Saturday, May 9, 2020

Saturday Stitching

Well this was a finishing week for me since I was able to browse Hobby Lobby for some supplies.

I finished Blue Bird. I found the perfect fabric for this piece along with the dusty blue and white trim. I have a whole roll of the trim so hopefully I will be able to put it to good use in the future. I played with my dough bowl, thinking I would leave it like this.  Then I got to about putting all my birds in ONE basket?

So I did! Red Bird, Blue Bird, Tom Turkey and Ye Old Crow.  All by Heart in Hand. I will leave this basket out until it is time to display my patriotic stitches.

Then I put together I Collect by Brenda Gervais.  Again my brain cells were working overtime regarding displaying this piece.

I had the little metal tray in my armoire where I keep finishing bits and bobs. I pulled it out and cut an old straw placemat to fit the bottom of the tray.( It had  Buffalo plaid bottom....a Hobby Lobby discounted piece from winter.) I got the little box I made from my bedroom and placed it in the tray, added the pin cushion, scattered in some old spools and a black pair of scissors.  Thanks again to RJ and Mary for the lovely things they placed in the giveaway box I won last year.  I think it looks perfect. I placed it on a small bamboo shelf in my living room.  Just an additional note...the spool of thread and the floss bobbin  in I Collect called for Satin Stitches but I just did not think that would hold up and it is not as neat as regular cross stitch so I went with cross stitches.  I like it much better.

I think it is perfect.

And what do you do with a big seasonal piece that you really do not want to frame but you would like to display it tastefully? This was my dilemma with Lantern Lane.  I found a tray at Hobby Lobby and used my 40% off coupon to purchase it. The final cost was about $15.  I then went to Dollar Tree for a big sheet of foam core.( It is just ONE DOLLAR !,,,,a great price for foam core.)  The fabric was on the giveaway table at  a North Alabama Stitchers meeting so it was free. My friend, Brenda, allowed me to borrow her chart. So my only cost for this piece was the tray, foam core and floss.

After cutting and stretching and pinning, I had an FFO.

I may add some greenery to it at Christmas but for now it is upstairs in my craft room awaiting November.  I still love that Cupid Red House.

I did do a bit of stitching as well.

I filled in my white pumpkin in Penny Pumpkin. I worked a bit more on the border as well.  I do love this piece and will stretch out the stitching on it.

A bit on Prairie Schooler, Summer Breeze, using brighter flosses for this piece.

I also got some haul from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. I have to say that they go above and beyond on their charts. Each chart came on nice card stock, a color and black and white copy. They also included instructions on cross stitch for the beginner.

I plan to make the summer and fall charts into refrigerator magnets. I did that with Batty Bakery from the 2018 Halloween magazine and it is adorable. AS I have said before, Frosted Pumpkin is a bit whimsical for me but some of their charts are too cute to resist.

Perfect for September.

I am undecided if this guy will be an ornament or a magnet. Perfect for January!

Also included on the other side of this sweet card was a free cupcake chart.

And a Thank You written in orange. Pumpkin Perfect.

You can also get downloads of their charts from their website.  But I have to say that these charts they mail out are exceptional.  I highly recommend these designers. ( They also have a Floss Tube channel.)

Happy Stitching.


Laurie said...

Such beautiful work, Ilove the tray! That’s clever idea!

Brenda said...

Love all of these especially the tray!!! Artistic and brilliant.

moosecraft said...

All of your groupings are lovely! Lantern Lane looks perfect in the tray! Congrats on "being allowed out to play"! :-)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your birds are just adorable and I love the patriotic pieces! And that tray? Oh my that is genius! You make us all want to take up our needle! You've done so much lately! WOW! Well done!

Georgia said...

What a wonderful Saturday stitching, Arlene! So many creative and beautiful ideas. I understand you problem with large pieces. I have so many beautifully framed pieces and not enough places to hang them. I really like your idea with the Little House Lantern Lane. And, I have never tried any of the Frosted Pumpkin patterns, these are adorable. I will certainly check out their web site. Again, thank you for all you do, and many blessings to you and yours:)

Barbara said...

All your birds in one basket -- great idea! Lovely presentation.

But what really intrigues me is the tiny flag pillow. I like that one the best!

Happy Mother's Day weekend, Arlene!

Robin in Virginia said...

Beautiful finishes, Arlene! I love your bird basket and metal tray vignettes. Well done on finishing Lantern Lane in that tray! Your pumpkin piece is looking good as is your PS stitch. What lovely charts you received from the Frosted Pumpkin! Wishing you a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!

miriam said...

I want one of everything! Love the bowls and your creativity. One of my fav stitches is Tom Turkey. I may need to stitch the other birds as well. Glad you ventured out to Hobby Lobby. Does the mind and body some good! Blessing today. Miriam

Sandy said...

You outdid yourself on Lantern Lane. I think that was the perfect finish for something on display only for a little while.

Mary said...

Arlene, The bird fanatic that I am loves your display of birds all together!! Lovely finishing on the latest birds too!! LOVE your stitching stitches together with the spools. I have to pull out my spools and copy your idea too!!
Lantern lane is stunning on the tray. How on earth did you get the edges so perfect?? The rounded corners are so smooth. The rustic tray goes so well with the wood bowl sitting in front. Great start on your fall stitch, I started one this week too! The Frosted Pumpkin stitches are adorable and will be cute magnets. You certainly have been busy!! Stay well. Mary

Ramblings of a Retired Lady said...

I would say Happy Stitching to you, but I know you are happy by seeing the work you do, and share with us. Have a great day!

Mrs.T said...

Redbird and bluebird are both sweet. Love the fabric on the bluebird one. Beautiful choice! The birds look so nice all displayed together.

And the finished Lantern Lane! Oh, it is gorgeous. I love the way you finished it. You and Sandy (and many others) are such an inspiration to me. I am itching to stitch!

sharon said...

Lantern Lane is my favorite! It is gorgeous!

Terri D said...

Lovely finishes and I absolutely LOVE what you did with the tray, Arlene! I haven't ventured out for retail shopping yet but it's nice to know Hobby Lobby is open!

Mari said...

I really like how you finished the Blue bird and all the birds together is perfect.
I love, love, love Lantern Lane!!!

Becki said...

I'm brand new here (followed your link from Mrs. T's!) I'm so glad I visited as this post is full of inspiration for me on ways to finish and display cross stitch. I love all your birds in one basket, and everything else, too!