Then there was the finishing. Lots of wonderful finishing! You may remember that I stitched this lovely back in August.
|Stacy Nash Summer|
Gathering Pin Drum
Then we went to the beach for a glorious week of more stitching, eating, walking on the beach, more shopping, etc. I think you're getting the picture. I actually had a finish while at the beach and you may remember this one.
|Scarlett House |
A Sampler Grew
It is stitched on Lakeside 40 ct. Maritime White with the listed colors. We found the chenille on our trip to Dyeing to Stitch on our way to the beach. It was a nice break in a long drive. And a real treat since I hadn't been there in quite a while. So long in fact that they had moved the shop, a year ago, and I didn't know it!! Just down the way from where they were before though so we had little trouble finding it.
I had kitted up several fall inspired pieces prior to the beach trip and after I finished stitching 'A Sampler Grew', I pulled out Beggar's Night. This has been very popular. I have seen it finished on several other blogs and just had to stitch it.
Mine is stitched with the Gentle Art conversion. Pumpkin Pie is now my favorite color!! I did make a couple of color changes, one to accommodate the color of the pumpkin on my choice of linen, again the Maritime White, and the other for the raven. I could not stitch him in any color but black!!! It worked up pretty quickly so I had a start and finish while at the beach.
The next piece is from the current JCS Ornament issue. We both love the Victoria Sampler cupcake and when my local shop had the finishing kits for it I couldn't pass them up. I got one for me and one for my friend for her October birthday! We got those stitched up pretty quickly, just a bit of basic hardanger and some sewing on of buttons and beads and it was good to go. These are just too cute for words!!
Then, (I know this is getting long) while searching for something else, I came across a piece I thought was lost. I have been looking for it forever and just could not remember where I had put it!! You know what I mean, this has happened to you too! Put it in a safe place and then can't remember where that is!!
Anyway, it was a pre-stitch piece for a finishing class. Loved it and thought I would once again tackle the finishing demon and learn how to do this. I found the stitched part right before my friend got here and she WANTED TO DO THE FINISHING FOR ME!!! How could I deprive her of that pleasure??
This is another class designed by Holly. It was a President's Challenge for her guild and you pick all your own colors. I saw it on her blog and immediately approached my sampler guild to have her come and teach it. I knew right away what colors I wanted to use and I actually had that silk tucked away in my stash.
The other supplies I collected from various places online, just looking at pictures on the computer, and I think it all matches pretty well.
Well, that's about all for now. We had a terrific time together and I believe there was some discussion of me coming to her house next time. I don't relish the drive through Atlanta and I won't be able to stay for 2 weeks but I am sure we will have a great time!!!!
*I also feel like I need to make a disclaimer here. I did not chain my friend to a rock and make her do finishing the whole time she was here. I had fully expected her to take the finishing home with her to be done at her leisure. She did all of that finishing, including another one of the cupcake ornaments that she stitched and finished for herself, in a remarkably short period of time. She's just that good!!!