This is an embroidery piece that I finished in backstitch. I used a DMC floss, but I forget which color! This summer my husband and I were off for the day, and came a cross a quilt shop, and of course I had to pop in! He is so patient in those situations, and even helps me shop! Anyways, he loves lighthouses and nautical types of themes. I ended up purchasing this beautiful piece of thick linen, and then transferred a simple design on it. I then sewed a piece of coordinating fabric on the bottom. I was so pleased with how this came out. It was a really, really quick project. I realize in looking at this that I forgot one important thing- to iron it! I will remember for the next time I take a picture. Always, ~Jaime
A third of the way there! This drawstring bag was one of the more difficult things I have sewn. I am so glad that I took this class, beause I thing to add a stiched piece to the front of bag like this would look so pretty. I purchased that pattern that came with it, and the bags can be made in lots of different sizes. I almost think I need to take it again in order to remember some of the tricks that the teacher taught. I was so grateful for this new finishing idea!
I am behind by one day, but I promise two posts tomorrow! Here is a seasonal Christmas stitch by Lizzie Kate. It is part of a series of seasonal ABC's. I really loved doing this series. I had them all framed in the same frame, just different colors.
I have mentioned before, Christiane Dahlbeck is one of my favorite designers. Here is a finish I completed that was in one of her books. I just love it. The colors are slightly different than what was called for in the pattern. It was quite a lot of backstiching, but was a rather quick stitch.
Well, it has been one week of finishes! On a personal note, I am also doing these postings as a sort of challenge to myself to be consistently posting. I realized one day how many things that were finished which I could share on this blog. Another challenge I have been working on is finishing. I discovered through blogs that there were other options for finishing besides just framing. I also discovered a lot more about cross-stitch and embroidery in general, which I will share about at another time.
To improve my finishing skills, I decided that I would definitely need to learn to use a sewing machine. I had little experience with this. To begin, I purchased several charms packs of Kaffe Fassett fabrics, and began to sew them together in order to gain practice with sewing a straight line, measuring, and pinning. This quilt is one of the practice pieces. I brought it to a quilt shop to be quilted and to have the binding placed. On the train quilt I wrote about the other day, I was able to do these portions, so I am pleased with my progress. I took a sewing class where we learned to make a slip cover for a pillow form, so that is where the pillows came from.
I hope that everyone can see the quilt. I must have taken this photo half a dozen times with this kitty trying to pull a "photo bomb". :) ~Jaime
I started stitching when I was around 7 years old on stamped cross stich. I still love stamped cross stitch! It provides a different level of relaxation for me. I don't think that I have to think about it as much. I tend to follow exactly how the pattern is designed in the kit. This is a Noah's Ark piece I had framed at a craft store chain.
I spent the better part of three weeks working on this quilt. I was pleased with the way it came out! This is my first quilt. It was a gift for a very special person who loves trains. I was seeing him today, so I had a deadline!
I have a few of these scaves to show. I purchased them as a kit that had a piece for the front and a piece for the back. I loved the colors and the combintations. I bought them because I wanted to have more experience with sewing straight lines, and using different types of fabric besides cotton.
Here is a scissors case from a gorgeous pattern book by Christiane Dahlbeck, a desgner from Germany (and one of my favorites!). I don't speak or really know much about the Greman language, but after looking up some of the core words in a dictionary, I found that the pattern was easy to stitch. I used Danish and German Flower thread, as the pattern called for. This type of thread is just lovely to work with, and I would recommend to everyone to try it out! Always, ~Jaime
Here is a little finish that I used to take a break from some projects I was working on that were really frustrating me! I ordered the kit online, not realizing (1) that it was a pre-finished pillow, and (2) that it was 14 count linen. It was a very fast stitch, and I really like the design. I love sheep! They seem to be common motifs in stitchery. What's your favorite animal to stitch? Always, ~Jaime