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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