Yes. Yes it is.
|"It's Hot!" poem by Shel Silverstein|
I DID stitch something - I fished a small kit from Celebrations of Needlework out of my stash. Here is "Into the Deep Blue" by the Primitive Hare.
There were some buttons to attach as "bubbles," but I thought it made everything look a bit crowded, so I left them off. Obviously the handful of beads is just scattered there for photographic purposes! I did add the little bead in her hand - I liked the idea that she had a bit of treasure in her grasp. I also already have a finishing idea, but just need to sit down and assemble it.
Back in early July I dropped off a piece with a new-to-me framer. The price wasn't terrible, and I think he did at least as good a job as the chain craft stores...plus he seemed quite knowledgeable about what to do and what not to do with needlework. The frame selection wasn't huge, so I don't know how often I'll use him, but it was a nice experience overall. Here's the finished product -
This is Dragon Fire Designs' "Once Upon a Time" pattern, from the April 2005 issue of Just Cross Stitch. I'm amazed that I actually STITCHED it (and finished it!) in April of 2005, too! LOL The fabric is Sugar Maple Fabrics "Jewels" linen. I remember thinking that when this was done, it looked like Hogwarts at sunset. I let my daughter paw through the Bin of Unfinished Finishes to pick the piece we'd have framed, and I wasn't surprised when she settled on this one. I also was not surprised when she zeroed in on the purple frame. :)
One final find to share - I was at the thrift shop on my monthly poke-about, hunting for interesting frames and other doo-dads to re-purpose for finishing, when I found this.
It is crewel, not cross stitch, but it is just pretty. The framing is perfect, and I think it has a wonderful timeless feel to it - especially impressive after I turned it over and saw that someone had written on the back "Christmas - December 25 1978." (I giggled that they felt the need to clarify that Christmas was on December 25.) Unfortunately, the stitcher didn't sign it anywhere that is visible. However, I'm still pretty sure it wasn't a mass-produced thing, in part because of the date info and also because there is a sticker from an old local frame shop on it. Either way, I like it, and it now hangs in my guest bedroom! I don't typically feel the need to rescue needlework - I know that tastes change. Heck, I think I've donated some of the things I've stitched myself, simply because they didn't suit my decor and I didn't want them anymore. I get a little annoyed when people think that everything that ends up in a resale shop was discarded as trash. If you find it and love it, great! Take it home, hang it on the wall, turn it into a pillow, make a scrap quilt of Found Needlework, whatever. In the end it is all just Stuff, and we can't treasure everything forever...