Nov 3, 2011

Finishing a freebie!

Hello people!    I'm still playing with interfacing and decided to try a shape without corners.  Since I don't have any - that I can find or remember stitching - I made one up.  And guess what?  I don't like it.  I used Jobelan for the project as a test for the Santa ornaments.   I would have much preferred one floss color for the alphabet on an unusual linen color.  And after all my bleaching and dyeing - I have that!    Instead, I picked five fall colors on sage Jobelan that was later coffee stained. 

I'm going to post the chart and template at the end of the post if you would like to stitch the pear.  If you don't want to be bored through my photos and routine instructions, just scroll down.   Blogger has changed the format when you click on a photo but you can still right click to print or "save as" when the new page opens.
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Please understand that posts sharing my experiments or trials certainly are not meant to imply that you need my advice or that I know it all.  After 25 years, I'm learning again, and dragging you down with me!  I get emails from readers asking for more clear information on subjects, as well as emails telling me the mistakes I am making, or suggestions to help.  So I'm learning from you while I'm sharing my progress.   
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    After I stitched the piece, I used a marker and just followed the outline at least an inch from the stitches on one side.  Folding it exactly in half and then cutting on the outline gave me evenly matched sides, then stitched right sides together to a piece of felt. 

I used my presser foot as an edge guide and I could have sewn in a little further for a smaller piece.  Now to cut the facing.  


I placed the pear over the facing and used a thick needle to pierce through the seam, poking holes in the facing beneath.  You then have a perforated outline to trace, fold, and cut.  I had trouble seeing the holes so I placed a dark fabric beneath.  Minor adjustments and cuts were made to fit inside. 

 After pressing the Decor Bond, I decided to hem it a little higher and had no problem pulling the facing off the fabric a little and cutting more off.  If you need to make an adjustment, reheating with the iron will allow the facing to be lifted, repositioned, or cut.  Pressed the seams open and turned it out.  No facing on the felt, it stood by itself, and held the shape nicely.  

I'm using quilt batting again instead of the loose fill and just cut to fit the shape.  Pretty easy finish once again!  Now I'm anxious to see how both coarse and fine linen work.  I did finally get a silicone finger to prevent burns when ironing seams open and it worked fine.  (And hid the crooked bumpy joint.)
 








 So here's the chart if you would like to stitch the pear shape along with the template.  I had a heck of a time trying to get this to scan properly.  Click on the chart/template, then right click and hit print and it should print the correct size.  If not, try "save as".   I must have used half a ream of paper testing the copies and scans but I did get a nice fire out of the deal.   I'll test again once it's posted and if it doesn't work, I'll try again.  Your seam will be stitched inside the template, width depending on your seam guide.  Don't forget to add a little rolled piece of felt/wool for the stem, or a real one!  Add the little leaf and there you go.  I think I will stitch one on my saffron linen, a greenish shade, and a darker brown, all different thread counts.  Several sizes and colors in a display might look pretty darn nice.  And if not, they'll make a nice hostess or exchange gift. 
Hope you like this little freebie!!!  
Thanks for the visit.
Oh!  One more thing.  If you're a Yankee Candle fan, they are having a buy 2 get 2 free offer on their large jars and tumblers.  Go to their website and use code CATH211 or I can email a coupon to use in participating stores.  Great holiday gifts for a good price!


31 comments:

Karen said...

Very cute freebie and I love the pear shape. Thanks for sharing... goodness knows I need as much help as I can get!

Mouse said...

ooo that is cute :) am going to have a go at this sometime soon :) ooo and a small tip not sure if you know or not but on a round shape or unusual shape you can snip/ clip the seam allowance close to the stitching so that it will sit smoother when turned inside out :) have a trial run and see if it helps :) love mouse xxxx

Carla said...

Thanks for the freebie. I'm gonna give it a try. Love your new header. Your house is so beautiful!

samplerlover said...

Oohhh, I like this one. You know me and pears lol. Thank you for the freebie. Might have a go at making one this weekend. I quite enjoy your tips and it is lovely to learn new things. Yes your house is really lovely. I also enjoy seeing photos of it. - Sandra.

samplerlover said...

Me again. Just had a brilliant idea. How would the pear go stuffed with some loose cloves. Would smell wonderful. - Sandra.

annie said...

I think this is terrific! Thank you!

CATHI said...

This is such a cute freebie! I am not quite sure if I understood the whole finishing, but I will give it a try! :o)

Cathi

Solstitches said...

Thank you for the design Marly.
I'm not able to stitch at present but as soon as I can I'd love to have a go at this lovely design of yours.
Margaret

Lauralee @ The Eclectic Stitcher said...

Thank you so much ~ I absolutely LOVE IT!

Penny said...

I've learned a lot from you and appreciate all of the "leg work" you do in finding different ways of doing things. I think your pear turned out lovely. The silicone finger is a great idea, I never thought of using one.

By Hoki Quilts said...

Thank you so much for sharing this lovely pear, I have a friend in mind that I will make it for ; ))

Sylvia K. said...

Hello Marly, this is very great. I hope I have time to stitch this pear....Very lovely...

Greetings from Germany
Sylvia

Gillie said...

Well....... indignant shrug, explain to me why I've never seen your blog before,lol! Gorgeous! Love the pear!

cucki said...

hello dear,its me cucki from south africa. i am your new follower...
very sweet blog..
i love the cute pear..very sweet..i will surely make it soon.thank you so much.
keep well.love for you xx

Elisabetta said...

Wonderful, thanks for sharing! :)

mainely stitching said...

Love it!

Theresa said...

What a gorgeous finish!!!! Thank you for sharing!!

Connie said...

This is a wonderful little project! Thanks for sharing.

Kaisievic said...

Thanks so much for the lovely freebie.


Hugs, Kaye xoxox

Francesca said...

I like very much the unusual form, thank you for sharing!

Rosali said...

Me encanta la pera, gracias por compartir el tutorial. Saludos desde México.

Lili Bear said...

Hi, I'm discovering your blog with delight. Thank you for sharing all the helpful tips for finishing. You are so talented.
And I really love this pear.
Enjoy the season! ;)

Suzanne said...

I love your pear and very comprehensive tutorial. Thank you for the chart!

Pili said...

Thank you for this lovely pear!
I've finihed one, and you can it on my blog: http://linpulsion.canalblog.com/

Marjo said...

Thank you for the pear design. I love small items to finish. the directions are always helpful to say I am finishing challenged is just to be kind. I love the pear.

Patti-Rocky Mtn Stitcher said...

I love this pear! I did one by Brenda Gervais and this will be a perfect "pair"

Ana Vicente said...

I never tire of this wonderful embroidery, and my friends are constantly asking me a copy. It is very funny and very pretty. Many, thank you very much for sharing.
Hilo a hilo

Suedio said...

Hi Marly

Thank you so much for sharing this project. I have loved stitching it - once with your chart and a second time with numbers. Your chart gave me inspiration at just the right time!

I posted my finished project here: http://insuesworld.blogspot.com.au/

Regards, Sue

Véronique Victorien said...

merci beaucoup, j'aime beaucoup
belle journée
V2RO

monique said...

Merci Beaucoup !
bonne journée

Anneke said...

hi Marly, I stitched and finished your Snapped Pear today. It turned out as it should be :-)
myprettycorner.blogspot.com/2012/10/snapped-pear-finished.html
thanks again!!

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