Finishings

I’m in a finishing sort of mood at the moment. I happened to look at the fabric folder where I keep quilt blocks waiting to be made up and embroideries waiting to be made into something and it’s bulging at the edges!!

I’ve taken two embroideries to be framed. I haven’t had anything framed recently, partly because I am seriously running out of wall space, but I’m so pleased with these that I felt they deserved to be framed.

The embroidery of my two children walking along the beach was a stitchclub challenge, it’s very simple but it works. It was made by tracing a photo onto tissue paper and then embroidering straight through. It’s being framed with a simple off white mount and a sort of denim blue frame.

The second piece is the Leafy Tree embroidery by Mary Corbett of Needle’n’thread. I love the colours and all the different stitches in this piece.

My stitchwheel was also waiting to be finished. I have an idea to have a display of hoop art above my cutting area. Sometime ago I ordered some pretty painted embroidery hoops from Etsy in several different sizes. Although I hadn’t yet used them I went back to the same Etsy Shop (Emma Astle Embroidery) and asked her to paint one in a dark purple. It goes perfectly with the greens and purples of my stitchwheel.

I didn’t fancy using glue to secure this piece of work in the hoop so I trimmed it and then laced the back. It wasn’t perfectly flat, but it was enough for me to stitch the felt on later.

On the back I wanted to have the names of all the stitches, I decided to write them on a cotton interfaced circle, which I could then iron onto felt. Of course despite writing it out in rough first I still missed one out, so there’s asterisks where that one is meant to be!! I used a silver gel pen and just wrote it as legibly as I could.

My original idea was to stitch the felt circle on with a neat buttonhole stitch but that proved too tricky so I just overstitched it on. I’m pleased with it, it looks neat from the front and I can identify the stitches on the back.

The last embroidery to be ‘finished’ is a little Rowandean kit I stitched a few months ago. I like the Rowandean designs, they’re simple to sew but very effective. I usually make a bee-line for their stand at the big Knitting and Stitching Show as they have a stitching table where for £5 you can stitch one of their designs, it’s a little oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a show.

I decided to use one of the smaller painted hoops, this one is a soft green with purple flowers on. I did glue this one and then glued a circle of card on the back to neaten it all off…

All I need now is to find the picture hooks and a hammer and start hanging them.

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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12 Responses to Finishings

  1. katechiconi says:

    I think the last one is my favourite, it has such tiny charm and I do love texture in embroidery…

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  2. Jane M says:

    They are all beautiful and need to be out on show – well done

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  3. Amanda says:

    How satisfying to have finishes!

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  4. claire93 says:

    a good idea to frame all these lovely pieces so you can have them on display around the house ^^

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  5. Everything is so wonderful but that leafy tree one is breath taking!

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  6. Espirational says:

    You do beautiful work!

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  7. anne54 says:

    Your finished stitch wheel is wonderful! It’s a clever idea to put the names of the stitches on the back. The simplicity of your children walking along the beach is charming. Can I suggest you look at the 3M Command range of wall mounting options? i find the they really do come away cleanly, and are much easier, and way less permanent, than picture hooks in the walls.

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  8. Please take a bow. What a line-up of finishes.

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  9. kathyreeves says:

    These are lovely finishes! Maybe you can start a rotation of your framed pieces, subbing out similar sized ones periodically?

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  10. Jaya says:

    Beautiful! The children-embroidery is such a great idea, and the last one is mesmerising.

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