Thursday, May 23, 2019

Birds and Bees

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Yesterday I mailed off this "Stitching Bird" to my new stitchy friend, Lori, who trusted me with her beautiful stitching. This was the second flatfold I finished this week using this pattern and seeing it all stitched up and finished made me rush out and buy the pattern myself. It's so cute!

Because of the gray tones in the stitching, I decided to use black and white gingham for the backing fabric, and white trim to edge the sides of the stitching to bring in some contrast. Then I added a black and white gingham ribbon with a cute scissor button for the center. I really hope Lori likes it when it arrives! It's always nerve-wracking to finish for other stitchers.

I also finished this little bee design into a mounted ornament. The design is from one of the patterns from Lizzie Kate's Summer Smalls. I used black and tan homespun fabric for the backing and twine cording for the edging. Just a quick, fun stitch.


Pattern: Summer Smalls
Designer: Lizzie Kate
Summer Smalls - Cross Stitch Pattern
Fabric: 28 ct Lambswool Jobelan
Colors Used: DMC 676, 729, 420, 730, 3012, 3781 and White

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

New Finishes!

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This morning I'm sad to say I dropped off a package at the post office with these four pieces in it. I loved finishing every single one of them and I feel honored that Andrea trusted me with her beautifully stitched pieces. 

The first piece is "Stitching Bird" by Heart in Hand. I used a green and tan homespun fabric to pull out the green in the stitched piece and then edged all sides with twine before adding a burlap and cream ribbon. For the center, I used a scissor button I had in my stash.

This second piece is "Liberty" by Birds of a Feather. I mounted the stitched piece on some faux lightly-faded denim to pick up the color in the soldiers' uniforms, and then mounted both to the front of this old rustic wood pallet sign.

I added a faded blue ribbon with stars to the top and then added three cover buttons on the bottom made of some red and tan gingham homespun fabric.

The third piece is "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo" by Barbara Ana Designs and I bought the pattern within 10 minutes of seeing it stitched up. Andrea stitched it on this pale blue/gray fabric that really made the colors in the pattern pop. It's actually stunning in person.

Because of the bluish gray tint of the linen, I FFOed this on a wood easel I had that has those colors in the wood. I matted the stitched piece with some brown and tan speckled fabric and mounted both to the front of the easel. I used twine around the edges and added another burlap and cream bow with a raspberry-colored cover button for the center.

Last but not least is this "Stars and Stripes Forever" piece by Bent Creek. The fibers of the stitching up against the tea-dyed fabric is perfection!

It's a very large piece (over 20" stitched) so I was limited with FFO options, so I went with a basic mounted ornament made of red and tan homespun fabric. I edged the sides with gold mini trim to pull out the gold in the stitching and then added two small bows with cover button centers to each side. It actually pained me to send this one back.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Two Small Patriotic Finishes

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I've been spending most of my time in the studio finishing items for other stitchers before I head off to my mini-vacation at the beginning of next month, but I did manage to get these two small patriotic finishes done this morning.

I had stitched this one before and liked it so much I stitched it again. It's finished in the same way, I just substituted the floral center for a denim cover button.


Pattern: Strawberries and Stripes
Designer: With Thy Needle and Thread
Strawberries & Stripes - Cross Stitch Pattern
Fabric: 28 ct Tea-dyed Evenweave Monaco
Colors Used: DMC 355, 3777, 3768, 317, 03, 3011, 3012, 3371, 3781 and White

Then I stitched this small piece from a tiny piece of its pattern, Americana Sampling from Little House Needleworks. All I did was move the "1776" over a bit to keep it centered with the stitched design and FFOed it into a flat, mounted ornament with primitive homespun fabric.


Pattern: Americana Sampling
Designer: Little House Needleworks
Americana Sampling - Cross Stitch Pattern
Fabric: 28 ct tea-dyed evenweave Monaco
Colors Used: DMC 355, 3768, 731, 420, 3781, White

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Old Glory

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Finished up this Old Glory piece into a flatfold this morning after it sat for a few days on the "I don't know what to do with you" table. 

I used faux denim for the back and red and cream gingham homespun for the front to try to pull all the colors out. Then I added twine around all the edges and made a bow out of some patriotic ribbon with more twine. The cover button center is also made with the faux denim.

I changed a lot of the color, and turned my flower into sunflowers. 


Pattern: Old Glory
Designer: Little House Needleworks
Old Glory - Cross Stitch Pattern
Fabric: 28 ct tea-dyed evenweave Monaco
Colors Used: DMC 355, 3768, 731, 435, 3781, 729, 801, White

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