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Monday, November 18, 2013

November IHSW: Tornado Warning, Power Outage and a Finish

Hey Blog Buddies,
Here in Illinois we had some pretty severe weather yesterday.  There was widespread property damage, some injuries and even some deaths due to the storms, and my thoughts are with those families.   A little before 1:00 yesterday afternoon the sirens went off here and the loudspeaker told us to "take shelter NOW."  Evidently there was a tornado on the ground nearby.  We had one heck of a storm for about a half hour, lots of rain and high winds but no tornado here.  We lost power right away, though, and didn't get it back until 9:00 this morning.  (Many people are still without power.)

Well, before the power outage I had been in the middle of trying to finish-finish my little Tudor Tassel ornament.  When DH went out to get some spare batteries for our emergency lights, I found the window with the most light coming through and continued where I had left off on the ornament.  It wasn't what I would call "stitching light," but beggars can't be choosers.  When he came home and saw what I was doing, he told me he thought I had a Problem.  I quite agreed.  At around 4:00 I was this close (picture a thumb and forefinger a hair's width apart) to finishing, but what little light remained was almost gone, so I reluctantly stopped.  After the power came back on this morning, I was able to finish it and take photos, so without further ado, here is the saga of the Tudor Tassel.

I started stitching this ornament back in August and posted this progress pic:

The above piece, finished, looks like this:
This is a Victoria Sampler design,
from the 2010 JCS Christmas Ornament issue.
It's very, very cute, but I think of it as
a product of the Evil Genius of Thea Dueck.
First off, I don't like doing wrapped bars.
I know, they give a more delicate, lacy
look than woven bars, but still.
And this is only one of three sides to the ornament,
so three of these need to be made.
I've had this kitted up for three years.
I was reluctant to even start it
because I thought the finishing would be very tricky.
For those of you contemplating making (and finishing)
this ornament, I highly recommend getting this publication:
This leaflet had two pages of finishing instructions,
complete with photos, which left
nothing to the imagination.
I believe there was only a short paragraph on
how to finish the ornament
in the 2010 JCS Ornament Issue.
And of course, there are directions for
three more adorable tassels here!
Once I had read and reread the finishing instructions,
I actually was encouraged to try finishing it myself.
So I had my three sides stitched and
was ready to cut out around the hardanger bottom.
Oh no!
Oh yes.  I was careless and the first thing I did
was cut into the blanket stitch.
But it's nothing that a little ripping,
Fray Check and restitching won't fix, is it?  (sigh)
The whole project was very fiddly from start to finish,
and cutting into the blanket stitches didn't help.
So, blanket stitch repaired,
here are my three stitched pieces.
I flipped one over face down to show you the
fusible interfacing called for in the instructions.
Not certain that the fusible interfacing would stick,
Thea also recommended that you sew it down.  (I did.)
By the way, the seams have an overlock zigzag,
per the instructions.
On to the finished product...

I have to say, this ornament
is much cuter in person than any photo.
I got a little carried away with the bead strands--
they turned out quite a bit longer than I thought they would.
It's hard to see, but there are three strands.
The ornament is hanging from a pencil,
and I'm standing in front of my garage door,
taking a photo with my free hand.
If my neighbors thought I was nutty before, they're sure of it now.
I tried out many spots in front of, and inside of, the house,
before hitting upon this one.

Yeah, I know, not as good.
That last one is on my Halloween tree,
cleared of ornaments on one side to showcase The Tassel.
Yes, it's still up, and yes, I have a Problem.
Can you tell I'm really excited about this finish?
And no, just in case you were going to ask,
I'm not going to start any of the other tassels
any time soon.
That's it from here.
To check out what the other Hermitters
were doing this weekend,
click here.
Hope you all had a great weekend,
with better weather than we had in Illinois.
Thanks, as always, for visiting! 


cucki said...

Oh dear..I am so much thinking for the affected family ..they are all in my prayers.
Your ornament is so pretty..
Well done
Hugs x

Fidike said...

What a sweet ornament!

Chris said...

Glad that you guys made it through the terrible storms ok. The finish is gorgeous!

stitcheranon said...

We have had lots of coverage on the TV re the tornadoes. I am so glad you are safe and well. It is an amazing finish..though after reading this post not one I will rush to duplicate rofl. Well done, especially with no 'stitching' light.

Lelia said...

Quite lovely! Glad you + 'staff' are ok in IL. Awful storms - just awful in IL + Central IN

Angie said...

Here in cinci we got away with just bad wind and rain, no tornadoes. How scary.

Love the piece. Maybe some day I will attempt it.

Karen said...

Ohhh it's lovely! I've wanted to try one of these for ages now. I love the VS Finishing Series. So many creative ideas with excellent instructions.

CalamityJr said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing the steps needed to finish this ornament.

Carol said...

That is one gorgeous finish!! Your work is exquisite!

So many heartbreaking images are on the news from your area--I just can't imagine dealing with tornadoes... We even had the high winds and lost power here in western PA, but because of our hills tornadoes are a rarity.

Linda said...

Congrats on the gorgeous finish. It turned out really nice and you did a great job.


Moonsilk Stitches said...

You're braver than I am--I didn't even try to stitch Sunday, just grabbed a book and a battery light. Power here was about 12 hours--1pm to 1am. We spent some quality time in our unfinished basement while it passed over. We were lucky and undamaged, unlike so many others. Your tassel is gorgeous and the finishing lovely. I like your pencil photographic technique.

Marcy said...

I'm glad you made it through the storms okay.

Your ornament is Beautiful!

Anna van Schurman said...

Great ornament. I'm glad the storm wasn't any worse for you.

EvalinaMaria said...

It's beautiful, congratulations!

Kim said...

Lovely finish :)

Anne said...

Your work is always beautiful . . . even when you're stitching without electricity!

Sally said...

What a gorgeous ornament. You are so much braver than me to do all that cutting!

I saw the storm devastation on the news here. It is awful

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

This is a beautiful little tassel, so nicely made. I haven't done any hardanger in ages and certainly nothing as fiddly as this piece.
Glad you survived the tornado without being whisked off to Oz.

Anne said...

Oooh! A Victorian Sampler hardanger ornament! You are brave to make one of those pretty little things. So much detail and time for something so tiny. It's beautiful. Glad to hear you are okay!!