Monday, October 1, 2012

2 Finishes, 2 Starts and an Update

Finish #1-Crabapple Hill-don't know the title
The July class is finished!  The daisies at the top were just lazy daisy stitches layered over a piece of felt to give dimension. Then the border.  The class sample was finished as a mini-quilt.  I am trying to come up with a different way to finish this.  It measures approx 8" x 6".  Any ideas?

Start #1 and Finish #2-Ewe & Eye & Friends
Liberty House
Mystery linen-found deep in my sewing cabinet
Called for DMC threads
Do you see anything that looks funny on this one?  The pattern is nearly a square (54 X 57 stitches) and my ornament is definitely a rectangle!  This linen is so old (maybe 25-30 yrs) I have no idea where I got it or what the original intent was for it.  It it a very large piece and has nice little flecks of brown in it.  When I started stitching the border I noticed the problem and counted BOTH directions of the fabric (instead of just one direction) and I have an unevenweave linen! (It could have come from a flea market or antique store and be older than I think).  Really nice for a reproduction sampler, but probably not for other stitching :) 
This still turned out so cute, though. I did substitute the brown thread for the bird as the ecru was not showing on my fabric. 
Thank you, Jeanne, for loaning me your pattern!  It will be on its way home tomorrow :)

Start #2-Red Brolly
The Three Bears Toy Bag freebie-click HERE
Not sure if I'll end up making this into a bag, but LOVE the design!

Merry Cox
Sweet Little Blossoms
Class Pre-Work
The pre-work stitching is finished except for the flowers.  I still am not liking the buttonhole flowers.  My favorite idea so far is to use buttons!  They are not attached, but laid in place so you could get an idea of what I am thinking.   What do you think?
I am off very early on Friday morning to the Crabapple Hill retreat! Looking forward to it!  I'll be sure to update you next week.


cucki said...

beautiful stitching and so creative..
big hugs cucki xx

Vickie said...

Oh my goodness! Your new header picture is gorgeous.
Yes, the buttons are nice.
What if you made Crabapple Hill into a quilted hanging piece?

Catherine said...

Great finishes!

Bernadett said...

Well,I really do not know how to finish the first pretty work.I do not do patchwork...
The second was is pretty,too.And really it has an interesting story...20-30 years old...Magnificent!:)
Your starts are really nice.I will check the link for the bag.

Margaret said...

Oh my! I just love your Crabapple Hill finish! Wow! Love the prestitching for the Merry Cox piece too! And the Liberty House -- wonderful! The Red Brolly piece is adorable! You sure are busy! I hope the retreat is fun!

Nancy said...

Love your stitching! Have fun at the retreat!

Deb said...

Wow, isn't that something with that linen. I think that I have some of that in my stash too - or what looks like the same thing. I don't know what the name of it is. In any event, your piece came out wonderful anyway and your Red Brolly is adorable.

CalamityJr said...

The Liberty House linen certainly is interesting, and doesn't hurt a thing, just makes your piece unique. As for Crabapple Hill, I think it would make a lovely box top.

Samplers, Silks and Linens said...

hmmm .. i think the crabapple would look good finished as a cushion with a frilly lace border - i love your idea with using the buttons on your merry cox - i say go for it! your stitching looks very pretty - hugs & stitches, Amanda

Giovanna said...

Lovely stitching! Personally I'd prefer the buttonhole stitch rather than the buttons for the flowers - but if you do use the buttons, I'd stick to colours similar to those of the stitched flowers.

Mollymaja said...

Beautiful stitching!
on the Merry Cox piece:
Maybe another variation of flower,
and use for example
Lazy Daisy Stitch instead?
They are easy to make and looks beautiful in smaller size if you feel the current buttonhole flowers are abit much.

Good Luck and have a great trip to the retreat!

Siobhán said...

Congratulations on the finishes! I like the idea of using lazy daisy stitches. In the end, though--it's your piece so do it as YOU like it!

Beth in IL said...

You are one busy woman!!! I just noticed how many of your Crazy Januarys you have finished. I am soooo jealous! Just joking. Thanks for all the great photos.

SoCal Debbie said...

Crabapple Hill embroidery looks beautiful. Liberty House looks great as a rectangle. Measuring the linen both ways sounds like something I would do! The Three Bears will be so cute. I like the spotted fabric. The little buttons look perfect for Sweet Little Blossoms. Enjoy your retreat, you lucky stitcher, you!

Brigitte said...

Great finishes indeed.
I do love your prestitched Merry Cox pieces and although I'd do the buttonhole flowers I go with Siobhán - nobody else but you must be happy with it. And I think the pieces look great either way.

Patrizia Valle said...

Beautiful stitching!!

Krista said...

Great stitchings, Teresa! Love that patriotic one, I picked that up at my last trip to my LNS. Funny how yours came out a rectangle, but I love it that way too! Have a great day!

Carol said...

I just love your finishes, Theresa--especially Liberty House. Whether is be a square or rectangle--it still looks great! That happened to me once with a very old piece of rustico--sounds like it may be the exact same fabric :)