Saturday, October 15, 2011

In a finishing sort of mood

Last night I finished stitching my adaptation of the Friendship Sampler [designer unknown, due to my sloppy downloading and printing]. Since I had Barbara's blogaversary gift awaiting a finish [photos to be shown once the piece is in its new home] and I wanted to finish the Sampler in the same way, I spent this morning assembling and trimming two pin pillows filled with ground walnut shells and lined with muslin. The pin pillow is pictured above a swatch of the backing fabric. Clicking on the photo will enlarge it enough so that you can see all the specialty stitches I used to make this a real sampler: the border is made up of brick stitches, tent stitches and a square Rhodes stitch and I incorporated lazy daisy, long stitches, Queen stitches and eyelet stitches into the body of the piece. I had a grand time making the piece my own. And while in a finishing mood, I went on to finish this little patriotic ornament from Prairie Schooler. I used some hand-dyed chenille from RR Reproductions as trim for both pin pillows and some hand-twisted white cord for the ornament. For the ornament, I used some beads leftover from a Kreinik kit to make the hanger and added this cute little silver USA charm that has been kicking around in my bead box for years. Once I have posted this entry, I'll return to measuring, cutting and padding the boards for five Town Square ornaments that have been languishing in the finishing basket.

9 comments:

CalamityJr said...

You've been busy, but the results are definitely worth it!

Cathy Pavlovich said...

And lovely finishes they are, Riona! I'm enjoying your blog!

Cindy said...

your finishes are beautiful...i love the colors in the pin pillow and the patriotic finish with charm is darling :D

Myra said...

They are both lovely Riona. I need to get myself in a finishing mood.

Stitchinowl said...

Very pretty finishes! I also have the Friendship Sampler freebie and the designer is Goode Huswife. I like the changes you made.
Carolyn

Deborah said...

Lovely finishing.

Lesley said...

Beautiful finishes.

Beauty Bonnet said...

oh, what beautiful, beautiful finishes! can't decide which i like better :)

Carol said...

Beautiful finishes, Riona!! Isn't it a great feeling to see your stitching all finished up into something so pretty!