If you’ve been reading the blog you know that I finished this Red Bird Sampler by Brenda Gervais of With Thy Needle and Thread. I started this in August with many of you as a Stitch Along.
I worked on mine with the intention of stitching the bottom row in August, the middle in September, and the top with the birds in October. Admittedly, I had trouble not just stitching the whole thing at once.
I stuck with my goal in August and September but once October hit, I just did all the stitching over the course of a few days.
I stitched mine on 40-count Shrekie’s Tan by Needle Bling Designs. I used the called for colors.
At first, I was really hesitant about the colors but in the end, I really liked them. They had seemed so bright.
This wasn’t the easiest to frame. I had trouble …working and manipulating the piece while I was lacing it as it was hard to keep the bottom row of stitching even.
Then I had a shadow in the linen by the pink flower that I wondered if I had stained the fabric somehow. I ended up taking the already laced piece apart.
This is what a found. The batting scrap I used had a piece of fabric on it. That fabric was showing through the linen. UGH.
So I laced it again. Lacing is my least favorite thing to do in the farming process.
The frame was a thrift store find. I didn’t have to alter the size so I was super happy about that. The previous framed used nails to hold everything in place. The frame isn’t made from wood and when I took the nails out, a bit of the frame cracked off but that didn’t make any difference in my resuing the frame.
Here I am putting in the glazier points to hole everything together.
I put the paper on the back and added a clear photo pocket with an index card. Find them HERE on Amazon.
There it is…all finished!! I’m pleased with it.
The coloring is pretty true in the picture below. I am super happy with the frame. I’m so thankful I had it and was able to use it “as is” without having to cut it down. It was $2 at the thrift store.
I don’t have a permanent place for it yet. I auditioned a few different spots.
My sampler wall is getting full enough that I can’t just put a piece anywhere anymore. That’s okay.
I’ve had several people ask -being my wall is filling, what am I going to do? Well, the answer is easy…find more wall space. HA!! I have some pictures I still like but some of them will go and I’ll replace them with cross stitch. I don’t know which ones yet so in the meantime, this is going in a temporary home.
…maybe here. I’m not sure.
All I know is I’m happy with it and that’s all that matters. I’m so happy to have another cross-stitch finish. I love being able to finish some of these little pieces myself.
Did you stitch along?? How far along are you? It matters not if you’ve just started or finished weeks ago. I’d love to hear about your progress.