I haven't been terribly motivated to stitch lately - I blame the horrible heat. We've finally caved and are seriously investigating having central AC installed! But Jo's theme for this month was Finishing, and I DO love (or hate, depending on how well my skills match up with my mental picture) my finishing projects, so I thought I'd share a few of my favorites.
My first finishes were standard frames - I also started out stitching larger projects, so the concept of a "small" was very foreign! My framing adventures began in the early 2000s.
|"Marsh Marigolds", from an old issue of Cross Stitch & Country Crafts, stitched on Aida and framed for my mom|
|"Woodland Sampler" by Something in Common, stitched on a gray hand-dyed evenweave|
|JBW Designs "To the Sea"|
|Little House Needleworks "Moon and Stars"|
|one of my favorites, a Heart in Hand Santa that I stitched for my niece|
Once I found smalls and figured out ornament finishing, I really let the creative ideas run wild. There are so many interesting ways to attach and display a flat-mounted piece! I know there are a lot of bloggers and Flosstubers out there who show off amazing finishes, so I'll try to keep this short. My favorites usually involve 3-D embellishments of some kind.
|Tim Holtz assemblage clock with a teeny bear inside|
|Prairie Schooler design in a shadow box with trowel and embellished daisies|
And of course, the mermaids. I don't know what it is about mermaids that I love so much - maybe it is as simple as the colors? But these projects always make me smile.
|"The Little Mermaid" from a Danish kit, finished in a shadow box with minis|
|Shepherd's Bush mermaid sampler, finished in a lighthouse with a flamework glass mermaid I acquired while vacationing in Cape Cod|
|"Miranda", a pattern/kit from White Lyon Needleart|