HAED QS Clara – Finished!

Well readers, today is a momentous day. Today I get to share something very special. Today I get to show you all my very first Heaven and Earth Designs (HAED) cross stitch finish. That’s right, you read that correctly, after all this time I have only now managed to complete a HAED, and not even one of the large charts.

In all seriousness though I am super excited to be able to show you this finish. This is QS Clara, artwork by Hannah Lynn Disney, and she is a total of 53,235 stitches. I adore how she has turned out.

The standard chart has 4 full A4 pages and 5 partial pages but 2 of the partials are over half a page. I stitched this using a continental tent stitch 2 over 1 on 28ct antique white evenweave. Threads used were DMC, except for a small piece of sparkly Kreinik next to her eye, which was also charted in her chest but I changed it to B5200.

HAED Heave and Earth Designs Cross stitch Finish QS Clara

I originally started this project by stitching just the black outline and filling in the coloured areas, which was actually surprising fun. Each section filled in, felt a little like a mini finish and often served as a natural stopping point for a stitching session. It also gave me the opportunity to bounce around a little bit, if I wasn’t in the mood for a lot of confetti I would just move to a section that had some block stitching. Having all the outlining in place meant that I didn’t have to worry about counting errors when moving around to different areas of the pattern.

HAED Heave and Earth Designs Cross stitch Finish QS Clara

Her hair was definitely a challenge as there is a large amount of confetti in each section and the alternating colours, which look awesome, mean I was less likely to be able to carry my threads from one section to another. One part of this chart, which I found surprisingly difficult was the label on the bottle. Even though it doesn’t look like much this was just filled with confetti stitches. There are so many different colours here it is astonishing.

My favourite part of the chart to stitch was definitely the hat, with the purple band and blue/green feather. As it is such a feature of the whole image it was really fun and satisfying to see it come together.

I have to admit that there are a number of mistakes in this piece. Often I accidentally stitched a few stitches in the wrong colour, however if the right colour was similar I just left it alone rather than rip it out. I only did this when I really thought that the error wouldn’t be noticeable and there were a very low number of incorrect stitches. Looking at the piece now I couldn’t tell you were any of those mistakes are, the stitches are just too dense and there are so many colour changes in every section.

HAED Heave and Earth Designs Cross stitch Finish QS Clara

Clara has now been washed and ironed and is waiting patiently to be taken to the framers, which I am hoping to do sooner rather than later. Since completing her I moved on to another Hannah Lynn which has been sitting in my UFO pile for a while now, Olianna Otter.

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Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!



22 thoughts on “HAED QS Clara – Finished!

  1. Well, congratulations on another wonderful Happy Dance – and so soon after finishing your previous one! She’s absolutely stunning and you have every right to be so pleased with her. I hope it’s not too long before we see her framed?
    I understand about you stitching the outline first and then colouring her in; I’m doing the same with Bookworm Fairy by HAED (although I haven’t stitched on her for over 3 years) and I’ve seen others use that method too.
    And since things always happen in threes, I hope you’ve got another finish lined up to blog about soon!! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for your great comment. I am hoping to get her framed up soon and not leave her in a plastic bag with Majestic Peacock and The Dreamer :O I am working on Celtic Spring and Oliana Otter at the moment so you may see a Spring finish on here before too long, hopefully.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment. You are so right, even the mini and QS HAED charts have so many stitches. I really don’t see myself ever stitching a supersize chart.

  2. Congrats on your finish and a heaven and earth design one at that. They take so long to stitch but are so beautiful when done. Can not wait to see your next head stitch.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment. I fell in love with this chart the minute I saw it. Hopefully I will have some progress on Oliana to show soon.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment Rhona. It feels wonderful to have both this and Elegance out of my WIP pile. Hopefully I will get another done soon.

  3. Woohoo!! Excellent finish and love how she came together. Huge congratulations on finishing your first HAED! I have yet to do that and only managed to finish my first page on one last year. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for your comment. I never thought it would take so long for me to finish one. They really do take so much time and it’s hard to just work on a HAED and nothing else as all that confetti can get tedious after a while. Still I’m delighted to have a finish.

  4. She is stunningly gorgeous! Beautiful, beautiful work. I look forward to watching your progress on Oliana Otter. Your photos capture the colors and detail beautifully, too.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment. I have been spending a little of my free time filling in Oliana’s face as it was only partially done and she looked super weird. I’m glad the pictures show the beauty of this piece, it can be tricky to get good photos.

  5. Wow what a fantastic achievement! Your stitching is so neat (I enlarged the photo for a closer look!) and the colours are amazing. It must feel fantastic to have this one done, and so soon after you finished your Oriental lady too!

    1. Thanks so much for your comment. I have to admit it is such a weight off my mind to have 2 finishes from my WIP pile, especially ones that have been there quite a while. Thanks for your sweet comment on my stitching, I’m glad it looks neat, just don’t ask me to show you the back :O

    1. Thanks so much for your comment. I think I spent a significant amount of time just staring at this piece when it was finished.

  6. YAY, another finish, and a HaED at that! She looks great and you did well to survive the confetti haha. Do they still do the “finish a pattern, get a pattern?” I dunno if that applied to QS though.

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