The one last gift I had to finish is now fully finished. The night before last I got it mounted sticky board with a piece of batting between board and stitching. I use the sticky side of the board to stick the batting in place and then when wrapping the edges to the back I used double-sided sticky tape. I’ve had questions regarding if I lace my pieces – no, I use this same method on small and larger framed pieces. This one I used the hot glue gun to attach it to the wood board, other times I have used Aleen’s glue. Why the glue gun for this one? . Well, my large bottle of Aleen’s was hidden is why but it has since been located.
Rember these boards that I had previously shown which I had gotten from WonderWoodCrafted on Etsy? I used the board on the far right with the slot in the top for this one – you can get all those shapes in various sizes so lots of options. The board itself measures 4″ x7″. The stitching I finished to 3″ x 5″. I didn’t paint or put any other finish on the board. The wood was pretty as it was and these have a short of wood-burned dark look around all the cut edges which I liked against the light wood. I you are looking for thin (these are abou1/4″ thick boards) for mounting things on, I highly recommend this shop; I’ve been really pleased with the two orders I have placed with them and they have lots of options in multiple sizes for each shape and have been very quick to ship.
So last night I wanted to get it finished up and I added some mini chenille (boy is that stuff skinny compared to the regular chenille – about the width of fingering weight yarn but perfect for this) from Dames of the Needles (Etsy) in Honey Whiskey color. I added a piece of red gross grain to make a loop to hang it with. But later when I was breaking into a cellophane bag of Christmas cookies my “chauffeur” had given me (she had stopped yesterday at our favorite German bakery and brought me a bag of good bread and some other goodies), the cookies (chocolate cover Peppernuts) had a little red satin bow twist-tied to the top of the bag and it was the perfect red so I added that to the bottom of the hanging loop. Perfect!
So after that I decided to put away First Thanksgiving (which I have been stitching on all week) because I was drawn to start a new little small project. I can’t show you an image because it’s just a free chart with no cover image, I was watching MamaLovesYouGB Flossmas video for Dec. 16 and she showed some cute freebie charts of a santa in a sweater (colorwork looking sweater and beanie hat – along with is snowman friend in sweater). So when I went to look at them on this site I found a different one with just the Santa head that I just needed to stitch. The charts can be found at https://gazette94.blogspot.com/
And if you scroll to the end of the Santa/snowman ones you will see just the headshot I’m stitching. So I pulled fabric and threads that look similar to the colors in the chart and here’s my start.
The fabric is 14 ct Cyprus by Fiber on a Whim. It’s a pretty gray/green and darker than it’s appearing here and I’m using two strands of floss – mostly pulled from my Victorian Motto floss stash except the face which is DMC. I hope to finish this later today. But for now I have to clean up the kitchen and clean out the fridge in preparation for a grocery delivery. The record high temps of two days ago (68) are now definitely gone and it’s in the 20s but at least there’s some sunshine. I may actually get that pine bough garland put up around the outside of my door today.
I love them both. I may have to check out that floss tube.
Love your finish on the snowshoe Santa!
I love your snowshoe Santa! The receiver is lucky!! Thanks for the link to the freebie site. There are some cute ones there.
Love your Santa finish! Thanks for the freebie link. I’ll have to take a better look after dinner.