Thursday, July 18, 2019

If the Shoe Fits


Seriously, how cute is this piece?

This is one of the latest FFOs I finished for a fellow stitcher, Linda. The pattern is "Witch's Shoe" from Sue Hillis and its super, super cute! 



Linda wanted it made into a mounted flatfold, so the stitched piece is matted with black cobweb fabric and then attached to a green polka dot fabric flatfold. Lime green pom-pom trim edges all sides of the stitched piece, and some lime green ribbon was used for the bow on the shoe, as well as the laces. 



STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: Witch's Shoe
Designer: Sue Hillis
Witch's Shoe - Cross Stitch pattern

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Ladybug, Ladybug



Hello Friends!

Popping in really quick in between my marathon finishing day to show this adorable pattern from Little House Needleworks all stitched up and FFOed.



I've had this pattern in my stash forever and finally got around to stitching it. As cute as it is in the pattern photo, it's even cuter all stitched up. I used a DMC conversion, using 3777 and 356 for the reds and kept the green and dark brown the same. I opted out of stitching the border.



It's finished on more of my favorite black and tan primitive homespun and then I used a burlap bow for the center with a cover button and lady bug for the center. It's absolutely adorable!

STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: Ladybug, Ladybug
Designer: Little House Needleworks
Ladybug Ladybug - Cross Stitch Pattern
Fabric: 32 ct Platinum Lugana
Colors Used: DMC 3777, 356, 3051, 3052, 3371, 434, 435


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Friday, July 12, 2019

It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere!



Hello Friends!

Really quick post before I get some sun for the day just to show this "It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere" finish I just moved off my table.

I stitched this super cute design on 28 ct eveneave and then matted it with some coordinating fabric before mounting both to this white-washed wall hanging. I made some cording out of colors in the stitched piece, edged the design with it and then added some ribbons and bows to the corner with a cover button center. The pattern calls for an olive button, but I just made my own out of some clay and added that to the glass in the center.

STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: Five O'Clock
Designer: Amy Bruecken
Five O'Clock - Cross Stitch Pattern
Fabric: 28 ct Evenweave Monaco
Colors Used: DMC 518, 762, 727, 472, 519, 3328, 
3770, 898, 760, 470, 725, 326, White

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Early Morning Hustle

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I got up extra early this morning to finish up the last of Andrea's stitched pieces. I've played around with them for a couple of weeks trying to figure out what finishes would be best for her pieces because they're so beautiful, and this is what I came up with:



This first piece is the top part of "Sunflower Manor" from Hands on Design. I finished into a mounted flat so that it can be placed in an easel or used as a shelf-sitter, but I attache an orange ribbon around the back so that it could be hung up, too. I made some aqua cording to pull out the aqua stitches in the pattern and then added a black and white gingham bow with a sunflower center.




The second piece is "Trick or Treat" from Shepherd's Bush. I chose to finish it as a mounted flatfold but I used black and white check homespun for the back and purple fabric for the front to pull out the colors of the piece. I used black cording for the edges and then added some purple and black ribbons with a black and white bow in the center.


The third piece is "A Little Snow" by Lizzie Kate, and I went with a easel finish for this one. I used some green fabric for the backing and made some cording out of pale pink floss. Then I made a small bow out of snowflake ribbon and added a snowflake button to the center.



The last one if this cute little bee pattern I finished as a mounted flat ornament. I used some white cording around the edges to pull out the white in the bee's wings and then added a brown bow with a black and tan homespun cover button center.



Then I FFOed this little sailboat piece I had stitched up from Country Cottage Needleworks. I made it a mounted flat ornament with green as the backing piece on the front, and blue as the backing piece on the back. Then I made some cording out of blue and white floss and added a blue bow with a green coordinating cover button.

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Chalkboard Floral Tarts

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My finishing table is a complete mess, but I'm happy to at least be moving these two chalkboard tarts off of it! I just love how they came out on the black fabric!



The patterns are from the Chalk Squared Series from Hands on Design and they're both stitched on 28 ct black Jobelan. I puffed them both with layer of batting and then ran some white fancy trim around the edges before adding coordinating ribbons and bows to the top. The galvanized tarts are from Michaels.


STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: "July" - Chalk Squared
Designer: Hands on Design
Chalk Squared - July - Cross Stitch Pattern
Fabric: 28 ct black Jobelan
Colors Used: DMC as charted




STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: "September" - Chalk Squared
Designer: Hands on Design
Chalk Squared - September - Cross Stitch Pattern
Fabric: 28 ct black Jobelan
Colors Used: DMC as charted

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Christmas Custom Finishes... in July

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Well, it's the third straight day of 110 degree heat here in Phoenix and I just got home from the post office dropping these custom finishes off for my new friends, Mary and Pamela. Finishing for others is trouble because every time I finish something, I immediately want to stitch it! 



Mary sent me over her beautifully stitched pieces from Little House Needleworks. The top two pieces were finished as flatfolds and are part of the Hometown Holidays series and the bottom piece is "Sleigh Bells Ring" which I finished as a mounted ornament. I used the same materials to finish all three so they'd coordinate. I absolutely love how these came out and plan to stitch them up for my collection the second I get a chance.


The second piece was a TOTAL custom finish from Pamela. She contacted me and asked me to stitch the piece and finish it as a flatfold but she chose fabrics and trims from my collection. I've never finished a piece that way before, but it's rewarding to see it finished.



The pattern is "Search the Sky" from Waxing Moon Designs and I stitched it on the called-for fabric which is 28 ct Blue Spruce Cashel. Pamela chose a green Christmas plaid for the backing fabric, and we went with garland, a snow-covered tree-themed ribbon and a little jingle bell for the top. I really hope when she opens her package she loves how it came out as much as I do.

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Summer Whirligig 2.0

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So I stitched Summer Whirligig again but this time, I finished it as a mounted tart ornament.



When I stitched the piece this time, I used 32 ct Lugana which made the pattern smaller so I'd have a little room to add some coordinating fabric. I chose a black and tan homespun check as the backing and then edged the stitched piece and the homespun with twine. Then I made a bow out of some tan straw ribbon and added a cute flower button in the center.

STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: Summer Whirligig
Designer: Heart in Hand
Summer Whirligig - Cross Stitch Pattern
Fabric: 32 ct. Vintage Country Mocha Lugana
Colors Used: DMC 3777, 3371, 729, 356, 3781, 647, 422, 469, White

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Happy Fourth Sheep and... Chickens?

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It was a busy one in the studio yesterday as I pumped out some UFOs in desperate need of some finishing and finished up a bunch of pieces from fellow stitchers!


Since July 4th is coming up soon, I started the day finishing this whitewashed wood pallet box first. I found this box at Michaels awhile back and even though it hangs from a twine cord, I think it'd actually look cuter as a patriotic shelf-sitter.



The stitched piece is from Tiny Modernist and I changed all of the colors (see below). It's matted with faux-denim and mounted to the front of the box. Then I edged the sides with twine and made a few bows at the top before adding layered star buttons. 

STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: Happy Fourth of July
Designer: Tiny Modernist
Fabric: 32 ct Vintage Country Mocha Lugana
Colors Used: DMC 3777, 931, 930, 731, 356, 729, 3371, White



The next thing I moved off my table were these cute little chalkboard ornaments. I stitched them on black evenweave and then finished them exactly the same way -- with black and white gingham fabric, twine cording and coordinating bows.

STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: Signs of Spring
Designer: Prairie Schooler
Fabric: 28 ct Black Jobelan
Colors Used: DMC 3777, 930, 3346, 729, 422, White

The stitched piece is from Tiny Modernist and I changed all of the colors (see below). It's matted with faux-denim and mounted to the front of the box. Then I edged the sides with twine and made a few bows at the top before adding layered star buttons. 


Lastly, I FFOed and mailed out this cute little Christmas ornament for my new stitchy friend Madeleine. I just love the tiny little beading in the tree!



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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Freedom Finishes

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Took a small break from finishing for others to finish a couple more patriotic designs I had stitched before going on vacation.



This first FFO is probably my favorite patriotic design. I've stitched it three times now: twice for others and once for myself. I love how it looks in my patriotic display and I always look forward to putting it out. I used black and tan homespun fabric for the backing and edged the stitched piece with twine before adding a bunch of ribbons to the top with a cover button center.

One of the most asked questions I get is where to buy this pattern, and unfortunately, it's not an easy link I can add. You CAN get it by joining the Star Spangled Stitchers group on Facebook though. Its in the freebies section by Barbara Ana Designs.



The next FFO was this cute little patriotic design from Heart in Hand. I turned it into a mounted flat ornament using the same black and tan homespun fabric and then added some patriotic ribbon and a small white bow.

STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: Merry Mini Making: Free
Designer: Heart in Hand
Merry Making Mini - Free (w/embellishments)
Fabric: 32 ct Vintage Country Mocha Lugana
Colors Used: DMC 3777, 3768, 731, 729, 3371, 422, White


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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Beachy-Keen

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This morning I worked on finishing up these two beach-themed UFOs I had in my pile since before I left on vacation.


This first FFO is Lizzie Kate's "Beach" from "Red, White and Beach." I mounted the stitched piece to some coordinating aqua fabric and then mounted them both to this white-washed wood board. I used some straw, crunchy ribbon for the bow and then topped one small cover button on top of another cover button to pull out the orange from the fish and get in some color.

STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: "Beach" from "Red, White and Beach"
Designer: Lizzie Kate
Red White & Beach - Cross Stitch Pattern
Fabric: 32 ct Vintage Country Mocha Lugana
Colors Used: DMC 3853, 3790, 930, 3828, 349, 581, 932, 3848, 310 and White



The second UFO was finished as an small easel. I went back and forth on the color of the easel but ultimately settled for white so that the colors in the piece pop better.

I mounted the stitched piece to some aqua fabric and then mounted both to the front of the easel. Then I made some cording out of the olive green in the pattern and added an orange bow with aqua cover button center.

STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: Americana Sampling
Designer: Little House Needleworks
A Little Beach - Zappy Dots Needle Nanny
Fabric: 32 ct Vintage Country Mocha Lugana
Colors Used: DMC 597. 471, 469, 3853, 3828, 930, 310 and White


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Friday, June 14, 2019

Back to the Finishing Table!

Hello Friends!

I'm back in the studio knocking out some small finishes as I work to get off the struggle bus after enjoying the last two weeks of my vacation with one of my besties who flew out from Connecticut. She's one of those friends who you spend 99.9% of your time with laughing so I'm really sad to see her go, but we've already made plans to visit again this fall so I have something to look forward to!

To get myself back in the swing of things, I focused on finishing some smalls -- some from my stitching and some from others.



The first one I FFOed from my stash is this cute pattern from Hands on Design. I finished it into a small easel using some green floral fabric as the background. I made some cording out of a coral color and then added a bow and heart center.

STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: Stitching is My Heart's Desire
Designer: Hands on Design
Stitching is My Heart's Desire - Cross Stitch Pattern
Fabric: 32 ct Lambswool Jobelan
Colors Used: As Charted



The second FFO is a small from Heart in Hand that I made into an ornament. I used faux denim as my backing fabric and used twine for the edging. Then I used some of my denim ribbon with stars as the topper and added a wooden star as the center.

STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: Merry Making Mini - 4th of July
Designer: Heart in Hand
Merry Making Mini - 4th Of July (w/embellishments)
Fabric: 32 ct Vintage Country Mocha
Colors Used: DMC 930, 3777, 729, 931, 3828, White

The last of the small finishes today are stitched by Robin. I always love her pieces so I'm always tempted to make a second round for my own collection. 

Top Left: Liberty Star by Erica Michaels
Top Right: Land That I Love by Heart in Hand
Left Center: Free by Heart in Hand
Center: Patriotic Patchwork by Stone Street Stitchworks
Right Center: 4th of July by Heart in Hand
Bottom Left: Stork Scissor Monogram by Sharon Manspeaker (finished as a needlebook)
Bottom Right: Stars of Freedom by Erica Michaels


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