I love it all: embroidery, canvaswork, quilting, crochet. So much to do, so little time.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A Hallowe'en Finish!

Hey Blog Buddies,

Not only do I have a Hallowe'en finish to show you, but the piece is finished-finished, and (are you ready for this?) I did the whole thing from start to finish myself!  It's the little stocking from the BBD 'Tis Hallowe'en booklet that I started--and posted a progress pic of--before we took our trip.

The pattern is called "Deadly Nightshade."
I stitched it on 40-count linen,
not the called-for 30-count and, fortunately,
they also had a stocking template for
the smaller-size linen in the booklet.

According to their instructions,
I traced the template onto
some fusible interfacing,
one for the stitched piece
and another for the backing.

The interfacing was then ironed on
to both pieces,
 and the pieces were cut out,
leaving a quarter-inch seam
all around
(more for the top of the stocking).

Easy so far.

Then, it said to finger-press the
quarter-inch seams to the wrong side.
Place wrong sides together
and whip stitch.

I decided to use invisible nylon thread
so the stitching wouldn't show.
Love the look (or non-look) of nylon thread.
Hate working with it.

The reverse of the ornament.
I had enough thread left to string beads for the hanger.
It's not a "Karen finish," but
I'm happy enough with it
to want to make a few more.

In the meantime, however,
the fabric earmarked for my
Christmas wall hanging
 was calling to me.

I started on this yesterday
 and got all my strips cut.
(The fabric on the right is pinkish red, not orange!)
I'm not done cutting, though.
The strips all have to be turned into
squares and half-square triangles.

Unfortunately, I am going to be
one strip short of the middle fabric.
There will be a trip to my LQS tomorrow
to see if I can get more of that fabric,
but I am not hopeful.

However, I have a Plan B.
More on that, if necessary, later.

Here's hoping you're having a good weekend,
and you are never one strip short.

Thanks for visiting!


Karen said...

Great job on the stocking! :) I hope you're able to find your fabric to make that one strip. How dreadful to be one strip short.

Sally said...

The stocking looks super.

Kaisievic said...

The Halloween Stocking looks great - such a cute idea.
Hugs Kaye xoxox