Sunday, April 19, 2009

Stitching weekend

It was a weekend retreat for me. The theme this month was flowers. I had gotten a pattern from Lori Rippey, a member of our online group AAPG. It was very generous of her to share her pattern with us. When I first saw it, I knew where I wanted to put it. It now hangs in my downstairs halfbath. I just love how it turned out. Couldn't get a head on shot because it's behind glass. I used praire cloth for the first time, and have to say that I really enjoyed working with it. It's a little stretchy, but I like the affect. This had a little bit of cross stiching and applique work. It's 5x7 when it's done, but I wanted it in an 8x10 frame. So I found some nice cotton fabric to attach it to. I just folded under the edges and then did very tine whip stitches to secure it to the fabric.

The next piece I did for a friend for her birthday. It isn't for a while yet, but now I'm done! Feels good to have one gift ready. This is a penny rug pattern by Ginger Sanchez . When I saw it, I thought of my friend. It was supposed to be a Christmas gift last year, but that never happened. And in all honesty, if I would have waited like I ususally do to start my gifts for the holidays, it never would have gotten done. This was a LOT of stitching, let alone all the cutting out of the pieces. My shoulder and neck were burning quite a bit. I did take breaks often today. I had no choice. My arm just wouldn't let me make too many stitches at one time. I had to have it on a flat surface and I was standing most of the time doing it to keep it even. It measures 14 1/2" around. Not the best picture. It's late and not much light in the house.

That's all I got done this weekend, but it sure felt good to just devote this time to making a couple items. One for me, and one for a gift. The weather was gorgeous yesterday and I did take a break to go help my mil with her shower. Windows were open and we had a real nice breeze.

Well, that's it for tonight. I'm shot, and I think I'll go watch a bit of tv before I call it a day.

I hope whatever you did this weekend, you got the most out of it!!


Plumruncreek ♥ said...

Boy, you got ALOT done. Very nice work!!

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

I agree you accomplished alot! They both turned out beautifully.

Joanne said...

You were very productive - love them both!

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Beautiful work...your friend will just love her gift:)

weaverpat said...

Hi Kathy,
Love both! You did a great job!!! What size is the penny rug one???

weaverpat said...

Ooops, you did mention the size. Sorry! It would make a cute hooked rug or chair pad design, too.

Beth said...

oh my goodness the penny rug is so beautiful, i love it so much!!! Your friend will treasure it for life, im sure! The pic you did is so cute, is it punch needle? Hope to see you again sometime soon!