Tuesday, September 26, 2006

A Finish Four Times

I have four finishes to report!

The first is a surprise project. I don't think I've mentioned it at all. It has been my car project for almost a month, but lately I've spent most of my car time in the driver's seat. I had the chance to work on it last Wednesday and finished it! The design is called We Gather Together by Cedar Hill Designs.

I decided to make it BIG, and stitched it over two on 18 count fabric. You don't really get the proper perspective from the picture. The design called for 3 colors. I changed the colors to overdyeds, using Copper and Sable Watercolours and Onyx perle Weeks. I was afraid the acorns would look funny, but I'm thrilled with the way it turned out. Eventually this will be framed and hang in the dining area of my kitchen.

My next finish is the SusieQ Designs Alphabet Sampler. All I had left was the over one alphabet. I was afraid I wouldn't get it centered correctly, so check out what I did -

I made both lines of the alphabet off-center. How's that for mud in the eye? They are balanced in an off kilter sort of way. Works for me! I really enjoyed this project. I have another SusieQ Design, it is a ruler case. You will see it eventually because it is in the Move It Out Monday bag.

I didn't have much left to finish on the Birds of a Feather Notebook Sampler so I finished it as well. In the end I stuck to just two colors, Crimson and Buttermilk. I love the way it turned out!

I discovered a small butterfly on the chart that is meant for the back of the notebook. How cute is that? The notebook cover is so well made, I am going to share several pictures of it so you can see how it is constructed.

It even came with the little memo sized notebook.

This is without the notebook. You can see how nicely it is lined. Let me tell you, it was a real challenge to stitch with that lining in the way!

Just when you thought everything I stitch is on boring basic brown linen, here is my last finish - a cute design from Needle Nutz. The fabric is a pretty pink and the colors are vibrant and fun.

The kit for this design by Meg Seddon was a gift from the shop to a group of stitcher from the Cross Stitch Corner BB. We gathered in Denver in October of 2000, with a side trip to Colorado Springs to visit the shop. The kits were very nicely done, with silk floss and quality fabric. I started this in August of 2005 as part of the original MIOM and finished it that December. Unfortunately I wasn't crazy about the verse on the original design so I ripped it out and then the project sat in the MIOM bag until Sunday. I needed to fill in the empty bands, so I decided to use the colors from the band of mini skeins and just reverse the order of the specialty stitch bands. It worked like a charm and I think it looks great. I'm not sure if I want to frame it, make it into a pillow or perhaps a needleroll.

That concludes my finishes report. With four finishes in less than a week, I'm not sure that starting a new project every Monday is enough! Maybe I should start several....NAH!


Barbara said...

Wow, I'm deeply impressed. I love them all. That BOAF notebook cover particularly. Great jobs!!

KarenV said...

Fabulous finishes Chelle! You've been really busy :)

Love what you did with the alphabet on the SusieQ sampler - much more creative than centreing both lines. And that notebook cover is lovely - I've been thinking about stitching a notebook cover for a while and your finish has inspired me to find a suitable design. Thanks for sharing!

BeckySC said...

Beautiful finishes, Chelle :) Congratulations :)

I am so happy you liked the scissor pocket and the chart. It's always such fun to send to friends that you know will enjoy gifties :) I think that chart is gorgeous :) I picked one up for myself as well :)

Kim said...

Those are great finishes! Love them all, you chose some great colors. :D

Annemarie said...

Argh! Four finishes no less! You're in inspiration! All the projects look SO great. Congratulations!

Tessa said...

Cheering for 'Chelle, 4 happy dances in one week is a great achievement.

I love it all, but especially love the notebook cover. It does look good in the red and white, blue would have spoilt it (i'm not a blue person!!!!)

MIOM is really working for you :) can you keep up the pace? :)

Joanie said...

Terrific finishes! I LOVE YOUR BOAF NOTEBOOK!

Everything is beautiful and I am jealous, I wish I had that many pretties to show off! Well, I'll just drool over yours!

The offsetting of the alphabets on your SusieQ sampler was a brilliant idea! I like it!

MIOM really clicks for you!

Stitch or no stitch said...

Great finishes!! My absolute favorite is the notebook cover.

Annemiek said...

I love how you changed the teapot chart from Needle Nutz. What an incredible weekend that was. I have such fond memories of the shopping spree and all the laughter.
I say that with all your finishes, you can start at least two projects on Monday.

Myrna said...

You've been busy!! Great job on finishing four times!!

I think your bright one would look great as a needle roll...

What is MIOM?

Anonymous said...

Very nice times four ...

the notebook turned out so cute -- I didn't realize it was already a finished item w/lining. I can see the challenge in stitching.

We Gather Together looks great. I like your alphabet outcome -- no difficulty making it perfuct. Nice job.

colorful sampler -- nice job trading the saying for stitches.

enjoy the day -- I'm off to the vet's office. ARGH. And, it is again raining in Indiana. What a drag

Jenna said...

Very nice finishes! Great job in getting all of those projects out of the way. :)

Cindy said...

I like your notebook cover, its great! Thanks for sharing.

Cathy said...

You must be beaming from ear to ear - so many lovely finishes!

Sharon said...

Wow, you have been stitching away. Your finishes are awsome. congrats.

Christine said...

It's so nice this notebook!! I like it very much !!

Ruth Rachel Vendsel said...

ooo la la. So many loverly finishes you have there. I especially like your wee notebook and the "we gather together" banner.

Gina E. said...

Geez, Chelle, I am absolutely blown away when I look at all those projects you have stitched! They are all beautiful and quite unique. I love the way you change something you don't like about an original pattern; I haven't got the guts to go that far!