I told you that last weekend I worked a bit on tidying up my dining room table and rearranged some of my cross-stitch area. I have a long-term goal to make this area into a cross-stitch sampler wall.
It’s a work in progress for sure. That piece on the wall is not staying there.
Well, for this to become a showcase for my cross stitch some of the junk in the big long basket has to have some attention. It’s all cross-stitch-related. So I need to just get on it and tackle it.
I pulled out two pieces that were finished with the stitching but not fully finished. I also finished stitching my little Autumn freebie.
Jo…I told myself, it’s time. That put me in a finishing mood so I thought I’m just going to tackle these one at a time and get them done.
I pulled one I’ve put off because I was a little afraid to finish a piece as a circle. I’ve heard people lament about it so that made me a little nervous.
I looked all around the house to find …a container that was circular. It had to be 3.5-3.75 in size. I ended up with a diaper rash cream container. I traced that onto sticky board. For those of you who aren’t familiar you can find this is the cross-stitch section at Hobby Lobby.
There are a whole bunch of you cringing right now as it can be controversial to use sticky board. I use it on pieces like this all the time. They are not heirloom pieces. I don’t care if they aren’t preserved perfectly for years and years to come. This is just a quick small stitch that is for decoration. Using sticky board makes for an easy finish and at this point, that’s what I’m going for.
I got some batting scraps. I’ve heard that they help make doing circular finishes a little easier as it helps hide inperfections. I was all about that!
I peeled the piece off the sticky board and pressed the circle on top of it.
In pencil, I drew a rough circle a little more than an inch away from the edge.
I cut it out. It’s totally okay if this is a rough cut.
I did a running stitch around the edge and then popped the batting and sticky board into the center.
I pulled the thread tight.
I flipped it over and played with the positioning of the stitching. It was easy to manipulate it one way or the other. Once I got it where I wanted. I tied a knot in the thread.
At this point, I could see that the edge really is hard to get smooth. I was okay with how it looked but decided I wanted a little more zip to the project.
I thought about using this rick rack. I didn’t like it. The reds weren’t good together. The rick rack should be wider too.
I found this Lady Dot Creates chenille. I liked that. The color is the same as the color of the spool of thread. I thought it looked pretty good and worked great to hide imperfections.
Here it is with everything glued into place.
I am happy with it.
I bought the little container at the thrift store some time ago with the intention of someday using it to finish a cross-stitch piece. I finally did it.
Yahoo!! It’s a finish.
I get so frustrated with myself sometimes. It took me about 20 minutes to finish once I just finally did it. AHH!! Why do I wait???
The blue dots on the piece on the left is a reflection from the camera.
Well, this is the first in a series of finishes to come as now that I did this one, I want to do more. I guess I just needed to get in the mood.
For those curious:
This piece is from Heart in Hand. It’s called Needle and Thread. I stitched mine on 32 count Lakeside Light Examplar. The trim is Lady Dot creates. I think I changed a couple of colors but I don’t remember for sure.
I’m off to finish another piece!! Go-Jo GO!!