Mar 2, 2016

Linen strips

How's everyone doing?  It's March.  Pretty soon the flowers will be popping and gardens will be planned.
Karen chose The Stitching Post in Baltimore for her gift certificate and they are having a "make your own sale day" sale the 17th - 26th for 20% off, in case any of you are close by. 
 
I'm doing a little finishing work to pieces that have been (lost) recently discovered.  I love this tiny sampler and used the same blue backing as the last project.  Whenever I trim linen I save these strips to use the threads for mending or seaming and sometimes for hangers.  Comes in handy if the linen color is odd and nothing else looks right. 
 
 Since I like more primitive style, I just fringe the edges on each side, or fold and run a machine stitch.  Then I fray to that line. 
 
 
 
 


Running my nail along the fringe makes it a little wonky and steaming or dampening helps if needed.  Instant matching hanger.
I forgot to add it when I was seaming this little ornament so I hand sewed the hanger to the back.  In a way, that's better because I can easily remove it for a change. 
 
It was a little too long for this cubby box so I hooked it on the bottom of the nail, hung the box, and then flipped it over.  Why not shorten it?  Since it's not in the seam it would be an easy fix, but I'm lazy.

We had a sad situation this past weekend.  My nephew's son Matt is a volunteer firefighter.  He responded to an accident within a mile from his home, could not get a pulse from the trapped passenger whose position hid his face.  He moved on to help the other three occupants while the ambulance removed the body.  Later, he found out it was his friend since grade school and he's devastated.  They shared a special bond and helped each other through tough times. The young man's mother shoved him off to an abusive grandfather for many years, yet he never drank, did drugs, got into trouble.  He was more sad than bitter, and grew into a caring and responsible young man whose life was cut short at 22.  Now she is trying to hold his lifeless body in the casket, crying hysterically, but it's too late. 
If you need to tell someone you are sorry, have regrets, love them... do it.

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16 comments:

Vickie said...

The little sampler really looks great in that cubby.

Silvana said...

sempre lavori molto raffinati molto gusto
complimenti

Pam in IL said...

Love how you finished the little sampler and hung it in the cubby box. I probably would have done the same as you and not shortened the strap. Sorry to hear about Matt's friend.

P.S. I never paid much attention to all the hacks, but since your post about "hacks" all I see and hear is "lifehack this or hack that" lol

kelley said...

Sweet little sampler...looks perfect hanging there...so sorry about Matt's friend...it's amazing how well some people turn out in spite of their family...

Primitive Stars said...

Morning Marly, Happy March!!!! Love the sampler, very sweet..... So so sad for Matt, horrible to find out your good friend from school...Blessings Francine.

Sherry said...

What a great sampler. I am so sorry for Matt's loss. You are right though -- tell people you love them NOW.

celkalee said...

What a sweet little sampler. Hopefully I will be more productive in March, how do you get so much done? So sorry for nephew and the tragic situation. What a horrible life experience for him. As a grieving parent, totally different situation, I can attest to your thoughts, tell them you love them now, make the best of each experience and respect the sanctity of life. Thank You for sharing.

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

A darling finish and a great tip about the linen strips :)
That is a devastating situation and my heart aches for you nephew. May his friend rest in peace. I don't know what to say about the mother...other than I will pray for her for surely she will need lots of prayers for the situation she is in, now...

Maggee said...

I really like that sweet little colorful sampler. Reminds me of the Liberty one I did... and see, every day! :) Life IS too short, I agree! Hugs!

gracie said...

Great idea for the trim pieces. I sometimes use them to practice a stitch or maybe a thread color.

angelasweby said...

What a sad account of the tragedy your nephew's son had to attend. What a difficult job he has. His friend's family will be devastated. My thoughts are with them all.
Your finishing idea is really clever. I often struggle to find matching trims.

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

Oh, Marly… what a sad story both for your Matthew and the young man. Love given too late is of no use. You're right, give love while you can.

Your finish is fabulous - I just love it!

If I ever made mistakes, I would keep linen like that to use, too!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Such a tragic loss.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Margaret said...

That is so sad about your nephew's son's friend. Just tragic. Love your finishing as always.

Barb said...

I have the right idea. What a sad situation especially for your nephew. I love that little design. It has such pretty colors. You find the best ways to show them.

C. M. Designs said...

First responders never know what they will find at an accident/fire. God bless your nephew for the work he does. So sorry he lost a friend. Prayers for the young man's mother.
You have such a good idea about saving the threads from your linen. I could do the same with my Aida ? and use it for hangers too.
We're supposed to get more (four letter word) snow tonight into Friday here in Va. UGH ! Then 70 degree temps next week. Can't wait.
Blessings,
Charlotte

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