Over a year ago I was at the thrift store and saw these picture frames with birds on them. I picked one up and put it in my cart thinking I would do a tiny cross-stitch “K” in it. The frame was only $1.50 and I loved the idea. As I was heading towards the checkout, I saw another one…exactly the same. I decided to grab it too.
They have sat here for a LONG time. I haven’t done anything except overthink them. I would measure and try to find an alphabet letter that was perfect for the inside. No letter was perfect. I dug out an old cross-stitch book with alphabets in there…none were perfect. UGH.
Then last week I finally finished those punch needle pieces that have been sitting around here for years and I decided there was no such thing as a perfect letter for this so just quit procrastinating and stitch the letter. (You can read about the punch needle finishes HERE if you missed them)
Can you believe I stitched both letters and finished the framing in about an hour? Why oh why do I wait so long??
I had bought this new Blackbird Design book and ended up using… an Algerian Eyelet alphabet that was in the book as the pattern. At least I can say I stitched something from the book…right? I had a little rule with myself that I needed to stitch something from a Blackbird book before I buy another. This counts, right?
I ended up stitching a “K” for my house and an “H” for the other. That one will go to my daughter Kelli’s house as a gift.
I didn’t do fancy framing at all. The frames have no depth so I simply took out the glass, centered it on the fabric, and traced around the edge. Then I cut it out on the line. Then I popped it into the frame.
It’s simple, but I really like it.
Here is the “H” version.
Again, why do I wait so long???
That success inspired me to stitch another “K” for another little picture frame that my daughter Kayla had gifted me.
I stitched these on the smallest scraps of linen. I use this tiny hoop when I stitch on these tiny scraps. I’m a hoop stitcher and my bigger hoops don’t work these tiny scraps.
I finished this the same as the others…I just traced around the glass and cut it out.
Then I popped the piece into the frame. I’m so pleased with it.
Big samplers are beautiful but I think sometimes some of these little pieces add a lot of interest to a cross-stitch display.
I am very pleased and plan to be on the lookout for more little frames.
It’s SUPER gratifying too. Who finishes a cross-stitch piece in one hour??? I guess I do if I’m only stitching a single “K”!!
So if you need a fast gift…this is an idea for you. It really only takes an hour or less.