Hello, and Happy Tuesday, friends! Another week has passed and I am getting my Sewjo back! Woo Hoo!! I decided to get off my duff and finally get some of my cross stitching pieces fully finished off. I had plans to make mounted flat folds out of two of them, frame four, and make pillows out of three of them. I didn’t get all of them finished, but I did get quite a few pieces done and I’m thrilled with the results!
Out of the pieces I wanted framed, I only finished two. I couldn’t find the right size frames at Hobby Lobby for two of them, so I will have to order frames online. I did find the perfect frame for the I Love You So Very Much piece (pattern by Stitchrovia). I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to get everything straight in the frame, but it was a lot easier to do than I thought! I cut a piece of acid-free foam core the same size as the glass in the frame, used some Alene’s Tacky Glue to spray the foam core, and then placed a piece of batting on the glue side and trimmed it down to the edges of the foam core. Then I placed the stitched piece on top and used pins to keep it in place while I flipped it over and placed some Stitchery tape down. Then I just pulled the fabric around and pressed it onto the tape. It held everything perfectly in place! I popped it into the frame, put the backing on and called it done. I didn’t put the glass back in, so I will have to be careful to keep it from getting dusty. Especially living in Arizona!
The second framed piece was a cross stitch chart I started and finished this week. I wanted to join a Mushroom stitch along that was happening over on Instagram, but I don’t exactly like mushrooms. I saw this chart on Etsy and I knew it would be perfect for me! It was a fun quick stitch, and I found the frame at Hobby Lobby when I was looking for supplies for my other finishes. I prepared this one the same way as I did with the I Love You piece, except the foam core was way too thick to fit it all in the frame when I was done. I should have seen that coming! I pulled it all apart (pulling that fabric up from the Stitchery Tape was not easy… that stuff is sticky!), and used acid-free mat board instead. It was a tight fit putting the backing in the frame, but I was able to get it on!
I finished two of the three pillows. I want to do a video tutorial for my Flosstube channel on how to make the third pillow for fellow cross stitchers, so I plan on sewing that pillow this coming week. I had some trouble with the trim on the Halloween Town pillow. I was trying to get the pom-poms to not overlap in the corners, and so I trimmed them at the very ends. BIG mistake! All of my corners were completely empty. I should have known that was going to happen, but my brain just didn’t see that far ahead. There was no way I was going to rip it all out and sew it over again, so I decided to make tassels out of floss and sew them on. I love it better this way!!
For two of the pieces I decided I wanted to do them as mounted flat-folds. I figure I can set them up anywhere around the house during Halloween time this way. I just don’t have room to frame everything. I used a tutorial that Vonna Pfeiffer, The Twisted Stitcher, filmed and made these while watching her video. The stitched pieces are a little wonky here and there, but I’m really happy with how they all turned out!
Whew! That was a lot of crafting this past week, and I feel so happy to have been able to create as I wanted too… And also to have some cross stitch pieces Fully Finished Off (FFO’d)! This week I have one more pillow to make, I need to research a place to buy frames from at a reasonable price, and I would like to get one of my finished quilt tops basted and ready to quilt! Yep, I’m ready to get some quilty finishes done too! I hope you all have had a wonderful week. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been crafting!
This week’s To-Do list:
- Sew Pillow/Tutorial
- Research Frames online
- Get Paradiso Quilt Top basted and ready to quilt
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