Monday, November 27, 2006

Ooooo, another finish.

I already posted this over at The Wagon, but it is just so pretty I wanted to share again. This is Just Nan's "Lady in Red Heart," from a 2005 issue of Just Cross Stitch. I stitched it on Lavender Bliss lugana, and invented my own little design with some coordinating purple fabric to make it into a lined potpourri pocket - the perfect size for those little envelopes of scented yummies.


I got the original idea from Jo, when she posted these many moons ago. But for some reason, I felt that they needed a flap over the top, so I tinkered around until I got something close to what I envisioned! I lined the front because I was worried that the potpourri might discolor the stitching (??? - silly, I know), and then lined the back simply because I am lazy and didn't want to bother with an honest-to-goodness hem. I just sewed around what would be the flap, then sewed all 4 thicknesses of the front and back together. The hardest part - for me, anyway - was the buttonhole. Eeek! My sewing machine has a buttonhole STITCH, but I don't have the special foot to do it correctly, so I just did a rather messy blanket stitch by hand. It came out ok, but I need more practice.....

Right now it is filled with a packet of "Grapevine" potpourri, and my whole upstairs smells like Kool-Aid! I think I might give this to my mom for Christmas...I could put it in the same box as the kitty pillow, and then everything would smell lovely.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

It looks really wonderful.

Carol said...

Congratulations Erin! Very lovely and your mom would surely love it too!

Sue said...

Oh, I love this. Very nice finish!!

Anonymous said...

Very nice Erin! You always have the best way of finishing things!

Renée said...

A lovely little ornament for a sweet home! Congratulations from France. I enjoyed reading your other articles very much too. If you enjoy to have a glimpse on my french works and hear about French traditions, you're welcomed to my site. Bye for now.

Emily said...

This is really pretty - love the colors :-)

Anonymous said...

It's lovely Erin, congratulations

Meari said...

It's beautiful! Great job.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful job. I love this finish technique!