I’m on a bit of a roll at the moment, finishing various projects. In the autumn I stitched a Dimensions cross-stitch kit called Believe, the stitched border was like a patchwork quilt, at the time I was mulling over how to finish it…
As it’s less than a fortnight to Christmas, I thought I should get a move on and finish it. The general consensus here was that I should make it into a bigger cushion, rather than a cross-stitch small. I’ve sort of gone inbetween…
I bought off a facebook destash site a mini jellyroll of Christmas fabrics, the fabrics matched the cross-stitch perfectly. I couldn’t have chosen better if I went into a shop! I felt the cross-stitch needed a lighter border before the colourful Christmas fabrics, so I chose one with an ivory background and snowflakes on. I stitched it on and trimmed it so it would finish at about half an inch.
I then started to play round with the Christmas fabrics, I wanted it to be irregular and a bit random, like the embroidery, but that’s not as easy as it sounds for someone who doesn’t do random! I got there in the end though and with a bumbleberries red border to finish it off the front was complete.
For the back I decided I may as well use some of the strips from the jelly roll, so I stitched a few together, it looked best with the stripes going down, so after a good press I stitched them together.
I didn’t have a cushion pad of the correct size, so as it’s only going to be on display at Christmas, I decided to stuff it and slip-stitch the opening. It also helped to reduce the amount of stuffing I seem to have acquired in my stash! In an ideal world it would have been nice to embellish it with a little trim, but as I didn’t have anything suitable it will have to wait probably until next year.
I’m really pleased with how it’s come out, we have a delicate old ladies chair in the dining room and it looks great sitting there as it’s just the right size.
I’ll be linking up tomorrow with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, please follow the link to see lots more hand-stitched inspiration.