Harold the Hare SAL

It’s three weeks since I last showed you Harold and I have to say I’m quite amazed at the progress this time! I was getting to the point of thinking I’ll just get his head and shoulders done and frame it smaller…

Three weeks ago I’d just sorted out his nose!

I tackled his left ear first (as you look at it!) it was a bit ‘blocky’, I know that’s the techniques the designer uses, like a cross-hatching of stitches, but it is somewhat out of my comfort zone! I started adding some finer stitches to blend everything in a bit, most of the embroidery is stitched with three strands, I started over stitching with one or two threads, it seemed to work. Of course it would have been better if I’d done a little on one ear, then the same on the other, as it was by the time I came to do the right ear I had no idea which colours I’d used! Close up it looks a bit messy, but from a distance it looks OK.

I added some fine eyelashes, stitched in the highlight in his eye, whiskers will wait until I’ve finished the background…

There seemed to be an awful lot of stitching left on the main body. The original pattern only uses about 5 colours on a range – I think it was DMC 004 to 008, I started adding some warmer browns when I was stitching his face. I ended up with about ten different DMC threads in use, I also found a variegated one, not DMC, which is warm greys, browns, verging on purple. It helped to fill in a lot of the body fairly quickly as I got the colour change without changing my thread. Whilst this style of stitching is still out of my comfort zone, I do like the effect, a sort of ruffled fur look, in the close up you can see all the different colours, but they all come together nicely. The colour on the photo has come out more grey than brown, but you get the idea.

So Harold himself is now finished, though he does look like he’s hurt his paw, I’m not sure how that’s happened! I just need to do the background now, I’m thinking of a few grasses and tiny flowers around his feet. I think this is one of those projects when half the problem is knowing when to stop!

This stitch-a-long is organised by Avis, we share our progress every three weeks, please follow the links to see lots more stitching inspiration.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, Cathie, Linda, Sherrie

Linking up with Kathys Quilts too for Slow Stitching Sunday

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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21 Responses to Harold the Hare SAL

  1. Harold the Hare is gorgeous, almost touchable – great effort is always rewarded when you sit back and smile.

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  2. Wow! It’s beautiful and its fur is very resembling, it seems to be walking!

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  3. Sharon says:

    Wow – Harold is one handsome fellow. Great job on him. Anxious to see the background with him 🙂 Stay safe and well.

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  4. Wow! He’s fantastic!! Love those lush lashes 🙂

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  5. kathyreeves says:

    No, he’s just getting ready to stand up on his back legs! Harold is looking quite handsome, knowing when to stop is a problem isn’t it? 😉

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  6. Ruth L. says:

    I think Harold is a stunner. That type of embroidery is so beyond my skill set that I can hardly imagine how it’s done. Kudos!

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  7. Harold is a real stunner, I love the texture of the stitches and look forward to seeing how you build up his background. Stay safe
    Jenny 🙂

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  8. Sherrie says:

    He’s awesome! Beautiful details.
    Have a great day!

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  9. Laura says:

    Love all of the texture! 🙂

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  10. magpiesue says:

    I suspect that technique would be out of my comfort zone as well. Thank goodness for variegated floss! He’s looking good though. I can well appreciate the challenge in knowing when to stop. 😉

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  11. wybrow1966 says:

    Harold looks lovely and his face is full of expression.

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  12. Kim Sharman says:

    Your Harold the Hare is a gorgeous fellow. There is such beauty in the depths of his eye and as for the eyelashes…..so luscious! This piece of yours is magical.

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  13. teamwilsun says:

    Wow, Margaret — Harold is so lovely! He looks fluffy and soft and very pettable. Beautiful work!

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  14. Catherine says:

    Harold looks wonderful! There looks to be a lot of stitching involved here. And as someone once told me, nature is never perfect, so I wouldn’t worry about not having the ears identical!

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  15. claire93 says:

    Harold is gorgeous and just look at those eyelashes ^^

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  16. Jocelyn Thurston says:

    Your eyes are wonderful! I know from doing needlepoint, eyes are very difficult to get right and to match. This is such a great project…reminds me of the bunnies we see around our property.

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  17. The fur is amazing!

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  18. rutigt says:

    Great progress!

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  19. Carole says:

    Wow, all that texture. It looks amazing!

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  20. Laura says:

    Amazing! I love the fur!

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