Aug 19, 2012

Lydia's finale and Wool

Hiya.  How is everyone enjoying the weekend?  I'm freezing and needless to say, not happy.  I'm slowly organizing and trying to get finished pieces in permanent places.  My husband still thinks Fanny Erb should be on the basket, but I have her mounted and ready to go.  France F (in the header photo) will not be moved, but Lucy will definitely be framed,  Fanny is now up in the air.  Maybe if I hemstitch her edges or line her it would change my mind. 


The pouch finish I had for Lydia just wasn't coming to me and fabric is difficult to find for DMC color 3021, so she ended up as a small pillow and I'm OK with that.  Easy to move her around.




Just in case I decide to frame her later, I didn't trim the linen, and with its heft, didn't need interfacing.  Whenever I do this, I use Craft Fleece (not batting) like this.
To compensate for the excess seam allowance bulk, I lay a piece of this against the back of the stitched piece, and fold the fabric over it.  It just helps a little with concealing.  Before I do this, I press the excess to the center and fold the corners over one another.  Once turned, I stick my hand in and make sure the folds are flat.












To prevent the batting from grabbing on to the fleece and moving it when inserting, I lay a sheet of paper over it, slide the batting in, and then pull the paper out.  Once again, showing you things you already know.  And yes,  I glued her shut!  I'm loving this glue method.  I don't know if other fabric glues are as easy to use as Liquid Stitch, but it's very tacky and doesn't take but 30 seconds of holding for it to grab, yet you can pull open and adjust for several minutes.  Only a tiny line is needed and I sometimes use an artist brush or Q-tip.  Now for Wool. 
I finally found the misplaced chart, stitched, and sewed.  This linen is also very stiff and no interfacing was needed.  Tough color to match so I used a black with brown print.  The ivory threads were Medici wool, and I changed the stars on the right to 642 and a gold that I dyed.  Just wanted a little color and saw gold as a good choice. 

I plan on doing the companion chart but haven't decided which linen, and whether I will use the black or gray Medici instead of floss.
 

When I trim a seam allowance and clip the corners, I always add Fray Check to the inside as a precaution.  I've made too many mistakes when sewing and don't want to worry about a corner raveling if I need to remove machine stitches. 

I used the thickest batting, which I always bevel cut so it doesn't bunch, and those excess cuttings are stuffed into corners.  I sometimes add a much smaller piece to the back, which pulls up the backing fabric so I don't have it showing at the seam.  Doesn't always work on softer pieces but this baby is stiff. 
I haven't been reading too many blogs recently, and need to apologize for not replying to comments.  Something happened to my left wrist a week ago and my store bought brace with Advil, isn't helping.  It's getting worse and typing is very painful, as is holding a piece of fabric to stitch.  To be honest, anything I do is painful!  I'm starting to get shooting pains even when it's stationary so I need to lay off everything for a week and use the bigger brace - another reason I tried to get these projects done now.  Doc appointment isn't for a week.  Maybe this down time will help me make a decision on the kitchen which is narrowed down to two choices.  I prefer one for layout, but am not happy with the doorway having to be in a bad position in the adjoining room.  So anyway, I'll be back next weekend or maybe sooner.  Have a great week - stay safe - thank you so much for visiting with me!
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25 comments:

Margaret said...

Oh dear on the wrist! :( I hope the doctor can help and it gets better. Sounds painful! I love seeing all you're up to. Your tips are always so helpful and smart. I never would have thought of the little things you do to make things easier. Love how Wool came out, also Lydia. I'm glad Frances F is staying on the basket -- she looks so pretty!

Shirlee said...

Wonderful projects & finishing instructions as usual : ) So sorry to hear about the wrist! I will pray that all will be well & you will be stitching rings around me in no time flat : )

Primitive Stars said...

Hello Marly, oh poor you, ouch,that hurts. Love the wool and how Lydia turned out. Get better,Blessings Francine.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Great tips, as usual. Thanks so much for sharing your expertise!Sorry to hear about your wrist - hope it is something that rest will solve. Be well.

annie said...

Loving your tips! The pieces are just wonderful. I hope you get relief and the help that you need!

Anonymous said...

Super tips and pictures, Marly! Hope with resting your wrist it will help with relief from the pain until you are able to get in to see the doctor!

Robin in Virginia

cucki said...

aww great tips..
so sorry to hear about your wrist..
beautiful stitching.
hugs x

Mouse said...

oooo love your finishes and wool looks fab ... who's chart is it again ???
thanks for the tips ... not used glue before but useful to know :)
as to the wrist you sound as if you have got golfers elbow .... been seen and had .... you will need to rest and stop moving your thumb helps to keep the shooting pains at bay .....
hope you get the lay out you want for your kitchen sorted too :)
take care :) love mouse xxxx

Teresa said...

bellissime le tue rifiniture.
Teresa

Vickie said...

I am sorry about your left wrist Marly. I have prayed for you.
Now you go make that kitchen decision! =)

Prims By The Water said...

Sorry to hear about your wrist..hope it gets better. Love all of yoour stitchings. Take care, Janice

Gabi said...

So sorry about your wrist. Hope it will soon heal.
Love your finishes. Every time I read about you using Liquid Stitch I tell myself to try it out. But then again, every time there is the opportunity I grab needle and thread. The problem isn't the glue...it's between my ears. Your finishes are as always an inspiration

Rugs and Pugs said...

Marly ~
You accomplish so much it is truly amazing! Thanks again for all your helpful hints.
I hope you get some relief for your wrist soon.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Barb said...

Thanks so much for the finishing suggestions!!So very sorry to hear about your wrist. I know what a pain my carpel tunnel was-thank goodness, an easy fix! Good luck with the kitchen.

Chris said...

I hope that your wrist improves. Maybe you should try to get into see the dr. now if it is getting worse.
Lovely finishing. These both look amazing.
I am enjoying the cool off we are having. I know it will heat up again soon.

Dirty Martini Queen said...

Sorry about the wrist pain but thanks so much for all the tips. I've never done anything but frame my stitching (I know not real imaginative ) but you've inspired me with your finishes. I'm gonna step outside my comfort zone and ry some alternatives this week. Hope the bigger brace will help to ease your pain.
Donna

Joy said...

Sorry to hear about your wrist...hope it's better soon.

Love your stitching and your finishing tips are the best!

Anne said...

So sorry to hear about the wrist pain. That's no good for stitchers like us to have wrist pain. Take care of it and don't move it around too much. Love your new finishes and never tried the glue method. Looks easier than sewing!

Viola di Nebbia said...

Beautiful like ever! I will try your method for the finishing of mu pillows! Thank you!!

TheCrankyCrow said...

I wish even a little "pillow" finish would come to me...at this point, a finish of ANY kind would be welcome. You have a finishing finesse like no one I've ever known. NO...we "didn't already know that." Uh, duh - perhaps we should have, but, hey, at least one of us didn't. Thanks for the inside perspectives. Hope the wrist heals quickly. I'm in a similar predicament....I thought carpal tunnel was bad....until arthritis compressed a nerve in my upper shoulder...I feel like I'm paralyzed on my whole right side from the neck to the tips of my fingers....yikes. This growing old stuff ain't for sissies, ya know??? Heal quick. Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

TheCrankyCrow said...

I wish even a little "pillow" finish would come to me...at this point, a finish of ANY kind would be welcome. You have a finishing finesse like no one I've ever known. NO...we "didn't already know that." Uh, duh - perhaps we should have, but, hey, at least one of us didn't. Thanks for the inside perspectives. Hope the wrist heals quickly. I'm in a similar predicament....I thought carpal tunnel was bad....until arthritis compressed a nerve in my upper shoulder...I feel like I'm paralyzed on my whole right side from the neck to the tips of my fingers....yikes. This growing old stuff ain't for sissies, ya know??? Heal quick. Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Solstitches said...

Thanks for taking the time to share pics of your tips for better finishing. The Fray Check is a great idea - I speak as one who has had need of it!
Hope there will be some improvement in your wrist soon.
Margaret

dixiesamplar said...

Sure hope things get better with your wrist issues!

The finish is lovely, and your finishing tips are a great help...

Mugwump Woolies said...

Hi Marly,
Hope your wrist will be good as new before long. This creaky achy stuff is no fun...I should have bought stock in Motrin. Your finishes are great...love the Wool pin keep and Lydia. They are both on my list...better go get more Motrin!
Take good care,
Robyn

Suzanne said...

I hope that your wrist is feeling much better now. I love your wool finish, such a simple but very pretty design.

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