Feb 18, 2014

Two horse finish

Hello people.  Hope all is well.  We got hit again last night with ice, winds, and snow.  My painting hit a snag because my original custom mix was never put in the computer, so I had to scramble to find the original swatch.  Since she made two adjustments after the first mix and never added them to the label, we had to start over.  This time, the computer read it completely different and it's green.  Green.  The paint department regulars have been off and will continue to be, they apologized, but have fill ins from other departments and they are not familiar with formulas.  I decided to paint the wall beneath the chair rail and don't have enough left so I'm not happy.  What else is new?  The kitchen guy won't return my calls.  Is this ridiculous?  I am so tired of this.
Anyway, under the pile of fabrics I was rolling, I found the Two Horse finish that I took off my box. 
I would prefer hanging this piece and since this coarse wool reminds me of horsehair, that's what I plan on using.  Leather laces will be the hanger.  I get these rolls of various colors at Hobby Lobby or Michael's.  Even though it's thick, it stretches easily and I doubt if I could use a fusible stabilizer so I may get a black sew in piece. 
 
 
   
 I cut it into two pieces to fit the stitchery and allowed an inch border.  Should I leave it open as a pocket, or sew around all four sides?   If I leave the top open as a pocket, I think it still needs a decorative stitch so either way, a contrasting blanket stitch will be sewn on all sides. 
 
 
 
 Decisions decisions.  But I do like the rough wool showing rather than the usual pillow/pinkeep finishing.  Normally, I don't like fabric borders. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Last night, I worked for hours on one lousy flower outline on my attempt of the original.  I'm going to keep at it as much as I can because the frustration is tempting me to quit.  I've come too far for that and don't want to set it aside.  
 
Enjoy your week!
Thanks for visiting.

16 comments:

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

This has really turned out very well and I do like your choice of wool backing and the reasoning behind it.
Super Job, AGAIN!
Have a beautiful week with blessings to all,
Barb

Robin said...

I like seeing a bit of the wool backing. I think it looks fabulous.

Sorry about the paint color!

Robin in Virginia

C. M. Designs said...

I think the dark edging helps to make the horses stand out.. Your work is beautiful..
I know it has to be such an aggravation not to be able to get the color of paint that you want and need. It's a shame the employee didn't put the number in the computer..
I hope you're going to get some of the mild weather that is being forecasted for the end of this week.
Charlotte in Virginia

Vickie said...

Cool! No, do NOT set it aside.

Anonymous said...

Your two horses are absolutely charming! Wouldn't change a thing. I love your idea. kelley secrest

Penny said...

Sorry about the paint.... we had something similar happen to us several years ago, and it was so frustrating. It was paint for a bathroom in the master bedroom.... and we were trying to match the color to wallpaper... Never did work out, and I hated that paint until we moved!!
LOVE the Two Horses!! It will be a fabulous finish with the wool backing... can't wait to see it finished up!

Carol said...

This snow just keeps hammering away at us, doesn't it, Marly? I'm seriously, seriously thinking of moving south now when I retire--never felt that way until this winter...

The wool backing for your two horses looks great--it's perfect for that design...

CJ said...

it looks great. So are you going to keep the "green" paint??

Margaret said...

It's a beautiful finish! Love that wool around the piece.

Kathy L. said...

Love this piece! The wool choice is perfect.

Kathy

Judy said...

The backing for the 2 horses looks perfect for this piece. It really is lovely. I think everyone is so over winter this year. We are having 3 tease days in the 40's and low 50's...and rain which will lead to flooding when all the mounds of snow melt. Good grief...I just want to see robins!! Enjoy.

Judy Heartland stitcher

Chris said...

No quitting!!
I am sorry about all the other frustrations. I think that everyone is just so over this winter it is showing up in all different ways.

Pam in IL said...

It turned out great! I hope you're getting the warmer temps like we are. I'm actually excited to see concrete again!

Evelyne said...

Fabulous work Marly!
I like the finishing.

Have a nice week. Evelyne

Shirlee said...

Great finish!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Looks wonderful Marly, love the dark edging, really makes it pop!

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