July 02, 2012

A "Finish" and A Giveaway!

Sorry, it's not my giveaway, but I just don't have the stash for giving anything away yet. In fact, my husband would like for me to start selling some small things in an Etsy shop to recoup some of my hobby costs. I don't think I could ever recoup all of my costs, but I guess you never know.


Nancy over at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is having a giveway in honor of her birthday next month and she will have 30 winners. 15 will get floss and 15 will get to pick a pattern from her "shoppe." (Don't you just love it spelled that way?) I get three extra entries for posting about it on my blog and another one if you go over and tell her I sent you. So I encourage you to hop over there and enter. She has awesome designs and hand dyed flosses.

Now, on to finishing your finished work.

My plan is to have a step by step tutorial on how to finish a piece so that it is ready to go into the frame. I took loads and loads of pictures of The Rainbow Bridge as I was getting the foam core ready, the batting glued on, the design centered, the foam core recut to the proper size, and the design finally laced up. It took me three days to get to this:

The finished product ready to go into the frame.

The laced back which will keep the piece from shifting.
I was texting with Carrie and sent her the finished picture and she said she was really looking forward to my step by step instructions. I had been thinking that this is just too big a piece to cut your teeth on if you've never done finishing before. I've finished four pieces now and this is by far the largest. The vertical lacing was done after the horizontal lacing and I discovered when I had finished that the vertical threads were standing away from the back. So I went back and wove more quilting thread over and under the vertical threads to flatten it all out.

I think it will be a favor to all of you if I pick a smaller piece to do a tutorial on and I think I am "finished" out for this week! This took three days off and on to finish, with the lacing taking almost all day today (I took a break to have lunch and go shopping with my oldest son). My fingers are sore from the large quilting needle I had to use and I just can't look at another piece of foam core at the moment.

So the finishing tutorial is coming, but it won't be this week. I will be happy to answer any questions you might have before I have had a chance to put up a step by step instructional page however, so feel free if you have questions to put them in the comments below. I'm afraid you probably can't see much of the lacing in the picture because it was white thread against an ecru fabric and a white piece of foam core. I think for the tutorial, it will make sense to use a different color fabric so you can see how the lacing is done.

Tomorrow I plan on starting on the large sampler I bought back on our trip to the Woodlawn Plantation Needlework Show. I was going to grid the project, but I decided about 1/4 into gridding the fabric that I would just count the thing because the gridding was so incredibly boring and with a sampler, you don't have every single hole filled in with a stitch anyway, which should, conceivably, make your counting a bit easier.

I also need to get back into my rotation and I have been totally neglecting the Spring Princess, so I think she will be next after I give my sampler a start.

If any of you has an Etsy shop and can give me any advice, please let me know. I was thinking Christmas ornaments, since they are quick to make. I could branch out to other designs later if I wanted to.

Happy stitching!



  1. Deine Stickerei ist wunderschön.
    Liebe Grüße Grit

  2. I'm behind on my blog reading (obviously!)....this piece turned out beautifully! I am so happy you saw it through to the end! :)


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