Saturday, October 20, 2012

Back from the framers

I usually save up my money and take a bunch of things in at once to get my items framed. I think it drives my framer nuts but it always seems to work that way.
I joined a SAL a while ago for Sail Away by Shepherd's Bush. I love that piece and had great fun finishing it. Of course I was the straggler in the group, always the last to finish. I love it though and found the perfect frame to finish it.
I wanted to show you a close up of the frame for this one but it didn't come out as well as I would like. It is not brown at all but a grey that has a blue gray outer edge to it.  I may have to use this one again. (Of course that means I actually have to finish something first!)
I enjoy the designs by Blackbird Designs. I stitched this one a long time ago. I read the chart wrong and used the red for the roof instead of the orange color it called for. I didn't catch it until I was over halfway done and a friend who was also stitching it at the same time commented her thread on the roof was more orange than mine. That is when I realized I had used the wrong color. It turned out to be a happy mistake for me. I like the red better.
One of my favorites that I did  is Beneath the Sunlit sky by BBD. The colors with this one were lovely. I love the beach and this makes me smile every time I look at it. The frame is greener than it looks in the photo but no matter how many times I took a picture of it I could not get the true color of the green. I enjoyed stitching this one a lot.  I love the beach. Sigh.
I would use this frame again as well if it is still being made when I get And They Sinned completed.

I also finished a Sweetheart Tree, With This Ring for a recently married friend. I can't post the picture until I get it in the mail to her. I will show it as soon as I know she has received it.

Matchless Grace by Heartstring Samplery. This sweet little sampler was so much fun to stitch. I fell in love with this sampler over the little blue flowers that go in different directions around the edge. I kept all the mistakes as charted as well as I thought that was part of the charm of this piece.

Quaker Hornbook was done a really long time ago. I am so glad to finally get it ready for the wall. The colors are not my usual palate  but they seemed to really work with this and I love how it turned out. The frame came from Brokenwheel Wood worker not from my framer.
So much fun to be able to add some new things to my wall that I so enjoyed stitching over the last several years. I also mailed out two pieces to Jill Rensel to frame because I wanted to see what she would do with the mat for CHS Alphabets. I can't wait. I also sent her the small darning sampler I finished.
Well, off to work on the hummers yet some more. I fear they will never be finished. I am really afraid I am going to run out of thread. The design will just have about 2 inches around it I hope. Not only was the kit short of the poor quality thread it is going to be a tight fit for the fabric as well. I will be glad to have that one on the finish pile for sure.  Well off to it. Hope you have some stitchy time in your day.


  1. Beautiful framing! The hornbook frame is especially fun.

  2. Wow, Marjo, what great finishes! Love the framing, and the hornbook for the quaker sampler. I also love that BBD with the white house, so sweet! Great work!

  3. I can't imagine the roof being orange! The red is so much nicer. Love the frames you picked out.

  4. Wonderful finishes, Marjo! I think my BBD roof is also red... I may have chosen to change it but can't really recall, to the truth! All of your finishes and frame choices are gorgeous! Congrats on finishing our SAL piecel

  5. Wow, Marjo!! Your framing choices are amazing. It must have been fun picking all of them up and oohing and ahhing over them. :)

  6. Marjo - your framing is just wonderful!! It must have felt like Christmas getting all of them back. I love that hornbook! I've been looking all over for one like that. I'll have to check and see if Broken Wheel has a website.

  7. loved seeing all your beautiful framed pieces marjo - what fun for you ! I love the Sail Away piece - sad to say I never finished mine so I guess I am actually going to be last in our SAL group to finish - if ever - so hopefully it will make you feel better you are not last. enjoy all your pretty work - melody

  8. Marjo, congrats on the framing marathon. LOVE your Shepherd's Bush. It's one I haven't purchased ... yet. Leslie

  9. All your framing is gorgeous, congratulations

  10. They all look wonderful in their frames. A perfect choice!

  11. Beautiful!, thanks so much for sharing!