Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Finished At Last

At last, two important finishes. First, the dreaded Soapbox. I must say, things progressed more quickly once I switched to a jousting lance sized needle (my fingers like petites) but it was still a project filled with much bitterness and angst. Frequent frogging, multiple knots on the back, awkward q-snap positioning, blah, blah, blah. You get the picture. Oh wait, here's the real picture:

This is so long and narrow, it was not the easiest thing to photograph. I love the chicken, the chick with the crank, and the bee. I also love the colors. I do not love the banding. 'Nuff said.

My other finish falls into the "not stitching" category. I submit for your review this photo of my office:

I think "Wahoo!" about covers it. My final inspiration was Mark. He asked for sheers for the windows in his office. Yes my friends, that requires the sewing machine. I won't be sewing curtains by hand. At long last, a clean craft table! Did I mention...Wahoo? (I will *not* be submitting further pictures of my laundry closet. There might be one or two items stacked on the washer and dryer. But we won't talk about that right now...)

While I had the ironing board out to get the Soapbox ready for pictures I pressed a few more things. Here are a few pictures of my stuff from the La-D-Da class at the show. The pictures I posted previously were of Lori's sample for the class.

Lori suggested that we stitch each rose in a circle instead of going across the whole design in rows. While this was a bit of a pain, I think it really turned out nice.

This is my box. Lori was kind enough to sign my project card. Thanks, Lori! Speaking of the project card, did you know these are available for purchase? I saw them last night on the counter at Stitcher's Station. Very kewl!

Last month I made Sweetheart Tree scissor fobs as Christmas gifts for my "working world" mentors. They are both stitchers, but not quite as rabid as I am! Janet took home "Rhodes Butterfly":


Jane took home "Baby Bluebells"


I finished both of them (stitching and finishing) in one week. I'm very pleased with how they turned out! They look just like the photos on the leaflets except I only used one color for the cording and tassels.

I have a list of things to blog about but no more time today. Thanks for reading my blog!

24 comments:

Leah said...

Wow, beautiful finishes AND a clean office! Wahoo, indeed!!

Vonna said...

Wow Chelle...that's quite a bit of work you've done there, both on finishing the row and then the office and WOW those ornies are gorgeous!!
Congratulations to you and I love the idea of using canning jars for odds and ends...very "kewl" and country too!
:)

Jenna said...

Very nice, Chelle! I love the scissors fobs; you did a beautiful job! And I really like the band, even if you had fits stitching it. :)

Old Yankee Stitcher said...

First things first, Congrats on the clear work space. Mine hasn't been clear in a long time. Now great job on the Soapbox and La-D-Da Roses. The fobs are just great. Happy Stitching, CJ

Sue said...

Your finishes are wonderful and I am SOOOO impressed with your craft/hobby/sewing room. It looks great. Can you come to my house and fix up mine?

catandturtle said...

Chelle, all your finishes are so awesome! OMG, I love that chicken!!! I have that pattern and I really have to do it. I just finished the winter soapbox. Yours looks wonderful and the colors are so awesome! And the fobs are beautiful, you really did a great job with them. I love the tassles. The roses are cool too. That was a great idea to stitch them in a circle. I will have to remember that. :) Ann.

Cindy said...

Your office looks great! Wish mine was that clean! LOL I just love all the stitching, amamzing job on all of it! Congrats on getting the soap box done!!!

Michele said...

Wonderful finishes! I just found your blog .. enjoyed reading all about your stitching and see pictures :) Sorry Soapbox was just a pain .. but it turned out great! and I love the Roses :) I took a class from Lori last year at A Stitcher's Retreat, she's a delight!

Cindy said...

Congratulations on all of your finishes...and on getting the work space cleared!

monique said...

You mean that table is blue?! Ha :) Very nice job of tidying up, congratulations! And I love the finishes (as usual). The banding looks neat- worth the trouble, eh?

Annemarie said...

Great work on your office! We don't need to see your laundry room. Your sewing/stitching area is all that counts!
Lovely fob-finishes. And no matter how tedious the Soap box was, the result is gorgeous!

Sharon said...

Chelle, you have been busy! Your finishes look great and those scissor fobs turned out so pretty! Your office looks good too-I know it feels good to be organized.

Coonie said...

wow, I love the fobs! They are so gorgeous!

The Silver Thistle said...

I really, really love the fobs! Super job! I'm drawn to all those little projects lately and my 'to-do' list just keeps getting longer and longer, the more blogs I visit, lol.

I'm totally intrigued with the box. Is it a group thing or a project or a kit, or something else? I apologise for all the questions, I know the answer must be here somewhere but I'm just missing it I think.

It's awesome though! Really liking it. I do altered art and it's sort of a cross between that and cross stitch. Very, very nice :)

Lelia said...

WOOT! Excellent job on the craft area : ) Wanna do mine??? JK : )

Sorry your banding was a 'bear'; however, it really is charming!

Excellent idea to stitch the flowers in a circular way ... I am guessing, with overdye something? The flowers are lovely!

And those fobs ... too kewl GF.

Enjoy the day. I stitched a couple squares on my game board & want to get more done this week. That project is so much fun - IMO

Deborah said...

Chelle, your craft room looks great and so do the ornaments! Love that blue table. This weekend I did the same thing and cleared out my stash/computer room. Still have the desk to de-trash but it feels good to have gotten so much accomplished.

whitecalla said...

Oh yes, beautiful, I'm sooo in loved with these :D

Gina E. said...

Oh Chelle, those fobs are so charming! Lucky girls who got one of those for Christmas!

Michelle said...

Beautiful finishes! And your office looks fantastic. I love the fobs especially - they are too pretty!

Georgie said...

I love your scissor fobs! Just gorgeous

Cindy said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, Chelle. I love those two fobs, they are so beautiful. The recipents are so lucky to receive them.

lena-lou said...

I love your fobs (I very much like tassels at the moment :-)) The class piece has turned out lovely sometimes a change from 'the rules' with stitching really does work well!!

Tessa said...

oh oh oh
I LOVE the Rhodes Butterfly fob but
they are both beautifully stitched and beautifully finished.

Racaire said...

wow, they are beautiful :)