Monday, September 17, 2012

Some Finished Gifts for Christmas

32ct Antique White - Belfast Linen
Thread: "England's Rose" silk - The Thread Gather
Design: Vickie - A Stitcher's Story blog here, click on freebie pattern

Last weekend I stitched this beautiful freebie pattern found on Vickie's blog. Thank you Vickie for giving us this lovely chart:) It was the first time for me working with a silk thread by "The Thread Gather". I loved it. Fun to try new threads.

This past week I managed to complete 3 gifts for Christmas. After coming to terms that this is September already, I knew I had to get some Christmas gifts done. And as you know cross stitching and the finishing of any project does take time. And let me tell you I struggled with how to attach the cross stitched designs to the fabrics. Boy that's what took me the longest of time. But I am pleased with the results. This needlebook, even though I showed it first, this was the last needlebook of the 3 I completed. Seems the more needlebooks I make, the more I feel comfortable with trying new ideas & the finishing of them.
I still have much to improve and learn.

Inside of Needlebook

"Guardians of the Sea" free chart
Laura - The Little Stitcher can be found here
Sea Shell pendant by Blue Moon

Inside of Needlebook with 2 side pockets & felt pages

"Mermaid" Free chart by Teresa can be found here
Sea Shell pendant by Blue Moon. Thought I had run out of loop trim made the best of it.
Found more after this needlebook was all finished......Just typical.

Inside of Needlebook with bottom pocket & side pocket, felt needle pages
and removable pincushion (just untie bow), &
embroidered Sea Shell & Starfish (DMC)

Well these needlebooks will be given as Christmas presents later in the year. Lets just hope I don't put them away in such a good place that I can't find them later.
As far as cross stitching goes - I've worked a bit on "Token of Love" scissor pocket. I now can get back to spending some time on Mom's sampler:) Feels good to have a head start on Christmas gifts. I have been enjoying, seeing on blogs, Christmas Ornament wip's.
Thank you so much for your visit,
With Love and Appreciation - Annette


Chris said...

Annette, You did a beautiful job stitching and finishing these pieces!

P.J. said...

Those are beautiful. Love all the sweet details on the inside.

Vickie said...

Oh I like the color floss you used on your little stitcher! =)
What great stitching and finishing Annette. It feels good to learn a new way of finishing.

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

What wonderful finishes, Annette! Every one of htem are absolutely perfect and adorable. Whomever gets them will be thrilled!

Julie said...

They all look wonderful.I'm a great one for putting things away then forget them or where i put them.

Emma/Itzy said...

What lovely gifts! Can't believe we are over half way through September already - I need to start getting things sorted too!

Rowyn said...

Beautiful stitching and finishing Annette. Oh yes, Christmas is fast approaching!

Carol said...

Both are just beautiful, Annette! You're right--good finishing takes a long time--a lot longer than most people who don't finish small pieces really know :)

I know the lucky recipients will be grinning from ear to ear!

Akila said...

Very pretty finishes. Especially love the first one

SoCal Debbie said...

Your needlebook is beautiful! Great stitching!

Margaret said...

Such beautiful work, both stitching and finishing! I know the recipients will love their presents. Good luck with keeping them and not forgetting where you store them. I know that feeling only too well. lol!

Sharon said...

Beautiful gifts! I am sure your recipients will love them!

Anne said...

Wow Annette! Such delicate and pretty little needlebooks you made! I love the pink stitching lady!

Brigitte said...

Oh Annette, this is just wonderful. Both needlebooks are so beautiful, and so creatively finished. You can be proud of both finishes.

Karoline said...

Both needlebooks are beautiful, congratulations

Dani - tkdchick said...

Those are lovely needlebooks! I do find finishing just gets better with practice

Siobhán said...

Wow, what fantastic finishes! I am so impressed. I'm also super impressed that you are working on Christmas gifts and have more than a few done. I had this grand plan last year/early this year to create a Christmas tote and stockpile it with Christmas gifts. I would love to shower my family & friends with gifts that I've made. Instead, here it is the end of September and there's nothing started, much less finished. Eek. Well--better planning for next year. Good for you!