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Night In The Garden by Mattsma Night In The Garden by Mattsma
I started this in 2008 and reached a point where, for some reason put it down. It was ALMOST completed, just needed a little bit of backstitching. There is quite a bit of backstitching for this piece.

The original design is called "Butterlies With Cherry Blossoms" by Al Hannen. It was done on 17"x17" Parchment 14-count Aida-Sweigart. I did it on Charles Craft 14 Ct Navy and it changed the look so much that I had to change the name as well :D

For some of the backstitching you may notice a little sparkle. I wanted to add some "dew" to the look and used Sulky Holoshimmers and Metallics along with the floss while backstitching some parts of the piece.  I didn't want to do more than that so that the sparkle wouldn't overwhelm the finished look.

Overall it may have taken three weeks to do, but since I picked it up once in awhile it took me a little over two years. I gave this to a co-worker who swore she could tame my wild red locks as barter.  She has since moved on, but at that time she did have it proudly displayed in her livingroom.
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NevaSirenda Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautiful work! And excellent job with the variations!
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!!  I really love this piece and do have the pattern scanned and ready to share if anyone is so inclined to give it a try :D
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Fusainne Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is truely beautyfull, I love it ^_^
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :love:  I love it to and might do it again one of these days to have my own frame piece :D
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Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It is a beautiful piece Carla & worth finishing :nod:
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :love:  I STILL love it (yes, to the point I would stitch it again to have my own)
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JosieMT Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Its well worth the wait , you must be very pleased....and the metallics blend in nicely :clap:
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!  It was so difficult holding back, but in the end I'm so glad I did :D
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Keeshaba Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so lovely!
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:love:  Thank you :D  The pattern has been scanned and is ready to be shared if anyone wants to give it a try :D
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