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Santa’s Village finished……..however!!!!!!!

Hi everyone, the first Santa’s House is finished of the Country Cottage Needleworks Santa’s Village, however, I am not happy with it, my first reason, I don’t like the fabric and the second reason, I stitched it too close to the edge, only one thing for it, I have to change the fabric and start again! Aggghhh!
You know when you are simply just not happy with something and you know that feeling will just not go away until you do something about it? 
It is my own fault, I know I do not like stitching on this particular lambswool  linen (Permin) but I thought I would follow what the pattern suggested, anyway, I changed my mind and ordered my favourite stitching fabric, 32 count Murano linen, it is a pale grey and I simply love using this stuff! It arrived today, so hopefully I should be starting again this evening.

If I had seen the post on the Country Cottage Needlework blog here first  I may not have made the mistake with the size of the material, I basically tried to guess and did not realise that the houses were stitched very close to each other.   
The next pattern has already arrived so I need to get a stitch on! I think the third pattern is out already but I am pacing myself with this and intend to do one a month, mmmm, well two in February and one in March!lol   
This is a close up photo of the Pale Grey Murano Linen, I love the evenweave of this fabric, all very neat!  
Getting ready to measure and away I go!
Hope to have some stitching done on this very soon!
Until next time Happy Stitching!
Best Wishes and Happy Stitching.
Lynn B


  1. January 30, 2013 / 8:57 am

    Well it still looks lovely, I'm sure you can find something to do with it.
    I know what you mean about Permin linen though, I can't bear stitching on it either

  2. January 30, 2013 / 8:57 am

    Oh bummer, sorry you have to start over again. I know what you mean, you won't be happy with it until you fix it. Good luck on the second try.

  3. January 30, 2013 / 8:57 am

    Too bad you have to start over but you can use the one you already stitched and make a flatfold or something out of it. It's very cute. Good luck with the new one!

  4. January 30, 2013 / 8:57 am

    Oh no! I'm sorry you don't like it. Can you cut it down and use it for something else? I finally started stitching mine last night. I usually start in the middle of a design, so I was stuck with this one. But I figured it out, so now I'll stitch like crazy to get one done in January. Or early February. I'm actually stitching the Feb house first.

  5. January 30, 2013 / 8:57 am

    Looks amazing… but we are all usually our worst critics. I do love the new threads!

  6. January 30, 2013 / 8:57 am

    Maybe gift away the one you just finished? It really is too pretty to hide in a drawer ;). Are you doing all the houses on one peice of fabric? 🙂 They are cute!

  7. January 30, 2013 / 8:57 am

    Hi Lynn,
    It looks beautiful even if you're not happy with it. Well done!

  8. January 30, 2013 / 8:57 am

    Your Stitching is great and the cottage is sooooo cute. maybe you can use that one as a gift. I love the new fabric, it's is one of my favorite materials. The cottages will look really good on it too.

  9. January 30, 2013 / 8:57 am

    I think the project will look great on the grey – should make the snow stand out more. Can't wait to see your progress!

  10. January 30, 2013 / 8:57 am

    Yikes Lynn! You sound so calm about it all!! I'd be throwing all my toys out of my cot if that had been me!
    I quite like your 1st attempt tho!

  11. January 30, 2013 / 8:57 am

    That sucks. You are not the first person I've heard that dislikes lambswool. Hope your fingers can fly like the wind on your new linen pick. It does look great btw.

  12. January 30, 2013 / 8:57 am

    Good lucck with (again) stitching santa's house !!
    i have stitched it on belfast vintage beige… thats my favorite fabric to stich on LOL
    I'm half way down with the second house and the third is on the way 🙂
    BTW. I love the fabric you choose.

  13. January 30, 2013 / 8:57 am

    So sorry that you don't love it, I do like it very much, you can always make a ornament with it! Enjoy the new fabric and your stitches, greetings

  14. January 30, 2013 / 8:57 am

    sweet stitching x

  15. January 30, 2013 / 8:57 am

    Oh no! Oh no! How frustrating Lynn. I do like your new fabric. I like Murano also.

  16. January 30, 2013 / 8:57 am

    I have done that before…the whole restitching something because I don't like the fabric. It really is a cute design and once you have the fabric you like, it will make a fun stitch all year.

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  18. January 30, 2013 / 8:57 am

    Oh that's such a shame Lynn but I have to say I'm not a big fan of Permin linen either. I find its a bit too stiff for me.
    It's always a problem finding a nice fabric that "snow" will show up on. I like the idea of the pale grey.
    At least you can make a lovely ornament or pinkeep out of #1.
    It's a great series.


  19. January 30, 2013 / 8:57 am

    Oh dear, it's such a sweet design, you are very brave to put it to one side and start again but if you know in your heart it's not right for you then I guess it's the right thing to do ~ good luck with the next fabric xxx

  20. January 30, 2013 / 8:57 am

    Oh that is a shame Lynn, but I am totally with you with the Murano fabric, it is my favourite too and I buy it now for all my projects, I just use up my other bits of fabrics…

  21. January 30, 2013 / 8:57 am

    I think it looks great, even though you are unhappy with it. What do you plan to do with this stitched piece? I'm still working on mine.

  22. January 30, 2013 / 8:57 am

    It's so pretty that you'll love to stitch it again!! 😀

  23. February 3, 2013 / 8:46 pm

    I think it's the right thing to do.
    The project will look great on the grey fabric (I think that the snow will stand out much more).
    Good luck.

  24. February 3, 2013 / 8:46 pm

    It's absolutely beautiful no matter what. 🙂

    I stitch something on a fabric I hated and never used before. Never again. Aida Cloth is what works for me.

    Hope the next one turns out better for you. (((HUGS)))

  25. February 3, 2013 / 8:46 pm

    What a shame! I know that feeling however. If there's something you're not happy with it's going to haunt you. I have never used the Permin linen but I know of several who have and don't like using it. Therefore I think I'll steer clear of it too.
    I like your choice of fabric much better.

  26. February 3, 2013 / 8:46 pm

    Evenweave is definitely a pleasure to work with sometimes!
    Beautiful progress!

    Feathers in the Nest

  27. February 3, 2013 / 8:46 pm

    lovely finish 😀 I don't touch linens I tend towards evenweaves because I can't stand the way it isn't even. I like the new fabric you have picked out.

  28. February 3, 2013 / 8:46 pm

    It looks great, but if you aren't happy that is what matters. Good Luck with stitching it again.

  29. February 3, 2013 / 8:46 pm

    Such a beautiful finish, Lynn, and I'm glad you made the decision about re-starting it on a piece of linen you love before you stitched any more of the houses! This will make a cute little pillow–at least all your stitching time didn't go to waste!

  30. February 3, 2013 / 8:46 pm

    Te ha quedado muy bonito.

  31. Anonymous
    February 3, 2013 / 8:46 pm

    Ohhh,it looks soooo graet!!Very fine and so wonderful!Greetings!!

  32. February 3, 2013 / 8:46 pm

    I'm also not a fan of Permin…their colors are beautiful, but OH the holes are huge and it's very stiff!

    You can make a nice ornament of the first one! Let me know if you want to do an exchange, LOL!

  33. February 3, 2013 / 8:46 pm

    It looks lovely. Good luck with the second try.

  34. March 28, 2013 / 9:39 am

    I know just what you mean about the permin linen it's horrendous to stitch on. I must try the murano