Monday, July 5, 2010

Exchange Fun & Finishes (picture heavy)

I'm so embarrased it has taken this long to post a new entry! Summer is in full swing and has been really busy. We've been doing lots of painting and revamping in the house which is very tiring. But I see the finishes and it's very rewarding.

I've got loads to I'm going to try and make it simple and sweet :)

First up is my framing finish of PSS - Gloriana. I love how it came out and can't wait to hang it. Just got to find the right place.

Here's a close up of the frame details. I tried to keep it really simple.
Next is a Blackbird finish. Love the design, not completely happy with the finishing but I'm glad it's done. That ruffle was a real pain in the you know what for me. I think I may stitch it again and try a different fabric for the ruffle next time. I've also got the companion pieces stitched but not finished. I share a group shot once I finish them.

Here's a really pretty pincushion stitched by Kristina for the HE - Summer Exchange. I love the finish and the little fob she included. She also made those buttons herself! I just love them.

This is a piece stitched by Blyn for the HOE - ABC exchange. I love the summery feel and have it displayed in my stitching room. Don't you just love the finish - the curly cue trim is wired so you can shape the bow. I just love it.

This is the HOE - ABC Exchange piece I stitched for Lisa in Australia. I finished it as a easel flat fold. I also used HDF Perfect red (one of the darker reds in the series). Just love the fiber. It's so nice to work with.

Here's a the HE 4th of July piece I received from Barbara. She stitched this piece over-one and finished it into a needlebook. It will definitely get used with love!

And finally, here's the piece I stitched for April. I've always loved this design and thought this was the perfect time to stitch it. This was also my first attempt at box finishing. I padded the inside with a pretty patriotic fabric as well.

Sorry to keep it so brief. The pool is calling my name :) I shall share more pics from our beach vacation in the next post. Thanks for stopping by! Until next time,


Christina said...

Wow, what a fabulous post, lots of photos to drool over! The Summer Exchange from Kristina is absolutely stunning, the colours, the finish, EVERYTHING! The plaid pear from Blyn is so cute, I've seen that design before and made a mental note that I HAVE to stitch it myself one day. I'm very impressed with the box finish for April's July 4th Exchange. I must start to be a bit more inventive with my finishes!

Siobhan said...

Oh my gosh, what beautiful exchanges! I love your framed PSS piece, too. The frame moulding is perfect.

Vonna said...

Love, love, love your framed Gloriana...lovely!
And all your exchanges sent and received are glorious!

Lauralee @ The Eclectic Stitcher said...

Love all the exchanges ~ your flat fold is just beautiful. Frame is perfect for the PSS piece.

Berit said...

Wow; so many prettys to look at--good going! :D

Sonda in OR said...

Those are all fabulous! WOW! The "Year of Exchanges" has been a good one for you!

Anonymous said...

Lovely finishes! Enjoy the beach.