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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Three Starts and Two Finishes

Happy Tuesday!  Hope August has been treating you well, with a little time to stitch, too.

Here are my new starts that have kept me occupied for the past month or so.  First, there's Catherine Theron's Winter Strawberries, an EGA chapter project.

This is the photo of (hopefully) how it will look once it's finished.  There is the main piece which is a needleroll, a pincushion, plus a cute little scissor fob.

Here's my start.  The green background for the word Scissors is stitched in "petit point" over one on 32-count linen.  The instructions were to do it in tent stitch, but you can see the telltale slanted pattern in the overdyed floss that says "basketweave."  I've actually added a couple more rows of strawberries since this photo was taken, but you get the picture.


I started and finished this next project.  The hardanger heart is attached to the metal tin using double-sided tape found in almost any craft store.  This may look familiar to some of you--I stitched one of these last year, but it went to live elsewhere.  This one is mine, I entered it in the local county fair and...


...won second place!  I was gobsmacked because I truly was not expecting any kind of a ribbon.  Believe me, the winning entry was much larger and more intricate than this little piece.  This was a freebie designed by Roz Watnemo that was given out at the last Nordic Needle retreat.  For more Fair results, check out the Flying Fingers Plus blog.


Finally, I started Count Twice by Plum Street Samplers. 



And it's finished, too!  I added the scissors and spools of thread on either end to give the piece a little more width, since the plan was to have it finished as a drum pinkeep by my GF Averyclaire. 








  I love, love, love the way this turned out!


That's it from here.
Thanks, as always, for visiting!

17 comments:

Melody said...

I love love love the finish of the drum! I have this chart, and will have to remember this finish idea. Your stitching turned out beautiful!

Justine said...

Count Twice is beautiful...Both stitching and finishing! What a lovely thing to have. I hope it will be well used.

Julie said...

Wonderful things you've been stitching but I love love love the drum pinkeep, that is awesome!

averyclaire.org said...

All of your stitching is phenomenal. And I love your rotation that gets things DONE!!!

Tiffany Pincombe said...

Beautiful stitching! You have much more adventurous finishes than I have attempted and I love that drum pinkeep.

wranglerkate said...

Gorgeous!

Mouse said...

ohhh my drooling over the drum keep .. I have this pattern in my stash .. somewhere ..lol
congratulations on the ribbon too :) and I love the chapter project ... happy stitching :) love mouse xxxxx

Linda said...

Beautiful stitching.

Linda

rosey175 said...

Amazing barrel pinkeep, that is just so nifty (this seems to be a popular opinion too!). Congrats on your ribbon too!

Anne said...

I love your Hardanger heart!
And "Count Twice" is delightful . . . the finishing, of course, is fantastic. You are the fastest stitcher, I know, Pat!!! So impressed!

Carol said...

You definitely deserve a ribbon for your heart, Pat--it is just beautiful. And I do love how the drum pinkeep turned out--nice to have a friend who does such beautiful finishing, too :)

Anja´s Wunschpunsch said...

Your drum pinkeep is so nice. I like the finished and the colors from your stitchery.

Anna van Schurman said...

Your needleroll will be lovely! Your drum pinkeep came out great!

Happiness is Stitching said...

gorgeous work and finishes

Carla Valdizan said...

Beautiful finishes!!! looooce your Count Twice finish!! and congrats on the ribbon :)

Sally said...

I simply love your drum! What a fantastic way of finishing!

You have some pretty pieces on the go. Love the chapter piece. That is going to be gorgeous.

Caitlin @ Naughts Cross Stitches said...

Beautiful stitching. Congrats on your prize and your count twice design is lovely and a great way to finish it.