Aug 25, 2011

And the finish is......

Option #4!   Which wasn't available yesterday.  This is a first for me.  Two posts in 24 hours. 
 My brilliant idea didn't work.  When I did the nun stitch on the sampler bottom, the linen thread edges were sticking out and I wasn't a happy girl lady woman.  I realized that the only way this would not look like a patch job was to have the nun stitch on the added piece, sewn over the sampler's linen.  So I sewed the edge by hand to prevent further raveling and when I moved my arm to grab the phone, the needle and all the linen threads came with it!  So now the edge was even shorter.  The machine sewing is still the best when it's a matter of losing more threads and it worked nicely...














I did the edge stitch on the piece to be added and then removed two threads to turn it back with less bulk.  Once again, attaching by hand was not going well, so I went to the machine and just stitched into the nun stitch, then cut away the excess beneath.  I think it turned out very nice.  If you didn't know the sordid details of this episode, you'd have no idea it's a patch job. 

So I started playing with where to hang it.  Several options....

 On an interior door...





on the side of a cabinet...

 on my jelly cupboard's door...    





in the window without the fabric backing...
 in the window with the backing.

And then I spotted this.....from Pennsylvania Basket Company.



Well, that about clinched it. 


I may frame it later by removing the added fringe and sewing a binding to the bottom for mounting.




I want to thank Irene from Starry-eyed-stitcher for correctly identifying the nun stitch for me.  After searching my Proper Stitch and not finding anything close, I was about to give up.  Without your help Irene I couldn't have completed this as I did and I'm happy with the results.  So what's next?  My order for Scarlett House's Coverlet Birds came last week and I just found it yesterday so I may start it tonight before I misplace it again.  I plan on using Sampler Threads if I have enough of a comparable color.  If not, DMC will be fine.  But hey, you know how this goes.  The project never ends up being what I planned!!  To be continued.....

I had a problem with yesterday's post and had to keep re-publishing until it appeared - we'll see how it goes today.  Thanks for reading and for everyone's help and suggestions.  It is greatly appreciated, and certainly needed!

20 comments:

Shirlee said...

Absolutely beautiful! And I love-love-love displaying it on the basket! Congratulations on a great finish & congratulations on the start of something new : ) Blessings, Shirlee

samplerlover said...

Oh, beautiful finish. It looks really lovely on the basket. I love your basket btw. It is really lovely. Don't get ones like that out here. sigghh lol. Looking forward to seeing your new start. - Sandra.

Margaret said...

I love what you ended up doing! It looks so great on the basket! Glad the solution came up for you too - it looks so fantastic! Beautiful job!

Christie said...

Looks wonderful. Congrats on a beautiful finish. ~~ Christie

Gabi said...

What a great idea to display it on the basket. LOVE it. It looks gorgeous.

Penny said...

I love the basket-what a great idea!

Bertie said...

Marly you did a wonderful job on the finishing. The sampler looks fabulous on the basket!! And in the window too, infact all your choices look great!! difficult decisions :))

Siobhan said...

Wow, great job! It looks PERFECT on that basket--like you picked the sampler specifically for it. Sweet!

Have a great weekend!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

I think this is the perfect finish for this piece! It lookes awesome.

Carol said...

What an ingenious idea, Marley!! It looks spectacular :)

Rebecca said...

I love it on the basket. How perfect! I wouldn't change a thing, I like the fringe around the 3 sides. Cool piece!

Karen said...

What a neat finish! Looks like the sampler was made for the basket... great finishing job.

happy stitching...

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

Beautiful! I liked it on the cupboard, but the basket is even better. Nice job.

Starry-eyed stitcher said...

What an excellent and unusual way to display your sampler. Every visitor to your blog will be scouring the internet for similar ones!
I was glad I could help with the Nun's stitch - we should really thank Ellen Chester - she taught me when she visited England earlier this year. Irene xxx

Chris said...

Beautiful finish. The way you finished this gives you so much flexability. I love all the pics and the places that you have placed this.

pj said...

I love the basket idea...that is a beautiful sampler and perfect way to display it. I also liked it on your jelly cabinet. pj

Sharon said...

OMG! I love the basket idea. Any chance you would post a link to their site? I googled it but nothing came close. Thanks. Love all the work you do!

The Scarlett House said...

Hi Marly, I love your unique ways of displaying your samplers. The basket idea is really cool. You are such a clever one.
BTW, you did get my email about my wall color, right? I didn't hear back from you, so I wasn't sure.

Akila said...

That has come out so beautifully. And the basket enhances the look perfectly. Congrats on such a great finish

Suzanne said...

What a beautiful finish and it looks so perfect on the basket. A great save on that piece you came up with a great solution.

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