Feb 27, 2012

Surprisingly easy finish

Hello people.  Thanks for all the great comments on Overshot Heart.   It sure didn't look this small when I was stitching so I'm glad I used the 28 count for that reason also.  The linen shows through the floss just enough to resemble a woven fabric and I'd like to do another in black and a lighter mustard.  I can't believe I didn't have more trouble with finishing since heart shapes usually make my hair curl.    Here's what I did - which is probably the same that you do!
First of all, I had to extend the design to make a rounded top.  You can see this on the left side compared to the right.
I decided on Craft Fuse and I gotta tell ya, I am so glad I'm storing the interfacings in these folders.  They were always mixed up along with the wrong directions.  The last one I used was dry iron - no movement, and this one was circular motion and steam.  Go figure.  The craft fuse really gives a stiff look and feel and is quite heavy.  After fusing the linen and the backing, I ran my finger nail along the stitched edge and it created a line for my machine to follow since I wanted no linen showing.

I stitched around the entire heart and made the point square by one stitch instead of a sharp angle.  Then I slit the back open!   I couldn't use the envelope method with this shape and for more primitive pieces I some times would slit the back and use a muslin patch.  The heavy fused facing prevented the fabric from tearing open even more when trying to turn it right side out.  Before doing that, I pinked the seams instead of clipping/notching, and I cut a piece of quilt batting to fit inside the stitches, and then cut the edges on an angle to bevel the bulk.














Once turned right side out, I inserted the batting and used a few more pieces where needed, made a patch, and used the double fusible (Trans-Web) to glue it.   
You can see that it's not very puffy, but enough, and I steamed it when completed.  So where do I put it now?  I still may attach a hemp cord and hang it but started playing around to see where I'd like it. 
Why I did this, I don't know.  But if you have some beautiful smalls you want displayed, this may not be a bad idea.  Fill a glass cylinder with the pieces and something pretty in the center to hold them.  Those large glass beads used in floral arrangements?  Wood somethings for rustic?  Honeysuckle vines and pussy willows?    Too bad I like beat up dirty looking primitives cause I'm picturing some beautiful displays!

I'm working on Santa now, stuck on Lucy, and will pick another sampler.  I saw a few must haves that just came out and Threadwork Primitive's Chelsea's Pinkeep is certainly one.

I'll leave you with the two little devils sticking their heads out of their cat condo.   The baby has a white spot on his mouth that I always thought was a piece of the styrofoam box they live in.  It's not.  He's an odd little guy.  I never saw round eyes on a cat before.  One more thing - Bath&Body Works' candle sale is today.  I got my Aromatherapy Orange Ginger - amazing fragrance. 
 Have a great week - a big thank you to all who participated in the drawings - and for taking the time to visit with me.  I will have a few of the small oval sets for sale probably the end of week and will let you know.  Thank you again! 

23 comments:

Ann said...

Marly,

Thanks for sharing your step by step instructions for completing your hear project. I've never pinked the edges before, I've always snipped the curves so I'm glad to have a new option to use. I think it turned out beautifully. ~Ann

Bertie said...

Brilliant Marly, thanks for the tutorial, I don't use fabric a lot but linen, mainly because I always seem to make a mess of it, but this looks good!!
Your little devils look adorable:)

Deb said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I'm finishing challenged so it's nice to have a reference for in the future. I know what you mean about the interfacings. I have a few different ones and never used to keep the directions with them thinking I knew everything. Bad move because it was a real hassle using them.

Barb said...

The heart is just lovely. Thanks so much for letting us know how you put it together.

Jan - Life on Buttermilk Hill said...

Hi Marly, The heart is beautiful--really looks like it was made from an old coverlet! Pretty prim colors too--oh, how I wish I had time to do cross stitch too. I used to do a little but my time is eaten up by painting now. Never enough time in the day. Posted today--things are looking up a bit for Brian!! YAY!!--Jan

Carole Z. said...

Marly, the heart and your impeccable finishing of it is
beautiful! You are so talented and I look forward to
seeing more of your lovely work. Hugs, Carole

Margaret said...

It's always nice to learn how you finish things since you do such a nice job. So pretty! Interesting how the baby cat's eyes are so round -- I hadn't noticed that before. I will look for your sale of boxes. Missed the last one.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Marly ~
I envy the fact that you finish a project and then you really finish it, know what I mean? I am finish challenged and have many cross stitch pieces needing a final finish and now two rugs that need binding put on. Can you tell I don't like that part?
Pug hugs :)
Lauren
P.S. I am still psyched about winning your give-away. Thanks!!!

samplerlover said...

Thank you for showing us how to finish off this lovely piece. I love your heart. It looks lovely. Sandra.

Terry said...

Love your coverlet heart, I can see it stitched in mustard & black. Thanks for the step by step finishing. I like the way you turn & stuff thru the back & not a seam. Your little devils are sooo cute! Congrats to the winner of your boxes - she will be thrilled when she sees them in person.
Thanks again for sharing.

Barbara said...

Marly, you're not the only one that heart shaped finishes make their hair curl....that is one shape I usually stay away from but next time I will follow your directions. I never thought of sewing around entire design and making a slit on the back....you're a very clever lady!!!
Cute kitties!!!!
Blessings

Faye said...

Now, thats a wonderful tutorial Marly...I love it! I like the fact that it is not too thick. Perfect to tuck about anywhere or if you do a hemp attachment, you can tie on baskets, furniture...the possiblities are endless...

Thanks again for all you do education us~~

Always, Faye

Carol said...

That's a great tutorial, Marly--very helpful. I've always been very hesitant (chicken!!) to try a heart-shaped finish, but maybe I'll get up my nerve now :)

Thanks again!!

barbara said...

That heart looks AMAZING!

I've also never seen a cat with round eyes. I would've said it was impossible!

Rebecca said...

Your finished heart looks fantastic. It really is very versitile. Maybe some day I will have to make one, but until then I will enjoy your beautiful workmanship.
Thanks and have a great week.

Chris said...

Your finishing on the heart is wonderful Marly.
That picture that you caught of the brats is very sweet.

Joy said...

You always have such great ideas, thanks for sharing. Love the heart and how you used it.

Sweet kitties.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Thanks for posting how you did the finishing. I'm always looking for new ideas. It turned out so nicely!

Mouse said...

ooo finally catching up with blogs :) love the wee heart and the instructions too :) thanks and awwwwwww the furbabies are gorgeous :) love mouse xxxxx

Melissa said...

Marly, you do beautiful work! The heart looks wonderful!

Jenny said...

What a great tutorial and your finished heart is simply beautiful!

Suzanne said...

A very neat finish and thank you so much for sharing your tutorial. I have no problems with squares or rectangles, but anything slighty different in shape and it's a horrible finish.

Gettysburg Homestead said...

It turned out beautiful Marly!

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