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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Patriotic Betsy.........

I know, I know,.... a post 2 days in a row from me...?..... What in the world??  I nearly pulled an all nighter (anything after midnight is crazy late for me!)....But I just had to show you my Patriotic stitch.... Once I get on to Patriotic colors I somehow stick with them for a while...........! So, get ready.

Betsy
Sheepish Designs
40 count Vintage Pearled Barley
npi silks as called for

This is a design I have kitted up for a little while now and happened to have with me. I have to thank my good friend Nicole for sending me a couple snippets out of her npi stash... She is the "Queen of npi" and mailed me a few colors I only needed a smidge of....thanks again Nicole~~

Only if you are familiar with this design will you notice I omitted the date and opted to customize this piece with a piece or two of wool...Had to put my spin on things....


And, I satin stitched in the peacock's feathers....
texture, I seemed to want to offer more texture to this design......


Not only is there a nice peacock, but this flower has many sweet birds flying near it....

And, I have to tell you....
since this design is a mere 4" by 12 1/4", I plan on doing another "non-traditional" finish....

Before I give you that hint, I really must reply to a couple questions from my last post ...

I found the LHN~A Stitcher's Heart kit at Country Sampler (here)...They are the best ladies to deal with and I find the  most unique items there....

 As for the question about rouching the rick-rack....I think the directions in the kit are wonderful and I followed them to the letter...Running a long thread through the rick-rack and slowly gathering it up...Then, once I evened up things, I used thread that matched the rick-rack (C/C BeanSprout) and did a blind hem stitch around the perimeter of the heart tacking the rick rack to the heart.... Email me if this isn't clear as I will be glad to offer more exlplanation....

Lastly, the idea to make a fold in the back of the heart with my backing fabric is used by many sewers and I just remembered reading about that technique on someones tutorial....I wish I could take full credit for thinking it up totally on my own....Try it though, you will be pleased with the outcome!

So, as I sign off to finalize my finish of my stitched Betsy piece, I leave you with these photos just to give you a glimpse of what might be running through my head !!....



Oh! Many a congrats to Linda P (stitchhag on 123 MB),
as she became a  grandmother again  yesterday!
Congrats to the entire family and welcome little sweet Miss Roxie~~~

Many smiles and blessing to all of you!!!

Faye




53 comments:

Deborah said...

Beautiful finish! This is one of my all time favorite pieces. Love your spin on it. Look forward to your finishing.

Deb said...

You are just cranking out the pieces and I love your spin on this design with the added wool!

doris said...

What a wonderful piece! I'll have to work on finding that one so I can add it to my already-overwhelming stash ... lol. I love living vicariously through you quick finishers. As a slowpoke, it gives me hope.

MoonBeam said...

Betsy is so cute. I haven't seen this pattern. Love your alterations and your little tease with possible finishing materials.

Bobbi

Patty C. said...

That is a perfect finish!
Thanks for the info on your finishing ;)

BrendaS said...

Faye --
Another gorgeous finish! I love the little touches you did to make it your own:)

Barb said...

Hi Faye, I have Betsy in my pile to do before summer. I love the way yours turned out. Can't wait to see how you finish her!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

I'm happy to see you're gettin' all the goodie out of this break -- and puttin' all your creativity into these finishes! Beautiful stitching and love your finishes.

Carol said...

Oh, I just love your Betsy, Faye--and your rendition with the wool makes it even more special :) I have this chart and really hope to stitch it for the 4th of July!!

dixiesamplar said...

Gorgeous finish Faye...and love your customization!! Can't wait to see what the new piece is going to turn into...

pam said...

Wonderful Finish. I love SD pieces. Wool touch is prefect:)

JillMN said...

I LOVE that Betsy! I can't wait to stitch her. Thank your for being so kind and thinking of me.

Shirlee said...

It's beautiful Faye!

Vickie said...

Ooo! I love this! What an awesome pattern. Just bought a few patriotic fabrics this morning. :)

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Wonderful finish and your extra touches make it perfect!

Katrina said...

Gorgeous piece!!! Can't wait to see how you finish it :-).

Giovanna said...

Ooooh, that's lovely! Such a fun design. Congrats!

Annette-California said...

Betsy look amazing. Love all you added touches Faye. Beautiful!

Joy said...

Such wonderful finishes!! I just adore visiting your blog for finishing inspiration...don't you want to move to GA and be my neighbor?! LOL Hmmm...I am guessing either a flag or runner finish. What will Betsy be??

Keeper of the Crowes said...

I love the how you made "Betsy" your own. Hard to believe you made it even cuter than it already is!!! Did I say how much I love this design???LOL!
Linda

Catherine said...

Another fab finish ~ can't wait to see what you come up with for the finish~finish!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Congrats on finishing another beautiful piece. I love the little 'extras' you made to your sampler.

Nancy said...

Beautiful work! Love your special touches!

Margaret said...

Such a pretty finish! I want to stitch this one someday. Love how you made the design yours!

Linda said...

Great piece Faye. I love it.

Linda

samplerlover said...

Another beautiful piece. I also love how you made it your own.

Karen said...

Oh I love this one and the way you personalized it! I really need to get this one stitched... I just love yours!

Now....what are you up too????

Ellen said...

Gorgeous! Love the ways you personalised your stitching! Can't wait to see how your finishing!

Hugs,

barbara said...

slurp That's just me drooling over this fabulous finish!

marly said...

That is so darling!!! Colors are great and your addition to personalize is special. Not everyone reads the same blogs so showing your tricks and shortcuts is always welcome. Doesn't matter who started it, as long as we all get to see it!!

Jannie said...

As always, Faye - Betsy is another success of yours. Love it!

Krista said...

Betsy is a beautiful new piece, and I love all the special touches you put in it. You sure have been a busy bee! :)

Becky said...

Love this piece, Faye - your work is always so beautiful. Can't wait to see your finish.

Theresa said...

Betsy is so beautiful!!!!!! I love your spin on the wool!!! So cool~
Can't wait to see what you have in mind for the finish!!!!

Nan ~ Threadwork Primitives said...

Wonderful piece Faye and I love the added wool. Great idea to make it just a bit different.
Smiles,
Nan

Melissa said...

Absolutely beautiful, Faye! Betsy is so pretty! I wish I had used NPI silks when I did mine. Looking forward to seeing how you will finish it - I'm sure it will be a gem!

Laura said...

How exciting!! I have loved Betsy for so long and it is wonderful to see her all finished! This could be my Olympics project! (you know where you start something at the opening ceremonies and finish it during the closing ceremonies!)

robindefender said...

Very pretty! I love the fact that it's patriotic and has sheep. Can't wait to see what you've come up with for finishing it.

Stitchesbyme said...

beautiful piece!

Carol said...

Faye, thank you for sharing such lovely stitching. You are always and inspiration. Love the latest piece.

Ginny said...

Really like this one!

Lesleyanne said...

A lovely finish.

Lois said...

I love how you've personlised this one Faye and can't wait to see what you come up with for finishing her.

Tatkis said...

Lovely, beautiful design! I love every detail - sheep, flowers, peacock!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

oh my god, very beautiful stitching ...
the best my friend,

Chris said...

I love this one Faye and the changes that you made. I can't wait to see the finishing.
Have a great weekend :)

Michelle said...

A stunning piece xx

Sally said...

A gorgeous finish Faye.

Glenna said...

So creative and beautiful! (And I love the photos--your photos are lovely in their own right.)

Carol R said...

A very pretty finish Faye!

Fiona said...

What a pretty design. I look forward to seeing how you finish it, thanks for the teaser.

Michelle said...

Love love love your finish! Adding the wool felt is perfect for this. I can not wait to see your finishing!!

Laura said...

Oh my Faye! You recent finishes are just wonderful! I bought that same LHN piece although I got mine from 123stitch.com. I have to ask you a question. How do you stitch so quickly? What's the secret? It takes me f.o.r.e.v.e.r to finish a piece it seems. Thanks for sharing all you do!