Monday, 30 January 2012

Finishing Frenzy - 11th Project

This plaid bunny was stitched many years ago. I think it was a freebie from Leah (samplergirl) and I've finally finished it into an egg shape. This finish wasn't much fun - I mounted the stitching and the fabric backing on acid-free foam core, laced them both, glued the two halves and trimmed with ribbon.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Finishing Frenzy - 10th Project

Oh I'm on a roll these days with the finishing doo-dads. I looked at these two an thought they belonged together. They are from a squares exchange that I took part in years ago. My theme was "British Wildlife" - caused some issues with my overseas pals (oops, I got better at choosing RR themes as time went on)

I found a fat quarter that picks out the blue of the rabbit square and then left it on the kitchen table all afternoon whilst I figured out what to do with them. I settled on some offset patchwork to make a small wall hanging. I didn't use the buttons I dug out and I couldn't figure out where to put them! I know the patches aren't quite square, I've only done a little patchwork so I'm still learning.

There are a bunch more squares for these swap that I still have to do things with. Looking forward to having my Craft Room eventually so that I can put a lot of these out on display.

Friday, 27 January 2012

Finishing Frenzy - 9th Project

Another FUP was finished tonight. This was the third of the Bride's Tree Ornaments I've finished so far (though I'm not so happy with my February one and can see me stitching another design for that)

In the end I didn't use the beaded trim - I stitched the piece of co-ordinating ribbon close to the seam of the pink fabric and the needlework. The piece of ribbon was saved from an item of clothing, it was used to hold the small envelope that held spare buttons. I always keep these small scraps of ribbon as they are enough to make a hanger for an ornament.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Finishing Frenzy - 8th Project



I'm really starting to enjoy finishing things into little doo-dads! When I get my craft room it's going to have a fabulous collection of finished pieces that will make me smile every day...
This one is a Bride's Tree Ornament stitched last year. I finished into a small pillow with lace trim using a shabby chic fat quarter I had in my stash and some lace I found in a charity shop.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Finishing Frenzy - 7th Project

This is one of my own designs that I stitched as part of a collaborative effort on a forum to create a calendar. I think this must have been 10+ years ago as it's stitched on Aida. I'll be charting from my finish and publishing this one as a freebie on Sew Stitchy as soon as possible.

I picked two pieces of fabric from my stash to finish this one into a flat tuck wall-hanging - one a dusky pink plain poly/cotton, the other a funky print cotton fat quarter

And this is the finish piece, with a narrow border in the pink fabric, backed with the printed fabric. I used iron-on interfacing to stop the piece sagging. Another FUP bites the dust!

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Finish Frenzy - 6th Project

This is my Bride's Tree Ornament for February:

I finished it into a hanging heart with some scrap red fabric and a length of red ribbon

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Finishing Frenzy - 5th Project

This was a piece of stitching that my daughter Catherine did when she was learning. Not all the top stitches go the same way but she did manage half stitches and back stitch. I've kept this tucked away for many years but finished it and showed it to her today.

I used some scraps of red fabric, black bias binding and some black and red ribbon to make this hanging tuck pillow.

Finishing Frenzy - 4th Project

This one is a bit of a cheat - I'd already finished it before but the hanging ribbon had fallen off and it was coming apart at the top so it needed repairing. 
So I present "Basket of Hearts" by Charland Designs

A treat for Charlie

Now that I'm back at work, Charlie is going to the dogsitter every day. When he gets home, he's so excited. Today I gave him a chew treat and he was behaving like a puppy, pouncing on it, not like the 13½ yr old dog he is.

And I love the way is holding it between his paws in this picture.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Finishing Frenzy - 3rd Project

Another FUP bites the dust. I found some neon pink felt in my stash that was just perfect for finishing of this little beauty! I mounted the stitching on a piece of acid-free foam core and glued it to the felt with a ribbon hanger.

Now I'm pondering taking it to work or saving it to hang on the door of my craft room when I get it (when Tom heads to university we are switching rooms around in the house)

WIPocalypse - 1st Post of 2012

Here's my first update for WIPocalypse 2012
So far in January I've managed to work on Earth Dragon and to "finish" two unfinished projects (FUPs)

Earth Dragon hasn't seen very much stitching yet this month - about 4 hours - but here's a before and after shot

and here are pics of the two "finishes"

Photo Friday - Day's End - January 6th

Not my best effort by a long way but I'm still getting used to my new camera.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Oh this is embarrassing... Finished Unfinished Projects...

Which will hereafter be known as FUPs
I promised Cross Stitch Crazy that I would dig out my FUPs and take some pics. I think I am missing some, but I have no idea where they would be - I need to have a peek and see if they got put in the attic accidentally.
 Small ones (I plan on finishing these one's first) - there are christmas ornaments, autum/nature themed pieces and some valentines & bride's tree ornaments.

 Medium ones - I haven't decided what I'm doing with these ones, they made need to be framed so they may be one's I try to do myself

Large ones - these have to be framed and I don't have the funds for that at the moment so they will have to wait

Finishing Frenzy - 2nd Project

From This... 

To This
You can download this free design from Sew Stitchy

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Finishing Frenzy - 1st Project

Today I challenged my friends on Cross Stitch Crazy to "finish" a Christmas Ornament before the tree is taken down and the decorations put away tomorrow. 
I picked one from my stack of "finished unfinished" objects and set to work. First I chose a piece of fabric from my stash that picked up the colours of the stitching. The fabric I chose isn't particularly Christmas-y but it is a pretty shabby chic print. I opted to go for a simple stuffed pillow ornament, but I think I'll be more adventurous next time.

 Then stitched the ornament to the backing fabric, attaching a fabric hanger and leaving a small gap at the bottom to stuff the ornament.

Finally I stuffed the ornie, stitched close the gap at the bottom and took a picture to prove I can finish things IF I set my mind to it.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

My First Finish of 2012

This was the first freebie I designed for Sew Stitchy and I've been meaning to stitch it for far too long.

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