Saturday, February 7, 2009

It's been a long time...


I have finished a number of things recently but I have been lazy about taking the pictures...finally got around to it! First up is "Percy Pig", a Mill Hill kit designed by Jim Shore. I did this for my mom, who loves all things Piggy. It does not show up in the picture but the piece is heavily beaded. It was a lot of fun and pretty easy to do. Until I got to the beading I could take it along and work on it on the bus or at Tae Kwon Do. The problems began once the stitching and beading was complete. First, I had booched the centering so I ended up having to trim it (it should have fit perfect in the frame also made by Mill Hill). Then I decided to
kind of "mat" it on a small piece of Weeks Dye Wool that I had. Hey, did you know that you shouldn't use glue on perforated paper? Yeah? Well I was completely dopey and did and well, it wasn't good. LUCKILY, the lovely Debra Hall had sent me a little bucket of buttons in the Christmas exchange so I used a couple heart buttons to cover up the worst spots.

I also framed the Mets piece finally but will probably have to re-do it. I am not 100% pleased with the frame. We shall see.



Next up is Medieval Angel Stocking #1 by Mary Beale. When I ordered the chart I already knew I would not make it into a stocking. I just thought it was too pretty to store away most of the year. The Lugana fabric is a one-of-a-kind from Enchanted Fabrics and I did away with the background color that had been charted to highlight the fabric a bit. I also had to extend the castle walls on the right side down a bit so it was less of an obvious boot shape. And finally to give a little more balance I decided to add some text to the left hand side. I chose the word, Caritas, Latin for Charity. Here is a picture from Mary Beale's web site of the original design:


And last but certainly not least, I finished Mansfield Park by The Sampler Girl. It has actually been quite some time since I finished it but then I stored it away for safe-keeping and kept forgetting to take pics! I am really glad I went with the blue fabric, which is brighter than the gray-ish it appears in the pictures. It is such a lovely lovely design...I cannot wait until I frame this and put it up. I may first attempt to make a wall hanging with it. I have bought a couple pretty fabrics that complement it and I am really looking for an excuse to get a sewing machine!


7 comments:

Nancy said...

Wow, that was a good update! Sometimes you have to make a mistake to know NEVER to do it again! I love the Mill Hill kits. Your Mets frame looks nice, I don't know what you don't like about it. You did a great job with changing the stocking. I would never try anything like that, and your last piece is adorable. Good luck making it a wall hanging!

Autumn said...

Wow just look at all the beautiful things you've done! I love the caritas.. thanks for sharing!!

Gabi said...

Beautiful finishes. Congrats with all of them. All of them are great. I love Mansfield Park, and I'm sure that your Medieval Angel Stocking will turn out fantastic

Meari said...

Your WIPs look great. I love the Enchanted Fabric. Very pretty.

Deborah said...

I just love your cute piggy! And I want to say about the mets frame, I think it's a perfect match with the dark buildings!

Cynimin said...

I love your Sampler Girl!
Very nice.

Shelleen said...

Nessa, you left a comment on my blog about the fabric that I am using for the Waxing Moon design. It is 10 count Hickory Heatherfield.