Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Glue, Tack, Baste, Cut, Measure, yes MEASURE, Stick, Snip

Bar my hockey game (3-1 loss, don’t ask), and a VERY expensive *tears* trip to the VW garage, I spent every spare second this weekend finishing up a number of smalls. I didn’t even take time to change out of my jammies on Sunday in the final push to get everything done (oh how I love a jammy Sunday). Finishing holds a fair amount of peril for me – I try to measure 4 times and cut once, but sometimes, sometimes I just measure wrong 4 times. You know? But I had given myself a deadline, and a list (something else I love, a list. And don’t even get me started on an alphabetised list – bliss) so I was determined to get everything done. And, I’m proud to say, with only a few minor hiccups, I did!

Now I can’t show you everything, because I posted off Edda’s return Crazy Exchange to her on Monday, and it wouldn’t be fair to ruin the surprise here. And I finished 2 secret stitchings which I will reveal to you very shortly (maybe even as soon as tomorrow).

But I can show you the last two.

First, it’s a needlebook that I stitched back in 2007. (Once they’re stitched, things tend to languish in my finishing drawer for quite some time before I finally get around to finishing them off. It’s just the way it is.) It’s not really very spring-y, but I will think of it as being ahead of the game for autumn 2009, rather than 2 years behind since autumn 2007.







Design: A Touch of Orange Needlebook by MTV Designs
Linen: 32ct Vintage Country Mocha
Floss: Gloriana, Atalie, Kreinik
Beads: Mill Hill


And, second, I finally got around to stitching the first Just Nan tin from last year – Hop. It stitched and finished up really quickly, which is encouraging me to stitch the rest of them this year too. (Yes, of course I’ve signed up on an auto for this year’s lot…I’ll stitch them next year.) I’m now stitching the companion piece, the Hop needlebook fob, so that will undoubtedly sit in my finishing drawer for a few months before I get around to completing it :)





Design: Hop Tin by Just Nan
Linen: 28ct Lilac Grove by Countrystitch
Floss: DMC
Beads/Charms: included with kit


Oh, and nearly forgot, I picked up Their Song from the framer’s – I was in two minds about whether to have a matt or not, went into the shop, chose a matt and a frame, walked out of the shop and immediately began second guessing myself. I nearly walked back in and cancelled the order. But in the end my pragmatic and shy streaks won (too time-consuming and would look like an eejit going straight back in the shop), and I’m delighted they did:


It was a bit expensive (as in, framing in general, not that this framer is any more or less expensive than the average), so I’m going to wait a bit before dropping in the next thing to be framed. Perhaps Awake the Dawning Day which I finished back in July 2008, to match Their Song?

Happy stitching!

11 comments:

Erica said...

Your stitching is just gorgeous!
I have 'Their Song' in my stash.
Hopefully I will get around to it someday! The framing is beautiful!

Anna van Schurman said...

Great finishing. There's nothing like a jammies Sunday for sewing and gluing and measuring. (2007? My goodness, the project is fresh compared to mine!

Teejay said...

It looks great! Well worth the money. I have this design sitting in a scrapbook and it is one of my favorites and I keep wondering if I should have it framed.

Enjoy!

Melissa said...

Lovely stitching. The framed BBD piece looks very handsome with the matting! I really like that needlebook you did, especially the colour of the orange-y floss.

mainely stitching said...

Everything came out so beautifully! Good for you!!

Lee said...

Great projects! And I'm glad you didn't go back and change the framing, because I think it's perfect!

Brigitte said...

Stephanie, your stitching is wonderful. And your finishing skills are great. I love your needlebook and the tin lid, they are both perfect.
Their Song looks so beautiful in this frame. Good choice.

staci said...

Beautiful finishes! And Their Song looks fabulous in it's frame!!!

I love pajama days!!!

Sally said...

Lovely finishing Stephanie:) I love the needlebook and the tin is just gorgeous.

Their Song looks beautiful. Wish I'd done that year LF instead of last years!!

lena-lou said...

Nice finishes :)

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