June 6, 2021 – Framed and Fully Finished!

Well I haven’t accomplished the chores I had thought about doing today – eh, I’ll get them done later this week.  I have accomplished a lot in the last 2 hours tho.  I’ve fully finished three separate cross stitch pieces.

First up the pencil box.

I even had a piece of the recent felted wool packets I had bought that had the perfect yellow to match the paint I had used so glued a piece of it on the bottom so it will not scratch a table and also put a piece inside in the bottom  for the pencils to rest on.  And all set even before I need to mail it to the gift recipient.

Berry Bird is now finished and inserted into it’s tart tin (from Sassy Jacks Stitchery).  This was a really easy project to finish. and I love how it turned out.   It’s a regular little tart tin with removable bottom so I used two tiny strong magnets along the edge of the bottom insert to hold that into the fluted tart rim,  Cut a piece of sticky board and a couple layers of quilt batting the same size as the bottom of the tart pan.  I used the bottom tart insert to center it over the stitching and then draw a line around it about 1″ outside, cut on that line and hand stitched a running stitch about 3/8″ from  the edge.  

berry bird tart

Layered sticky board (sticky side down but with paper still covering it), then  four layers of Warm and Natural Batting, and stitching centered on top right side up.  Pull the threads to gather in the running stitch making sure stitching stayed centered.  Then I loosened the threads a bit so I could peel back the paper from the sticky board, tightened threads and tied them off and pressed the back edges against the sticky board.  The center of the sticky board was not sticky enough to just keep it attached to the tart tin; I tried hot glue but glue won’t stick to the nonstick metal of the tin, so hot glued a strong magnet to the middle of the back of the stitching and that’s how it holds against the metal back.  I can remove the stitch piece and insert a different one if I want to.  I think I will take this one to work and with the magnets in it, it should attach to the locker cabinets attached to our desks so I can enjoy it there.   I have several more tart tins so can’t wait to make some other designs to finish like this.

And I also framed Souvenirs of the Heart.

souvenirs of the heart framed

vintage flowers

Now on to the pattern adoption recipient and this week’s chart to be adopted. Remember – it is your responsibility to check back next Sunday if you put your name in as an adopter of a chart to see if you have won. I think I still have one recipient who hasn’t responded to last week’s adoption list and if I don’t get an email with mailing addresses, the charts will just be tossed back in my stack and put up for adoption at a later date. I’ve got stitching (and other stuff to do) so I am not sending out individual emails to each person asking for their email so if you want to adopt charts you need to check back to see if you have been chosen. My email address can be found on my blog in the section under my photo so please send me a private email with your mailing address rather than leaving your address in the comment section. Thanks.

So if you have a US mailing address and would like to adopt the chart Vintage Flowers, please leave a comment on this post with the word Vintage in it.

Last week’s adoptions are as follows:

He Is Risen – Terry Davis

Holidays – Shelley Powell


Walk Beside

walk beside

I finished the stitching on Berry Bird last night but forgot to take a photo – I’ll post that later.  So last night started on Walk Beside.  I’m using most of the called for colors but changed one or two.  There was a grayish color I changed to a blue and I haven’t decided what color I’ll make those two sheep on the bottom that are barely showing up in the pattern photo.    Plus I’m going to make some other changes.  The alphabet within the red square are petit stitches – quarter stitches on Aida or the equivalent of one over one on linen.   I really hate when descriptions of patterns don’t include if they have one over one stitching or petit stitch.  Even if I would have bought the chart in person – it says nothing on the back of of it about it and only if you purchase the chart an open it up does it tell you.  Oh well, I plan to just make some adjustments.

I started on this last night as I was contemplating how I want to redo that alphabet area (or put something else there).  After getting part of the upper left motif in the border done I realized the chart has an error – one stitch code is not in the right place compared to the other two places that have that same motif that make up the corner sections.  I don’t believe it is a design element – just an error since the cover image looks to be stitched the way I changed it to – so I ripped that back to fix it because it just looked wrong and would have bugged me.

walk beside progress

Then, when I put in that little blue scrolly design, on the left side it starts with sort of 

x                                                                                   x

    x x x                                                         x x x


It has a stitch above and below the three stitches that follow it as shown in my little example on the left above in red.   It’s a symetrical design except it  ends on the right as shown on the right in my example – the bottom stitch is missing after the three end stitches.   That “might?” be a design element – I can see it is actually stitched that way on the cover image – but that TOTALLY would have driven me nuts so I changed that.

I think If I change the placement of the words a bit – move them to the left a little and I think “Walk Beside” really needs to be centered over the scrolly motif – I may have enough space to stitch the alphabet in 1 over 1 on the Aida.  I’m going to work my way from left to right and after getting the words in figure out if my plan will work or if I need to extend the border to the right just a bit to fit it in.

I do love the way the border looks with my color tweak from Muddy Puddle (a gray) to the blue I used.

theeads used