Oct 14, 2012

How's it hanging?

Greetings!  I mentioned previously about hanging samplers with no finishing.  I decided after an email from a knowledgeable needleworker, to go for it - without all the fuss and tapes and extra work.  She was originally in a basket but then mounted to board, ready for framing.  But after several trips to my framer, still can't decide on the wood tone or moulding width.  After the fits this young lady presented, I want her displayed where I see her every day to encourage patience.  Remember my letter to Lucy post?  So after months of being out of sight, she is front and center.  When the house changes are complete and I know where she will be displayed, the frame choice will be clearer and the hem's stitches will be easily removed. 
I have trouble when pressing linen and seem to always end up with areas that won't lay flat.  I recently read on The Inspired Stitcher that you always press the linen with the fold down, and the opened fold on top.  Never knew this.  But I have a multitude of 1/4 - 1/2  yard pieces and have to wonder if the person cutting knew this and folded the right direction!  I some times end up hand washing and machine drying trying to remove a fold which seems is inevitable on some linens.  Lucy was out of whack from being mounted so I spritzed, and machine dried her.  

 Got out the very small brad nails and inserted without breaking any linen threads after machine basting a hem.  She's quite large so I used the bigger ones.

I decided to add Virginie above her in the basket and used 3M's mounting tape.  It's holding quite well but I wouldn't use it on the wall.                    I'm making progress on Mary and she should be done in a day or two.  Meanwhile, I'm putting all the summer clothes and shoes away and bringing out the seasonal items.  Always takes a long while with lots of bags for Goodwill, some I regret the next year.   I need to stick close to home so I can squirt the hose at the Woody Wood****ers attacking us again.  It's time for them to find a nice spot to roost and we're the only wood house on the street.  Visual deterrents like fake owls do not work and have to be moved constantly.  After years of this, I wonder if the neighbors truly believe that my unusual dance of jumping up and down while yelling with flailing arms and water hoses is caused by a bird.  As I'm typing, he is drilling the metal plate we have over his last hole so I better get out there.  I wanted to link and show other things but it will have to wait!!!  Thanks for visiting!  Stay safe! 
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21 comments:

WoolenSails said...

I love how you mounted them. I have the same problem, pieces that have been folded and sitting too long, so guess I need to take them out and spritz them. I like the idea of hanging without a frame.

Debbie

basketsnprims said...

love samplers finished in this way and yours look awesome. thanks for sharing the tips.
pam

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Magnifique I love your fabric

bisous de FRANCE

cucki said...

wowwwwwwwwwwww what a cute idea..i will try it too..lovely sampler...
thank you for sharing..
hugs xxx

Ralee said...

In so far as removing that seemingly unremovable fold in fabrics, I've had pretty good luck by wetting the fabric, freezing it (yeah, sounds crazy), thawing it after a day or so, and slowly ironing it dry. Sometimes you have to repeat the process, but it has worked almost 99.9 % of the time for me.

And regarding your novel way of hanging samplers--works divinely with your decor. My husband would be so happy if I'd try it--my framer (who is a genuis) not so much.

Happy stitching.

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

I am sounding to much like a broke record, but here it goes anyway...I Love the different ways you mount the finished samplers. They are always so uniquely appropriate & beautiful.

Yeah those wood peckers are either funny or pains in the neck. One day Sandy & I heard this 'rat-a-tat-tat-tat racket outside. We hurried to our front picture window only to catch this crazy pecker wood, ferociously pecking away on a metal mail box. We often laugh when reminiscing and wonder if there was ever any brain damage...or maybe a crunched up bill?

Anyways have a great day, with Peace,
Barb

Vickie said...

Oh that darn woodpecker is back! Good luck. =)

Primitive Stars said...

Hi Marly....they look wonderful either way to me.....love samplers anyway.....also Woodpeckers....have a fondness for them....Blessings Francine.

Shaunterria Owens said...

I think hanging pieces without framing them is a brilliant idea. The pieces you paired on your wall look great together and like you said, you should enjoy them how you want right now :)

--shaunterria
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Barb said...

I love the way the samplers look. I have often just put the linen in water to get out the fold lines. then I iron them dry.

Margaret said...

Oh no! The woodpeckers are at it again? Ugh. Anyway, I love how you've hung both pieces -- it looks so neat! Fantastic! As for the linen fold thing -- I have to admit I couldn't figure out which way Lisa meant when she talked about the folds. lol!

barbara said...

I always love seeing alternatives to framing, which is not only expensive but all-too-often disappointing as well. Lovely approach!

Anne said...

Oooh! Great way to hang your samplers! Love the look! Will have to try it sometime. Squirt those Woodys!!!!!

Joy said...

I'm so happy you finished Lucy and I love how she's hung. Who needs a frame?!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

I think she looks great! I'm glad you enjoyed the tip too. Have a good week!

Deb said...

I really love seeing samplers hung that way. Gives them a really primitive look versus framing.

Lyn said...

I wonder if hanging some CDs or strips of aluminum foil where they could twist in the wind would deter Woody... I used CDs (junk ones I got in the mail), attached to fishing line and a spinner so they'd spin, in my vegetable garden and in my fig tree and it seemed to work...the flashes of sunlight as they moved, and the motion itself seemed to keep them away.

Shirlee said...

Oh Marly ... I so love reading your posts! Of course you already know that : ) I so often have a good laugh (with you, not at you) & learn a life's lesson as well. I hope the remodeling is going well!

Carol said...

You always find the most creative ways of displaying your samplers, Marly!! It looks wonderful hanging underneath the one you've attached to the flat bottomed basket.

Darn woodpeckers--my BIL lives in a log cabin and is always battling them, too. Good luck in your continuing war with them :)

TheCrankyCrow said...

"...press the linen with the fold down, and the opened fold on top"??? I'm absolutely clueless.... I love the purist look of Lucy hung like that....makes a very powerful statement. Bummer about the peckers...I stopped hanging suet feeders because of them....they were killing all our trees. :o( Robin

Suzanne said...

I really love this way of displaying your sampler, it's different and matches quite nicely with the overall theme of your home. I think I understand what you mean with the pressing of the linen, I will have to give it a go next time.

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