Except for crocheting some on what will be my son's ripple blanket, and a little dishcloth knitting, I didn't do much crafting this week. In fact, I contemplating skipping making a YOP post today because I had nothing to show, but then it occurred to me... I have plans. Why not write about that?!?
But first the inspiration behind my plan. With time on my hands this week, I found myself perusing Youtube (when I probably should have been getting something done, but nevermind that). I came upon a delightful woman in Germany, named Silvia. Her Youtube channel is beckisland. It appears she hasn't posted in about eight months, but I found myself completely charmed by her and her lovely small cross stich pillows. I was so inspired, I decided to pull out all my small stitches, and go through my fabric stash to see what I could pull together to possibly finish some small pillows.
First off, the stitches I have that are waiting for some love:
After I took stock of my non-FFO'd cross stitches, I opened up the containers that have all the fabric I brought home from MIL's last summer and found some nice materials that I think will work for finishing the above into pillows.
First up is a stitch I did many, many (I'm sure close to 40) years ago and for some time, it was in a very ornate oval frame (oh boy... thinking this might have been a Creative Circle kit, I looked it up, and indeed it was! Check it out here if you like.) While I displayed it years ago (in the ornate frame), for way too long it was stuck in storage - probably in the garage. I think it was a couple of years ago that I rescued it from obscurity and now I think I will make a medium size pillow out of it.
While the colors in the fabric above are perfect, I'm having second thoughts about using it to make a pillow (with this stitch). For this stitch, I want to make it into a larger pillow (like something that might sit in a chair), and I want a significant amount of a print fabric to show on the front of the pillow. I may have to actually buy some fabric to fit this project. But that's okay... I have enough projects below to keep me busy while I find a more perfect fabric for this one.
Meanwhile, check out the back and the snazzy way I stitched it up to be taut for framing:
I think I've found fabrics that will work with the various other projects. Tell me what do you think:
If I still have this color thread in my stash, I think I'm going to add some stitching to some of the stars. A couple of them seem a little stark to me.
Seeing the picture above, I may swap this fabric out for something else.
I think I made these "quilt stars" in the 80's. My MIL was a quilter, and I seem to recall that I originally made an ornament of at least one of these stitches for her and then I got hooked on them for a while. I know I have several as ornaments in our Christmas decorations. I think I even sold some when a friend and I did a couple of craft shows together way back then. I don't know why I never put these last ones together. If I remember correctly this was a free pattern in some ladies' magazine back then. Woman's Day, maybe?
This one (above) I haven't decided between the flowers or the polka dots. The red in the polka dot fabric is exactly the same as the strawberries. But the little white flowers in the other fabric remind me a bit of the flowers on a strawberry plant. I suspect either will look great, but I'm curious if you have an opinion. On this one, I plan to have some of the print fabric on the front, with the same fabric making up the back of the little pillow.
The patterns above came from a vintage Just Cross Stitching magazine. I believe the animal ones are from Prairie Schooler, but house is from another designer. For my purposes, I think they all go together perfectly.
And some may remember the stitch above from last autumn. I finished it after October, I'm guessing, and wasn't overly motivated at the time to fully finish it for display at that point. Well, now I am.
And there are two little candlewicking ornaments I stitched up - over 30 years ago, I'm sure. Those need to be finally finished and put with Christmas/winter decorations.
One of the things I really love about Silvia's little pillows is the simple ways she finishes most of them. I like a simple finish, I've concluded. Silvia shows that even the most simple finish can be lovely. She does like to add fabric to the front and some ric rac or ribbon trim to some, and I do like that, so I headed over the local Hobby Lobby yesterday afternoon to see what they might have. Boy, did I have good timing. I hit the mother lode! Spooled ric rack and ribbons were 50% off! So I got bunches. For the price, I decided to get all of the colors of ric rac and a few special ribbons, and figure out later how I might use it.
I have two thoughts as I look at the above ribbons and trims: I have just derailed my plan to continue downsizing my stuff! And... Why did I not buy MORE?!?!? Seriously now... look at those colors. How could I resist?
And that, dear reader, is all I've got.
Just plans for some fun finishes.
Just plans for some fun finishes.