Sunday, November 3, 2013

A Visit from the Finishing Fairie

   At the time of my last post I was expecting company.  My good friend from Atlanta, who also is a wonderful finisher, came to visit and we had a GREAT time!  There was stitching, lots and lots of stitching. Good food, provided by my husband the family chef as well as various restaurants in Virginia and North Carolina. Shopping adventures which included the addition of so much stash I think we might be keeping the industry afloat between the two of us!!
  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
I absolutely adore this piece but had the most terrible time trying to do the finishing. I asked my friend if she would do it while she was visiting and she graciously agreed.  This is what it looks like now after her considerable skill was applied. So, so cute!  I can hardly stand it!!

   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 took me a lot longer to finish the stitching than I thought it would (Surprise, surprise!!) but there was also a lot more over one than I realized.  This is the what it looks like now. Love it!!

 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!!!


  1. Your stitching and finishing is sheer perfection!!!

  2. Wow, all great projects and finishing!

  3. What a great friend you have! Great finishes!

  4. Fantastic friend! Fabulous finishes! Everything is soooooo pretty!

  5. All are beautifully done and you have a talented and loving friend to finish for you :)

  6. ooohh! so many great finishings!
    lucky you, your friend did an excellent job! all the other pieces are wonderful, I added A Sampler Grew to my wishlist and - sadly - noticed that Beggar’s Night is still in it. I must learn to stitch in my sleep!
    I have that cupcake kit here in my room, how sweet it is! I’m waiting for Christmas to get some seasonal stitching - I’ve been working on a spring project for a couple of months now, how stupid of me! ;)
    happy xxx,

  7. What would we do without our finishing fairie!!!

  8. Finishing Faerie??? No, I think mot. More like a FLOCK of Finishing Faeries!!!! Congrats!!!! Everything looks absolutely marvelous. Ok, tell me true, was it a pain to finish the gingerbread cupcake? I love how it looks, but my Finishing Faerie is a wee bit timid.

  9. Thank you all for your lovely comments! She truly is a marvel! And the best part is that she actually enjoys the finishing which I do not. Way to frustrating and stressful for me. As to the finishing of the cupcake, I really can't speak to that. She had me copy the finishing instructions off the VS website but then proceeded to change them to suit herself. She didn't seem to have a hard time with them at all (she finished 2 of them) but like I said, she is a marvel!!

  10. Lucky you that you could spend all that time together with your stitching friends. You were certainly enjoying your get-together a lot. Great stitched pieces and perfect finíshing!

  11. ACK! What a wonderful post! You are so lucky to have a friend visit who's good at finishing and wanted to finish your pieces for you. Gorgeous!!! Everything! I have fallen in love with that Stacy Nash pinkeep drum. Here I thought I'd resisted it. Sigh. Just lovely!

  12. I am in love with all your finishes and you are so Blessed to have a very sweet talented friend to help you too. Every one of your projects is breathtaking. Your gingerbread cupcake is Fantstic!!! Great post and loved all the eye candy you stitched. WOW! love Annette


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