Happy Holiday Finishes

I am honored to help so many of you with your stitching finishes. My small business has grown considerably and I humbly thank all of you who trust me with your precious work.

C.J. lovingly stitched Six Little Cardinals and some pretty red fabric with golden stars was added:

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V.DiN. beautifully rendered this special pillow, hung with wide silk ribbon and surrounded by twisted chenille trim, as a lovely gift:

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A.G stitched this lovely Santa with pastel reds and greens for a soft side to the traditional colors:

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The TinSmiths Wife stitched this peaceful Dove on a gorgeous unusual red fabric, adding the lovely turquoise beads and knots around the neck and requested a cupboard hanger.  I added some more knots to the trim:

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Then using the same beautiful red fabric The Tinsmiths Wife stitched a Star Was Born cupboard hanger:

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And last but not least the colors were changed from light to dark and this beautiful Pomegranate Sewing Tray from Stacy Nash Primitives was born:

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I hope to soon show a few more finishes before the Christmas week is upon us. Thank you again for your faith in me and allowing me to be creative with your pieces!

Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas season!   Amities, Averyclaire

Finishes for the Upcoming Seasons

Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year. Everyone is thinking ahead and stitching up some lovely things to cover all the coming celebrations. It has been a busy few weeks in my studio finishing up some beautiful and amazing stitching.

Carol J. now has a place to store her needles and pins with her new needle book.

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Becky M. chose a flatfold for a fun new spooky decoration for her home.

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The Tinsmith’s Wife is a Needlework Shop in Comfort, Texas specializing in Knit, Crochet, Cross-Stitch, and Needlepoint. They now have an Autumn Owl on display in their shop.

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The shop also has a new basket tag encouraging everyone to be “Thankful.”

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and a lovely new Shepherd’s Bush ornament in anticipation for Christmas to come.

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Judy B. is celebrating “Friends” this season with special gifts.

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Nancy H. has another pillow similar to her Halloween one…this one for Christmas which will look lovely in her home. It’s not a small pillow…maybe about 11×16 inches. Love the soft colors she chose.

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Carol J. found two of her three kings and decided to have them finished for the holiday this year. They now have a luscious deep forest green velvet back!

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Becky M. stitched up two lovely Christmas ornaments…a “peaceful” angel and a cheery cardinal.

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Anne L. was lucky enough to purchase the chart for the new Prairie Schooler Christmas “reindeer.” We will all surely miss Prairie Schooler designs!

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And last but not least Southpaw Stitcher quickly stitched this fun and lovely Blackbird Design and requested a “box” finish. I think I need to find a box a make one for myself! Love this one.

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Thank you to everyone for your trust in me to create lovely things from your beautiful stitching!

More finishes to post soon. I have so busy in my studio there has been little time for me to stitch anything for myself! However, I did have a LOT of fun this month in showing my finished quilt at my quilt and needlework meetings and telling the story behind it. I haven’t had a quilt to show for a LONG, LONG time!

Amities, Averyclaire

Lots of Finishing Photos Today

Here are a few photos of some beautiful stitching done by my clients. There are a LOT of photos today so enjoy!

Southpaw Stitcher did a lovely job on this one. She even created some scissor and spool motifs to make the stitching longer for the drum pinkeep.  I love the detail on this especially the birdcage and the frog catching a bug! And I completed it with hand stitching up the back and around the top.

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Karen P. does exquisite non-counted cross stitch. The colors are so soft and delicate. It brings me into an era where Victorian women wore long dresses and had tea in the parlor. She did the beautiful stitching on this pillow.  And there is a even zipper on the back in case this lovely “white” pillow becomes soiled!

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Karen B. stitched the adorable Plum Street Sampler “Winsome Pair.” I love this little Scotty dog. He is done simply with some old gold chenille trim hand sewn around the edge with a snappy red star print on the back. The back also has a few country star buttons.

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Then Karen B. did two (wall-hanging size) fun cross-stitched pieces. They are done with bright pink hand-dyed floss on lovely hand-dyed fabric. I used French fabrics, did some hand stitching on the front border and finished them off with corded hangers on the back and around the edge. Whoever the recipients might be of these lovely gifts will be lucky people! 

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Mary A. wished for a bag like the one I made for the Prim Stitcher’s Society August 1st challenge. She stitched the free pattern for “May Basket” and I finished it into a project bag for her, larger, but similar to the one I made for myself. She did a beautiful job with the stitching and quick too!

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Nancy H. was very busy with some beautiful and delightful stiching as well! She stitched Bent Creek’s “Flag of Stars” which became a wall hanging; one of Prairie Schooler’s Santas which became an ornament; Plum Street Sampler’s “Winsome Pair” which became a flat fold; and Threadwork Primitive’s “Beggar’s Night” which became a large pillow (approx. 12×15).

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It’s been a long time since my last post, so I hope you have enjoyed all the photos.

For me personally, it’s been a very busy time with friends and family fun. There was a big fortieth birthday bash for my lovely daughter, cookie baking, one of many football games for my 11 year old grandson while I did the caretaking overnight, and local traveling to name but a few.  There was some stitching, some gardening, some reading, and lots of time in my sewing room.  But I did manage to get some hand quilting done on my huge quilt. (I am finally on the last border section.) I have several other WIPs…one is a wool appliqued, quilted wall-hanging; another is Catherine Theron’s Winter Strawberry Needleroll; and there is also a Stacy Nash cross-stitch. Photos will come soon. Rotation is the only way to get a little done each week. But my main focus has been on the king sized quilt. I am REALLY looking forward to having it on my bed SOON! Next post I hope to have photos of the two lovely friends who have helped me quilt this for the past year. Stay tuned!

Amities,  Averyclaire

New Tutorial and More Finishes

FREE TUTORIAL

A Facebook group that I belong to, had a SAL (stitch-a-long) over the past couple of months.  ProjectBagLg-1We were not allowed to post it to the Facebook page until August 1.  In June while I was away on vacation I stitched the piece and made it into a project bag for myself.  Several people wanted to know where I got the pattern for the project bag.  To my knowledge there isn’t one.  SO…I created a free tutorial for everyone to enjoy.  If you are an experience sewer, it should be easy.  If you do not sew, you can order one with or without your needlework through my finishing service.  I am happy to teach others finishing and do custom work for those who do not wish to do their own.  So ABOVE there is a link to my new tutorial.

NEW FINISHES

From The Workbasket comes this standup pattern for “Quaker Cardinal.”   Finished with handmade , hand sewn cording, and cream wool backing, he sits regally amidst the Native American influence of dream catchers.  Did you know that according to the legend of the dream catcher that Native Americans believe the air is filled with both good and bad dreams.  Dream catchers were hung in the tepee or lodge and on an infant’s cradle board.  Good dreams are said to pass through the center hole of the sleeping person.  Bad dreams are trapped in the web and perish with the light of dawn!

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This is an unknown punch needle pattern is from an unknown designer. Evidently it has been a long time in someone’s drawer! But it is now finished with a black wool covered backing with handmade and hand sewn cording. The little hen and chicks will look quite sassy on a door knob or a wall.

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My days have also been filled with hand quilting on my huge irish chain quilt, making binding for it, as it will soon be done (HAPPY DANCE SOON TO COME), plodding long on a wool and fabric wall hanging for my guest room. No photos until is done! And my knees can attest to lots of weeding in the garden!

Enjoy the rest of the summer!     Amities, Averyclaire

Sweet Liberty

Here is another new finish called “Sweet Liberty.” The pattern is free from our generous friend, Marly, at Samplers and Santas.   I love stitching on 36 count cream linen.  Then I created a cuffed, lined sack so I could fill it with some dried flowers.  Don’t you just love the red, gold and blue eucalyptus that I found?  I made it with a long handle so it could be hung on a door knob or nail on the fence!  It looks SUPER against the weathered wood of my backyard fence.   ALAS, I must keep it in the house because we are having TOO much rain these days. But when it can’t be outside, I think it looks just as nice on my red front door!

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More to come soon. THANKS SO MUCH for stopping by!  I am honored that you take the time to look at my photos and read my musings.

Amities, Averyclaire

New Business and Some Old Finishes

NEW BUSINESS: Just recently I began a small finishing business for your projects. There is a new page which you can look at on the top of my blog called Finishing Services and another for Finishing Estimates.

Here are a few items I finished in the past couple of weeks.

An elegant Needlepoint Ornament for The Southpaw Stitcher which is dressed with a red velvet backing.

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Briar Rabbit looks quite handsome finished as a flat-fold with his regal gold cording.

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The small project bag I made (6″ x 7.5″) can hold threads and small items for stitching. The inside is a pretty as the outside. This bag and the next larger one are both lined and interfaced with a stabilizer.

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The larger red paisley project bag (11.5″ x 13.5″) will hold most size patterns and stitching in progress. I love the charms I found for the zipper pull. The needlework is antiqued with instant antique spray. These project bags can be made any size and can be made with your needlework on the front or plain. I plan to make several for myself!

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OLD FINISHES: An old FINISH from my PhD list (projects half done) (and number two monkey on my back) is my 101 x 101 inch red and white quilt. HAPPY DANCE!! If you recall on one of my previous posts I showed this quilt stuffed under my home sewing machine. I managed to quilt around all the blocks and sashing, then I did the quilting in the sashing and cornerstones. At this point I began to free-motion quilt the blocks…DISASTER!!! The quilt was simply TOO heavy, TOO bulky, and just plain TOO big for me and it broke my sewing machine. So I found a long-arm quilter who agreed to finish it even though I had it half done. Finishing the 404 inches of hand sewn binding was quite satisfying. I was able to check it off my PhD list without all the nightmares trying to stuff it into my machine. I will NEVER attempt to free-motion another LARGE quilt on my home machine. To be perfectly honest, I think I am sorry I participated in this block of the month.  It turned out to be very expensive and now I really don’t like it.  C’est la vie!  Although it fits my full size guest bed nicely (draping way down like a “bedspread”) and it even fits my king size bed (albeit it could be somewhat wider). It will be good for a change of decor from my other quilts.

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My number one monkey the King Sized Red/Green/White Triple Irish Chain is making steady progress. There are only one and half rows left plus one of the four borders to go. My Friday quilt friends haven’t been here for most of June due to vacations or commitments for all of us, but I did do a LOT of quilting on my own to speed up the progress. WHOO HOO…the end is in sight, literally!

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Happy Summer…keep cool while stitching! Amities, Averyclaire

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