Before I get to tonight’s blog post, I want to direct you all back to the blog post I did on learning to do the ladder stitch when sewing pillow openings closed. There were two drafts of the post open when I was writing it and I accidentally added to the wrong draft and it was published incompletely. You can see the full post HERE. I apologize for the mix up. Many thanks to the blog reader who left a comment to let me know about the error in the post. I very much appreciate it.
Now to tonight’s post.
Kelli, my daughter, was here the other day. She had sorted through all of her finished cross-stitch pieces and was hoping to finish some of them. Oh my word…there was a big stack. She kind of just dropped them here and I think she was hoping I would finish them all. Um…I didn’t really want to finish all of them. There was a lot and I didn’t know what style she wanted them finished in. Me…I like mine antique looking.
She ended up coming over a bit later and I was determined to try to get her to finish some of these herself. I ended up dragging her and her cross-stitch pieces down to my basement. I have a dungeon where I keep all the frames I pick up while thrifting.
We started matching up frames to stitched pieces.
I was willing to cut down frames if needed but if we found something that we liked that didn’t need to be cut down, all the better!!
This first one Kelli really liked. The frame is blue/gray which looks great with the linen
That’s a Lizzie Kate design. I don’t know the name for sure but something regarding Wise Men Still Seek Him. You can see the frame was only $1 at the thrift store.
is another Lizzie Kate. Kelli almost decided not to finish this one. She didn’t like the colors. Then we saw this piece that would work with it and she decided to finish it.
Another Lizzie Kate… We love the frame but it needs a little touch-up on the wood. It will come out awesome in the end.
Many of these finishes are older ones that Kelli did and at the time, she was WAY into Lizzie Kate. At the time, I was too. Here’s another…. This was PERFECT for this. We both loved it!! I am stitching this one as my next 25th day stitch. I stitch something Winter or Christmas themed on the 25th of the month.
Another Lizzie Kate and another PERFECT FRAME!!
Here is another Lizzie Kate. Kelli almost decided not to finish this one too. This frame will likely get painted and cut down. We’ll see.
I think that is all the Lizzie Kate pieces. Next is a tiny piece Kelli stitched for Georgia. It has a horse and Georgie is all things horses. Kelli thought to make this into a pillow but then we found this frame and she decided to frame it. Doesn’t it make a tiny stitched thing see bigger in that chunky frame? This is Heartstring Samplery Farm Fobs.
Wait. I think this is a Lizzie Kate too…Sing to the Lord a New Song
This one is Hummingbird Sampler from Heart in Hand. Kelli thinks she’ll finish it using the box that’s in the picture. She’ll likely stain or paint the box.
OOPS…yet another Lizzie Kate. I think the is Summer String. She’s going to put fabric where the wording on the frame is then mount the stitched piece on a sticky board and then put that on the frame.
Be Ever Thankful is from Bent Creek. I bought the pattern at the thrift store for 25 cents, stitched it, and then passed it on to Kelli. Now she has it stitched. I think we are going to paint the box and mount the piece to the top of the box.
Last is this piece. I have no idea of any info about the pattern. Kelli thinks she might mount it to this tin container she bought at Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago.
Believe it or not, we still have frames left in the basement dungeon. I buy too many but on days like this day when we could go to the basement and have good options for finishing projects, I’m not caring too much about the $1 or 50 cents I pay for them.
The good news is that Kelli took ALL OF THIS home with her. In the past I’ve been finishing all of her projects but this day…I’m hopeful that she’s going to do it herself. I’ll certainly offer advice or help if needed but maybe my oldest is going to graduate to finish her own stitching…fingers are crossed!!
Do any of you cross-stitchers buy thrifted frames to finish your projects?