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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

~~A Stitchers Heart~~

~~Hello all~~

I have been busy stitching and finishing the 2012 Little House Needleworks ~A Stitchers Heart~~

It was a fun stitch as it came with all the necessary overdye threads and rick-rack...

Here is the finished product....

A Stitchers Heart
Little House Needleworks
Crescent Colors overdyed threads and 1/2" rick-rack

I first had to rescue the poor rick-rack that was in my kit....Somehow it was all balled up in packaging and needed a good ironing....So, iron your supplies before you start...


I have to admit when I re-read the directions and it told me to make a slit in the backing fabric to turn the heart inside out, I thought there must be a better way!! So....I came up with this.....I sewed a flap in the back by overlapping the fabrics...

After you put a small amount of stuffing or padding in, you just hem stitch this flap shut...


Doing it this way allows you to sew completely around the heart with no distortion...


Then rouch and attach the rick rack....


Back side of finished heart....

This was a super fun stitch for me and was so thankful I had brought
 this partiular homespun with me ... It turned out to be a perfect match to the BeanSprout rick-rack!



With Easter behind me, I am now working on a Patriotic design by Sheepish Designs....I hope to finish stitching and fabricate it into something useful for the Patriotic corner of my craft room....You know me....It will be a little bit of a twist from the designers framed model.. We'll see how things go tomorrow...2 more days until I am heading back home....


Here's hoping you are also having a fantastic week!!

Always,

Faye




55 comments:

Beth Pearce said...

Love the heart, and you are so clever to have figured that flap out! Congrats

Beth said...

Very pretty Faye!

Patty C. said...

Wonderful Finish Faye - i like your adjustment to the back -

Shirlee said...

It looks beautiful Faye!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Love it! I'm going to have to remember the flap method... perfect.

Christine said...

Great job, Faye! I have this kit coming so I appreciate your tips and ideas!

Melody said...

Faye, what a beautiful finish! I really do love this piece. I haven't bought it yet, but have a feeling when I find it on a future visit to a needlework shop it will find it's way home with me!!

You have a talent for finish work too, nicely done.

Becky said...

This piece is so pretty, Faye. What a great idea for the finishing to ensure a seamless edge with the needlework!

Deborah said...

Beautiful finish! Thanks for the finishing trick.

Stitchesbyme said...

cute design, lovely finish

Ann in NJ said...

What a great idea to finish the back. I was concerned about the slit also. Now togo do the finishing. Your heart looks great

marly said...

Gorgeous heart! I love using this finishing method.

Tatkis said...

Such a lovely stitching and sweet finish!

Hugs,
Tatyana

cathbroderie said...

Magnifique, bravo pour la finition !

Michele said...

It's lovely!

FIONA said...

So beautiful Faye!! Where did you buy the kit from? I think I NEED one of these!!! xx

Krista said...

Beautiful finishing, Faye!

Giovanna said...

That is such a pretty finish, and making the flap is a stroke of genius - congrats!

Susan in SC said...

Very cute!

Catherine said...

So pretty Faye!!

Chris said...

Beautiful finish Faye. I didn't realize that it was ricrac that was ruched to finish it.
Have a great weekend.

Vickie said...

Oh that is pretty. Excellent finishing. :)

Bertie said...

Gorgeous, love the way you finished with the flap, the ric rac seems easier to put on this way:))

moosecraft said...

Beautiful finish! Great idea for the backing!

Margaret said...

Such a gorgeous finish! And so clever on how to finish it too!

Hilda said...

Dear Faye,
this is such a wonderful design - I loved it at first sight.
Thank you for showing your finished piece and sharing your good tipps (especially the one with the flap on the back sounds very very interesting ...)
Have a nice day!
Hugs
Hilda

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Words like 'slit the fabric' always make you hold your breath and say, Do What? don't they? Like your alternative, and your solution is much neater. Very pretty finish! Enjoy the rest of your break... hope you brought some long sleeves ;-)

samplerlover said...

Absolutely beautiful.

Deb said...

Perfect finish Faye - and thanks for the tips on the flap method!

Jackie said...

Very nice finish Faye.

Shakerwood said...

Just beautiful. I never thought of rouching the rick rack. It looks great and adds more body to the project.

Pat Matejcek said...

Your finish is beautiful!!

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dixiesamplar said...

Gorgeous finish as always Faye...and, I agree with your flap idea, much nicer way to close everything up!

Lanie said...

Hi Faye, your LHN heart is adorable! Rick-rack trim is one of my all-time favorite trims, but I've never "rouched" it before. I will have to give it a try...love the look! Thanks for sharing!

Joanie said...

Beautiful finish! Can you tell me how you attached the rick rack? I have the pattern and it's frustrating me!

Stitchinowl said...

Faye, What a lovely finish! Thanks for sharing your finishing tips. Enjoy stitching your patriotic piece! Have a terrific Thursday.
Carolyn

BrendaS said...

Faye --
Your heart turned out just gorgeous and thanks so much for the tips! I appreciate that very much since I'm not much of a finisher.

Enjoy your last few days at the beach:)

Roberta said...

Very nice I love the heart !

Roberta

Nancy said...

Love it! Your idea with the flap is a good one!

edie said...

Faye, your work is beautiful. I've been wanting that kit, now I know I have to have it. Nice alternative to slitting . . . that's also what Stacy Nash does on her pin drums. How do you finish those? Have you been to any of the events at Spring Green? I'm in the Prim Sisters Club too, and am loving the projects! Thanks for your beautiful blog. edie

COUSON said...

I've just bought it last week!!nice stitching!!

Michelle said...

Its beautiful xx

Karen said...

beautiful finish Faye! I have this and need to finish a couple other projects before I will allow myself to start a new one. LOL Thanks for the tip on the flap on the back for flipping, I can see a little button being sewn on to the flap as well. :)

Loraine said...

So cute Faye! I love the tip about the flap, and the rick rack looks so great ruched like that. Thanks for sharing.

butterfly said...

Again another beautiful project.
Your stitching is beautiful Faye.

Carol said...

So, so pretty, Faye!! Not sure if I'll ever get up my nerve to try a heart finish, but if I do, I'll remember your helpful tip.

Enjoy your last couple of days away :)

doris said...

I'm so behind on reading and commenting, Faye, but I've loved your finishes and finish-finishes you've had lately. The heart is especially nice.

Thanks for the finishing tips. I love to benefit from what someone else has learned!

Simple Pleasure said...

Faye
Congratulations on another wonderful finish! Thank you for sharing the "flap"...I cringe when finishing directions tell me to make a slit. I LOVE the rouching of the ric rac...must give that a try!
I'm looking forward to your patriotic stitching...
Busy Hands...Happy Heart
Patricia

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Wow, Faye. It's absolutely gorgeous, your work is impeccable. And beautiful!!
Hugs,
Susan

Karen said...

How pretty Faye! Love the tip on the "flap" in the back.... perfect finishing as always!

Enjoy the last of your stitching days.

Sally said...

Love this one Faye. I'm going to stitch it myself soon and really didn't like the idea of cutting a slit in the back so really like how you've done yours.

Fiona said...

Great finish and I would have done the same as you with the backing fabric. Why would you cut a slit in fabric to allow you to turn an item, what a strange idea!!

Wanda said...

Hi Faye:
I love it! Your finishing is so spectacular! Wanda

Andrea said...

A lovely finish.