Saturday, August 29, 2009

Finishing Frenzy

This week started off really strange for me stitching wise. I pulled out "Scream House" to do some more backstitching but just couldn't get into it. Then I thought about doing another section on "BOO Club" but that didn't tickle my fancy either. What to do, what to do? Start a new project was the answer. Last year I stitched "Pumpkin Patch" by The Prairie Schooler and then got the companion chart "When Witches Go Riding". That was the answer I was seeking....A new project! As you can see in the top corner of the chart below there are 4 little designs, they really make cute small projects but more on that later.

This is the start of "When Witches Go Riding". Not a lot done yet but it's a start. I just love this fabric by Silkweaver's. It's called "Dark Tan" and is what I used last year on "Pumpkin Patch". I wasn't sure there was enough left to do the new project and it's a bit skimpy on the sides but since the finish probably won't be matted it should work out fine.

"Witch" No Sew Cube
Design from "Pumpkin Patch" by Prairie Schooler
stitched on 32 count hand dyed Evenweave
with DMC
This was a start and a finish while working on "When Witches" and I just love the way she turned out. A really fun, quick stitch and my new favorite way to finish small designs.
As I titled this entry I went into a Finishing Frenzy after a trip to WalFart for some seasonal fabrics. The stitching got put down, the pins and glue came out and this is what I did.....

"Snowman" No Sew Cube
I just had to use this fun fabric for the "Snowman". You really can't see it but the fabric has snowmen and the words Merry Christmas with some sparkles. I then added the Pearl pins to give it some bling and they kinda look like snowballs.

"Give" Ornament by Stoney Creek
I used a 4" finishing form to put this one together. It still looked kinda plain to me so I decided that the Red/White metallic cording would add some sparkle and dress it up a bit. You really can't see the sparkle in the fabric and cord but it really shines in the light and should sparkle on the tree this year.
And last but my favorite......

"Hardanger Christmas Tree"

This is the design I created for my Hardanger Class and what started the frenzy. I knew I wanted the Red/Green plaid fabric and was so happy when I found it I just had to get this done NOW. I found the Red/White/Green metallic cording in my ribbon stash and I think it really sets off the colors in the stitching and fabric.
Well that is what I did this week and I have 3 more projects sitting here with their fabric for finishing. By the end of the weekend I'll have more finishes to share with you and maybe even more done on the current WIP.
Tomorrow is Tracy's birthday and the start of his vacation. Not sure how much stitching I'll get done with him home and awake all day hehehe. He works nights and sleeps days so I normally have all the time I want to stitch but who knows what will happen with him awake. We aren't going anywhere on vacation, staying home with maybe a trip out to the strip to play tourist and then out for a birthday dinner. There is a free concert on Fremont St next Sunday that we will plan on attending to end the vacation.
Until Next Time.....Happy Stitching


Emily said...

Some fantastic finishing, you really like the no-sew cute don't you. They do make for easy decorating. That hardanger tree is wonderful.

Sadie said...

Fantastic finishing Rene! They are all beautiful, I especially like your hardanger tree it is stunning!
I have When Witches go riding and one of my new starts this week is the smaller designs on this chart.
Look forward to seeing your other finishes and hope you and DH have a lovely week.

Meari said...

Wonderful finishing, Rene.

Donna said...

Love all your finishes, but the snowman is my favorite. Great job!

htimcj said...

Wonderful finishes!

Bronny said...

Smoking needles and wonderful finishes. I like the tree - great finish too. I've kept my first flat fold because I was so pleased with the result.
Love the PS - I might have to look for that chart to add to my growing halloween collection.

Sandy In Montana said...

WOW !! What an amazing bunch of finishes, Rene. They all look fantastic.

Carolyn NC said...

What a frenzy - they all look great and I love your cubes! Your fabric for your hardanger tree is just perfect! Love it!

Vicky L said...

Great stitching on the When Witches go flying. I have started that pattern last year. I think I will be taking it out to try to finish it this year. I love your finishing frenzy. Everything is beautiful. Happy Birthday to Tracey.

Lisa said...

I love all your finishes! Your hardanger Christmas tree is really beautiful! Have fun stitching up "When Witches Go Riding". Not only does it look like a fun stitch, but the fabric you chose is wonderful and is perfect for this topic!
Take care!
PS...Happy Birthday to Tracy and enjoy the time when he is at home!

Gabi said...

Fantastic finishes Rene. I LOVE the hardanger christmas tree. You did such a great job with that one on designing, stitching and finishing. Congrats. Your cubes look great too. Lovely done. Can't wait to see more of your Prairie Schooler

Katrien said...

your finishes look fantastic.

Kathy said...

Great job on everything! They are all so wonderful I just can't pick one. I can't wait to see more of the PS design. I love that one.

~~~Melinda said...

WOW! Great finishes!!! I think you should hop on a plane, stay at my house while I work and finish off my items too! LOL I live for retirement!!!

Nancy M said...

Great variety of finishing! Your flat fold looks great and you did a fantastic job on the design too!