Friday, July 26, 2019

Blackbird Designs FFOs

Hello Friends!

I'm taking a quick moment on this sunny Friday morning to show the latest Blackbird Designs finishes that just moved off my table into the "done" pile.


This first one is called "How Does the Lily Grow" and I stitched it in all DMC colors. I made a few changes to the chart, but ultimately still decided to go with a square finish which I mounted to the top of this square wood pallet sign. There's a small hanger on this piece, but I think it would look just as cute as a shelf-sitter. 



I made some cording out of the cream color in the stitched piece and edged all sides with it. Then made two bows and added them to the side, adding a small white flower to the center.

STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: How Does the Lily Grow
Designer: Blackbird Designs
How Does the Lily Grow - Garden Club 10
Fabric: 32 ct. Vintage Country Mocha
Colors Used: DMC as charted


The second piece I finished it as another Down in the Valley tart. I had finished this a couple of months ago on Antique White Lugana and this time went with a Platinum Lugana instead. Everything else I pretty much kept the same in terms of cording and ribbons. This tart is still one of my favorite FFOs. The pattern is just so pretty!

STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: Down in the Valley
Designer: Blackbird Designs

Fabric: 32 ct Platinum Lugana
Colors Used: DMC 224, 738, 950, 839, 3790, 
3012, 503, 504, 3722, Ecru

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Tuesday Morning Finishes



Hello Friends!

Today I finished up the last of this set stitched by my stitchy friend Robin and her mom. I love them all but those America finishes will definitely be hard for me to part with.


STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: Peace on Earth, Sleep Under the Stars, Thankful and Grateful
Designer: Hands on Design
Fabric: 28 ct. Antique White Lugana
Colors Used: DMC 3799, 3826, 326, 972



STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: America America
Designer: Sandy Longan
Fabric: 32 ct. Heroic Linen by Picture This Plus
Colors Used: DMC 498, 712, 823


STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: Grand Old Flag
Designer: Heartstring Samplery
Fabric: 32 ct. Dirty Linen
Colors Used: Gentle Arts - Old Paint, Oatmeal, Piney Woods,
Old Hickory, Endive and Ruby Slippers


STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: American Flag
Designer: Pine Mountain
Fabric: 32 ct. Flax Linen




STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: Stork Scissor Monogram (C)
Designer: Sharon Manspeaker
Fabric: 32 ct. Linen
Colors Used: DMC 310, 415, 469, 676


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Monday, July 22, 2019

Fresh Watermelon



Good morning!

I'm really loving summer stitching right now. First with the Ladybug, Ladybug, and now this cute watermelon piece.


The stitched piece is matted with some tan and black homespun fabric and both are attached to the front of this white-washed square plaque I had bought at Michaels. I made some cording out of the two pinks in the stitched piece and edged the sides of the piece. For the top, I made a bow out of some pale green ribbon and then added white ribbon behind it. Then I made a cover button out of white fabric and added a small floral button to the center.

STITCHY DETAILS:

Pattern: Fresh Watermelon
Designer: Little House Needleworks
Fresh Watermelon - Cross Stitch Pattern
Fabric: 28 ct. Tea-dyed Evenweave Monaco
Colors Used: DMC 420, 761, 729, 3051, 3052,
3328, 3371, 3712, White

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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

Hello Friends!

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

Hello Friends!

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

Hello Friends!

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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