Monday, 10 February 2014

Finishing - Part I

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! 

36 comments:

samplerlover said...

Wonderful finishing of your pillows. The first one is one of my favorites. I really must pull it out and do it and add it to my bowl.

Vickie said...

Beautiful! Great job(s). You will figure out that last finishing.
I love the skating the best too. I am very happy to stay inside! So cold and white here. Every time they mention the name of the ice skating stadium, The Iceburg, it makes me colder.

Rowyn said...

Beautiful stitching and finishing. You can't go wrong with BBD patterns - they are all beautiful.

I'm enjoying the ski jumping, biathlon (ski/shooting) and snowboarding. We never really see winter sports like that in New Zealand, so it's pretty cool (pardon the pun!) to watch.

New Zealand only has a small team of 15 at the winter Olympics. I guess our Winters don't last long enough to produce a lot of Olympic quality athletes for these games.

BrendaS said...

Melissa - FABULOUS finishes! They all turned out so great. Thanks for sharing

I'm enjoying watching the Olympics too. Great to have on while stitching:)

Annette-California said...

I wish you could of seen me as I read your post and was looking at every photo - OH MY! Melissa your finishes are sooooooo beautiful. I loved every one. You did a fantastic job of stitching them and loved those pretty trims. Yes I have been watching the Olympics. My favorite is all of them honest! But I had the most fun watching the event where they raced sown the mountain....OH MY that was soooo steep and crazy. Lots of stitching going on here too!
love Annette

Laurie in Iowa said...

All your finishes look wonderful!

Gillie said...

I shall be over shortly for a finishing class! They look smashing! Had a chuckle at the last description though.... hope you can revive it! Please keep going with the City Stitcher, will have to look that one up, new to me.

Margaret said...

Oh wow! Such beautiful finishes! Love the fabrics too! Lovely WIPs too! I was trying to listen to the Cartographer novel, but the narrator is horrific. I'm going to try to read it instead. It seems like a good book and I don't want the narrator destroying it for me. I have the other on my to read list.

Von said...

Nice finishes! Please do show them off in their bowl! :)
I'm really enjoying the Olympics. Figure skating is definitely a favorite, but the lesser known events are fun too. Mogul skiing is on now and my knees are in sympathy pain.

Monica said...

Very nice finishes. I think I will watch the Westminster instead tonight.

Anne said...

Wooohooo to finishing! We must have caught the same finishing bug since I did the same thing last night! Loooove your BBD finishes! The backing fabrics are so pretty and cheery. Hmm, never tried that walnut stain. Too afraid to spray a dye on something I stitched. Love your progress on your sampler! Enjoy watching the Olympics!!

Hugs

Barbi said...

My goodness, you picked the perfect backings for all your projects! thanks for the book recommendations. And YES I love the Olympics...I'm sad I have to work cause I would rather stay home and watch. I really enjoy the moguls, I'm also looking forward to the snowboarding half-pipe competitions. woo hooo. It's very cold here, but I think it's supposed to be a little more forgiving towards the end of the week.

Jackie said...

Wow! i went and looked at your photos again multiple time. You did a great job and found perfect backing fabrics! Way to go and get some finishes pounded out!

Barb said...

All of your little pillows look lovely. What a wonderful bowl you will have.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Beautiful stitching and finishes

Brigitte said...

Oh Melissa, it's a feast to the eyes to see your lovely stitching and the finishes, all these little pillows with the wonderful fabrics you chose for the backing. I should stitch more BBDs, I have so many in my stash. But no, I forgot that I'm stitching the anniversaries right now. And then I have all the little stockings in line. That will keep me busy with BBDs for the next two years, I think, lol.

I love The City Stitcher's designs and the one you started is also in my stash. I have to move it in my soon-to-be-stitched folder. It's lovely.

Mii Stitch said...

Congratulations on all your finishes, they are all really nicely done & look great :) Have a lovely day!

Marilyn said...

All great finishes.
I too like the skating, but I also like to watch the Snowboarding.
Marilyn

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

What stunning, gorgeous finishes! I love each and everyone! Willow Tree Sampler...looking great!

Sherry said...

Everything is just beautiful! I can't wait to see more of the Willow Tree Sampler too.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Such lovely finishes! Have a good week.

Chris said...

Such gorgeous finishes Melissa. I love the muted colors of these designs. Great start on the City Stitcher piece too.

Chris said...

Such gorgeous finishes Melissa. I love the muted colors of these designs. Great start on the City Stitcher piece too.

Ann at Beadlework. said...

I'm glad the fabric was of use Melissa. Your finishes all look great - good for you doing so many at once. I like to hear what other people are reading, it's a good way to find new authors. I'm not a fan of winter sports I'm afraid so I'm not watching any at all, not even the skating.

Giovanna said...

The Blackbird finishes are adorable, congrats!

valerie said...

You go Melissa! All your little pillow finishes are so pretty...love the accompanying backing fabric. Love the new start too. Everything is such a mess that all my finished pieces are all over the place! Must find them so they get displayed sooner rather than later. :)

Carol said...

Oh--what wonderful finishes, Melissa! Your fabric choices are perfect for each one! And there is nothing wrong with having them all be pillow finishes--you know that is my favorite :)

I look forward to seeing the rest and then, of course, to seeing them all displayed in your bowl. It will be a wonderful addition to you "RoMO!"

Enjoy your day!

Mmanka said...

Beautiful stitching and finishing, all your little pillows are so pretty.

Lois said...

Love the finishes and the backing fabric and trims work perfectly with them all!!! I have that Weeping Tree Sampler in my stash after seeing a finished pic of it somewhere and thinking it was a 'must stitch' for me. However, every time I pull it out there's something about it that doesn't fire up my enthusiasm!!! If you would like a little bit of company to stitch this one maybe that would be the spur I need to actually work on it. No pressure though, I may well end up feeling as you are about it even if I do start it!!!!

Loraine said...

Oh my goodness Melissa, you have accomplished a ton of stuff! I love your little finishes, and the chenille trim is perfect. All of your stitching is wonderful too, and really unique. I don't think I recognized any of those pieces. They are just wonderful.
I stitched the Weeping Tree sampler two summers ago, and it was a difficult one to get through. Especially the brick house. I used a whole DMC skein on the mortar alone. However, now that it's finished and hanging in my kitchen, it is one of my favorite samplers of all time. I love it! Stick with it, and it will all be worth it.
Hugs to you!

Suzanne said...

Melissa, what amazing finishes you have, I love them all.

I am always afraid to 'stain' my finished pieces in case I over do it. I am sure that your piece will look great once you finish it all.

Ellen said...

My goodness, you have been busy. All of your little pillows are wonderful!! Love them!

Marie said...

So many beautiful finishes. I do like the chenille trim and especially like how you used two different ones on that sweet pillow.

I too am trying to stay with one particular project...that can be difficult when one has a huge stash!


Evelyne said...

Such a great finishings!
I love them all!

Have a wonderful weekend.
Evelyne

Andrea said...

Beautiful finishes. Love the chenille trims.

Danielle said...

I really want to read the Duffy book--I have had it out from the library once already but didn't manage to get it read by the due date! Lovely work--I am enjoying looking through your posts and catching up--smalls are great--instant gratification. I am trying to have a few on the go while working on something larger that will take a bit longer. I have a pile of things that need to be finished, too, so will have to devote a day off to those sometime soon!