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

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Hare's Christmas, Revisited

Hey Blog Buddies,

If you've been reading this blog for a while and have a good memory, you might recall that I stitched Plum Street Sampler's Hare's Christmas during last year's holiday season. I finished it right at the end of December 2012... there was absolutely no reason to
finish-finish it immediately, right?
It languished in my to-be-finished pile
all year long--until yesterday.
I was procrastinating because
I wanted to finish it as a pillow with ball fringe,
a technique that I had never done before,
and had no clue how to attempt.
I searched the Internet and found this tutorial,
and decided to give the finishing a try.
(I was on the verge of
outsourcing the finishing up until that point.)
I really had no expectation of a good outcome
since this was my very first time doing ball fringe,
but I followed all the instructions,
including using the zipper foot on my machine
and, of course:  pin, pin, pin
and voila..
I'm pretty happy (and relieved)
with the way it turned out.
Even DH pronounced it "cute."
If I can do this, anyone can!
But I couldn't have done it without that tutorial.
I used crushed walnut shells as a stuffing.
They can be found at pet supply stores
here in the United States.
The crushed shells are very fine, so I  thought it best
to sew a muslin lining into the pillow, too.
(Another first, a lined pillow!)
That's it from here.
(Still haven't finished
all my Christmas stitching,
have you?)
Thanks for visiting.


Justine said...

It looks like a professional finish - no wonder you are proud!

Fidike said...

It is a beautiful finish!

Julie said...

Such a fun design, and I love the way you finished it with the balls, its fabulous.

Chris said...

Fabulous finishing!! It looks amazing.
I totally failed at holiday stitching this year :)
I hope that you are having a great week!

Karol Johns said...

Great Finish!!

Anna van Schurman said...

Beautiful work! Isn't the internet fabulous?

Emma/Itzy said...

Its a wonderful finish! Thank you for the link to the tutorial, I will have to give it a go!

Karen said...

Great job! It looks fantastic! Thanks for posting the link to the tutorial. It's definitely a finish I'd like to try.

Anne said...

Your pillow is absolutely adorable. Great job!

Happy Baker said...

The pillow came out wonderful! First time - looks like you have been doing it for years, I love it.

Carol said...

Oh,how cute--and well done at attempting (successfully, I might add!), the pompom fringe. I have yet to get up the nerve to try that. My poor sewing machine is really struggling at the moment--not sure if the ball fringe might send it over the edge :)