Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Finishes and one less WIP

I have five more finishes to share with you! I am cranking them out, aren't I? Ha!

First is the last 'Littles', called Peace, by Hands to Work... Now they are all finished, waiting to be made into little pillows for a bowl or something...



Next I finished 'Because it's Spring' by From the Heart... it was still late Spring (barely!) when I stitched it, and I just wanted something colorful at that moment! Not sure how it will be finished yet...stay tuned!


Then I finished another big, pain-in-the-butt piece called Daisy, which is a chart by JanLynn. This WAS a full coverage chart. At first I thought I would just do the flower and the words...but not the background. But as I went along, I hated the words too... I don't know if any of you have done this with a full coverage piece, but I basically marked the working copy of the chart up BIG time, by coloring out ALL the background EXCEPT for the daisy and stitching from there. It was tough going to me! I can't tell how many times I nearly threw it in the trash! But I stuck with it, and finally finished it.  By the way, I  also bought another chart by JanLynn, with an Aster I think... that will stay in my stash... not sure I will ever stitch it!!


After stitching such a complicated piece, I decided to go with a monochromatic piece and chose Birds Roundelay by Dessin. It was RAK'ed to me by my buddy Lisa... (Waving hello!!)  I used a piece of Americana Blend linen by R&R, and GA Peacock. I intended to do it in blues but that was last year! Hey a girl can change her mind!! It took about three four days to stitch... finished it Saturday night... late!! Ok, fine... Sunday morning...early!! As I was closing the circle, I noticed the FIRST bird was off by ONE thread... and try as I might, I could not let it go... so I had to frog about one eighth of the design and re-do it. But it turned out so cute... it was worth it!


And last night I finished this little one... in two days! It is by My Big Toe Designs, and I used a piece of 34-count mystery linen given to me years ago, and just picked DMC threads. Not sure what finish it will get. Still pondering...


So... News Flash! I decided to dump the Orcas! I just really hated stitching it. And could not force myself to go any further! I will buy my daughter a picture or something!! Ain't gonna get a stitched piece from ME! But--I am frogging it out because I really like the fabric! I've done a lot already, and for the most part, the holes are not visibly enlarged... But IF it ends up looking used and somewhat hole-y, does anyone have a tip as to how to make the holes shrink back to normal? I was thinking a rinse in hot/warm water? I appreciate any advice!

Don't know what I will stitch next... Am thinking I will pull out a WIP next. But the weather is hot and humid right now, so I will get plenty of time to stitch! So I just may finish a WIP and maybe pull a new one out to stitch also! Decisions, decisions!

Before I close, just wanted to share a little bunny taking a rest in our neighbor's yard. We found out yesterday the bunnies have tunneled under our deck! Not good, but we don't want to do anything to cause them to die under there, so hopefully they will move out in the fall... I don't know that much about them...yet!



Thanks for visiting!


Hugs,

Maggee

21 comments:

Robin in Virginia said...

Super finishes, Maggee! I really like the round bird one and the Littles. I am sorry about the Orcas, but you shouldn't hate the pieces you are working on. I look forward to seeing what you pull out to work on next.

Linda said...

Congrats on all of the great finishes Maggee.

Linda

CalamityJr said...

Great decision on the orcas. I've found my mojo leaves when I'm not enjoying what I'm working on. Your finishes are beautiful. I have Be Still and think I need to get it kitted, and the bird design just may need to ring its way to my basket. It's gorgeous and definitely something I would enjoy stitching and seeing finished. Thanks for sharing!

Vickie said...

What a variety of stitching Maggee! I like the Because It's Spring. :D The daisy looks great on that fabric like that.

Vicki said...

You have been busy! All of your finishes look fantastic.

marly said...

My goodness. You're moving along quickly! If the linen is not hand dyed, I rinse them. But I've also ... snapped the fabric in both directions, ran a very soft toothbrush over, held a steaming iron above the piece, dampened well and then pressed. One usually works!

Paisley said...

Lovely finishes! You have been busy!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Wow, just look at all this stitchy goodness here today! The birds look great stitched in blue. Yours are so much prettier than the picture. I'm so glad you liked them. Stay cool, my friend! Hugs!

Tamara said...

Hey, Maggee! Love that daisy, sorry it gave you so much grief. You've been stitching up a storm, as usual, I see. Take care!

Barb said...

You have finished some lovely pieces! I have done that with linen. i just rinsed it in warm water and them ironed it. You couldn't see any of the holes.

Brigitte said...

Wow, such a lot of finishes, and they all look so great. I particularly love the spring piece with the little bird.
Sorry to read that the Daisy gave you so much trouble. I can easily understand why the Aster design will stay in your stash for a while, lol.
I think it's good that you won't continue on the Orcas. Stitching something should always be fun, shouldn't it?

butterfly said...

Lovely stitching Maggee , love your daisy .

Astrids dragon said...

They all look great, but I really like Because it's Spring!
I don't blame for you getting rid of something you don't like, I would too.

Pam in IL said...

Congrats on all the wonderful finishes. I've had some pieces that I have given up on also as well as only stitching parts of a design. We have bunnies all year long here. They nest under our shed, in our firewood, under our deck and under our neighbors shed. They like sunflower seeds so if you're putting sunflower seeds in your bird feeders, the bunnies will come looking for seeds that have fallen to the ground. Other than putting chicken wire around our garden, we don't do anything about them.

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Beth said...

Stitching up a storm Maggee! Good for you stopping something that did not thrill you. Cross stitch should never be a chore.

Carol said...

Glad to see you've been stitching so much, Maggee!! I am also glad you abandoned the orca project--life is to short to stitch stuff we are not enjoying. My son bought me a chart of a castle after we visited one in Europe and I just can't bring myself to stitch it--I am not a castle/fairy type of girl :) Ha ha!!

Love your little bunny--we have three who love to chase each other through our backyard this summer.

Hope your July is going well and you're keeping cool!

Jackie said...

I have no desire whatsoever to stitch a full coverage piece! Many kudos for finishing the daisy up.

A soft toothbrush will help with the holes and will also pick up any residual fiber hairs. I use it from both sides when I need to use it. The holes really will get closer together.

Like Carol said, there is so many good things to stitch to stitch something you hate.

Justine said...

Beautiful stitching Maggee! You did the right thing with the daisy, it's so pretty and it must feel good to have it finished!
The bird chart from Lisa is very pretty, I like the peacock thread you chose.
You were right to ditch the orcas, stitching time is too precious to waste on designs that we don't love!

Sally said...

Congratulations on your finishes Maggee. They are gorgeous. Love your daisy and your other WIPs too.

Great decision on your orcas. It's supposed to be a hobby to enjoy so it was the right thing to ditch it!

Katie said...

Gorgeous finishes!! Congrats.