Friday, March 16, 2018

Let's Catch-up, shall we?

Well, a bit over two months since I last posted... getting better! I have wanted to post, but it is just not in the cards for me some days! Most days! Lots of interruptions...not to mention that I am so sluggish in the winter, when it is bad weather. All I want to do is stitch and watch Flosstube! Ha!

So, what follows are a few of my finishes since early January, including three gifts! They've all seen them, so I should be good!  And then, I did some of my own finishing... just a bit... Have SO much more to do! Next I share a couple of my current WIPs, tho... I have a pretty good case of startitis... so they may multiply. One piece I was stitching on, the thread barely showed... so a bit of dyeing is in the cards! Finally, a Blast From the Past to share with you!

Without further ado...on with the pictures!



This is 'A New Creation' by My Big Toe. I wasn't sure the colors would all work together, but in the end... I was pleasantly surprised. Birthday gift for my stitching buddy...she loves purple, so the frame was painted purple to top it off! (Hard to tell, but... it looked wonderful!)

Sideways view of the back, in purple too!



 Next was this stitched piece by All Through the Night called "Sew Happy". I had this piece in my stash for a couple of years. It was so FUN to stitch. It went to England, to my birthday twin Justine! Because it had to go a long ways, I did not want to make it a framed piece that could be smashed or such, so I made it a flat finish, to be used in a stand (which I also sent along!).

Use a simple ticking fabric for the back...

Here is a view of the trim I did around it... beaded dyed ric rac...


Here is the other one sent as a gift... This is another one by All Through the Night... I didn't even realize I had two by her! Called 'In the Berry Patch' and I sent it to my good friend in Wyoming, to cheer her because it was nothing but cold and snowy all the time... and we both longed for Spring!! Stitched on 32-count PTP 'Dwarf' which was a delight! And I used some of the called-for overdyeds and some DMC.



Unfortunately for me, I took pictures of this one with my phone before putting on the trim and sending it off! So, as is usual... they are sideways, even tho on my computer, after editing them... they are upright!!! Grrrr.... I ended up dying some chenille trim for it... It was quite pretty...wish I had a good picture of the entire finish!!

Again, I did a flatfold finish rather than frame it, due to possibilities of damage in transit.


This is a Country Cottage Needleworks piece called Birdhouse Sampler. One of those kits that came with the thread and buttons... all I had to pick out was the fabric, which was just a scrap with no name! Not sure what finish to do yet...

This is a Prairie Schooler called Winter Wind. Loved stitching this one. Have a finish in mind...

And this is Little House Needleworks Spring Band Sampler, with some changes made to the colors to brighten it up. Also have a finish in mind for this one! Stay tuned!


Then there was this one by CCN again, called Beach Day, because... I am pretty over this cold weather, and I love the beach! Having grown up four blocks from the Pacific Ocean, it is in my blood! I used a piece of 32-count Vintage Sand Belfast to do this one... tho you cannot really tell. And used the DMC conversion colors. I think I will frame it...

This is a new finish for me! I found these corrugated metal pieces at Walmart, in the picture frames department. I had seen finishes on these type of metal pieces at Priscilla's Blog, which by the way is a FABULOUS blog! Go visit it, after mine, of course!! Anyway, the chart is Forest Snowfall by Country Cottage Needleworks. I had a piece of grey linen, but I had seen others doing it on a nice mottled grey fabric... so.... I overdyed it! It turned out great--nice and stormy looking! I changed up the thread colors some... no telling what they were now! It is not exactly finished... but I cannot get winter embellishments right now!

So this is The Smallest Seed by Hands on Design... I wanted it to be very cheerful. The metal is a little smaller than the one above... it was a set of two at Walmart!

And because it is a nifty, interchangeable-type finish, I also finished this Victorian Motto piece to be on the corrugated metal. Again, will need a ribbon and some Christmas picks... stay tuned. 

And last finish to show ( I think!) is these Little House Needleworks Sheep Virtues. I followed Vonna's Finishing Tutorials  EXACTLY, and they turned out quite nice! The backing fabric is a thrift store find... a wool blazer cut into pieces!! My older sister gave me that idea years ago!! AND, it is the first time I did twisted cording! I am hyped... I can do it!!

 This is the current WIP that I have been stitching last two nights. It is Daisy Sampler by Country Cottage Needleworks. Using 32-count Patina linen, which is beautiful! And DMC threads...It's small...thinking of how to finish it still!

 And this is a piece by The Sampler Girl called Sense and Sensibility Sampler that I have been working on. I think about three more sessions and I should be finished! I joined a FB group called Jane Austen Reading and Stitch-A-Long, and it helps me stay on track to get these Jane Austen charts done! I might be off track from the 'schedule' but.... pfffft... they are getting done this year!

From the Stash Pile: For many years, once I discovered Quaker style stitches, I learned about Jan Houtman designs. I stitched a trio of his Biscornus years ago, for a BCA auction...but his charts were WAY to expensive because they were imported. Well, interestingly enough, this time around was not that bad, so I got it. The cover page is not showing the colors well, but it was stitched in two blues which brought it home for me! I am still pondering the exact colors, but I do think it will be blues. I have an Ink Circles design in the wings that will be shades of Aquamarine, so it will probably be more conventional blues. DMC 930 is one of my faves... We shall see...

And last but not least, wanted to share a framed piece that I gave my older sister many years ago. It is stitched on white aida, and each flower has beads in it! When I took it to the framers, I made sure they knew it was beaded. Unfortunately, when I picked it up, there were beads rolling around under the glass!! NOT happening! I had to wait longer, while they RE-DID it, at no charge to me of course! And last time I used them! But... I really like the sentiment... I wonder if my sister even has it on display? Sigh... I also wonder if this was the start of my intense dislike of backstitching???


That's it for now! We are all caught up! It's going to be cold for a week or two again, so I intend to do more finishing... If I get enough done, I will do another post.

Till next time, thanks for visiting!

Hugs,

Maggee

13 comments:

marly said...

Wow. Felt like I was visiting an online shop! Lots of finishes girl! What a great fabric you chose for The Smallest Seed. A fun display!

Robin in Virginia said...

What a super post to read this evening, Maggee! I like all your finishes. Thanks for sharing a picture your Jan Houtman piece; I look forward to seeing what blues you come up with. Stay warm and cozy with your stitching!

Vicki said...

Love the metal finishes! Where in Walmart did you find them?

Brigitte said...

I always love to see your catchup posts, Maggee. And again there is such a lot of stitching to see - finishes and completely finished projects. Such a great way to mount the finished stitching to a piece3 of metal or wood. That looks very special.
Jan Houtman's Quaker style designs are also very special. Particularly when you have read how he designed them. Great for you that you could get one at a reasonable price.

Carol said...

Oh, my! You certainly HAVE been stitching, Maggee! What a fun catch-up post :) Your Little Sheep Virtues are done so beautifully! Good for you for using the wool blazer as a backing fabric--it is perfect :)

It's funny how sometimes you overlook a chart until you see it all stitched up on a blog or IG. I never paid attention to the LHN Spring Band Sampler until I saw your finish. I LOVE your color changes!! And that "In the Berry Patch" is another I'll have to add to my list... Thank you for enabling me :)

Linda said...

Congrats on all of the gorgeous finishes Maggee. I wure wish I could do them. Love all of the other projects your working on. Great update.

Linda

Andrea said...

Wonderful stitching and finishing. You've been very busy.

Have a good weekend.

Kay said...

Busy lady. It is lovely to see all of your finishes. x

C Reeder PhxAz said...

You have been busy! Great finishes. I am working on Little House virtues set this year and really like your finishes. Would you consider loaning me the pattern for sew happy? If so: Charlene Reeder PO Box 10456 Phoenix Az 85064. I will return it promise

Beth said...

Wow! You stitched and stitched and stitched and then finished and finished and finished! The corregated metal finishes just pop for me - so very clever. I really like In the Berry Patch too.

Katie said...

You've been busy busy girl. Just love your finishing. Great job on all the beauties.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Lots of lovelies here today! I especially liked Beach Day. Have a good rest of your week. Hugs!

Justine said...

How did I miss this post? You have made some beautiful things and I should know as I was so lucky to receive one of your gorgeous finishes! He is sitting very proudly on his easel in my craft room. I love everything you've finished and are stitching now. Some simply gorgeous projects. I haven't forgotten your parcel ;-)