Monday, February 03, 2014

A spot of finishing

The next slot up in my rotation was one I earmarked for small designs as I had a couple of them hanging around half stitched I started with them.

First up was an old free design from Barrick Samplers called Five Birds. I stitched this on 36 count Vintage Light Exampler from Lakeside Linen using Gentle Arts threads in Wood Rose and Green Apple.

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I'm not sure how I'm going to 'finish' this one yet, I'm leaning towards a pillow finish but I shall probably ponder it for a bit yet.  No such problem with the next finish - Miniature Monogram Hornbook from Kelmscott Designs.  The shock is that I got straight on and 'finished' it!  Stitched on a scrap of 32 count linen from my stash with Gloriana silk in India Ink.

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After finishing those two off, it meant I could have a new start.  I decided to go for Spot of Winter from The Drawn Thread.  I stitched the other seasonal spots back in 2009 but never got round to this one.  Stitched using the recommended threads on 36 count Periwinkle linen from Silkweaver.
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I managed to carve out some time this weekend to do more than just finish the hornbook, I also grabbed this Victoria Sampler Beyond Cross Stitch that I stitched back in 2004 and finally got it finished as a pinkeep.

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20 comments:

Jo said...

Lovely finishes, congrats :)
I really do need to actually FINISH a few things off... Enjoying the inspiration!

Rowyn said...

Great stitching and finishing. The little hornbook is lovely.

Margaret said...

You have some gorgeous finishes and beautiful stitching too!

geeky Heather said...

Goodness, that's a lot of progress! Beautiful finishing on both pieces.

Carol said...

Love them all Karoline--that last heart is especially beautiful!

Jackie said...

Nice finishes! You did a great job with the finishing itself too. I think I have that miniature monogram from Kelscott tucked away in my stash too.

Anne said...

Wonderful finishes Karoline, especially that adorable wee little hornbook! Perfect! Very inspiring, hopefully I can get finishing soon too!

Brigitte said...

Wow, you definitely were on a finishing spree - finishing started projects and finish-finishing them. That's a great feeling, isn't it. I'm always impressed by myself when I manage to do a lot of finishing, lol. I love the hornbook and the pinkeep, well done. And the Winter Spot is a great start.

Mii Stitch said...

They are all lovely finishes but that pinkeep is just stunning!

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

Look at all you've accomplished! And each and every little thing is beautiful and perfect!!

Dirty Martini Queen said...

Wow just look at everything you've finished already this year! I really love the 5 birds and can't wait to see what you decide to do with it.
Donna

Sharon said...

Such pretty finishes! I love the little hornbook.

butterfly said...

Wondeful finishes , love your stitching and your post.

Andrea said...

Lovely finishes, you have been very busy.

woolwoman said...

beautiful finishing Karoline - you sure cranked out a lot in a short amount of time - YGG and enjoy them all ! Mel

Chris said...

Great stitching and finishing!!

Giovanna said...

Lots of lovely stitching and finishing - well done!

Solstitches said...

Oh my goodness that Victoria Sampler Hardanger piece is so pretty.
It's a blast from the past too as I have several of these little kits never started. Maybe it's time to do one of them.
Love the dinky little hornbook too.
Margaret

Shebafudge said...

They are all gorgeous but I particularly like the hardanger one. That's lovely!

Annette-California said...

Oh Karoline! All your stitching projects are gorgeous! Love the softness of colors on Five birds. The mini hornbook is beautiful. I know that some of the smalls take so much time to complete their finishes. Not hard but time consuming and all your little's look perfectly finished. Your Victoria Sampler piece took my breath away - WOW. I LOVE IT!!! Congrats on your incredible finishes. love Annette