Thursday, July 2, 2020

Hello July Part 2


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I just finished the last of the patriotic decorating downstairs (for now) with the biggest finish being my kitchen hutch. 



As always, my Country Cottage Needleworks cottage of the month serves as the focal point with many patriotic small decor items filling in around it. I had wished I would have gotten more patriotic stitches up to add to this hutch but with my other summer vignettes, I just ran out of time! 


I'm so glad I was able to get this patriotic trio by Little House Needleworks done for this year. These "Land of the Free", "Home of the Brave," "Long May She Wave," patterns are Classic Colorworks thread packs, but I didn't use the called-for colors. I went with Blacksmith Blue, Cherry Cobbler, Oscar, Hickory Sticks, Dublin Bay and White DMC.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Hello July!



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I started my July decorating upstairs as I've recently finished some new patriotic pieces.


I worked on my tiered tray first as it always seems to give me the biggest problem and chose to make Barbara Ana's "Freedom" piece the focal point. "Freedom" is matted with coordinating fabric and mounted (with magnets) to the front of a white-washed box I found at Michaels awhile back. The tray also has a USA-themed galvanized standup I found at Kirklands, a wood star trio I found at a thrift store last year in KC, some mason jars, and patriotic picks, flowers and flags.


I was able to stitch up this patriotic house found in the Sweet Land of Liberty book by Blackbird Designs, and when I found the blue wooden standup at Michaels, I knew they had to go together. 



I also was able to finish Freedom House by Little House Needleworks, a piece I've admired for years so I knew I wanted that to be front and center. It's matted with some fabric and mounted (again with magnets) to the front of this stand-up square frame I found at Kirklands this year. For height, I flipped over a galvanized box for it to sit up, and placed it in this blue weathered tray I also found at Kirklands.

Stars and Stripes from Little House Needleworks was stitched on 36 ct to make it tiny enough to sit atop this small grey pedestal I found at Michaels to off-set the flag-themed metal vase I placed on the other side.


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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Summer Finishing


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June is flying by and with the Fourth of July just around the corner, I've been working on getting the last of my strawberries and watermelons vignettes done so I can finish up some patriotic stitches I have for my July displays.



I started with this small "Berries" pattern that's part of Lizzie Kate's Summer Smalls collection. I finished it by mounting the stitching to this teal strawberry container I found while thrifting. All I did was edge it with some handmade cording and I added a bow with a small daisy button center.



Upstairs, I was able to get the "Summer "portion of  Lizzie Kate's Summer Smalls stitched up for my chalkboard piece, as well as Summer ABCs by Little House Needleworks.

Both the chalkboard easel and the white-washed shutter came from Michaels and I use washers and magnets on the back so I can change them out for the seasons. 


This freebie chart by Barbara Ana is one of my favorites of all time and I'm so happy that this year I got to stitch one for myself to add to my tiered tray. I even put it out a little earlier because I just love it so much. (To get this chart, you need to join or be part of the Star Spangled Stitchers group on Facebook.)

For my shop, I had a couple of summer/patriotic finishes as well starting with Summer Round from Hands on Design's "Well Rounded Perennial Pinwheels." I finished this piece as a mounted easel with some blue and white polka dot fabric.


I also finished this "Let Freedom Ring" fancy flat that came from Man Di Donna's "Sounds of Freedom" series....


...as well as Little House Needleworks "Stars and Stripes" that I finished as this block wall hanging.


For client finishes, I definitely had quite the variety of charts and finishes.


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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Strawberries and Stripes

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I finished Strawberries and Stripes by With Thy Needle and Thread into this galvanized tin front and I absolutely love it.



I finished the piece as a circular flat before mounting it to the front of this tin I found at Hobby Lobby. I made some cording out of white DMC to edge the design and then just jazzed it up a bit with some ribbon and a floral center. I just love how it came out!

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Hello June!

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I put the finishing touches on the dining room hutch today in my strawberries and ladybugs June theme. My focus now moves to the strawberries and watermelons vignette in the front hallway as well as my summer/patriotic vignette upstairs. We'll see how far I get as it's been a challenge to find missing pieces in shops during this pandemic.


As always, my Country Cottage Needleworks "Cottage of the Month" series sets the tone for color and theme so as you can see, it's a red, green and white strawberries and ladybugs vignette. 



I use magnets on my Cottages of the Month so that I can switch them out easily each month without having to finish each one and store it separately. It really makes life so much easier.



The newest stitched edition is June Truckin' Along by Priscilla and Chelsea of Stitching with the Housewives. Though the pattern is a chalk-theme (stitch on black with a lot of white accents), I switched it up to make it fit in with my decor. I can't even tell you how many green flosses I went through until I found a color for the truck that matched my decor without looking completely out of place. (It's Guacamole by Weeks Dye Works if you're interested.)


In other news, I have been SWAMPED with my finishing service as it seems many stitchers spent the quarantine completing projects. Slowly but surely I'm making my way through the pile!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Three Little Words



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I got these cuties done this week. I just love the colors!

I needed a little change so I pulled out these two Lizzie Kate charts from their "Three Little Words" collection.


The first one is from the "Dreaming is Free" pattern. I only stitched the "Believe in Miracles" part using DMC colors that mimicked the colors in the fabric I chose.



The second one is from the "Forgive Move On" pattern. I only stitched the "Think Happy Thoughts" part and again, used DMC colors that mimicked the colors in the fabric I chose.

They are both finished as fancy flat ornaments.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Humble Honey



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"Humble Honey" by Hands on Design has been finished!

I went with a fancy flat for this piece thinking it would look really cute propped up in a hutch or filling a dough bowl. 



I went with black and white gingham to contrast the chalkboard design and added some aqua touches with the bow and cording. It's SUCH a cute design!


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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Pocket Round Flower Tin



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This morning I finished up "Pocket Round Flower" by Heart in Hand onto this galvanized metal tin I found at Hobby Lobby in their Spring Shop collection. Isn't it just the cutest?

The piece is stitched on some scrap evenweave that I hand-dyed a denim blue. I stitched it all with the called-for DMC colors. 



The piece is mounted directly to the metal tin and then I just edged it with some cording and added an olive green bow. I had these cute wooden ladybugs in my stash that worked perfectly as a little accessory.

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Star Spangled Spectacular



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Star Spangled Spectacular is finished and framed!

The pattern is by With Thy Needle and Thread and is part of the Souvenirs of the Heart series.

The piece was stitched on tea-dyed 32 ct Lugana in all DMC with blends of: 926, 930, 3777, 356, 3051, 731, 3790, 3781, 221, 223, 224, 168, 169, 3371, 433, 420. 



It's matted with some tan and white gingham fabric and mounted to the front of a blue/gray rustic frame. White cording edges the piece and some bows and ribbons compliment the top.



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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Welcome to the Hive


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I loved stitching this Welcome to the Hive pattern by Annie Beez Folk Art. Isn't it the cutest? Immediately after finishing it I went and bought a bunch of her charts because they're just so great!



I stitched the piece in DMC but I blended a lot of the colors for a little dimension. I finished the piece into a mounted easel using some red and tan Homespun fabric. I edged the piece with some blue cording an added a bow with a floral center.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Client Finishes of the Week

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Quick post today to share some photos of recently finished pieces for clients that are leaving the studio this week. 

Top Left: Mounted Flat, "December Snapshot" by Pine Mountain Designs
Top Right: Mounted Flat, "November Snapshot" by Pine Mountain Designs
Bottom Left: Flat with Hanger, "Silent Night by Little House Needleworks
Bottom Right: Flat, "Be Well" freebie by The Drawn Thread


Mounted Flat with Hanger, "Stitches, Stars and Stripes" by Blue Ribbon Designs

Flats with Hangers, "Stitching Bird" by Heart in Hand, "Stitch Always" by Bendy Stitchy and "All-American Truck" by Homespun Elegance



Basic Flatfold, "The Lacemaker's Cottage" by Stone Street Stitchworks


Basic Flatfold, "Snow Day" by Lizzie Kate

Mounted Flatfold, "Avery's Cycling Santa" by Homespun Elegance

Mounted Flat with Hanger, "Santa Flies But Once a Year" by Homespun Elegance

Mounted Flatfold, "Hometown Holidays Pet Store" by Little House Needleworks

Mounted Flatfold, "Hometown Holidays Bookstore" by Little House Needleworks


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