Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Halloween Trio by Glory Bee

These have been a "fun" stitch: quick, easy and attractive. I was lucky enough to have all but two of the called for GAST cotton overdyes in my stash and was able to substitute reasonably similar fibers for the missing ones. I used a higher count fabric than called for because I made ornaments: Silkweaver 36ct Days Gone By. And, because ornaments seem to "embellish" well, I have added beads to the borders. And I have trimmed these ornaments with braided cord made using DMC flosses closest to the GAST in the ornaments. This works well for two reasons: 1]GAST comes in pre-cut lengths and can't be used for cording, 2] DMC is a more economical alternative for cording.

Fright Night: This is backed with black broadcloth and trimmed in tri-color hand made braided cord: black, green and orange. I used some vintage jet glass beads to replace the black stitches in the border. The beads were salvaged from a braided/beaded necklace, circa 1890. I still have the necklace ... it's just not quite so fat after a few strands of the silk carrying the beads broke. I just gently extracted the broken strands, saved the beads and continue to enjoy the necklace.

BOO: I used some Mill Hill orange beads around the border and backed this with some plain black broadcloth. It is trimmed with braided cord in black,green and orange to pick up the colors in the ornament.

Treat Time: I used the same Mill Hill beads around the border as I did for BOO. I backed it with a lightweight upholstery jacquard in lavender and trimmed it with bi-color hand made braided cord in lavender and orange.

As I said, these have been a fun stitch. I'll be keeping two for myself and using one for an exchange ... and at this point, I am finding it hard to decide which I will send out to my exchange partner.

9 comments:

Paula C. said...

These are all very cute. I see why it would be hard to decide what to keep and what to send. Either way, you exchange partners will be very pleased =)

mainely stitching said...

Oh what fun finishes! :D

Bonnie said...

LOL! I am stitching this trio myself. They are so fun and a quick stitch. I am going to stitch Treat Time today and finish them up. We think the same, I am also adding beads. I will not be posting pics cause they are for exchanges. I like the braided cord but so far I have not attempted to make my own.
BTW I just found your blog. I luv it.

Lynn said...

Those are just precious. I see why it would be hard to give them away.

Erynne said...

Congrats on your fun finishes, Riona!! I don't know which I like better! You did an excellent job with the braided trim!
Thank you for sharing!

Rachel S said...

Those look great! Love the braid. How do you do the part where you make the hanging loop. Mine never look right. Love the idea of reusing the beads!

Nancy*Glory Bee said...

Fantastic stitching and you did such a great job finising them. Which one will you part with???
Take care....Nancy

Carol said...

Oh, how cute are your new finishes! I particularly love the black cat!

Vicky said...

love the finishes. I might have to start some halloween stitching tonight LOL