Well I've finally taken pictures of the wall hanging I created for my niece's Christmas present. The first picture is the stitching itself. It was supposed to be 4 separate pieces that I decided to use together as a wall hanging. The kits actually included small glass bead that should have been added to create a sparkly effect. However, I stitched this on a set of scroll bars and I wouldn't have been able to keep the needed tension on the piece without smashing the beads when I scrolled from section to section. I am going to do these again for myself and I think I'll stitch it on a set of stretcher bars so that I can do the beading before I pull it off to frame.
These last two pictures are the finished piece. I used a really pretty paisley fabric for the backing that I then stitched over the front to add a bit of color. I got the hanger from a UK company. The manufacturer is Rico Designs and I couldn't find it anywhere here in the US. I adore the light-weight quality of the hanger. It seemed perfect for a little girl's room. I'll keep their company in mind for any future wall hangings I stitch.
Up next is an update of my progress on the Hydrangea Wreath project.
I have no pictures to show today, but I'll take a few snaps in the morning. I'm simply too tired to grab my phone and/or camera and so the project will wait another day. It feels really good to have the stitching completed, however, I now have to try my hand at sewing it into a wall hanging. I've selected a really nice piece of fabric for the backing. Tomorrow morning I'll lug out the sewing machine and sew something just as fabulous as I (think I've) stitched.
I'm also excited to get back to my regularly scheduled stitching, which thankfully I don't have to stitch for hours each day, every day to finish. I'm back to the Hydrangea Wreath and I feel that a 12 week timeframe is still perfectly good for it's completion target.
I also can't wait to get back to reading. I've been listening to audiobooks (which I adore), but my Nook and my Kindle look really lonely sitting untouched on my bedside table. I really love those things!
I can't believe it. Christmas Eve is only 10 days away. I haven't spent any time on my favorite things besides the cross stitch project for my niece. I've even been taking it with me to work so I can work on it during lunch. I think I'll finish, but it'll be close. I keep feeling like I really should have started it sooner.
When I'm finished, I'll be able to go back to a slower pace. I already have 6 projects lined up for next year. I really hope that I can finish them all during the next year. I plan on starting (and hopefully finishing) the following projects:
This one, above, is for my mom. Not only does she love cats, but when she goes out she gets a similar attitude upon returning home!
These two, above and below, are for me! I love the one below as it involves no half stitches nor any back stitch. Plus, I love the colors!
Who wouldn't have a great time playing Monopoly on this?
Just another pretty picture of flowers that would be great in my guest room!
This last one is for my Mother-In-Law. She loves San Francisco and when I saw it, I just knew she'd love it!
I started this project on Thanksgiving Day and then put it on hold until I finish my niece's Christmas present. This represents two weeks of stitching for me. I don't feel bad about it as I work full-time. My plan is to use this as an insert for a tea tray. I've already got the tea tray and can't wait to see it finished! My goal for completion is 12 stitching weeks.