  6. Congrats on a stunning finish! She looks amazing and no-one would know of any of the mistakes if you hadn’t mentioned them. I’m sure your Mum is delighted to have her all finished and looking amazing.
    Good luck with the house purchase, hope it all goes well.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment Rhona. I’m curious if this is inspiring you to bring this one out again or if my trials with this project is making it more difficult for you to face it 😀

  7. WOW!!! I’m so happy for you. I know this has felt burdensome for a while now, and it’s done!! woohoo!! It is gorgeous, and no one will notice the errors. I have to remind myself of this too, but it’s true.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment. I know you are absolutely correct about no one noticing the errors, it’s really just my inner perfectionist finding them troublesome.

    1. Thanks so much again. We think we are nearly there with it. Just keeping our fingers crossed the last hurdle isn’t the one that ruins the whole thing.

  8. Congratulations on this beautiful finish =) It is truly stunning and I am so happy to see this (finally) finished =) So far I did not have to do any backstitching with metallic thread, but I imagine it to be quite difficult. It does look great through 😉

    1. Thanks so much for your comment. Metallic back stitching is certainly not something I would look forward to but also the pattern of lines in this piece, were just difficult to place correctly.

  9. Wow she is stunning! It sounded like it was a bit of a struggle in some parts. But you’ve created an absolute masterpiece. I didn’t notice anything wrong with the belt and had to read your comment and go back to the pic to see what you were referring to and I honestly couldn’t see anything wrong with it. I know you know but no one else will, even when you tell them LOL! I love the daisy stitches in her hair. They look amazing!! Well done.
    Congratulations on your beautiful finish. You should be so proud and I’m sure your mum loves her and will cherish your work
    xo Alicia

    1. Thanks so much Alicia. My mother was really happy with this piece and it has been sent off to the framers. I’m really looking forward to seeing how it turned out. This one was tricky in places, some where a nice challenge as it was something new others were just tedious. I think I would be more careful in the future when choosing a chart to be aware of the back stitching component and the other types of challenges in a piece. It is gorgeous now that it done though.

  10. She is stunning. It reminds me of the Hakata Dolls. When I was living in Fukuoka, Japan there a Hakata Doll factory close to my house. The dolls were so beautiful. I may still have one in storage.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment. I had never heard of Hakata Dolls before, so looked them up and I can see why she reminds you of them. They are gorgeous.

  11. This is unbelievably beautiful. You are the only one who knows that a couple of things aren’t right. Don’t stress about it. No one will notice.
    Great work.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment. I still haven’t seen this framed, really looking forward to getting some pics of it to share with you all.

  12. Hi! This looks amazing! I’m working on it as well, up to doing the branches, and have just noticed that there are two listings for khaki on the half stitch. Blue X and blue sum. Did your instructions have this as well? Did you simply do lots of khaki branches? Help!

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