Friday, September 20, 2019

Autumn Medley

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I spent the morning finishing up this Autumn Medley piece while I enjoyed my Autumn Leaves Yankee Candle and my Pumpkin Spice Latte because yes, I'm one of those people.

This pattern is from Heart in Hand and it's a relatively quick pattern to stitch up. I didn't have the button pack so I mirrored the candy corn at the top (added one to the right), and then just added a small leaf button I had in my stash to the bottom. There were two other leaf buttons that were supposed to go around the "pumpkin fun" area so I just moved everything up a little bit to avoid the gap.

It's finished as a mounted flat wall hanging with my favorite primitive-style homespun fabric, edged with handmade cording and then complimented with a jute bow and another leaf button for the center. Super cute fall piece!


Pattern: Autumn Medley
Designer: Heart in Hand
Autumn Medley - Cross Stitch Pattern
Fabric: 32 ct. Vintage Country Mocha Lugana
Colors Used: DMC as charted

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Fall Minis

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Aren't these just the cutest?? They're both from Scissor Tail Designs and I decided to stitch up both included patterns and finish them to match.

The first one is finished as a mounted flat ornament using some olive green and tan homespun fabric.  I made cording out of 3011 and then attached a jute cord before adding a bow and cover button.

The second one was finished a dough bowl filler (no hanger) and I pretty much finished it the exact same way except that I went with an orange/tan cording.


Pattern: Pumpkin Topiary
Designer: Scissor Tail Designs
Fabric: 32 ct. Vintage Country Mocha Lugana
Colors Used: DMC as charted

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Home Sweet Haunted Home

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I found this cute pattern in the new Just Cross Stitch Halloween edition and knew I wanted to stitch it right away so I found some leftover hand-dyed purple/grey fabric in my stash and dug right in!

It's finished as a mounted flat ornament with black and white homespun fabric and I used Halloween ribbon for the bow. Super cute easy Halloween finish!


Pattern: Home Sweet Haunted Home
Designer: Cassandra Cavalca Conforti
Fabric: 28 ct. Purple/Grey Hand-dyed Evenweave
Colors Used: DMC 310, 976 and White

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Latest Batch of Custom Finishes

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I've been working on knocking out some custom finishes for stitchers these last few weeks with the most challenging being the Glitter Village by Country Cottage Needleworks stitched beautifully by Sam. The linen she stitched them on is the called for piece but is so much prettier in person. Just gorgeous!

I used a white glitter fabric for the mounted flatfold and edged it with white cording, and then attached the stitched pieces to the front and edged them with coordinating pastel trims and bows wit snowflake centers.

The second set was from Mary. The Prairie Schooler Santas are my absolute favorite. No one does Santas better than Prairie Schooler!

And last but not least is Andrea, my biggest enabler. I said no to these Word Plays by With Thy Needle and Thread over and over again and by the time I FFOed these four pieces for her, I kitted up my patterns and bought the same tray for me so I can finish them the same way. This is how it's been, finishing for Andrea. 

Andrea and I talked about ways she could switch these pieces out each month without too much trouble and/or storage issues, so I decided to go with the magnet method so she could easily change them out each month. I do something similar with my Country Cottage Needleworks monthly cottages, and it just makes life so much easier.

I found a tray at Hobby Lobby that was THE perfect size for these pieces (so I bought two knowing I'm going to copy her) and then used different coordinating homespun fabrics for the backgrounds and then just added some ribbons and embellishments on each.

I also finished this cute little pumpkin piece from Shepherd's Bush as a flat wall hanging for her.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Halloween Night

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I just finished 9 pieces for other stitchers and while they're sitting in my pre-shipment pile, I FFOed up this Halloween Night piece I stitched and finished the other day.

I bought this frame at AC Moore when I still lived in Connecticut and I thought it was perfect for this piece because it's purposefully roughed up on the edges and since it was already black, I figured it would be perfect for Halloween.

I added some black and tan homepun fabric for the back to give it that primitive look that I love and added the stitched piece on top of that. I made some cording out of black DMC and edged the sides of the stitched piece with it. Then I made a bow out of Halloween ribbon I found at Michaels and added  little pumpkin button center. 


Pattern: Halloween Night
Designer: Heart in Hand
Halloween Night - Cross Stitch Pattern (with beads)
Fabric: 32 ct. Vintage Country Mocha Lugana
Colors Used: DMC as charted except I stitched the words in 310

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Whimsical Witch Flatfold

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Very excited to finally get this impromptu stitch FFOed this morning! I had no plans to stitch this piece until I came across it in my stash and it called to me. I changed around a few of the colors (see below) including her skin which I made a witchy green. Once it was done though, I wasn't sure what to do with it, so I just went with a mounted flatfold.

I realize as I assembled the flatfold that I am in desperate need for some cutesy Halloween buttons so I just opted for a matching cover button.


Pattern: Histoire de Sorciere 1 & 2 - Witch Story 1 & 2
Designer: Tralala
Histoire de Sorciere 1 & 2 - Witch Story 1 & 2
Fabric: 32 ct. Vintage Country Mocha Lugana
Colors Used: DMC: 731, 977, 414, 734, 832, 834

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Pumpkin Spice Farm

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I'm absolutely in love with this latest FFO using Pumpkin Spice Farm from Hands on Design. This pattern screams fall to me.

I finished it on one of those grey-washed easels you can get at Michaels and after going back and forth on backing fabrics, decided to just mount the stitched piece straight to the board and edge it with cording instead. Nothing looked right and the pattern is pretty enough to stand alone.

I added some fall gingham ribbon to the top, popped in an eggplant-colored cover button and then added a small leaf button.


Pattern: Pumpkin Spice Farm
Designer: Hands on Design
Pumpkin Spice Farm - Cross Stitch Pattern
Fabric: 28 ct. Hand-dyed Monaco (grey with brown undertones)
Colors Used:
Gentle Arts: Blueberry, Heirloom Gold, Fragrant Cloves
Classic Colorworks: Rod and Reel, Peapod
DMC: White

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A Smidgen of Halloween

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Quick post as I move this cute little Halloween ornament off my finishing table.

This ornament is a sampling of the A Smidgen of Halloween pattern by Heart in Hand. I mounted the stitched piece to some black and tan homespun and then added some Halloween embellishments to the top. 

Super easy but cute Halloween FFO!


Pattern: A Smidgen of Halloween
Designer: Heart in Hand
Smidgen of Halloween, A - Stitch Pattern with embellishment
Fabric: 32 ct. Vintage Country Mocha Lugana
DMC: 921, 3822, 471, 310, 919, 3970, 3031

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Latest Custom Finishes

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Quick post to share these are the latest finishes to leave my studio and head back to their stitchers. This first set of three came from Mary and really make me want to start stitching Christmas and winter patterns -- even in the Arizona heat.

Pattern: Angels We Have Heard on High
Designer: Country Cottage Needleworks

Pattern: Ding Dong
Designer: Little House Needleworks

Pattern: Tree Farm
Designer: Little House Needleworks

This second set was stitched by Andrea. I absolutely love her pieces.

Pattern: Rise and Shine
Designer: Bent Creek

Pattern: Easter Peep
Designer: With Thy Needle and Thread

Pattern: S. Claus
Designer: Notforgotten Farms

Pattern: Itty Bitty Trio of Pumpkins
Designer: Twisted Threads

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

First Fall Finishes

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I've pretty much switched over to mostly Halloween and fall stitching right now so I was able to get some of my latest stitches FFOed yesterday.

This first piece is one of Lizzie Kate's Boxers. I thought it'd be a quick, easy stitch and it is... but I have to admit there were some parts of the pattern that I didn't enjoy at all, so as cute as it is, I'm happy its done.

It's finished as a mounted flatfold with some tan and white gingham fabric and edged with handmade cording, a bow and a coordinating button.


Pattern: Autumn Boxer
Designer: Lizzie Kate
Autumn - Cross Stitch Pattern
Fabric: 32 ct. Platinum Lugana
Colors Used: DMC 3777, 3051, 356, 898, 3790, 301, 3776, 676, 
3052, 422, 3031, 920, 783, 680

The second finish is a super cute simple stitch by Luhu Stitches that I finished into an ornament moutned to a small piece of rustic wood.

I mounted the stitched  piece directly to the wooden piece and added twine for the hanger and the cording. Then I just added an orange and white gingham bow with a green cover button.


Pattern: Little Fall Fling
Designer: LuHu Stitches
Little Fall Fling  - Cross Stitch Pattern
Fabric: 28 ct. Tea-dyed Evenweave Monaco

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