A Finish!

Ye Olde Coffee Shop - Finished 4-20-12To kick off the stitching updates this month… I have a finish!  This is Ye Olde Coffee House from Little House Needleworks.  I started it last year in late August and finished it on April 20th.  It’s stitched in Sullivans threads in lieu of the DMC colors on the pattern on an older piece of Silkweaver I had in my stash.  I think, but not certain, that the color is Cinnamon Roll.  I know it’s 28 ct Cashel.

This was a fun stitch.  I got a bit bogged down in the house, but once I got past it, the rest of the piece absolutely flew by.  I did the entire bottom half in probably three evenings while watching hockey playoffs!

This was my first project with Sullivans floss, and I do like it.  I don’t find it any better or worse than DMC, honestly.  It’s just different.  It has a matte finish when compared to DMC.  I think the darker colors do have better coverage than DMC, but I don’t think it’s universal across all colors.  I’m not planning on switching exclusively to Sullivans, particularly because I do have a ton of DMC in my stash that I want to use, but I can see the appeal for some projects, especially ones that are more primitive in style, where the sheen may be a bit distracting (or at least where I might lean toward the matte as more style-appropriate).  I definitely will use it, and I’ll likely start picking it up for a few projects here and there.  For the moment, though, it’s not particularly cost effective for me.  The only place near me that I can purchase it is at Bush Mountain, which is a bit over an hour away from me (via highway), and DMC is far cheaper for me to pick up in Warwick (only 10 minutes away… on city roads).  I will pick it up from time to time and add to the collection – just another fiber in the types that I use.  🙂

There’s still fabric left on this, too – so I’ll have plenty of this perfect LHN color to work some ornaments or another smaller piece.

Woo hoo!  A WIP checked off the WIPocalypse list!


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  1. Kathy A says:

    Whohoo! another finish. I am almost ready to post a finish from my list. I love this. I have accomplished more in the last 4 months! Thank you.

  2. Daffycat says:

    This is a wonderful finish! I love it so much!

    I’ve seen Sullivans in a fabric store in the city but haven’t tried any of it. 

  3. Minnie says:

    Congratulations on your gorgeous finish.  It reminds me of some of the signs on the building in “Old Town Alexandria” here in VA. You are the first person I have heard say that they like Sullivans floss, I have used it for years and like you I think it’s comparable to DMC. The price here is more economical than DMC, the Hancock Fabric that sales Sullivans  is only 5 minutes away and when I can’t find a certain color of DMC Sullivans is usually available.

  4. Silverlotus says:

    Very cute finish. And thanks for the review of Sullivans. I’ve had a few skeins for ages, but I haven’t tried them yet.

  5. Carol Beland says:

    Great finish!   I haven’t tried Sullivans yet.  Results look very nice.

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