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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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:iconmattsma:
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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:iconmattsma:
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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MadeWithLove8 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
THIS IS SO BEAUTIFUL!  I love the colors you choose and the nice dark background.  Also I love the sparkle.  You really made this design your own :love: 
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you...care to give it a try?  It is scanned and ready to share :D
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MadeWithLove8 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ugh, I really have too much to do right now, but if you want to share I would most definitely like to try it someday.  Oh so beautiful :love: 
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Okay, how about you tell me when you are ready and I'll email it to you :love:  It's not going anywhere at present :D
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MadeWithLove8 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Okay!  It will be a while :O
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:iconmattsma:
Mattsma Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm not going anywhere :D
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Katjakay Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wait, how did I miss this gorgeous thing, it's spectacular.
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have no idea! It's like when I go to your gallery and wonder why I never saw whatever it was and must fav immediately :D
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Katjakay Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
But I've been following you since 2007, how does this happen :cries:
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hahahaha, I don't know but it has been fixed, yes? Let me know if you would like the pattern emailed to you :D
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
*dances around through these comments!* I want it! meee!
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:iconmattsma:
Mattsma Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:rofl: I KNEW YOU WOULD!!! Give me five minutes and check your email sweety :love:
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:heart: Thank you so very much :D
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My pleasure! I'd love to see how you stitch some of them or all of them up :D I really love the coral and salmon colors, they are looking really nice on the linen napkin so far.
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Katjakay Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Tempting, very tempting, also I'm seriously considering ordering the wine glass fractal one, cause you know I need more patterns.
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yesh, as we all need more patterns hahahaha!
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Katjakay Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I DO NOT NEED MORE PATTERNS, I just want them........ really bad
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I know, and you should HAVE them :D
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cainslove Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very pretty! o.o
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:iconmattsma:
Mattsma Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you, I seriously love this piece and have thought more than once of doing it again :D
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cainslove Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome!
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
However, if you would like a copy of the pattern, note me an email and it's yours :D
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cainslove Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your the best!
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:iconmattsma:
Mattsma Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's TRUE! :rofl:
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cainslove Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD
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ivoryleopard Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh wow! That is amazing!
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:iconmattsma:
Mattsma Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I REALLY love this piece and am glad you do too!
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ivoryleopard Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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KezzaLN Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this is so pretty, and the navy fabric really sets it off :) nice work.
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Mattsma Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I really loved the outcome as well. I ended up using it as barter for my new hairdresser who has it hanging in her living room now much to the envy of all her friends and family :D
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
really cool!! the colors and the pattern are gorgeous!
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love them too :love:
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Vetriz Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Well done !
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :heart:
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StitchingDreams Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautiful - very dramatic piece :) x
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I really love it and if I ever do it again, it will be done the same way :D
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Keeshaba Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooo... I LOVE this.
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:iconmattsma:
Mattsma Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! It turned out quite lovely :heart:
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missdusk Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is truely beautiful. I can see why it took you so long! :)
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:iconmattsma:
Mattsma Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you, it really was a wonderful project and I am really glad I didn't just "follow direction" on it. :heart:
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