Tuesday, August 11, 2009

primitive finish

I love primitive finishes because the piece never has to be perfect. It’s afforded the rustic worn and aged appearance. I like things that have hang-ups and mismatched seams. I like getting to use my walnut crystals and the oven. Like Stacy Nash designs. I love, love, love her designs and I will never have too many of them!


Country Sampler Velvet Bag was a sweet and simple stitch. Again the finishing instructions are well put together. I warn you, though, as Stacy does. Watch out for that velvet. It wants to walk around on the fabric so have fun catching that little booger and keeping it still. I had one hell of a time trying to get it straight and aligned with the reproduction fabric. I had to use my seam ripper 3x. I have learned something with this project. I HATE working with velvet and don't plan on implementing it anytime soon on any new projects! The velvet can stay at the stores on the bolts where it belongs, thank-you-very-much.

The velvet is very pretty when worn by ways of taking the tip of scissors and scraping it against the surface. I was nervous about this technique but went for it. It was something new and different. I did stab myself which I bled but not bad. Now I have to insert buy a pair of Putford scissors to hide inside the tiny heart.

What a great project bag this will make for a teeny tiny project on the go or not on the go. Either way it’ll be a nice addition to my other project bags, which come to think of it, I have a small collection going now…my punchneedle pocket, the Traveling Stitcher by LHN and now this. Cool beans!

I have a couple of other projects going on of course. Would we have it any other way??? LOL! I have an Elmo piece I stitched in 1999 for Jose (geez, Jose was 2 then-ah) and never got it framed. Cameron is a huge Elmo fan and so I thought now is as good-a-time as ever to finally get this piece moving. I decided not to frame it and instead I’m going to make it into a pillow b/c Cameron likes to lay around with pillows and blankets and watch none other than Elmo.

This thing was stitched on like 1 ct (I’m exaggerating just a bit) with a million strands of floss. I went to Jo-Ann’s last week and picked out some flannel fabric for the back. It’ll be soft and colorful just like Cameron. :o)

I also just finished a teeny tiny two-day stitchery, but I can’t show it off just yet. In due time…Talk soon!

9 comments:

Dora said...

Great job on the velvet bag. A very beautiful finish!

Colleen said...

Beautiful bag even if it was a pain...LOL I love Stacy Nash also :)

~ Stitchin Sweet Sue ~ said...

A very fine and lovely prim finish, love it:)

Nancy said...

The Stacy Nash design is lovely, and you did a beautiful job of stitching and finishing Julie! I love how you made it look old and the velvet worn. Elmo is adorable!

Julie's Keepsakes said...

Thanks, Ladies, on all your wonderful compliments! The velvet was a pain to work with, but the results were well worth it. :D

Nancy, I can't wait to get Elmo done into a pillow. When I showed Cameron the Elmo face he ran to me and hugged the fabric. It was too sweet.

Tanya said...

So sweet, Julie!

Marianne said...

Julie love your SN finish! It's beautiful.

Nina said...

Julie, this SN piece is so lovely!! I really love it :))

Lea said...

WAY TO GO!!!!! I LOoooooove your SN piece! It's so primitive, love it, love it!