First Finish of 2017

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I am so excited to be done with this project, and to have my first finish for 2017. The last year or so has been really rough, between all of the things on my schedule along with not physically being well enough to cross stitch. So here it is, at long last, my Pyramids by John Clayton.

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Currently this project is sitting in some dish soap and lukewarm water. After I dry and iron it, I will probably need to have a custom frame made, as I don’t think I have anything on hand that will fit something this long and narrow.

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Carrie


His Name Is Jesus

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Done at last! I thought this would be a quick stitch but with kids, work, volunteering at school, physical therapy and exercise, it just didn’t happen. I finally finished this today. It needs to be washed and ironed, and then I am going to check out Hobby Lobby for a frame and mats, and will do the actual framing myself.

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I did change the word “saviour” to “savior”, to be more American.

This pattern can be found here, for free: http://www.joyfulexpressions.us/HTML/FreePatterns.html

Now for my next project… I think I need to get my little hedgehog pincushion put together. And that deer in the woods is not getting finished just sitting in a drawer. That might need to be a summer project, though, as the counting and similar colors are horrible. I desperately want to start on John Clayton’s pyramids. And it should be an easier project, with huge blocks of one color and extremely small amounts of backstitch. Time to look through my stash again and see what other treasures I have set aside that I forgot about!

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Carrie



Stash Finish #12, Framed

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Willow Tree House Sampler, designed by Catherine Theron for Kreinik. Just Cross Stitch magazine, June 1999 issue. Stitched on 30 count linen with Kreinik Silk Mori for the cross stitch and Northern Lights silk for the grass. I did change the color of the lettering and house door and shutters because I did not have the right color on hand.

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I am really pleased with how this piece was finished. I found the frame at Hobby Lobby, on clearance for $3. It doesn’t have any hanging hardware, so I will have to add some. For now, I will display it propped up on my dresser.

I used acid free foam board and silk pins to mount the stitching:

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Then I used pearl cotton to lace the back.

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I then added two more layers of foam board to fill in the extra space, and finally glued kraft paper to the back.(I didn’t take a photo of the kraft paper)

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I normally don’t take this much care with my framing. Actually, most projects I finish don’t even get framed – they end up in a box with all of the others. Now that my walls are pretty much filled up, I like the therapeutic value to stitching more than just making something to decorate the home!

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Carrie


Stash Finish #12

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Finally done! I was afraid the slanted stitch on the grass would take forever, because it is over 1 thread. But it actually went a lot faster than I expected. I am really pleased with how this turned out. And just in time! We leave for Disney World in a few days and then it is back home to Michigan.

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The color is a bit off from my camera, and it is badly wrinkled. I will have to wait until I get home to wash, iron, and frame this piece.

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Carrie


Stash Finish #11

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Finally, mouse #3 is done! He is stash finish #11 for 2015.

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I have stitched all three designs on the long piece of fabric that came with the kit. I am not sure if I am going to cut them apart and put them in cards (which came in the kit) or leave it all together and frame it or finish as a bell pull. If I do leave it together, I think I will need to find a design to stitch in between the mice. Perhaps a small sprig of holly and ivy?

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Carrie




Stash Finish #8

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Finally. This evil bunny is FINALLY done! I can honestly say that I have never hated working on a project as much as this one. It probably took me three times as long to complete as it should have, but the chart was horrible to work from and the colors all looked the same. I also hate how it looks like one ear is not finished. Bebunni, I will never stitch you again. Never.

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On the plus side, this was my “try out Thread Heaven” project and I must say I don’t think I will stitch without it again. I am still a bit worried that 30 years from now the threads will have deteriorated or discolored a bit, but I think I will still use it anyway. I just don’t think I will use it on the projects I am currently working on, because I don’t want them to be half with and half without it. But wow, what a difference for threads tangling. I didn’t have any issues at all on this card in terms of knotting and twisting. Thread Heaven will definitely be going in my stitching bag.

Now for a nice cleansing breath, and to start thinking about what I will work on next. I suppose I should finish up the Willow Tree Sampler, because I have come so far on it. And it has been a long time since I have worked on Summer Ball. I would also like to get the woodland deer out of the way, but all of that green and brown was getting tiresome.

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Carrie


Getting the Family Involved (Stash Finish #7)

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Today I finished Nefertiti, and I had a bit of help from the family. With only three stitches left, I had my hubby and kids each put in one stitch so that this project was worked on by all of us. Naturally, Adrienne (5) had the easiest time with it because I have given her threads and a needle in the past. Aaron also did pretty well. But my poor husband couldn’t see the holes in the fabric so I had to help him out a bit. And here she is, finally finished, although she has not been washed or ironed yet!

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Carrie



Sachet

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I finished the sachet today, although I am a bit bummed with how it turned out. The stuffing didn’t fill out the entire circle, so it is puffy in the center and bare at the edges. It is also quite bumpy looking at the bottom where I had to slip stitch it closed. The rest of it turned out fine because I used my sewing machine, but I had to leave a pretty big gap at the bottom so I could turn it right side out. It looks much better when I flatten it down with my hand, so I have put a heavy book on top of it and I think I will let it sit for a couple of days to see if that helps.

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I’ll post a photo of the finished piece after I let it “flatten out” a bit.

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Carrie


Stash Finish #5

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The stitching on my floral sachet is done, but I didn’t feel like getting out the sewing machine and putting it all together. I had this free cover kit from an issue of The World of Cross Stitching which consisted of two butterfly cards. I decided to work on one of them for another quick finish. I think it turned out quite well! The cross stitching itself was very easy and took only a couple of hours to do. The backstitching was a pain, as is usually the case with Madeline Floyd designs. But in the end it turned out very nice.

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Carrie


Stash Finish #4

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This is a kit for a Christmas Bells card that came free with an issue of the British Magazine Cross Stitch Gallery. I was able to finish it in just two days of stitching. Of all the kits I have ever done, this was by far the worst in terms of sorting colors. I know it doesn’t look like it, but there were 4 shades of red, 4 shades of gold, and 4 shades of green. And the names meant nothing (parrot green, saffron). I had to use the color photo that came with the chart in order to figure it out. On the plus side, it came with WAY more floss than was needed, so my ORT jar is filling up nicely! And the card blank that came with it is lovely. The picture doesn’t really show it, but the entire card is gold paper with a nice lined texture to it.

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Carrie


Stash Finish #3

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This is the card kit that had the faulty floss. I actually had plenty of that pink color to work with, but ran out of the light blue, go figure. Luckily I found a match in my stash of DMC. The kit didn’t specify a color number, but I think the match is pretty darn close. The backstitching on this was a bit of a pain, and I noticed that the stitched models did not look the same as the chart. The chart actually had more backstitching than what was on the models. I think it looks better with the extra stitches, so I stitched it as charted.

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The design is from April Rose Illustration and was the free cover kit with issue 217 of The World of Cross Stitching.

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Carrie






My first Hardanger!

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Ta da!

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I am so excited to be done with my first ever Hardanger project, and that it came out so well. There are a few little “whiskers” I still need to clean up, but other than that I am very happy with it. I think I will add a hanger at the top to make it into a Christmas ornament.

Here is what it looked like when the stitching was finished, but it had not been cut out yet:

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The only downside to being done with this is that I have to get back to work on Adrienne’s stocking. Christmas is in 3 months plus a few days! YIKES!

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Carrie


Jane Eyre, Finished

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I didn’t get any stitching in yesterday but I was lucky enough to finish this tonight. I played around with a couple of frames that I have (it’s a standard 5×7 size) but nothing looked right. I think I might do a flat-fold ornament finishing on this one.

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Unfortunately, my camera just can’t get an accurate picture of the colors in this one. Hopefully when it is finished I will be able to get a better photo.

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Carrie



Mason Jar Tutorial

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I decided to turn the small elephant into a Mason jar to fill up with candy for one of Adrienne’s preschool teachers. Having never done this before, I had to kind of play it by ear. Here is how I did it, although there are probably many other ways it can be done.

First, assemble your supplies: the finished stitching, a Mason jar with lid and ring, scissors, fiberfill stuffing, a pencil, Elmer’s glue, and a hot glue gun.

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Center the ring over your stitching to make sure that it fits. As you can see from the photo, my elephant just barely fit inside. Using the pencil, lightly trace around the outside of the jar ring. Cut out your stitched piece, cutting on the pencil mark.

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Use the jar lid (not the ring) as a template to cut out several circles of fiberfill. Glue the fiberfill circles to the top of the lid. Elmer’s glue will probably work better for this than the glue gun. The more fiberfill, the puffier the end result. Of course, you can skip this step altogether if you want your stitching to be flat against the lid.

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Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of this next part. Put your cross stitched circle into the ring and make sure that it is centered. Put the fiberfill/lid inside the ring so that it rests on the stitching. Look at it from the right side – the design should be centered and the fiberfill should make it puff up. When you are happy with it, take the pieces out. If your circle of fabric is too large and and the edges are not laying flat in the ring, trim off the edges slightly. Spread hot glue all around the inside of the jar ring and press the stitched piece onto it. You will have to work quickly to make sure it doesn’t harden on you. Try not to use too much glue because the bumpier (thicker) it is, the harder it will be to get the lid to screw onto the jar. Then put hot glue on the edges of the lid with the fiberfill and press that onto the stitched piece.

After your lid has been glued, attach it to the jar. It will only screw on if you have pushed it down all the way and don’t have any excess fabric showing. If you do have excess fabric, you should be able to cut it off using an X-ACTO knife. I had little bits of fiberfill coming out that needed to be trimmed off. Let the lid sit on the jar for a while to make sure the glue is dry and hardened and the stitching is pressed into the lid tightly. Then, you can unscrew the lid and fill the jar with goodies – in this case, Hershey Kisses!

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Carrie