Greetings on this dark and rainy Monday here! I spent time last week finally doing a lot of finishing - eight pieces to be precise. Here I will show you half of them, all by Blackbird Designs (surprise, surprise!). I will show you two photos of each, the first one as finished, the second showing the backing fabric.
To start, Summer Iris. I just adore this piece.
Wild Garden. (Just noticed a piece of floss that unintentionally sneaked into the photo!)
Woodland Berries from the Loose Feather "Summer" booklet. Here I added a couple of jingles to the finish.
Prairie House Sewing Case, from "A Stitcher's Journey" booklet. Here I used two different colour chenille trims. I quite liked how that turned out! I love that backing fabric too which the lovely Ann from Beadlework sent me (thank you!) - it was perfect for this finish!
I realized doing eight finishes in a row is not a smart thing for me to do. It meant that I just wanted to zip through them with pretty much the same finish (pillow) and didn't use that much imagination. However, I did want a "bowlful" finally of pillows and now I have accomplished that goal!
I will show you the rest later this week. I am still working on fixing one last finish. You know when sometime you'd wished you'd left something alone? Yup, I wanted to trim to "prim-ify" a pincushion by spraying it with walnut ink spray. Now it just looks like something the cat threw up! Argh. So, we shall see what I end up with in a few days.
Meanwhile I also started The Weeping Tree sampler by The City Stitcher, an oldie that I've wanted to stitch for a long time. I am substituting some hand-dyed cotton floss as I go. I can't say I am loving this one right now. Hopefully I will stick with it instead of putting it aside for another time, which usually means it will disappear into a big, black hole!
I want to tell you about a couple of great books I have read recently. The first is Cartographer's of No Man's Land by P.S. Duffy.
The second is The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker.
I won't go into details as this post is long enough. Both reads are thoughtful and paint beautiful pictures of people and places.
Are you enjoying watching the Olympics? Which sport do you enjoy watching most? I love the skating - specifically the partner dancing. If you are in the Winter parts of the world, you are likely happy to stay inside! Stay warm and dry.
Have a great week and thanks so much for visiting!