Monday, 17 May 2010

A Flurry Of Finishes!

As the title states, I have had a few finishes in the last two weeks. I pulled out some old WIP's and decided that they needed to be finished and "finished". Both of these are ornaments I started for Amelie, one the year she was born and one last year, I am terribly slack! I decided to give some different finishes a go. The Shepherd's Bush design is my very first attempt at stitching a pillow finish with the fabric border. It wasn't as hard as I thought and once my sewing machine and I had made peace, I found it quite easy in the end. I just need to practice at accurate cutting now.

Design: Sweet Baby (JCS Ornament Issue 2007)
Designer: Shepherd's Bush Printworks
Fabric: 32ct Belfast linen - Coffee baked and basted
Thread: Weeks Dye Works, Gentle Art Sampler Threads, DMC;
Charm: Shepherd's Bush silver charm
Finish: Christmas Ornament

The Carriage House finish is a velvet pillow I made and the piece has been blind stitched onto the pillow. I then used some generic seed beads and made the decorative hanger. This was a very satisfying finish.

Design: Running Stag (JCS Ornament Issue 2004)
Designer: Carriage House Samplings
Fabric: 40ct Newcastle linen - white
Thread: Needlepoint Silk & Mill Hill beads
Finish: Christmas Ornament

I have had a large quantity of tapestry wool hanging around and I haven't been able to sell it or give it away. I was reading Staci's blog a few weeks back and was inspired by her granny squares she was crocheting with tapestry wool. This is my first attempt at joining motifs and if you don't look too closely, it's actually not too bad. It's a long scarf and a little bit stiff, but not too bad at all.

I have been working furiously on Carol's RR and it's almost ready to post to her, so by the next post, it should be on it's way and there will be a photo to share.

My Mother's Day was quite good with a family lunch at an Italian restaurant. The day before we went out for a picnic and a bush walk. My DH took the children to the park while I went to my LNS. I was under strict instructions to purchase whatever I wanted as a Mother's Day gift. Here is my stash haul, although I think I was rather restrained.


Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Fantastic finishes, Suzanne! I love both CHS and SB so both of these appeal to me a great deal! Wonderful job! Lovely stash, too!

KarenV said...

Suzanne, your finishes are wonderful! I particularly like what you did with the CHS design, that velvet pillow with the beaded hanger is just gorgeous!

You got some great stash - bit of a BBD haul there ;)

Margaret said...

Oh wow, your finishes are all wonderful!! You did a great job with the finishing on all of them. That scarf is really cool! Love both the SB design and the CHS design too. And nice stash haul too!

Margit said...

Suzanne, your two little pillows are just too lovely! You did a great job on the finishes!
I am in love with your stash *smile*.

Kathy A. said...

Love your pillow finishes. You gave me an idea - did not think to use different fabrics on each side!
Isn't it funny how we have to make peace with our sewing machines. You would think they were the boss.
Nice scarf too.
And that stash - how fun!

Brigitte said...

A wonderful new stash haul, Suzanne, just a perfect Mother's Day gift.
Both your ornaments look terrific and I love the finishing on both of them. Very creative ideas!

Berit said...

Beautiful finishes and great stash haul! :D My favorite is the one you gave to that CHS ornie! :D

KaLu - Claudia said...

great finishes!!1 i love your beaded cord on the carriage house !!


Nancy said...

Beautiful finishes! I especially like your Carriage House pillow with beaded hanger, and the granny square looks like it will be so fun to wear!

Farm Girl said...

Those ornament finishes are gorgeous! Loving your stash - Blackbird Designs are great, can't wait to see some of those stockings stitched up.

Ranae said...

The finishes are beautiful, Suzanne
I love granny squares, they are fun and not so boring as other stitches.
Nice BBD stash

Sally said...

Love both your finishes. What lovely new stash you have there :)

Mylene said...

Such lovely finishes you've made recently, great job! And what wonderful stash too!

Beatrice said...

The finishes are wonderful. I love the beaded hanger you added too.

Katrina in NZ said...

Lovely finishes Suzanne, and have fun enjoying your new stash:)

Aussie Stitcher said...

You have done a great job with your finishes, your pillows turned out great. Thanks for having your giveaway and for giving me irises, they were a favourite flower of my Mums and I thought it would be nice to stitch them as a rememberance for her. We are having e-mail issues at the moment and if I can't get my DH to e-mail you from his work, I'll e-mail you from my work on Friday, I hope that that is okay.

Einschies blog said...

Suzanne the travelling pattern is on the go again so if you want to post about it???

Thanks alot and sorry for the delay;-((


Lili said...

What lovely finishes!
I keep stitching Xmas ornies by dozens and I hope at least one of my two children will want them...
The CHS finishing is amazing.
I'm not into crochet, but I can tell when I see a great job, and it is!

Lelia said...

Beautiful stitching & finishing!!!
WOW - excellent choices from your LNS, too : )

Lynn said...

Wow, you've done an awesome job on your pillow finishes. I'm in love with that velvet one.
Your stash selection looks great too. I see a few in there that I recently added to mine as well.

Siobhan said...

Fabulous finishes, Suzanne!! I love 'em all. Your crochet piece is just fantastic--great colors. Nice new stash, too! I am in a slump and have been looking over all of those charts as possible things to start! LOL Great taste. ;)

Kathy said...

Fabulous finishes! I love the baby one. That is just adorable.

samplerlover said...

Hi Suzanne,
My goodness you are getting so good with your finishes. They look wonderful.
What a great idea to use up all your left over tapestry wool. I love the scarf and I love your Mother's Day present. It is a perfect present for somebody like us. - Sandra.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Suzanne, your finishing skills are just great! I don't see what you're mithering about!

Jackie said...

You've finished everything so wonderfully. I especially love Running Stag on that chocolate velvet. Very rich looking.