Monday, June 14, 2010

A Finishing Weekend

I spent most of my weekend doing finishing. It's amazing how time consuming that can be. But I did finish 6 pieces of stitching and that is a great feeling.

First I finished this pincushion. It is Blackbird Designs Summer House Pincushion.



This is stitched on 30ct. Coconut Macaroon linen with Nina's Threads--Eggplant and Amber. The buttons are from my mom's collection.

I framed 4 pieces. This first one I stitched in 2003-2004. What's even worse, I have had the frame since then. Now that it is framed, and hung, I am kicking myself for not doing this earlier. It looks so nice.


This is the first Snapper series from Bent Creek. This picture is about 42" long. It took me about 1-1/2 hours to pin and an entire box of pins! I am really loving it however.

This next piece is an LHN. I switched up the colors from how it is charted.


I stitched this some time ago so I don't know what materials I used.

This piece I stitched for the Blackbird Design contest, which everyone entered. If I remember right, They provided a basic chart and you were to add at least 1 bird. I stitched this in memory of my paternal grandmother, who was the original peacock lover. It is stitched with Weeks "Peacock" thread.


The "lace" that is on this piece is tatting that my grandmother did. The jewels are an earring that was hers also. I can't be sure of the buttons, my mothers collection consisted of both of my grandmas plus hers. They look old though. I am really pleased with how this turned out.

I next piece I framed, I stitched in memory of my mom and dad.

This is called "Hearts Left Behind" by Hester's Needle. It is stitched as charted on a piece of 32ct home dyed linen.



I did finished 1 more piece, however, it is being mailed out today for an exchange so I can't share it until it is received.

Thanks to my good stitching friend, Joan, who let me purchase these frames (except the big one) from her stash. They are all just perfect!


Thanks for the great comments on my spring fob. I couldn't find a tutorial for rouching a ribbon. You run like a basting thread throught the middle of your ribbon and pull together, like gathering. Then, attach it to your stitching piece. You will need lots of ribbon due to the gathering.

Also thanks for all the well wishes concerning the job situation. Not fun.

Now I am going to start a Pink Stitch!

22 comments:

staci said...

AWESOME finishes Jill! Love that pincushion, the colors are gorgeous. And I really love how you've personalized your projects with your mom and grandma's buttons and your grandma's tatting on the BBD sampler...lovely!

April Mechelle said...

Beautiful all finished and framed up !! I have some of my grandmother's tatting. I have been thinking of using it on a finish soon.

valerie said...

Beautiful finishes!!

devonaz said...

Wow,,you were a busy bee,,,and what beautiful work you do...

Deb said...

Wow, what a great weekend you had and so productive. Love all your finishes sewn and framed! You do wonderful stitching and framing!

Michelle said...

Well done on all your finishes - they look great!

Nina said...

Jill, this is fantastic :))) I'm so happy to see you used my threads thank you!!

Casa Pearl said...

Lovely stitching and gorgeous finishing Jill!

Julianne said...

Jill,

Wonderful job on the summerhouse pincushion finish.

I've got that one to finish and I just have not gathered the courage to do it.

Nic said...

Fabulous finishes - I don't think I'd have had the nerve to frame the bigger pieces, and certainly wouldn't have done such a good job! I love how you managed to incorporate pieces to remember your mother and grandmother by.

Christine said...

Wow ~ they're all wonderful, Jill, but I especially love the lace, buttons and earrings on the small sampler!

Susan said...

Wow, have you been busy! I especially love the pincushion--great design and "my" colors.

Patty C. said...

I love the pin cushion. I am thinking about getting this pattern - So many bloggers have enjoyed stitching this one - your looks very well finished - congrats
Take Care

Kathy A. said...

Your finishes are all so beautiful!
I love the one with your grandmother's tatting and the buttons. What a wonderful idea.

Karen said...

great finishes! they all look wonderful!

Michele said...

what great finishing! love love love the pincushion and all your framing.

Kim B said...

Beautiful finishes Jill! You should come over and raid my fuppies!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

What a great group of finishes - they're all beautiful!!

Loved hearing that song - lots of memories!!

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

My goodness, Jill, what lovely things you have stitched! I especially love the BB pincushion and what you did with Carol's peacock sampler. Just wonderful!

Andrea said...

Wonderful finishes.

Suzanne said...

Beautiful finish of the pincushion. You have done such a great job with the framing. Especially using all those beautiful buttons and lace.

Carol R said...

Beautiful memorial piece for your parents Jill!