Finishing Photos Finally

It’s been a while since I posted some finishing photos except for what was done for the Boutis Class.  So I am trying to catch up on showing some of the lovely things my clients have done!

Pat quickly finished this very pretty needleroll.  It came as a kit and I did the finishing for her.  What a lovely piece!
2016-PatB-Needleroll-1

2016-PatB-Needleroll-2

2016-PatB-Needleroll-3

Nancy was very busy stitching up a couple of gifts for a good friend. I love the nautical theme.

2016-NHill-Flatfold-Whale-1

I kept the nautical theme going with the “whale-like” stitching on the accent piece. Click on photo to zoom in a bit.

2015-NHill-Flatfold-Whale2

And I added some of that accent color to the back as well!

2016-NHill-Flatfold-Whale3

And here is Nancy’s second gift item…sailboats…made to match the first one!

2016-NHill-Flatfold-Sails1

For this one I added “wave-like” stitching on the accent piece and some accent color on the back as well.

2016-NHill-Flatfold-Sails-2

2016-NHill-Flatfold-Sails-3

Vivian requested a simple Christmas pillow with ten rusty bells.  I love the backing she chose to go with it.  Simple and elegant.

2016-VDiN-XmasPillow-1

2016-VDiN-XmasPIllow2

A new project roll is born with a hidden place to keep your thread and scissors, etc.

2016-KJ-ProjectRoll-1

2015-KJ-Projectroll-2

2015-KJ-ProjectRoll-3

And a couple more project bags were finished with a French theme.  Eiffel Tower on one with an Eiffel Tower zipper pull and a Boutis needlework piece mounted in the center of the second one, which also has an Eiffel Tower zipper pull.

2016-KJ-ProjectBag-Eiffel-1

2016-KJ-ProjectBag-Eiffel-2

2016-KJ-ProjectBag-Boutis-1

2016-KJ-ProjectBag-Boutis-2

Thank you again to all my clients who keep my “in-box” full of beautifully stitched pieces.  More to come as soon as I have the photos ready and downloaded!

Amities, Averyclaire

 

 

Hello Summer!

It always seems like Summer to me when Memorial Day is over.  Time for sunshine, warm/hot days, swimming, garden flowers in bloom, kids out of school, ice cream (lots of it), and long lazy walks.

A day late, but in the mood for a “patriotic summer” I completed a few smalls. The first one is a free design by Barbara Ana and retrieved from the “files” of the Facebook page group entitled “Star Spangled Stitchers.”  I made some small alterations to the pattern, added the red stitching along the border, and stitched it on 35ct. Abecedarian linen.

Barbara Ana Freedom1

This next one is called Flag and Liberty designed by Glory Bee (also a freebie from www.glorybeestitch.com). This one is done on 28ct. white Lugana. I did choose my own DMC colors.

Flag and Liberty

A few weeks ago I did another patriotic small called Itty Bitty America by Twisted Threads.  It was done on 25ct. Dublin Linen over one thread using the called for colors.  The cording was made by me using three skeins of the same red/white/blue flosses.  That was a real trick trying to make cording using three colors!

Itty Bitty America1

Along with the patriotic pieces, I did a “summer” one. It is called Itty Bitty Bee by Twisted Threads, but it is not so itty bitty. I did not do it over one. It is done on cream colored 32 ct. linen over two threads. I love bee embroideries and decided I should have some of my own. Voila!

Itty Bitty Bee

Getting back to my PHds (projects half done), during the last month I did manage to finish my Lily of the Valley Collage (designer is Laura J. Perrin).  This was one of my first canvas pieces in many years.   It was a challenge for me, since I have done only old-fashioned tent stitch needlepoint.  I love Lilies of the Valley and this is already framed with a lovely white-washed frame and is hanging in my bedroom.  The colors are not quite as true as they should be…I am experimenting photographing with my IPhone.

 

IMG_1393

IMG_1395

IMG_1396

Next I had framed my long ago finished Eiffel Tower cross-stitch. This is a pattern from Le Jardin Prive.   The DMC colours were done with three different shades of blue.   The navy blue frame and mat is absolutely gorgeous with it.   And the slightly sanded edges that show the light colored wood underneath, bring out the cream colored background.  It is SO HARD to photograph with glass covering the pieces, but it did not turn out too bad especially since it is done with an IPhone!

Lily of Valley Collage-framed1

Well that’s it for now. I still have a lot of work on unfinished items, but the big king sized quilt is coming along, not so the red and white one, nor the pink rose pin cushion. I must get busy!       Amities, Averyclaire

Now I Just Need to Do the Finishing

My days have been filled with either office work or working on THE quilt…and my evenings have been spent doing needlework in front of the television. I don’t have any photos yet of the quilt…although progress IS being made. I am bound and determined to complete it before mid-summer…it’s my goal.

But I did complete some needlework. However, I am really bad at getting the final finishing completed. One reason is that the framing costs SO much money. But I don’t have any excuses for the last three ornaments I made and still haven’t done the “finishing.”

Here is my Eiffel Tower from Jardin Prive. I did change a couple of the motifs…the major one being adding my “bee.” I also changed a few other items. Now I just need a frame.

Here are a few photos of the 4th LHN ornament in the series. I have done the “finishing” on 1 and 2…but 3 and 4 are still waiting for the “finishing.” I already have 5 and 6 in the series waiting to be stitched….and number seven is coming out on May 25th!!!! Will I EVER get caught up? Maybe before Christmas? This is #4 called Snowy Pines. You can see them all or purchase one at Anita’s Little Stitches. I really like the colors and motifs in this one.

Does anyone else have trouble procrastinating with their “finishing”???     What’s the secret to getting it done?    Let me know.

In my next post, I’ll have photos of a project I did with my new needlework guild.

 Amities, Averyclaire

Update on Eiffel Tower

Here is the latest photo of my Eiffel Tower in progress.  I really do love working on this.  I am planning a few moderations to the original pattern…not because hers is not lovely…but I have a couple of motifs I’d like to add to mine and need the space to add them.   I saved a couple of empty areas which will hold the motifs that I am working on right now.   It is fun to make it really my own this way.

Also in progress is another stitching I have been working on for some time. It is a gift for a special friend and I can’t show the whole thing until she has received it. Here is a sneak peak. It needs to be in the mail VERY SOON!!!

And a note for my friend Pat…if you are out there reading my blog while you are frolicking around London and Paris for two months, please remember your dear friends here at home and send us an email note with all your adventures!   I do not have an email address for you!!

Amities, Averyclaire