Monday, August 29, 2016

Another cool finishing idea

Last week I received the October 2016 issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine, which has some Halloween ornaments in it, and I fell in love with the way Praiseworthy Stitches finished their piece. They used a wooden box shaped like a book (with a "spine" that pulls out as a drawer), which they painted and then glued their design to. As I recently acquired The Goode Huswife's pattern The Book of Spells, I immediately thought that this would be a great way to finish that design:


As I would want the drawer available to open, I'd either have to stitch the spine separately, or just write on the painted spine. When I get some time, I'll have to pull the pattern out and start figuring out what count of fabric will work best. For those interested, you can find information about the box here.

I'm still working on a model, so I don't have any new stitching that I can share. I did take Wherefore Art Thou and The Blossom Collector to my framer almost three weeks ago, so I am hoping to get a call from them any time now, then I can share the framed pieces.

I took the weekend off in order to clean up my craft room, and it feels much nicer now. I also pulled out my stitching journal, which hasn't been updated since December 2014--oops! Here's a glimpse into the process:


It's been so long that I've lost track of some of the details; I need to be better about keeping up. Plus, I had so many finishes that I ran out of room and discovered that I didn't have a new journal put away, so now I have to wait for a new one to come in the mail. For anyone interested, the journal I like to use can be found here.

I'll close with a couple of pictures of Scout and Sophie, who are now completely at home with us. In the first one they are sitting in the chair behind mine in my craft room, learning how to be good stitchy companions:



Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

11 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing the book box link. The kitties are adorable and glad they are becoming good stitching companions (maybe supervisors). What type of stitching journal do you use?

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I just put the link to the journal I use in the post, in case anyone else wants to know, as well.

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  2. Those kitties are adorable!! I woukd love a journal but afraid I wouldn't keep it up!

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  3. That will be a great project.
    Thanks for the info.
    What a cute pic of Scout & Sophie in their bed. :)
    I'm glad you kept them together.
    Marilyn

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  4. Great idea, re: the book box. I think it would be great with book of spells, however you decide you are going to finish it.

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  5. Good idea to keep things in a stitching journal, and hope to see your framed projects soon. :)

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  6. I love the wooden book box. What a great idea for keeping track of finishes. I've always wanted to do that but I can never figure out how I'm going to get nice pictures of the pieces printed out >.< I can't remember the last time I had a photo printed. I will have to look into that.

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  7. I adore your cats.
    Please give them many kisses and hugs :-)
    I look forward to see your projects.
    Ciao Gio

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  8. Awwww the kittens are so cute! My tortoise hasn't learned how to be a good stitchy companion...after 3 months lol. But she's getting better :). I adore the book idea are you going to put fake pages on the sides?

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    1. I'm going to paint the "pages" an off-white, then go over it lightly with a champagne-colored metallic paint to make it look like pages.

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