Thursday, May 20, 2010

Central Design Revealed: the May Pole

I've completed almost half of my central design, and I thought it was time to elicit some feedback.  When I started planning for this project, I knew I wanted some sort of central design that said "blessings," but I wasn't sure what it should be.  I did some sketches -- none of which I liked very much -- and then I was struck with this idea to do a may pole, with ribbons coming down that would spell the word "blessings."  Here's what it looks like at this point:

I like the way it's coming together, though to be honest, I'm still not really sure that it "works."  I mean, can you tell that it's a may pole?  Does it look weird with those letters at the end of the ribbons? 

Regardless, I guess I'm committed to the design at this point -- way too much stitching done to change the plan now!  :)


  1. As I sat here looking at your design my husband stuck his head over my shoulder and said, "That looks like a May Pole."

    He got it! Never - I would have never thought to do something like this! It is going to be incredible when completed!

    And the letters at the end of your ribbons - are NOT weird.

    Keep up the good work - Denise

  2. Oh Allison! No, I do NOT think it looks weird!.. It really is coming along beautifully!! I love it! ~tina

  3. What a terrific idea! It looks great Allison, I wouldn't change a thing. I love your letters too.


  4. Thanks, guys! The feedback really helps! And Denise, you are cracking me up -- I have to tell you, the fact that your husband "got it" made me feel so much better!! I'm not sure that my husband gets it, but he's real good at pretending that he does!

  5. This absolutley stunning!! Now you have me thinking :) I cannot wait to see the finished project! I am only my second square! I need to get busy :)
    ~Molly P

  6. I Have been following your blog on your Blessings and this is very beautiful. I have been thinking of doing this stitch along --- I have never done anything like this but yours is so beautiful, I am afraid my efforts would pale in comparison

    yours is beautiful
    Carol M

  7. Even before I saw the whole design . . the top photo took my breath away . . . and when I saw the entire design . . . I was totally amazed . . HOW BEAUTIFUL it looks . . . your idea is totally amazing.
    :o} paula

  8. Oh my gosh....that's beautiful! It is obvious to me that it's a May pole. I can't wait to see the whole thing's going to be gorgeous!!

  9. This is 'stinkin' cute! Love, love, love it. Can't wait to see your entire project.
    You really have me wanting to start a 'blessing' project, but not sure I'd be anywhere near as creative. Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. Thanks for all the kind comments, everyone! I'm so relieved that it doesn't look weird!
    Back to stitching.... :)

  11. Don't change a thing! I LOVE IT! It's a beautiful idea:)

  12. Hi Alison!
    Wow is that gorgeous!! And it definitely "works"!
    You must have very good eyesight to make such tiny stitches!
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    Enjoy a beautiful day!
    Hugs and Smiles,

  13. I LOVE how this is coming along...what great planning!