Hello, cross stitching friends! Recently I finished designing and stitching a small piece with only two thread colors. I was inspired last year by all the crows walking around on the deep snow that blanketed our yard all last winter. I jotted down the idea and early this past October, I designed it. After stitching it, I wondered how in the world I was going to finish it. Most of my pieces have been framed but I had something different in mind for this one…maybe a wall-hanging of some sort? Unfortunately, I can’t sew even though many women on my mother’s side were talented seamstresses. My great-grandmother used to cut her dress patterns out of her newspaper and my grandmother sewed many of our doll clothes. Sadly, I was not taught to sew and because of time constraints (and too many other crafts) will probably never learn.
I needed a way to finish my piece that did not involve sewing and so I began my Internet search to find some help. Somehow I came across the blog of an amazing woman who does needlework and offers free tutorials of many creative ways to finish a piece. Her step-by-step instructions were carefully laid out and I started to believe that maybe even I could do it. So, armed with my careful instructions, I went to the store, bought all the supplies and got to work.
I did not finish it perfectly but it still turned out beautifully, in my opinion, especially for someone who was doing this for the first time. Since the thread colors were white and black, I wanted the finish to reflect the colors and to offer a little formality to the piece because after all, crows can be very formal birds.
Here is “Crow On Snow”…..it will be released next week:
Thanks to the kind generosity of this lovely lady, I now have confidence in finishing small pieces. I have even started designing and stitching my first Christmas ornament series, now that I know how to finish them…..the thought of an ornament series always intimidated me because of the finishing. I can’t wait to stitch and finish them and share them with you.
I’m sure you are familiar with this very giving woman and have seen her beautiful stitching and finishing on charts of some of the most well-known needlework designers. Her name is Vonna Pfeiffer and you can find her tutorials here. Reading her blog makes you feel as if you are visiting a dear friend in her cozy and comforting home. One of her goals for this year is to deepen her prayer life. She has even asked for prayer requests from her readers and has promised to pray for them. That speaks volumes to me about what kind of a person she is. She has most definitely been a blessing and encouragement to me. Thank you, Vonna!