Finishing Time!

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biscornucloseupThe biscornu is now all put together, except for the buttons. I accidentally bought the wrong size, and they are too large. Grrr! I will have to wait until I get back to town to buy some new ones and return the others. I will also have to find some wool or felt to make the needlebook pages. I have the cross stitch motif finished and fringed and just need to get the book put together. I live so far away from any kind of stores, and even when I do get to town all we have is Wal-mart and a small Joann Fabrics. So I might have to wait until I go on vacation to try to find the pages for the needlebook.

I am not sure if I will make another biscornu. It was extremely hard for me to put together, and by the end my fingers were in a lot of pain. I don’t recommend it for anyone who suffers from any type of arthritis or other hand ailment. I am also not 100% happy with the edges. The directions called for using one strand of floss to whip stitch everything together, while most other instructions I have found call for two. I think if I were to make another in the future, I would stick with Aida instead of stitching on linen. My backstitches seemed to get lost in the linen, making it hard to find a stitch to sew through.

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Carrie


Almost there!

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I am so close to finishing the second side of the biscornu! Since tomorrow is Friday, hopefully I can stay up and finish it. I think I will go ahead and put both the needlebook and biscornu together before I start on the fob. Stitching over one is not really my thing, and I don’t think I could do it right now with the dark winter days we’ve been having. Stitching should be fun, not a chore. Straining to see those tiny holes definitely sounds like a chore. So that means it will be time for a new project! Of course, The World of Cross Stitch magazine had to come in the mail yesterday, along with Sampler and Antique Needlework a few days ago. I think I need more time in each day. And a bigger house!

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Carrie


One down, one to go

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Here is the finished stitching for one side of the biscornu. I have already started stitching the other side, which is exactly the same. I think a trip to the craft store will be in order for making this up, as my button collection doesn’t have anything as nice as the buttons used in the magazine sample.

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Carrie


Better Late Than Never

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I can’t believe how long it has taken me to get photos up of this project. I have been working on it here and there, but there always seems to be problems with getting the photos taken and uploaded. So without further ado, here is what I have so far:

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The piece that has my initial in it is the needlebook cover. The second piece is the start of the biscornu. The scissors fob will be last, since I am not too thrilled about working over one on linen. My eyes just aren’t what they used to be (not that they were ever much good anyway!)

I am using one large piece of linen and stitching all of the designs on it, then I will cut them apart to make them up. I would love to stop stitching and make up the needlebook right now, but these are my smallest Q snaps and I need a large piece of fabric in order to use them. I hate using hoops on linen because it seems to leave permanent creases, not to mention pulling the threads out of whack.

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Carrie


First project of the new year

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Tonight I started on my first new project for 2014. I will have to wait until tomorrow to post progress pictures, as it is late and I am so tired! But here is the photo of the finished pieces, from the magazine.

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This project will fulfill my goal of stitching three new things: a biscornu, a needle case, and a scissors fob. Although I have been stitching for over 30 years, I have never made any “practical” cross stitch items. What I make always ends up as a stitched picture. The stitching is done entirely in one color of floss, and is worked over two on 28 count linen. The designer’s name is Angela Pullen Atherton, and the chart is in the current issue of Just Cross Stitch Magazine (Jan/Feb). ┬áThe photo above is from the magazine. Hopefully the scissors fob will keep track of my scissors, which I’m always losing, and more importantly, the needle book will keep track of the needles that somehow always get lost in my house. If I want to give my husband a fright, I only have to say “I can’t find my needle…”

Carrie