I’m so happy…I finished Spring Messenger. If you remember it is our stitch-along piece. I feel a little bad because I didn’t put it down and just stitched and stitched. I loved it so much, I couldn’t help myself. UGH. Typically when I do a stitch-along, I try to stitch more slowly as I don’t want to discourage new people who are stitching along. I couldn’t hold myself back on this one…I’m hoping my finish might encourage you all to keep plugging away and stitch yours.
I ended up framing mine in a thrift store frame and didn’t make it into a pincushion like suggested in the pattern. The frame is actually metal and painted to look like wood. It’s dinged up some but I used some black spray paint on it to try to cover the dings. I lightly sprayed in on and then rubbed it in. I like the look just fine. Can you believe the frame fit so perfectly and was only $1.50. YAHOO!! I love a deal. I did take a lot of pictures along the way so I could show you how to frame an oval finish.
Here are the supplies I gathered to finish the piece.
The backing of the frame is the oval you see below. I used that as a pattern to cut my fabric. I put it over my stitched piece centering it the best I could. I drew a line about 1 1/2″ further out from the cardboard oval and cut it out.
I cut a piece of batting the same size as the cardboard oval and used THIS GLUE to adhere it to the cardboard.
I used two strands of a heavy-duty thread and gathered around the piece.
I put the cardboard with the batting attached onto the back of the cross-stitched piece and pulled the threads to gather the edges of the cross-stitched piece up.
I flipped it over to check to see how it was centered. I had to move and change it about three times before I was satisfied with it.
Just to double check I laid the frame over the top…Then I tied the threads on the back together and knotted them.
I used glass cleaner and cleaned the glass. It was old so it was pretty icky.
Then I took a lint roller and rolled across the whole piece just pressing lightly to not pull out any of the stitches.
I cut a piece of scrapbooking paper the same size as the oval and assembled it all. The back of the frame had metal pieces that bent over to hold everything in place.
I am so pleased with this. I stitched mine on 40-count Vintage Country Mocha linen with all of the called-for colors. I just love it!!
I have it displayed in my living room. It’s the perfect spring piece. I love that it’s not Easter-y and just Spring!!
What an awesome design.
I am off to do two things…put a card on the back of this to record the pattern, linen, and threads and then I am going to go see what else Scattered Seed Samplers has for charts. I don’t know that I’ve really looked at her stuff before.
If you’re part of the stitch-along for this one, keep stitching. It’s totally worth your time!