My Clients Do Such Lovely Work

Well, I survived the hacking of my email, although I spent a full day on my computer changing passwords, etc. I don’t know if that will help any, but it made me feel good. I had been meaning to do that anyway.

Each time I do finishing for clients, I am competely in awe of the lovely stitching that they create. I always wish that the item was mine when it is finished. Alas, with all the finishing I do, there is little time left for my own creations. I promised myself in the coming months to save a day or two a week just for me! I actually did finish something which I will show another time.

For now, feast your eyes on the lovely work of my clients!

Pat did the first one here. It is from the Plum Street Sampler Leaflet entitled “Good and Plenty.” She found the perfect burgundy mini pom pom trim to go with it! I love pieces like this that go all the way through Autumn!

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Beth managed to create some beautiful beaded ornaments. First is this adorable turkey named “Bruce.” She has a lovely story to go along with it after cooking a 40 lb. turkey one year! Nice memories.

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The next she did is this Sailboat Ornament. It’s very elegant with the rayon floss I used for cording and is perfect with the “sea” themed backing I had in my stash.

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And talk about elegant…well this Santa is quite stunning! His beard is made of all beads! A work of art! And I finished it will a green velvet back.

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And the last one for Beth is this lovely needle book/ornament. This was a gift to her stitched with her friends’ initials. How lovely is that?




Nancy stitched this beautiful reindeer from last year’s Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue. The color of the linen she chose for this is perfect for the wintery day it depicts!



And Betsy…well there are no words to describe this luscious sampler. It is from By the Bay Needle Art and is called Serenity Harbor Sampler. She changed the flowers from pink to yellow and the large house at the bottom to yellow as well. It took her a year to complete and is stunning! I added a coordinating plain fabric backing and used handmade cording. I painted the dowels to match the cording and the look is complete!





Vivian made this lovely primitive pillow from the pattern “Christmastide” by Notforgotten Farm. She said it reminded her of she and her sister decorating the Christmas tree! I used the antique lace she gave me and I hand-dyed silk ribbon to coordinate with the pillow. It is a very pretty piece.



Vivian is an extraordinary quilter, but loves to do cross-stitch too. This one is called “Deck the Halls” by Stacy Nash and was made into a pinkeep filled with walnut shells by Vivian. She asked me to attach the mini pom pom trim to it after it was finished, but I like it better within the seam allowance. So I took it apart and finished it with the trim in the seam. She loved it that way.


And last but not least is a simple photo of the lovely “Princess Diana Serviceberry Tree” in my yard. The colors are so lovely in the Fall. It doesn’t last long but when it turns colors, it’s beautiful. Alas, I think our Autumn is coming to an end making way for the fun-filled holiday season.

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Once more I have to put in a small advertisement for those of you who have not tried French Boutis Needlework yet. On my Etsy site you will find an ornament kit with three French Boutis Christmas Ornaments. I am in the process of designing more Boutis patterns so I hope you will give them a try.

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In friendship, Averyclaire


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Brigitte
    Nov 10, 2016 @ 03:03:06

    So wonderful to see how you finished the great pieces your clients sent you. Just gorgeous, all of them.


  2. Jackie
    Nov 11, 2016 @ 10:20:16

    Such beautiful finishing!

    A email hack, or hack of any kind, is such an inconvenience. I’m glad you’ve gotten everything back on track!


  3. Margaret Chess
    Nov 11, 2016 @ 16:07:26

    Everything looks wonderful! Glad you got the hack all straightened out.


  4. Deb from Frugal Little Bungalow
    Nov 11, 2016 @ 16:14:28

    These are all so beautiful ; what wonderful work on the clients part and yours in finishing !


  5. june Peart
    Nov 12, 2016 @ 02:52:24

    Beautiful finish on all these beautiful works , thanks for sharing .


  6. Carol
    Nov 17, 2016 @ 19:12:51

    That must have been so frustrating to sort everything out after your computer hack! I do worry about that myself…

    Just loved each and every finish you did for your clients–how wonderful to be trusted with all of those lovingly stitched pieces.

    Wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving holiday, Karen 🙂


  7. Elizabeth Janzen
    Nov 18, 2016 @ 12:11:23

    Your choice of fabrics and trims for the finishing are all perfect for the piece. I love the little sailboat ornament with the sea themed backing. The rich velvets and trims perfectly enhance all of the beautifully stitched pieces.

    Your back yard looks warm and inviting. I hope you’ve had time to enjoy.


  8. Sheryl
    Nov 25, 2016 @ 12:38:52

    Such pretty finishes and beautiful stitched work.


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