At the start of the year I decided that 2010 was going to be the year that I tried to conquer my fear of finishing and also my fear of my sewing machine. I bought the sewing machine about four years ago, just a very basic one, and up until now it has only had two or three outings. Even though I love stitching larger designs, there are so many stitches who stitch only small designs and I love looking around people’s blogs and seeing what seems like hundreds of different finishing techniques, and I often think that “maybe next year” will be my year for stitching smalls. Unfortunately I’ve had this thought quite a few times and so far it hasn’t happened, but maybe next year LOL!
Today I decided to dust off the sewing machine and have a go at finishing off a couple of the designs I had finished years ago and which have been in my finishes drawer crying out for some attention. First of all I tried my hand at a flat fold. I had a Christmas design from one of the Just Cross Stitch ornament editions already stitched up so decided to use that. It’s not perfect by any means, but for a first attempt I am feeling very pleased with myself. Next was a simple pin cushion, using a design by Margaret Sherry. Finally is a floss tag, using a one of my favourite Lizzie Kate designs. The floss tag was made using Vonna’s tutorial, which worked like a charm!
Here’s some close up photos, including shots of the backing fabrics used on the pin cushion and floss tag
I also tried my hand at framing this weekend. I saw a lovely frame when I was out shopping on Saturday that I thought would be perfect for LHN’s School of Needlework. It is just a teeny bit wonky, but I know that I will get better with a bit of practice and I have quite a few designs waiting to be framed so by the time I’ve finished I should be an expert LOL. I think the distressed look of the frame looks great with this design and plan on buying a few more of these frames for my other LHN finishes.
I don’t have many stitching updates for you this week, no progress at all on L’Automne – work has been absolutely hectic and I’ve barely had time to eat my sandwiches this week, so L’Automne hasn’t even been taken out of it’s bag this week.
At home I’ve been stitching on Ribbon Sampler by Sampler Cove. This is stitched on 40 count linen so it’s a bit slow going but I’m really enjoying it.
This is quite possibly the worst photograph I have EVER taken! I have no idea what went wrong there. This close up picture is more accurate colour wise.
I’ve been waiting for my chart to arrive for the Pin Pillow exchange but am very disappointed in the online store I ordered from. The payment is still showing as pending in my Paypal account and even though the item was showing as in stock when I ordered there’s no sign of movement, and also no reply to my chaser emails. The chart is now showing as “shipping in 5-7 days” so I’m guessing that there is a supply problem, but it would have been nice to have been told so I could order it from somewhere else as I really want to get that finished before starting the Bramble and the Rose SAL on 1st March.
If you’re still reading – THANK YOU! I’m sorry for posting such a long post, I really will try and get my act together next week and post through the week instead of leaving it all until the weekend.
I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend! Thank you for visiting, I really do appreciate all your comments!