It's time for my last entry into the 2020 Fully Finished Gallery SAL, hosted by he wonderful Rachel! As usual, I am making my update pretty last minute (or rather, as I just noticed, about ten hours too late...I only remembered this was due on the 20th, but didn't check the time!), but this time, I have very good excused, as I just spent a weekend of frantic ornament finishing. As you haven't seen most of this projects since I started them (and one not at all), I'm going to give you a short rundown of each.
The first one I think I've never talked about on my blog. It was a goft for a friend who was going through a hard time, so I and some others teamed up to send her some little brighten-your-day gifts, and since it has now arrived, I can show it.
Rainbow World - Purple
Total Time: 3h30m
Remember earlier this year, when all the designers put out love and freebies? That was when I snatched up this cute little hart that FabyReilly Design published in all the colours of the rainbow. I've been wanting to stitch one of them, and this seemed like a good opportunity. It's a real fun and quick stitch and I can see myself stitching up different colours in the future! I bought some cute little frames to finish it and used this tutorial - I think it's one of my new favourite ways to finish things and I'm glad the frames only came in a set of 8 (or was it 10?).
Total Time: 9h37m
My Naughty November start #2 and my first finish of the lot! This cute little ornament came as a kit with Cross Stitcher magazine October 2017 and I finally stitched it up as a Christmas present for my MIL. It was a fun stitch, but deceivingly dense, being almost full coverage! And it used a pretty strange kind of plastic canvas that seems to be...woven from plastic covered fibres? I made a three coloured braid using some left over floss, and glued it on together with the blue felt the kit provided. Using glue is not my favourite way to finish things, but sometimes it just works out best.
Total Time: 6h25m
My Naughty November start #3 and I just finished this today! Both the stitching and the finish finishing actually. I really enjoyed this one, such a cute little deer and the back stitching just made it pop so much! Durene Jones has a gift for cute little patterns and I should stitch more of hers. This one is for my SIL and I'm not totally sure how to call this finish - it was stitched as a square standing on one corner, then sewn together diagonally, and the too thin corners come together on top. Really fun and quick!
Beneath His Wings
Total Time: 10h01m
The last start and finish of Naughty November! This one is for Felix' grandma, so I picked something a little more traditional. But I actually enjoyed it a lot more than I thought once I started stitching it! There's a on of sparkly backstitch on the wings too, although I had to substitute the called for champagne for some silver I had in stash. This one too, deceivingly much going on! For the finish, I combines the classic round ornament with the hoop finish technique I used earlier, and I'm very happy with how it turned out, all without using glue!
I think I definitifly upped my finishing game this year, and I'm looking forward to explore even more different techniques and improve on the ones I've tried so far.
You did a great job on each one, Leonore! I know Felix's grandmother will love her carefully stitched and finished ornament. I stitched my first Durene Jones chart for a Christmas card this year and really enjoyed the non-traditional colors that she used. I mean who doesn't love aqua and turquoise Christmas trees? Anyway, Merry Christmas to you and your family! ♥
Four great finishes there, more so because all of your Naughty November starts are now finished too!
I hope you find alternative ways of FFOing your stitching next year. I keep saying I want to try different finishing techniques but invariably end up with the ones I am happy and familiar with. :)
Great finishing and nice ornaments!
Wonderful work. I really like the little Purple Heart World. I missed that the first time around.
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