FOUR Fully Finishes for Fall

I spent some time this afternoon doing some fully finishing of some Fall/Halloween little stitches.


Here’s Waiting for the Harvest fully finished.  The stitched area is about 3″ x 4″.  I used black chenille around the edges, and it is mounted on a pre-finished, fabric-covered chip board.  What I found funny when I took the photo is how the little wooden easel I set it on looks like witches’ shoes sticking out underneath.

Next up is Halloween Delivery from the Brenda Gervais book, Jack O Lantern Jubilee.  I stitched this last fall one over one on 25 count lugana.   I had never stitched on lugana so I had a few issues with my tension on one over one but I finished it.   This project made me decide I likely won’t be stitching much on lugana in the future and what a pain to finish.   If it was something to be framed, it would have been fine, but I chose to finish it on the front of one of the little 3D pumpkins like I had done another finish on last year so that meant it would be oval shaped, hence needed to be laced and unless its round or oval I don’t lace anything.  Adding to the fun of lacing is the fact that until it was too late to turn back, I didn’t think about lugana being very bulky compared to hand dyed soft aida.  So where it gathers around the back of the piece, it doesn’t just smoosh down nice and flat.


Broom Hilda – JackOLanternJubilee-B. Gervais

The lugana is actually a very pale purple.  It turned out okay but after adding lots of glue to the back, I had to put a soup pot filled with canned goods on top of it to weight it down until it dried so that there wasn’t a huge gap between back side and edges due to the bulky gathers.   And the chenille hides whatever gap is left.  So Hilda can take her place on the bookshelf next to the other pumpkin-finished stitch.

Next up – another stitch from the Jack O Lantern Jubilee book – Special Delivery.


Halloween Delivery – Jack O Lantern Jubilee by B. Gervais

This one is attached to a pre-finished piece that had the fabric board attached to a little galvanized easel and the bow and button on it.    I put my stitched piece on a piece of foamboard with a piece of batting on top and then added chenille around the edges.

Lastly is Autumn Saltboxes (one of the two in the chart).  This one is again done on a prefinished piece – it’s a wooden block painted green about 1.5″ thick so it stands on its own, and it had a prefinished fabric-covered chipboard on both front and back, along with matching ribbon and button on one side.    I again put my stitching on a batting covered foam board.


Autumn Saltbox – Plum Street

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