Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Collection, TWO Finishes and A Finishing project

I have accumulated a few collections since I began cross stitching. One of them is Marking pins. Some are store-bought and others were gifts, giveaway wins or from exchanges. I have only put two sets to use... don't ask me why! But after this post, I think I shall put others to use. After all, they don't belong in my drawer! They are all too pretty! Without further ado, here are some pics...



Here is the whole collection...



Store-bought pins that I have NOT put to use yet... I think the sheep are my faves... today...



Here are some pins gifted to me. I think they are just too pretty to use, but gonna change that!



And here are pins I won in a giveaway, received in an exchange, and lastly, given to me from a new friend at a retreat!



This is an actual set being utilized--but I seem to have lost one of them! There should be four!



And this pin pillow pattern came with the pins or vice versa. Got it from The Sampler Girl, but it is her Mother's design and pins... Love it!

And so ends my little collection of Marking Pins. I think I will showcase another collection --scissors and frogs--next time! Good thing my hubby does not read my blog! Ha!

I impulsively decided to stray from my SAL's and schedule of stitches to stitch a quick little sampler called Liberty by Tracy of Hands to Work. I had fun with choosing my own colors, and just did whatever struck me... It is my first over-one on 36 count. Cannot believe I actually did it, and didn't do a Shirlee! It wasn't that bad after all... (new horizons and all that...)I am thinking about how I want it finished for display--haven't chosen yet. I put my parents' initials in the bottom, and their marriage year, to honor their lives. Cause I wouldn't be here without them!



And I finished Magic Garden by Shakespeare's Peddler. I really disliked stitching this piece, after I started it... which is why it took so dang long! I guess I do not really like Whimsical. Cause it annoyed me to no end with the chosen colors... By the time I got to the bottom, I was just NOT going to stitch as suggested and substituted a bit from my PS sampler in progress... just because. It may look wonky but I think my hubby will like it, with his new found liking to gardening. So I will get it framed for him...



Used 36-count Bittersweet fabric from Lakeside, and just pulled ANY COLOR I liked for all the motifs. Glad it is done! Now back to my regularly scheduled stitching...

I recently did a cube finish for a friend's piece. I am really enjoying that type of finish...



I did the same piece only in different colors... Just have to finish it! Now that I am inspired by THIS cube...



WE loved this retro fabric!



Reminds me of the bandanas we wore way back when... Some of you faithful followers won't EVEN know what I mean by that!



I put the purple pins in the button to go with the purple wording... just because we like purple!

Well, that is all for now...

With this new life of leisure (while I look for work), I should get more done and post more, right??

Hugs,

Maggee

22 comments:

marly said...

Nice collection of pins. And stitching!

Anonymous said...

I wanted to make some marking pins but don't know what kind of pins to start with. Can you post the info on your blog. Thanks in advance. Dawn

Barb said...

All your stitching looks wonderful. I so enjoyed seeing your collection of marking pins. Do I see a new collection for me???????

Robin said...

What wonderful stitching pieces you shared, Maggee! My favorite is the Liberty one by Hands to Work. Your collection of marking pins is super. Like the ones in your patriotic cushion.

Robin in Virginia

Penny said...

I love your collection of marking pins! You did a lovely job on the cube, and I love the Liberty sampler too! Can't wait to see your other collections. :)

Mouse said...

eee I have one or two pins too that I haven't used yet .... may be when I can find them when I get my new craft room they will see the light of day too .... love the cube finish and well done on finishing ....and I am sure you will get oodles done :) love mouse xxxxx

Mouse said...

eee I have one or two pins too that I haven't used yet .... may be when I can find them when I get my new craft room they will see the light of day too .... love the cube finish and well done on finishing ....and I am sure you will get oodles done :) love mouse xxxxx

butterfly said...

Love all your pins , stitching and finish .
Such a sweet post.

Kay said...

Really pretty, I wouldn't put them away in a drawer they are so sweet I would just have them on display on a pretty pincushion .

Mii Stitch said...

Great pins!!! I'm starting to notice them a bit more now...
Love the cube finish :) And yep, I remember the Bandana... I had a blue one :P

cucki said...

Beautiful stitching and very sweet pins collection..
Hugs x

stitchersanon said...

I have some marking pins but am ashamed to admit I dont really know what they are used for! Yours are beautiful. I love the idea of putting pins through the buttons..that is excellent...thank you for sharing. Loving seeing you have time to stitch..and wow..they are all very beautiful projects! I've never made a cube/box finish either..very inspirational post xx

Vickie said...

Made me smile to see my pins for you among the collection. Go ahead and use them Silly!

I know how you feel about just wanting a stitched project to be over with, unfortunately. I think it is cute though!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

What a fun post! I loved seeing your pins. I really love the Sampler Girl one. I'm going to have to try to find that. I have someone in mind I'd love to make that for. Nice work all around. I love these kinds of posts.

Melissa said...

What a great pin collection. I like the shamrock ones!

Lovely stitching and finishing. I particularly like Liberty by Hands to Work. I've never seen that one before, so cute!

Linda said...

Congrats on the great finish Maggee. You did a fantastic job. And congrats on the finishes. The pins are lovely.

Linda

Carol said...

Looks like you're putting your time off work to great use, Maggee!! I really love the Hands to Work piece--great job on the over one, tiny stitching :)

And your collection of pins is wonderful--I think the patriotic ones are so cute!

Trace4J said...

Beautiful stitches friend,
And what a we some collection of pins.
Have a great day,
Woolie hugs

Debbie said...

Hi Maggee..great blog as usual..love all your finishing, great job. Liberty sampler is really pretty. Thought I would answer the blogger above who wasn't sure what marking pins are for? They are used to help you count stitches for something like a long border, for instance say you have a border that's 147 stitches, you just count every 10 or 20 stitches and then put a marking pin in and then count another 10 or 20 stitches and put in another pin until you get to the 147. Then you don't have to keep counting the row of stitches over and over as you stitch. Your pins will let you know how far you've gone and how many are still left to do. Hope this helps:)

Melanie said...

So many pretty new things!!!! :) :) :)

That red fabric is life-giving. I adore it. It does remind me of bandanas, in the best possible way.

Good luck with the job search!! :)

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Nice collection of pins. I tend to let them gather, too. Pretty stitching AND finishing - I think bandannas have made a slight comeback with some of the pop singers wearing them. Enjoy your time - it may not last as long as you'd wish LoL.

Catherine said...

Great goodies!!