Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Please Don't Look Too Close!

Ok, here is some of my class piece. I took the idea from some of the ladies in class to put a piece of felt on the bottom and attach the fabric to the felt. Then attach the scissor holder to the bottom instead of the lid. Well, I did this, but it's not right. It's uneven and I hate that I'm such a perfectionist, which is why I don't finish anything. Which is why I just stitch and stitch because I can get the needle through holes, that is mathematical and structured and ususally comes out ok and if not it's easy to fix. Ok, anyway, I'll stop blathering...

And here's the little pin cushion that I'm still working on. I know the joining stitch isn't right, but I think I'm leaving it. It's joined - it looks ok to me. :)

I know it's so silly, but I have zero confidence in my finishing skills. I guess it just takes practice - lots of it!

Anyway, I decided on a different fabric for my Quaker Christmas. I think I've decided to go with Vintage Meadow Rue by Lakeside Linens. I've got a cut of 36 ct. that I bought for something else and I'm trying to decide if I want to just use that or get a new piece for this in maybe 40 ct.?? Here's a pic with the Vintage Meadow Rue...

Oh I also got a couple patterns yesterday that I had ordered a few weeks ago...

"Poinsettias and Pines" by Blue Ribbon Designs

I already had the silks from before and the fabric, 40 ct. Elegant Bean, was leftover from my abandoned "And They Sinned" - it was a perfect cut for this piece. I was so excited about that!

I also got "Prairie Sampler" by Little House Needleworks. The silk I had too. I'm going to go through my stash for a fabric later...

Speaking of LHN have you all seen this?? It's called "Brave Hearts" and it's a Little House Needlework pattern that's going to be released at the end of November! It's gorgeous! I told Mary Kathryn to put me down for one and a few silks I would be needing for it. After that I'm going on a serious stash diet - well, until Christmas that is! LOL! :) Write later!


  1. From where I'm looking I don't think there's anything wrong with your set...I think it looks fabulous!
    And I love what you've chosen for the X-mas project...I think both the fabric, threads and chart are GORGEOUS!

  2. I think you've done a lovely job with your box set. I can't see anything wrong with it at all. I know what you mean though. I just wont stitch smalls because of the finishing even though I probably could do it. Confidence eh.

  3. I agree finishing can be frustrating for us perfectionists, but I try to think of any small errors as part of its charm! Your finished pieces look lovely though.

    And I love the Blue Ribbon Designs one you picked out. I recently stitched one of theirs as a housewarming gift and it came out great.

  4. It looks really lovely your box set, your finishing is great! I too like you worry over my finishes but I always think any mistakes I make are part of whaat makes it unique so don't worry if you think you've made any. Honest it looks wonderful your finishing.
    Love the stash you've just got too.

  5. I think your finishing looks FABULOUS!

  6. Oh, such yummy stash - I love poinsettia and pines - just beautiful. I'm looking forward to following your progress.

    BTW your finishing is looking lovely. We are all our own toughest judge.

  7. No one is judging yur finishing but you and if they don't like it let them try. I think yur set is wonderful and it just gives me an idea for a needlebox.
    Made a not to add Brave heart to my stash list.
    Thanks Gayle

  8. Your stitching box is SO cute, it looks awesome! I think with finishing, it just takes a lot of practice like you said before you can feel like it looks “perfect” Even though yours looks pretty perfect to me :D

    All of the new charts you have kitted up are gorgeous. I can’t wait to see you start stitching them :)

  9. Your stitching box looks great. I agree with you on the finishing. I would rather pay someone to finish something than to take time away from my stitching.

    Love you stash purchases. Saw the Brave Heart on LHN web site last night. I love it too!!!!

  10. All I can say is that I wish I could finish as beautifully as you! It looks fantastic! As do all your other stitching plans... I so want to do Quaker Christmas in those colours now too. 8)

  11. Like Vonna said, I don't think there's anything wrong with your set at all. I really like it. We will have to get together and do some finishing! I love finishing *almost* as much as I love stitching :)

    You have great taste in patterns! They are all so pretty!

    I think I am going on a stash diet, too. Well... unless I find some really good Black Friday sales...! =)

  12. I think your finishing is lovely - I know I can be super critical of my own finishing, and yes, it does take practice, but it's nice to be able to finish off pieces and not have to pay to get them framed.

    I *LOVE* the new LHN chart - that's going on to my wish list as soon as I finish writing this comment LOL.

    Thank you for your lovely blog post about my ornament - it brightened my day to read all the comments!

  13. The box looks great ! I would love to do one, but don't have the confidence in myself to try.

  14. Everything looks wonderful. And I have a question. I know a while back you had the Goode Huswife Quaker Four Corners pattern. Would you still have that and be willing to trade or sell it? I saw Sassy's stitched on the Hand Dyed Fibers forum and now I have to have it and am having a difficult time locating it. Thanks, Danielle