Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Home is Where We Share


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Do you ever have a project that comes together out of nowhere? This was definitely one of those!

I was looking for a new, easy start late one night last week and picked up this old Lizzie Kate pattern I had in my stash that looked like it'd fit the bill. I had absolutely no plans for how I wanted it finished, or what I wanted to do to it, and just planned to figure it out after it was stitched up.

When I started poking around in my finishing stash, I noticed I had this house-shaped wall hanging. It was grey, but the perfect size to fit the piece, so I chalk-painted it with a dark brown to pick up the color of the roof, and then scrubbed it with some sandpaper to make it look old and worn. I wanted to add backing fabric but it just wasn't big enough so I opted for a chunky trim to edge the sides and added a bow and floral center. It hangs from a twine cord and is actually really cute. I'm happy with how it turned out!

STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: "Home is Where We Share"
Designer: Lizzie Kate
Image result for lizzie kate home is where we share
Fabric: 28 ct Tea-dyed Evenweave Monaco
Colors Used: DMC 930, 931, 814, 3011, 3012, 3021, White


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Monday, February 25, 2019

Bunny Tart



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In the middle of waiting for a pretty hectic finishing day, I got this little Bunny Tart done.

I finished it in another one of those old vintage tart pans I found at a local shop here in town. I was going to layer this piece with coordinating fabric but every fabric I tried just didn't look right, so I left it alone and just picked up some pop and color by making a bow out of this cute polka dot ribbon that I placed off-center with a cover button.




STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: "Bunny" from Spring Smalls #190
Designer: Lizzie Kate
Spring Smalls - Cross Stitch Pattern
Fabric: 28 ct Tea-dyed Evenweave Monaco
Colors Used: DMC 840, 3766, 471, 3712, 3354, White


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Monday, February 18, 2019

Patriotic Tart


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Quick post today to share this cute little patriotic tart I finished up this morning. I had found this pattern a few weeks back and was dying to stitch it up. 

I decided to make it into another tart and used some white fancy trim, an understated patriotic ribbon and a white flower to pull out some color from the pattern for contrast. 

I changed a lot of the colors and even got to use one of the new DMC colors for the first time (03)!


STITCHY DETAILS:

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 3721, 3828, 3829, 317, 03, 3011, 3012, 3371, 3790 and White


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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Beach House


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Yes, I know it's still technically winter, but I had this piece in my WIP pile and I just felt like finishing it today.

This is actually a canvas finish. I haven't FFOed many this way but every time I do, I tell myself I want to FFO more pieces like this. It's an 8x10 inch and I just wrapped coordinating fabric around it and covered the back with brown kraft paper and a sawtooth hanger. I think it would look cutest as a shelf sitter or in an easel but I wanted to add the hanger just in case.

I edged the piece twice with trim -- once with white twist cord, and again with nautical twine. And then I just added the bow with the seashell center and added some summer picks.





STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: Beach House
Designer: Country Cottage Needleworks
Beach House - Cross Stitch Pattern


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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Be Your Own Beautiful



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Finished up this mounted ornament using Lizzie Kate's Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful pattern. I switched up a lot of the colors and then lucked out that I had some backing fabric in my stash to match. Its finished in a basic mounted flat ornament style with some light aqua ribbon and floral accents. Quick and easy finish to start the day!


STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful
Designer: Lizzie Kate
Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful - Cross Stitch Pattern
Colors: DMC 3781, 435, 581, 3834, 3803, 3685, 3815 and White


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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Floral Tart



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Just finished up this cute little floral tart using a new pattern I purchased recently. I can't believe I didn't have this in my stash! Since it's a round one, I decided to put it in another tart pan ornament. They're just so cute!



I went back and forth on using a coordinating backing fabric but every time I tried, it seemed to take away from the design, so I just went with the stitched piece itself. It's stitched on some blue/grey fabric I had dyed awhile back, and it's edged with white fancy trim. I used some olive green ribbon to pull out the color from the stitching, and added a white flower to complete the piece.


STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: Stitch in Time
Designer: With Thy Needle and Thread
Stitch in Time - Cross Stitch Pattern
Fabric: 28 ct blue/grey hand-dyed evenweave monaco
Colors: DMC 3721, 223, 3828, 3829, 731, 927


I also did some finishing this past week including a large easel back for Teresa and more smalls for Robin including two round needle books that I was terrified to try finishing, but it worked out!








Top Left: Floral Fob by Hands On Design stitched on 32 ct flax linen
Top Right: Stitching is My Heart's Desire by Hands on Design stitched on 32 ct flax linen
Center: Stitcher's Sampler by The Stitcherhood stitched on 32 ct sugared coffee lugana
Bottom Left: Stork Scissor Monogram in D and J by Sharon Manspeaker (xstitchhappy.net) stitched on 32 ct linen




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Friday, February 1, 2019

Land That I Love



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Today I finally finished this Land That I Love piece, and I say "finally" because it's been sitting, literally for weeks while I tried to figure out what to do with it. I ultimately decided to use this frame but the frame itself was made specifically for Christmas, so I had some embellishments to remove (and it wasn't easy).

I matted the stitched piece to some patriotic fabric and mounted both to the frame -- and then put it aside AGAIN. I had these rustic patriotic berry picks, and God knows I have enough ribbon, but it just wasn't coming together. And then this morning I went through my stash again and this was the end product.

I still don't know if I love it, but I almost just can't stand to look at it anymore! 😄


STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: Land That I Love
Designer: Lizzie Kate
Land That I Love (S28) - Cross Stitch Pattern
Fabric: 28 ct tea-dyed evenweave monaco
Colors: DMC 815, 930, 3024, 926, 3052, 645, 647

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