Friday, April 3, 2020

Bunny Finishes

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It's been a busy couple of weeks here in quarantine and I swear being busy is the only thing keeping me sane!



I started the week stitching up this cute bunny piece, "Happy Bunny Bunny Day" by the Trilogy and finished it as a basket front.



I used DMC 844, 223 and white as my colors and stitched it up on some scrap Monaco. This metal basket was a really cool find awhile back that I thought would be perfect for the piece, so I finished the bunny as a "flat," edged it with some cording, attached a bow and mounted it to the front. I absolutely love it!



My second piece was this Prairie Schooler bunny I finished as a paddle topper. With the weather being so nice here in Phoenix, I was able to do a lot of chalk-painting outside, so I painted the paddle an ivory chalk-finish and then roughed up the edges. 



The stitched piece is matted with homespun fabric and mounted to the front. The pattern is from the "Signs of Spring" book from Prairie Schooler. I used all called-for colors.


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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Stitching Bee



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The second this "Stitching Bee" pattern by Little House Needleworks was released I knew I just had to stitch it. I absolutely love it!



This piece was stitched on 32 ct Taupe lugana using DMC 729, 3371, 731 and white. I finished it as a mounted easel using tan and brown homespun fabric to give it a primitive look. I made some cording from gold floss and then accented the piece with olive green and tan and black polka dot ribbons before attaching a small white flower to the center.

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Hip Hop



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"Hip Hop" by Hands on Design has been finished!



I stitched this adorable pattern on 28 ct black Jobelan using DMC 3854, 598, 581,760 and white. Its finished as a "fancy flat" piece complete with black and white gingham (of course!) and accented with aqua fabric, white ric rac and some bows and coverbutton. I also made some cording with 3854 and edged all sides of the piece to bring out a little bit of that creamsicle color in the pattern.

Such a cute pattern and such a fun, quick stitch!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Spring Finishes

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This morning I've been working on putting finishing touches on some of my latest stitches.



I started with this bright and cheery pattern from Jardin Prive called "Fraicheur Printaniere". I stitched it up on some 32 ct Platinum Lugana and used DMC 597, 580, 3853 and 729 for colors. The wooden bucket was a Michael's find awhile back and I loved the mint green-washed effect it had. I mounted the piece to the front and edged it with some cording before adding bows.



The second finish is a Prairie Schooler that's been laying around for some time while I tried to figure out a finish. I found this wooden spatula (?) at a local thrift shop and thought it was perfect! I mounted the stitched piece directly to the spoon, edged it with cording and added a bow.

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Here a Chicken, There a Chicken



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Today I finished this little chicken piece similar to how I finished my Dancing Beeline.

The pattern is "Wee Chicken" by Heart in Hand and is a pretty quick and easy stitch.



The piece is stitched on Vintage Country Mocha lugana with DMC 304, 729, 310 and white floss. I matted it with some black and white gingham fabric and edged it with some red cording to pull out some color in the design. Both of those pieces are attached to a grey-washed wood pallet board and finished up with gingham and red ribbons. 

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Cock-a-Doodle-Doo



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This morning while in the middle of working through my client finishing piles, I was able to fully finish my Cock-a-Doodle-Do piece by Barbara Ana Designs.

Awhile back I had finished this piece for someone else and loved it, so I immediately bought the pattern and stitched it up, finishing it very much the same way as hers.



This piece didn't have the smoothest start as I quickly found out that the fabric I had chosen was a little too light for the white rooster to show up so I actually dunked the fabric in some tea-coffee mix and kept on stitching. Luckily that did the trick!

The stitched piece is matted with some coordinating fabric and mounted to the front of this grey-washed easel with magnets (so I can switch out the design seasonally). I edged the piece with some twine and then added a bow with a star center to the corner. I absolutely love it and thank Andrea so much for enabling me!

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Spring Has Spring (again)



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Finished up this "Spring Has Sprung" piece by Country Cottage Needleworks as a small easel this morning. I played around with different ideas but kept coming back to the easel. 



I used some aqua fabric and white ric rac, making it a "fancy" flat before I assembled the easel. And then I just edged all sides with some handmade white cording and attached a small bow with flower center to the top corner. 

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Life Is Beautiful



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This morning I moved this mounted flat wall hanging off my finishing table. Isn't this pattern so pretty? I randomly found it at DailyCrossStitch.com and I loved it! 

I'm not a huge fan of stitching on white but I felt these colors really needed a white background so I just went with it. I used DMC 471, 580, 3328, 3824 and 743.



I used this really pretty green fabric that had peachy colored flowers on it for the background and then made some cording with peach embroidery floss before adding some ribbons at the top. 




I also moved some other finishes out of the studio including these pieces stitched by Katrinka and Patty.


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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Spring Has Sprung

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The spring decorating has officially begun at our house!



Since I was able to get three spring stitches FFOed this past week, I started with the upstairs display. I still need to fill in, but the basic setup will stay this way... for now at least!


I stitched up "Spring ABCs" by Country Cottage Needleworks on 32 ct Vintage Country Mocha lugana using the following floss colors: 
Weeks Dye Works: Onyx, Grasshopper, Cocoa
Classic Colorworks: Hickory Sticks, Ladybug, Queen Bee, Rainshower
DMC: 3865

The stitched piece is matted with black and white gingham fabric and attached with magnets to the front of this whitewashed shutter I found at Michaels last year. I plan to stitch the other three seasonal ABCs and switch them out for each season.



The next piece was "Spring Whirligig" by Heart in Hand and I used the same floss colors to stitch this one up on more Vintage Country Mocha lugana. Again the piece is matted with black and white gingham and attached with magnets to the front of this whitewashed wooden square block.


The last piece was "Bluebird Out My Window" by With Thy Needle and Thread. I stitched this on tea-dyed monaco and mounted it to the inside of a light blueish/grey wooden frame. I added some white trim and a few bows and ribbons.


Downstairs, I started spring decorating with my kitchen hutch. The only piece that's stitched by me so far on this display are the monthly cottages that I switch out.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Gingham Explosion!

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I've been pretty busy getting through my pile of finishes from other stitchers, but I did manage to get in some finishing time for these two patterns I stitched up this week.



I started with Lucky by Cherry Hill Stitchery. This project was stitched and FFO'ed within 36 hours -- that's how quick and fun a stitch it is. 



I used a metal tin I had in my stash that I had bought at Michaels last year. The front had a chalkboard, so I matted the stitched piece with some black and white gingham fabric and mounted it to the front. I made some black cording, edged the design and then added two bows with a cover-button center before putting this one to bed. Super cute, and again, such a fun stitch.



The second finish was Beeline by Country Cottage Needleworks. I stitched this up all in DMC (304, 729, 580, 310 and White) and matted it with some red fabric, and then matted it again with some black and white gingham fabric. It's mounted to the front of a whitewashed wall hanging and finished with some white cording, gingham ribbon and another cover-button. I typically don't love spring and summer stitching but I really like the vibrant colors on this contrasted with that gingham.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Fresh Eggs



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This morning I finally finished this Fresh Eggs pattern by Cherry Hill Stitchery -- and I say that because I've played with this piece for about two weeks. My original plan was to make it into a sign but the size was off, and then I wanted to finish it into a metal container, but again, the size was off. 



So as I was poking around in my stash I found metal shelf-sitter I found at Kirklands last year and decided to just make it work. To do that, I had to use some black and white gingham on the bottom as a fancy finish and I used black ric rac to tie it together. I went back and forth 100 times with bows/accessories, but ultimately decided to keep it simple.

I've also been working on some finishes for other stitchers.




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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Valentine Bird



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This morning I finished up this "Valentine Bird" from Heart in Hand as a mounted easel. I chose black and gingham fabric for the back and then edged the piece with white cording before adding a pink bow with heart center.



I also finished up this cute little wood easel using one of Heart in Hand's Merry Making Mini patterns. It's stitched on some 32 ct lugana and mounted to green fabric.



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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Valentine's Day Finishes

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After a full week with the flu, I was finally able to function long enough to hit the studio today and get some finishing done. It really felt good to (kind of) be back in the swing of things.



I started with this small XOXO bucket.

The pattern I used is from a portion of "XOXO" by Cherry Hill Stitchery under the "A Hearts and Flowers Valentine" pattern set. I changed up the colors to DMC white, 347, 604 and 471 and stitched it on some mocha lugana. The piece is glued directly to the red bucket and then all I did was add some white cording and a bow. 



The second finish was this small wood ornament that I used Hands on Design's "Be Mine" pattern to decorate. I stitched the piece on some dyed grey evenweave I had and then mounted the piece to some pink and grey fabric before adding the hanger and ribbon.



The third finish was a stitch I had laying around for weeks not knowing what to do with. It didn't look good with any of my stashed pieces or in a frame, so right before I was about to make it a mounted hanging flat, I changed it up into an easelback with this really cute coordinating pink and green fabric. I matted the stitching to some green fabric before mounting both to the handmade easel. I added white cording and a bow with a cover-button center.

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