Feb 3, 2015

Anna Eliza Abe

Hope everyone is fine and dandy.  Which rhymes with candy.  Chocolate.  Damn.
After aging the piece with the Ranger Archival ink pad and brush, I moved on to the backing.  The fabric was fine but I wanted a darker look (too lazy to get the walnut stain), so I turned the pad over and lightly moved it over the fabric. 
 
 
 
 
  
You can see the difference after inking.  Make sure it is dry before ironing.
I had extra fabric at the top of the sampler and decided to make a flap because the linen excess wasn't enough to save. 
  Using one piece of very thick quilt batting for the fill, I folded the backing fabric over the bat, folded the linen, and stitched it by hand on the edges.  In case I want to hang it, a piece of jute was laid in the top fold before turning down.  The corners are not stitched, just left a little opening for the jute to slide around and either be removed or added back later. 
So here she hangs after all the inking and with the sliding jute, front and back.
 

 
Wouldn't this finish be a nice idea if you wanted to personalize?  That flap can have the date, initials, sentiment, and not be a part of the design.  I personally don't like to date and initial but this way would be acceptable and I think a great idea.
 
The original sampler is wider and more rectangular, probably because of the linen weave.  I added the dividing band under the first line which isn't in the chart but in the photo, and made a few other changes by looking at them both.  I am considering this on Havana linen with 822 substituted for the pinks.  I can visualize it - I like it - but will I do it?
 
Got a room for the week in Cleveland with shuttle service to the Clinic, microwave and mini fridge in the room which will help with snacks and meals. 
 
That's all I got!  Taking Carole to the lab soon and her driveway can double as a luge training track so wish us luck.  If you don't make the curve coming down the ridiculously steep hill, you go head first over the eight foot straight down bank.  Freezing rain between the snowfalls has made such a thick layer of ice and it can't be scraped off.
 
Thanks for visiting!!
 
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34 comments:

Robin said...

Love how your finished Anna Eliza Abe! Way to go, Marly! Good luck in navigating Carole's driveway.

Robin in Virginia

dixiesamplar said...

Gorgeous, Marly...and I love the finishing idea :-) Good Lord...you two be careful on that obstacle course of a driveway!!

Cricket-bug Corner said...

love the stitching! You are so good with the ink. good luck in Cleveland. You can eat at the Melt Bar and Grilled (healthy grilled cheese ha!) You could visit Crafty Ewe in Broadview Heights - I go to Cleveland a lot!! Hope it all goes well!!

Vera said...

Love your finish Marly - it looks great! I never finish anything...really! I stitch a number of things but almost never finish (unless they are small, small, small). Good luck on the driveway -- be safe!

donnacrafts said...

Perfect sampler, perfect finishing!! Now I am thinking about chocolate too. Oh no.

donnacrafts said...

Perfect sampler, perfect finishing!! Now I am thinking about chocolate too. Oh no.

celkalee said...

A girl and her ink pad! What a great finish. I hear you with the chocolate I am currently in withdrawl but I know there are some Skinny Cow's in the freezer. So on my way to the linen I am going to pop into the freezer, just one.

Hope that everything goes as smoothly as possible at the Clinic. Having a home away from home is so important when dealing with everything.

blueladie said...

Very cool! Great job on finishing this. :) Cathryn

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

LUV it ... even more than I thought I would. Nice finish too.
Keep safe on those slippery roads.
Keeping you all in my prayers.

Peace,
Barb

Starry-eyed stitcher said...

What a great idea for a finish. Perfect flap to add personal details as you suggested. You take care of yourself as well as your sister. Irene xxx

backporchcarver said...

I love that flap, what a great idea!Good luck with Carole.

Kristen said...

What a great finish, Marly! You're so creative in making pieces your own.

Barb said...

I love that finish and thanks so much for telling us how you did it. My thoughts will be with you and Carole. Be very careful with that ice!

Marie said...

Another great finish! Just love this pocket.

Good luck at the Cleveland Clinic.

Angie said...

I love your finished sampler, Marly.
The best of luck to you and your sister! Keeping fingers crossed!

Rugs and Pugs said...

LOVE your finish. Never thought to stain fabric that way. You are so full of good ideas!!!
I hope the luge track didn't cause any problems.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Jayne Schofield said...

You're stitching is so cute x So creative !! www.thestitchingshed.co.uk

C. M. Designs said...

Love your "rhyme time" ! That chocolate is always on your shoulder whispering in your ear.
Your finished Abe is soooo nice !
Take care of Marly and Carole on the ice.
Charlotte

Vickie said...

She looks great. Perfect spot for her.
Take care today!

Shirlee said...

You are the quickest & most creative stitcher/finisher I know! Continuing to keep you & Carole in my prayers.

Margaret said...

Your finish is wonderful. So beautiful. And you finish the finishes too! Good luck with taking Carole in. The drive sounds so scary!

Karen said...

Lovely finish and your ideas are admirable! I have considered using a stitched sampler as a pillow before. The colors are so pretty. I know you are not a pink person, but I like pink. It is a light color, not as heavy as chocolate. Oops...

Barbi said...

Great finish! And that flap in the back is genius actually...I don't like to date and initial my pieces either.

Annmarie said...

Such a special finish - LOVE!!! Thoughts and prayers continue for you both.

Judy said...

The sampler and finish are very nice. Great idea for the envelope finish. Good luck with that driveway..sounds like a nightmare!

Judy Heartland stitcher

bayrayschild said...

It turned out so nice! Thank you for sharing!

Audrey

Maggee said...

Sure hope you made it to Carole and got her up and back to the clinic, all safe and sound for all! Great finishing job there! You are definitely the Inking Queen!

Lou said...

So pretty !

Theresa said...

Love the little sampler and the flap finish is the best. You's are in my thoughts and prayers. Theresa

Pam in IL said...

Love the finish! Be careful on that driveway and the ice! Keeping you & Carole in my thoughts and prayers.

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

I love the sweet finish and its a stupendous idea with the initials and date, etc. :) Prayers continued for Carole and the entire family. Hang in there Marly!

Dogwood Farm said...

I love it!!
xo

StitchinByTheLake said...

I love the way you finished this piece. And staining the fabric the way you did - brilliant! blessings, marlene

Krista said...

Love, Love, Love!

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