I have a cross stitch finish! I’m so happy. I’ve had this chart since 2016 or so…I just never stitched it. I always wanted to but something else jumped in line before it. Then I started doing the “stitch a Christmas or Winter piece on the 25th of each month” commitment and since then, I have been able to stitch it and now fully finish it! YAHOO!! I love the 25th of the month stitching so much!
This piece is from Lizzie Kate. Here is the original picture from the chart. The piece comes as a kit. You can find it HERE. I didn’t use the linen that came with it. Instead, I used a piece of leftover 40-count Shrekie’s Tan from Needlebling Designs. I like the linen.
I did change up the two green colors…for the goldy green I used Bullfrog and for the dark green I used Cucumber. I also changed the peach-colored snowflakes to the color Chablis.
I had a thrift store frame…I think I paid $2 for it. When I originally bought it my plan was to paint it. That didn’t happen. I ended up liking the gold frame for a Christmas piece.
My least favorite part of framing things from thrifted frames is taking it all apart. I highly recommend a needle-nosed plier for it.
Oh…Yes, I really liked this frame. I decided that I liked the width so that meant I’d only have to do two cuts with the chop saw.
Here the frame is all together. YES. That’s a great look for a Christmas piece.
I had a blog reader ask if I finish off the backs of my projects nicely. I do. I typically use brown paper. I’ve learned that I apply the glue (Elmer’s) to the back of frame and flip it over onto a piece I roughly but larger than the frame.
Then I take my rotary cutter and cut the excess off. This works for me. I always put a hanger on the back too. That needle nose plier comes in handy again as I use it to hold the tiny nails.
Sadly my piece is all packed away in the Christmas box. You can bet I’m going to have a HUGE smile on my face this year when I open the box and start decorating for Christmas. At my house that happens the weekend after Thanksgiving. I don’t do a lot of decorating but these two pieces will surely be welcomed!!
I’ve gotten, now that I can frame things myself, to really like little pieces like these framed vs being made into pillows. That’s just me. If that changes, I can always take them apart and make them into pillows. For now, this suits me. I still put small frames in my displays vs hanging them on the wall. It’s all a matter of preference. Nothing is right or wrong.
I still haven’t pulled out my next Christmas stitch. The 25th is tomorrow so I better get at it!!