I've took several pieces over the years to my LNS to get professional framed. It's worth the money especially because she has fantastic prices. This year I just finally got the right tools to do some better finishing on my own for things other than framing. I've always loved pillow type finishes. They are easy to display and sit on shelves instead of taking of wall space. So I thought I would share with you my choices for my finishing that I have now.
First up I finally have an iron I can understand. I was always afraid to iron my pieces. I didn't want to ruin them. Here is the iron I use now...
If you follow my blog you know I got into a big fight with my old sewing machine. It was a pain to get the thread loaded into the machine and if you can't figure out that part then sewing a straight line is impossible to do. Here is the one I use now...
Next up is the FFG which we post on the 10th of the month. Thanks to Rachel and her FFG (Fully Finished Gallery) SAL I've been actually finishing things finally! I tended to just throw my finished pieces into a drawer to hide. Stop over to her post to see what others have finished for this month's check in. Unfortunately I've been so busy I haven't been able to pull out my iron and sewing machine. So no older pieces have been finished. But I still have two new finishes to share.
I finished up a Mill Hill kit...
I also just finished up Mom's Nautical pillow after my Monday update post...
(22) July 8th
July from Sand, Sea and Cross Stitch Book
Stitched on 14ct White Aida Fabric
Threads are Suggested DMC
Started Jul 1st. Took 3 Days.
7 Hours and 50 Minutes Start to Finished.
The type of finish for this one is one of my favorite ways to finish pieces. No sewing haha. Let's see if I can explain it so that it makes sense. I go two spaces beyond the border and put in a backstitch line all the way around the piece. I do another piece for the back with the border stitched and add the year I finished the piece. I do the same thing with a backstitch border two spaces beyond the border so that the two pieces have the exact same backstitching outline around them. I fold the pieces at the backstitch lines and then whip stitch them together with the same color I do the backstitch line. I figured this type of finishing out after my first biscornu. I thought why not try it with a square ornament and it worked fantastic. When you get to the last side you can put stuffing in and close it up. Most the time I can't tell at all where I finished the line to put it together. A lot easier than pulling out the sewing machine and everything else. Really doesn't take long either. This July pillow took me 47 minutes to whip stitch together.
So only 2 finishes this month. I'm currently working on my July Lizzie Kate Stamp but that will have to be included in the next FFG post. Let's see how many I have finished this year...
February -- 5
March -- 6
April -- 5
May -- 2
June -- 4
July -- 2
So a Total of 24 now!
I'm very happy with that! Hopefully I'll find time soon to get my sewing machine back out and finish more older pieces that are hiding away. This SAL is just the push I need. Now if only there was a Here's Some Extra Time SAL haha. Don't we all need that.
See ya next month on the first Saturday for the People's Choice theme of Monochrome. Plus on the 10th for hopefully more finishes to share.