Saturday, November 10, 2018

Saturday Stitching

This will be a short Saturday Stitch as I relate my tale of woe. You may remember this picture from last Saturday.

My drink also splashed onto my chart.

I decided to try an experiment.

I took this lovely and delicious Green Berry Rush from the cupboard and mixed up the beverage.

It looked like this.

Taking a straw, I dribbled it all over my fully stitched piece.

Be sure and put an absorbent towel under the piece or you will have a bigger sticky mess.( Some of the mottling you see if from the coffee/ tea dye that I had done prior to stitching.)

After I coated the entire piece, I rinsed it in cold water and let it dry for 24 hours.

I am happy to report that this Grimm Tale has a happy ending.

It came out with a slight green tint but it woks well with the colors of the piece. You can be sure I will not be drinking a COLORED beverage anywhere near my stitching in the future.  I found the wreath at Dollar Tree cut out a circle of tag  board the same diameter, added a piece of holly printed fabric I had in my stash.( It needed a darker fabric for grounding. )  Using my glue gun, I added the fabric circle to the wreath. Yes, then I realized I should have added my ribbon first. Using a butter knife I slid the ribbon between the branches of the wreath. So put your ribbon on first for an easier time. Live and Learn.  I ironed interfacing onto the stitched piece and folded it around some stiff cardboard using glue to hold it in place.  I know many people are screaming NO at this point but this is a small seasonal piece and not museum quality so I think using glue is  is ok.  I glued the stitched piece to the fabric backing, added some red rick rack, tied my bow and called it FFO'd.


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How smart you are to fix it and make it something special...with a story too! Maybe you could put that drink out for Santa this Christmas eve! heehee! Enjoy your weekend!

Robin in Virginia said...

Great save on your Christmas stitch, Arlene! I love how you finished off as the insert to the wreath. That red/white gingham ribbon is a super touch. Enjoy your Saturday!

Mrs.T said...

Oh, the Christmas stitch came out absolutely beautiful, Arlene! You are so clever to figure out such a perfect solution. I love the way you finished it ... perfectionists will just have to deal. It's lovely!

Meg said...

Yay! I'm so glad it worked out. Here's to happy accidents!

On using cardboard/glue or sticky board - as long as the basic "ingredients" are acid free, you should be fine. I think Priscilla (of Priscilla & Chelsea) gets a lot of flack for using sticky board, so in one of her latest videos, she pulled out a piece she had mounted on sticky board 20 years ago and it had not yellowed at all. I also like what she said in a video recently - "What, are the cross-stitch police going to come and get me?"

I think your finish is fabulous!


Gina said...

Arlene, I like how it all turned out! I would never have thought to add the green liquid to it. What size is the wreath? So cute! xo

RJ said...

Oh that is the sweetest Arlene. I love how it came out. RJ