Sunday 4 March 2012

Stitching Finishes

Here are a few of my recent finishes that I haven't shown yet.

My 10th finish for the year was the Needlecraft Haven February Challenge.  Every month Christine discovers a freebie chart and we all stitch it and finish it however we like.  We can't show anyone until the end of the month.  February's came from  Lynn B of Happiness is Cross Stitching.  We could choose either of the two freebies and I chose the cat.  Then I decided the "LOVE" would look good stitched over 1 underneath the cat.  I changed the "O" heart slightly, it was originally a dangler!  I do have an issue with DMC 310, it doesn't cover well on 28 count.  Does anyone have a recommendation for a good black?  Not an expensive one please!  310 is great for backstitch and I really don't want to have to go for three strands everytime.

My 12th finish was another freebie, this time by Barbara Ana from Cyberstitches.

Here they both are together:

I've got another Valentine design by San Man Originals I want to add on the same fabric but now February is past I don't have the same incentive to stitch it!  It'll be done by next year, I promise.  The fabric is the fruit-tea dyed 28count I used for Mouse's Birthday card.  By careful cutting I have a small square and a long thin piece left.  I am so mean with my fabric and threads!

My 11th finish was a prize in my Epiphany Giveaway which went to Terri of Rosy Stitches.  The design is all my own, this is the second time I've stitched it for somone else, it makes a lovely giveaway.  You must visit Terri's blog to see her lovely beaded rose in her header pic and also her stitching chair which matches this pillow, how serendipitous!

Terri asked which thread I used, it's DMC 4030 one of the newer variegateds.  When I stitched Bluebeard's Mermaid last year my LNS subbed the Carons for DMC threads and this was one of the them.  It's a lovely colour and changed shades nicely as you stitch. 
The backing fabric is one of the upholstery samples I acquired last year, it's very expensive stuff, some of it is over £75 a metre!  How lucky I am to have a load of 12inch squares to play with!   Apparently the sample books themselves cost £70 for the shops so I am doubly surprised they gave so many away to us.

There are two more finishes which I can't show yet until recipients have received them so watch this space.

Finally, I let the Large Boy choose this month's "Falling Things" hence the randomness of them.  Here's the link if you too want random things falling on your blog:

(Large Boy not included, provide your own)


The Knitting Cross Stitcher said...

Lovely stitching. I love your two freebies of the month displayed together. I use Anchor black 403 usually if I have a coverage issue,I find it does give more dense coverage.

CalamityJr said...

What fun, stitching a freebie each month. And your own design is such a special thought!

Shebafudge said...

Love the finishes...congratulations!!
Falling fish? Glad you explained that one!

Happy stitching!

Unknown said...

Congratulations on the beautiful finishes! They're all so lovely. ♥ I hope you find a solutions to the problem with the black! I do almost all of my stitching 1 over 1 on 25-count (HAEDs), so I don't have any helpful ideas for you.

EvalinaMaria said...

Congratulations on beautiful finishes! You did a great job!

Unknown said...

Cute freebie finishes. I really love your design and the floss you used to stitch it.

Thoeria said...

Beautiful finishes! Love the backing fabric you used :)

Christine said...

Great finishes Jo. I use Anchor threads and I don't get any coverage problems but I tend to stitch on 32 count so that may be why.
I did wonder about the fish swimming all over your blog!

The Outgoing Introvert said...

Love all your finishes. Love the one that is your designs, such a cute one! Great work!

Giovanna said...

Very cute finishes - congrats!

Shirlee said...

Congratulations on so many finishes!

Mindi said...

Lovely stitching, and lots of finishes!

Joysze said...

Awesome finishes, Jo. I love the Love of No. 12. :D

Julie said...

Two lovely valentine designs, so clever to put the love under the kitty. roll on this month, going to be interesting one!

A stunning gift, fabulous design and I love the colour of the thread you chose.

The fish were a surprise when your blog opened.

♥ Nia said...

You have fish-rain on your blog!! LOL :D Cute!!
Lovely finishes :) adorable message on the second one! =)

The Crafty Princess said...

Hey Jo fantastic finishes! They are all so sweet. Congratulations!

For the black thread drama I use Victoria Clayton's basic black 5300 from Hand dyed fibers, it's not too expensive just a bit more than DMC but when you use the premium floss you only need one strand. I find it's amazing for coverage especially for background. Here's the link if you want to just have a look

xo Alicia

Veronica said...

Both February freebies you stitched are adorable. I saw your pinpillow on Terri's blog. I told her and I must tell you that it's really cute.