Friday, November 18, 2011

Finished For Real

Wow I can't believe my last post was from August.  Time has just been flying by and another year is almost gone again.  I have finished a few things recently and thought I would share some of them.  I don't seem to be able to capture great images yet, but I am working on it.  Let's add that to the never ending list of things I need to get to.

Here is one that I finished earlier in the year .  This is my first attempt at framing something myself and I think it came out ok
Sue Hillis Designs
"Beatings Will Continue"
Using recommended thread. Fabric unknown
Framed with Hobby Lobby ready made frame

Here is my next attempt at framing.  It is really hard to get it centered and even.  I didn't really enjoy the process and think I will rely on a professional from now on.  The results are fine, especially for these two small projects, but I can't imaging tackling a larger sampler.

Folk Art Flowers - left
Folk Art Tree of Life - right
Stitched and framed with same materials as model

This is from the recent Just Cross Stitch Halloween book(not the magazine issue).  It is from a new designer The Primitive Hare and is what prompted me to purchase the book.  I enjoyed this stitch immensely.  I changed to fabric to 32 count Cammo Fudge and used Single Strand Premium Floss in Basic Black from Vikki Clayton's Hand Dyed Fibers.  This was a dream to stitch with and provided such excellent coverage on the 32 count fabric.
Wicked Night by Primitive Hare
Published in JCS Halloween book
32 ct Cammo Fudge
HDF ssp Basic Black

I had this scrap left over from a larger design I have in my To Do pile - Quaker Halloween by Primitive Needle.  I will definitely use the HDF for this one as well.

I also took a class at my LNS Creative Stitchery in Richmond, TX.  It was this cool wool pumpkin with surface embroidery.  I chose to do something a little different and used black and white instead of the expected orange.  The seams are done in a fly stich and embellished with onyx beads.  There is even a little spider charm that I had in my stash tucked away on the stem.  I think it turned out great and will keep it out all year in my sewing room.
Well, that is probably enough from me right now.  I have two pieces to pick up from Michaels and will show them off.  I am also almost done with Jenny Bean Halloween.  I made a major error in judgement and ran out of thread.  A fellow stitcher, Maureen, heard my cry for help on the HDF forum and  is coming to my rescue with a skein from the same dye lot, so I hope to finish up the border in the next few days.   I am amazed at the generosity and kindness of stitchers. They are just amazing people.

Well, that's about it from my corner of the world.  My husband bought his own PC and now, maybe I will be able to post more often.  But don't hold your breath on that one.

Go grab a cup of joe and I will see you back here in a few!


  1. What a lot of pretty things to look at!!! Love your pumpkin -- so neat! Love those Hinzeit pieces, and the Sleepy Hollow one. I may have to buy that Halloween book after all -- I keep seeing this design and I need it! lol!

  2. I was reading down your posts too, I think that's what my family hears when I talk about stitching. womp, womnp, womp womp . . . I like that pirate piece!

  3. Kerri, what great finishes you have, and framing them yourselves - wow!! Good job. That pumpkin is fabulous. I would keep it out all year as well. Hope you are feeling a bit better.

  4. Love the finishes! I think your framing turned out great! I have dome my own framing a few times and agree--it is so worth the framing charges! I need to get better about it and do my own but ugh. That pumpkin is adorable!