1973 UFO finished!

cooltext156747814765691My challenge for February was to finish my oldest UFO. This goes back to when I was 8 years old! I started this embroidery to go with a cockerel I’d stitched the year before, both patterns were from the Needlewoman magazine. My mum was always very encouraging if we saw something we wanted to make, suggesting little adaptations where necessary to make it feasible for a child to stitch. I found the lyrebird in my old workbox and decided I either finished it or disposed of it! After 5 minutes on Google I also found a photo of the original magazine with the Lyrebird on the front cover!

I realised there wasn’t actually that much stitching left to do, it’s quite sad really that it has taken all of two evenings (…and 40 years!) to finish! I couched some gold thread round the body and wings, it’s a little too shiny really but it was what I had in and I didn’t want to buy too much thread. The transfer markings for the legs were all still visible, albeit feint so I used the same thread to couch the legs and feet. I bought some DMC gold stranded thread to satin stitch the claws and also to replace one of the plumes that had gone astray. There were a few ‘starbursts’ on the plumes to finish too.003

002The tops of the legs were meant to have gold French knots on, in fact there were about three already stitched so I suspect it was the effort of trying to do French knots in gold thread that put me off all those years ago! I decided to use gold beads instead, to add a bit of continuity I’ve added a little row of beads around the curve of the wing. I decided to add some gold thread around the eye, it helped neaten up the satin stitch and adds a bit of sparkle, I stitched one bead next to the pupil to give it a bit of light.

…and that was it, finished!! I’m going to take both pictures down to Otley market to get them framed and then they are ready to hang in my new sewing room (when it’s ready!)

It was a fine line to tread between stitching enough to complete it but ensuring it didn’t stand out too much from the childish stitching of the rest of the embroidery, but I’m pleased with the finished picture. It also reminded me that I really don’t enjoy goldwork!! Don’t get me wrong, I think goldwork embroidery is stunning, I just don’t like doing it! The threads don’t feel nice and I don’t find them easy to sew with. I went on a WI workshop once which was an introduction to goldwork, I remember I was pleased with what I stitched, enough to get it framed, I just had no desire to do any more!

Linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow-Stitching Sunday and Super Mom No Cape for Vintage Embroidery Monday, why not have a look what everyone else has been stitching?



About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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15 Responses to 1973 UFO finished!

  1. So exciting to have a finished project from your childhood! And a great idea for framing!

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  2. amazed that you kept this since your childhood and now finished it – what a great idea. I bet it will look good hanging in your sewing room.

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  3. Deborah says:

    I Love it, you did such a great job finishing it, the addiditon of beads is a great idea. Once framed and on you sewing room wall you will have a reminder of when you began and how far you have come in stitching and needlework.

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  4. Vivian says:

    I love it when what you are doing today can reach back to something done long ago. How cool too that you found the original magazine cover. Love the finish and love how you will display it. Way to go!!

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  5. Karen in Breezy Point says:

    It’s never too late to complete a UFO–congrats on a beautiful finish!

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  6. Good for you! Nothing satisfies like a finish.

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  7. Deb says:

    Great job on the finish! I’ll bet the 8 year old you is very happy to have that completed.

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  8. Gail says:

    Wow! Wonderful finish! This will be a great addition to your sewing room wall.

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  9. It’s so pretty – I especially like the curly tail feathers! You must be feeling very pleased with yourself to have at last finished it! 🙂

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  10. dezertsuz says:

    Funny, you were born the year I graduated from high school! I love this and love that you finished it after all this time. He’s quite a cocky fellow, isn’t he?

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  11. Renee says:

    What a great finish!

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  14. That’s a really lovely piece of work! I have a hexi quilt that I’m hand piecing….it’s getting on for nine years old now…you’ve just given me hope that I might just finish it!

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