I took a bit of a break from stitching this week to finish some things for Rachel’s Fully Finished Object Gallery. Finishing is always more fiddly and time consuming than I plan, so I did not have anything ready to show on the 10th, but I’m only a few days late so I still think I did pretty well this month. Here’s what I did:
Spring Flowers Pinkeep from Stacy Nash. I curved the corners a bit and added the chenille trim and pin. I also stuffed it with linen scraps I had been saving and that gives a good weight to the pin cushion and also makes it nice and stiff for sticking pins into. I can’t remember where I got that idea, but for me who hates to throw away the edges and corners of the pretty linens I trim, it is a happy solution! Now I don’t feel like they’re wasted!
I also turned Beehive Needleworks’ Peacock into a pin cushion. I used one of the Colour Streams silk ribbons that I bought in Australia to trim it, which makes this piece very special. I am really pleased with it. I feel like I need a fancy peacock pin for it! Maybe I will try to make one!
I did a couple flat ornaments: Peppermint Twist from Little House Needleworks and Angels from Country Cottage Needleworks. It will be so nice to have these on the tree this year!
Finally, I turned the Erica Michaels’ Tudor Rose Berry into a biscornu. Here’s how it was designed:
And here’s what I did with it:
The finishing took more hours than stitching it! I had to work out the back design, measure and stitch a border, and hunt for the right button for the center. I never found a button that I liked. Instead, I added some beads to the center of the flower so the larger bead puckering up the middle of the biscornu looks like it belongs. That worked very well, and the golden glint in the middle makes it fancy. It’s very nice and large, slightly bigger than my palm. I used crushed walnut shells so it is a big heavy thing. Overall, a success!
A big thanks for Vonna, the Twisted Stitcher, for her great finishing tutorials! I would not have been able to do a such a good job on these without her! If you want to know about ruching ribbon, or making flat ornaments, or a million other things, check out her tutorials!