Tuesday, March 6, 2018

A fun, new way to finish

Hello, stitching friends!

This past month, I've been busy working on some fun projects and trying to finish a few things in my unfinished stack. I have this pile of needlework finishes on my ironing board, waiting to be framed or sewn into pillows or ornaments. Unfortunately, the ironing board is perched in front of the treadmill, much to the dismay of my 15-year-old, who has been wanting to get in some weekend workouts inside rather than face the dreary March weather outside. Winter has caught up to us, after all. I could put the ironing board away, but he hasn't pushed very hard for that. I think we are all enjoying our lazy weekends.

Watering Can by Marjolein Bastin, stitched over two on 25-count antique white evenweave by MCG Textiles.

First up is Watering Can from Marjolein Bastin's "The Four Seasons." It's from a 2000 publication from Lanarte by Leisure Arts. I found this really cute wooden plaque at Michael's and thought it would be a nice alternative to framing. When I measured and planned the project, I planned on stitching it on 28-count linen. That's what I thought I was doing, until the stitching started looking like it wasn't going to fit on the piece of fabric I cut. Turns out, the fabric was mislabeled, and I was stitching on 25-count! Luckily, I had just figured in enough border that I could still work with it.
I mounted the stitching on foam core, stitching down the corners and lacing the back (see photo on next project below to see what this looks like), then I hot-glued it on the back to the wood plaque. I attached some pretty gold and cream braided cording to the side with 1/2" sequin pins and voilah! Super easy, super cute finish.
I finished my next project in a similar fashion. This is a view of the back of the stitching mounted on foam core with corners stitched down and lacing on the back.
I attached jute cording to the sides with a simple whip stitch.

"A Bee C Sampler" by Country Cottage Needleworks, stitched over two on 32-count lambswool linen with suggested DMC and overdyed threads.

And... ta da! I mounted the stitching to the wooden plaque, which then went into the back of this rustic frame by Jillibean Soup, available at Joann Fabric. It's so rustic and cute! Originally, I had wanted to frame it in the frame suggested by Country Cottage Needleworks, a cute white frame by The Family Tree, but I could not find this frame anywhere! I even wrote to the framing company, and even they could not find a retailer. I wrote to Stoney Creek with no response, so I just thought, "Well, figure something out, then." Isn't it frustrating when you can't find what you need or want? But then sometimes it pushes you to go out on a limb and try something new.
I'll leave you with my March cottage by Country Cottage Needleworks, stitched on 32-count lambswool linen. I adore the little sheep in this one, don't you? So cute! But can you imagine walking out that front door and running into a sheep as tall as the door? No wonder all the lights are turned off in the house. The people are hiding!

Quick question for you. Have any of you ever tried dyeing your own threads? I experimented a bit this past week with coffee-dyeing some old DMC threads, and while they did change a little bit, it certainly was not worth the time I spent doing it. I bought some tan Rit dye and plan to play with it a little bit, but I am curious to know if any of you have had success and how you did it. I would like to give some old threads a "new, antique" look (how's that for an oxymoron?) and use them here and there on ornaments and other small projects.

I hope March brings you lots of sunshine and time to stitch!


  1. Meg you are an inspiration. I am especially charmed with your A Bee C Sampler stitch and finish. It is in a class all of its own.

  2. Oh i love the way you finished your beautiful Stitching.

  3. Thank you of sharing your finishes, I have to admit to being rather rubbish at finishing and usually make little cushions to go in a bowl if they are small enough. I love the A Bee C house, it is one I haven't seen and will look out for now. I finished my March cottage too but altered it a bit, I removed the extra flowers and shamrocks next to March and put in clouds and sunshine instead. x

  4. Love your pieces and finishing ideas, especially the A Bee C Sampler. I'm impressed with your lacing, so neat and uniform!!!

  5. Meg, All 3 stitches are great but I am in love with your watering can and bird and berry stitch! I'm so glad the fabric was mismarked and it worked out for you. I saw that wooden board in Michaels and almost added it to my stash, I have to go back and look for it now. I love the way you finished this. Your lacing is so professionally done!! The Bee stitch is very sweet as is the March stitch. You certainly have been crossing off those to-do projects off your list!
    I have never dyed threads but I have dyed fabric with coffee crystals that I purchased, I'm sure plain old supermarket coffee would work just as well. I'm curious to hear what others say on this subject, good question.Have a great week....Mary

  6. Meg! Your work is so professional my dear! I am serious. You have created such beautiful pieces. I just love them. You had me laughing at the tall sheep. ;) I agree! You are in my prayers dear Meg.❤️

  7. Hi Meg....

    I am so in love with your finishes! The Watering Can is my absolute favorite....I love the Four Seasons sampler and am anxious to stitch it...lol! Anyway you did a remarkable job on these and they are just wonderful! I had to laugh about the sheep...you have a great since of humor! Love it!

    Sending hugs and love your way....and tons of prayers as well!

  8. Meg, what delightful finishes you shared. Thank you for sharing a picture of the back with your lacing! It is very even and neat. I like the frame you used the for ABeeC Sampler. Well done!

  9. Oh, Meg, your lacing is beautiful.

    I completely understand needing a treadmill for those winter days. I also understand not pushing to get to it 😆. Happy stitching and finishing. Judy

  10. Love your stitching and finishing!!

  11. Oh, I wish you lived nearby and could show me how to do lacing as well as you, Meg... I am pushing myself to get some of my pieces framed and out of hiding :) I am so good about doing the small things, but anything larger than 5 x 5 takes me a while to fully finish.

    I just love your Marjolein Bastin piece and the way you've finished it is perfect :) Great job on your other two, also :)

    Have never dyed thread or considered it :) I don't think dye and I would play nicely! But, I'll be curious to see how your experimenting goes...

    Hope the week ahead is a lovely one and that spring is coming to the great northwest!

  12. Hi Meg! Sorry it has taken me so long to get here but I had a terrible fall on Tuesday and have not been able to get upstairs to use the computer until tonight.

    Your stitches are fabulous. I love the garden themed "Four Seasons". And both of your house stitches are so adorable and stitched so well. But your framing is fabulous. You really have the lacing down perfectly. I need lessons from you my friend. RJ

  13. A really great way got present your finished pieces. And this Marjolein Bastin design is so so beautiful.


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