Sunday, 13 April 2014

Some finish finishes and a giveaway!

I'm so excited to show these to you. I finally threaded up my new sewing machine, dug out some smalls, bought some gorgeous fabric, and made these...


Cover kits from old Cross Stitcher magazines

A Great Britain sampler with speciality stitches and beads from a workshop 
at the Stitching and Knitting Show in London a couple of years ago

Blackwork Owl (Jane Greenoff)

Curio Ladybird by Heart in Hand - a win from Heather

Thanks to Mii stitch and Stitchers Anon for inspiration and tips on finishing. Mine are nowhere near the standard they produce but I'm very proud of them for a first attempt.  The ones that have fabric on the front are backed in the same fabric.  The mouse and the sampler are lying on what's left of the backing fabric.

So proud in fact that I would like to offer one as a giveaway prize!  If you would like to win one, please leave a comment on this post only, saying which one you would like, and leaving a tip on finishing.  If you don't do finishing, then you can still enter.  The first one out of the hat next Friday morning will win their chosen piece, plus a few other goodies.

This week I've worked on two of my CJC pieces...

Morning Glory by Nora Corbett

Cut Thru Pirate Ship by Bothy Threads

Hope you are all having a relaxing weekend. Until next time, keep stitching! (and don't forget to enter my giveaway!)

Justine

28 comments:

Anne said...

Hello Justine! I'm new to your blog! I tried joining awhile back but blogger was being stupid, as usual. Your finishes are so cute and each one done with a different flair. Well done!! Wonderful WIP's too! I'm on the RAK blog and saw you there :D

Jacquie Morris said...

WOW!!! Your sewing machine skills are FAB!! I eed to be taking some tips from you! And they are ALL so darn cute! I would feel honored if I were lucky enough to get one... could not choose... surprises are best! As for a tip... hmmm Sometimes simple is more... adding ribbon and other things are great but can distract your eye from the beautiful stitching done. I am still learning too so its a trial and error thing... and your right there are so many great helpful tips out there. One of my followers recommended The Twisted Stitcher... http://tts-learntofinish.blogspot.co.uk/ its brilliant! Oh and one more tip.... do it at your own pace, in your own time... even if it takes days! (As in my case!) I agree that Mii Stitch and Stitchersanon are marvelous and they too have helped me! Loving your blog .
Smiles and happy stitching to you :)

Beth said...

Sweet mouse and darling ladybug.

Mii Stitch said...

Wow sweetie!!!! Your finishes are fantastic!! :) I'm so glad my quick explanations could be of help, you've really worked wonders and they are all lovely. My favourites are the cute ladybird and the adorable mouse!!! Well done, so happy for you. You're now on a roll :D

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

I love, love, love the mousey one! : ) A tip for getting your corners a little more square... after sewing the piece together, and while it is still wrong side out, clip off the little point on each corner... close to the stitching, but not TOO close. When you turn the piece right side out you can use a kabob skewer to gently push out the corners and get them a little more square. : ) Great job on the finishing, though!! : )

Tricia

rosek1870 said...

Just love your adorable mouse!! Your finishes are wonderful and I wish I could do as well. I hope to see some good tips!!
Hugs,
Rose

cucki said...

Hello dear your finishes are so cute ❤️❤️
Please count me in the giveaway..I love the mousie so much..
Hugs x

stitchersanon said...

oo Stitchersanon? Thats me! Thank you sweetie. I had to giggle when you compare your standards with mine lol. Honey, they all look perfect to me and I would love to win one. They are all so beautiful. And I will let you into a secret...I had a huge sewing machine phobia until about a year ago..I now own three sewing machines, and like you was inspired by other bloggers. If you are having fun, you are doing it right! They are gorgeous xxxx

Chris said...

Woohoo! Look at your wonderful finishing. I think that they all look great. I love the owl.
Your other stitching progress is looking wonderful.
Have a great week!

Linda said...

Congrats on all the adorable finishes Justine. They are all so cute, its hard to pick just one. If I am the lucky winner, I would love to have the little mouse.

Linda

sharine said...

Your clever woman. They all look great. I haven't finished anything like these off but do plan to make some Christmas ornies later in the year so I'll be watching the tips and tricks very closely . I would choose the little mouse:)

Katie said...

Wow. There you go showing off haha. Beautiful finishes. I love them all but if I won I would give the little mouse a good home. How sweet of you to share.

I have a drawer full of things that need finished. Wish I had advice to give. I need to get my machine out of hiding and try my hand at some things.

Oh by the way I love your Ship progress of course.

butterfly said...

All your work looks just wonderful you did a great job , love the little mouse so cute enjoy your week hugs.

Kay said...

Beautiful stitching, I really like the mouse and the flower sampler too. I only started making mine in to smalls about a year ago too. When I turn my sewing the right way again I always push the corners out with a pencil which has a rubber on the end before I stuff them. I often add buttons on to mine as they are sweet and it is easy to find some to match in my big button jar. Happy stitching. x

Christine said...

They are all lovely, but my favourite is the taller Japanese Girl, the polka dot orange fabric is an inspired choice for that design.
My tips would be to trim the corners before turning so they come out more pointy and where possible to leave the gap for turning in a place where it is printed fabric on both sides, it's less stiff and doesn't fray so much.

Pull the other thread said...

Absolutely fantastic finishing!! They look beautiful. I would love to be in with a chance to win the mouse or the ladybug. A tip, hmmmm mine would be that instead of spending money on a large piece of one fabric I like to head to Ebay and get a selection on 4" or 5" patchwork squares. That way for tge same cost I get a good selection of different fabrics to choose from. This can be limiting for some things so I do also have some larger piecea of backing fabric in my stash.

Annie said...

They are all adorable, but my favorite is the cute little mousie! I would love to be entered in your giveaway, please. I don't do smalls like that myself, so I have no tips for finishing, but honestly yours look great just as they are.

Cathy said...

Great finishes! I need to learn to finish pieces off in different ways.

Brigitte said...

Wow, it seems that the finishing bug has bitten you, lol. And you were doing so great finishing all these smalls. They are all so lovely.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

These are all great! I have stitched the little mouse and the Kokeshi Doll myself, so I think I would choose the Great Britain piece or the Ladybird (I guess you won the chart not the finished pillow?)
My tip is to do with corners and sewing the cushion shut after stuffing. I can't do either very well so I tend to make little bags out of my finishes and fill them with chocolate for people. Here's a link showing my method:
http://serendipitousstitching.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/smalls-sal-january-update.html

Rachel Tomkins said...

They are all so adorable but my choice would have to be the mouse with the dandelion clock. My tip for finishing - once you've finished the ornament, hand sew some coordinating glittered rope ribbon around the outside, (over the seams) leaving enough to create a hanging loop. Or sew some ribbon into the top seams to make a hanging loop.

Carol said...

You're really on a roll, Justine! Everything looks wonderful! I'm not entering your giveaway as I have way too many smalls here already since that is about all I stitch and finish :) But, my tip is to always iron your piece really, really well and to use an iron-on interfacing before your sew the two sides of your pillow together. It give the whole pillow a sturdier appearance...

Julie said...

Superb finishes, a good tip I was given was to not sew around the corner by straight across and then straight down the other side, you get a better pointed corner.

blue star stitcher said...

Very cute finishes, I love the Dandelion Mouse, he is adorable. Hmmm a finishing tip...for me its pins. I always regret when I don't pin stuff down (like ribbons and trim) before attempting to sew it together.

Thea Wilson said...

I'm a new follower but love your blog already and that Dandelion Mouse is the cutest thing ever! I'd love to be able to finish things like that but I'm rubbish at finishing anything that isn't christmas ornament size :(

Thea @ Gizzimomo's Stitchy Place

Sally said...

Your finishes look wonderful Justine. Love the sweet little mouse.

CJ said...

Justine - They are beautiful. I need to get my sewing machine out and stitch up so many finished pieces. One day I will.

Shebafudge said...

They all look wonderful! I think I will send all my cross stitching to you to finish for me! xxx