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Give Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Americans. 🙂 Brightest blessings to my non-American friends. I’m grateful for all of your visits and cameraderie.

Our family celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday. My dear step-daughter Katie came to visit from Pittsburgh, where she is a nursing student at Duquesne University. She has to work today, so we celebrated on her schedule. Thank you to the boy’s school, who wisely gives students the Wednesday before Thanksgiving the day off. It was a wonderful day.

Last year I stitched Elizabeth’s Designs Give Thanks twice, as I’d inadvertently purchased the semi-kit twice. *embarrassing* No, wait, it was planned, so that I would have one and could give one to the step-daughter as well. Yeah, that’s it. Given my amazing skill at stitching without finishing projects, the stitched pieces waited patiently in a drawer for my attention. While the SD visited, I finished her piece into a pinkeep. My piece is still patiently waiting. She had to delay her departure for an hour while I completed my finishing, but she was pleased with the pinkeep, and I hope, it was worth the wait.

She had forgotten I’d stitched one for her, too. How could that happen? It’s only been a year since I stitched them, and it’s not like she’s crazy busy with school and work. I can’t imagine how waiting and wondering for her prize isn’t in the forefront of her thoughts daily, but there you go. I asked her opinion about the backing fabric and ribbon trim. She gave her opinion freely, but was wondering why I cared so much what she thought. So: even though I told her I’d never attached ribbon trim this way before, and that I’d never used eyelets when finishing before, she didn’t know why I was announcing this to her or apologizing for being slow.

Give Thanks pinkeep 11.10

I’m happy with it, and she’s very happy with it. That’s the most important part. Here’s a photo with bits of the side and back added for fun:

Give Thanks pinkeep 11.10

A note of warning here: the ribbon on back is placed too low. When it’s hung on the wall as is (which is what she wants to do with it), it tips forward. I had to stitch the ribbon to the back close to the top. Next time I use the ribbon and eyelet for hanging, I’ll be sure to place the eyelets much higher and closer together.

Happy Stitching! 🙂

How 2009 ended

I didn’t manage to share the last bits of stitchy accomplishments at the end of last year, so I decided to do it today. Just a couple of quick pics~~

Pineapple Fob by It's Fine-ally Finished 11.09

I finally finished my Pineapple Scissor Fob by It’s Fine-ally Finished. heh.  I trimmed the silk ribbon “leaves” a bit short, alas, but I still adore it.  I’m glad I’ve finished it. 🙂
Vitals: Stitched on 32-ct. Sandstone linen using recommended fibers and ribbon.

Sometimes I’ve liked a pattern so much I’ve bought duplicates.  *blush*  The following picture is one of those patterns.  It was all good, though, as I stitched it twice, once for my step-daughter and once for myself.  I’m planning to eventually finish them as a flat fold and a pinkeep/ornament thingy.

Give Thanks 11.09

Vitals: Give Thanks by Elizabeth’s Designs.
Stitched on 28-ct. Wheaten linen using included fibers and charm.

I suppose I could have scanned each piece to show the slight variations in results that happen when using overdyed floss, but I didn’t feel like it.  I don’t think you feel like you’ve missed out.