Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sewing Machine finis

I started this little piece yesterday and just finished it up. It's from a really old issue of Cross Stitch and Country Crafts magazine. It was part of one of their stocking designs. My sister had a book from the publisher that had just the stockings in it and each page had some additional ideas from motifs taken from each stocking. This is from the Stitcher's Studio Stocking. She said if I was planning on stitching her something for Christmas she would love this. What a pain in the ass it was! I totally remember now why I stopped doing this sort of cross stitch - the kind with quarter stitches and three quarter stitches and top stitching on top of top stitching. :-)

It is suggested that it be a pin but my sister said no way she would rather have an ornament. But I'm not sure I want to do that either. I was thinking of maybe adding a quilted border from holiday fabrics and making a box lid and finishing off the box so she can use it to store stuff in. She is a crafter also and we always need more storage space. However I seem to think that I made her a box last year for Christmas with some sort of stitching on it so I hate to do the same thing two years in a row.

Any one have any other ideas? Maybe a pin keep? Or maybe a pin cushion with small quilted borders?

8 comments:

Barbi said...

I have the book that you mentioned that your sister has, with all the stockings in it, and I never thought of stitching little motifs out of it. This is a great one that you have done. I love it.

Margaret said...

Oh I hate that sort of stitching -- with the quarter and half stitches and all. Bleagh! As for what you should make it into, that's a puzzle. I saw (I think on Down Sunshine Lane blog or someone who attends stitching there) that Amy of DSL took a metal gift certificate tin and topped it with stitching and then put magnet strips inside the tin to make the tin into a needle holder. That's pretty clever, how about that? :D Does she use needles in her crafting?

JOLENE said...

I love that Singer, I have an old one and this reminds me of it. Too cute! I think Margaret's idea sounds perfect for finishing it.

Sandra said...

I love your stitching and I think all those fiddly quarter and three quarter stitches are worth it in the end. It's a bit of an odd shape isn't it, so don't know how you could finish it. It could perhaps be made into an actual stocking shaped ornament.

Alice said...

I can only say that you can never ever have enough boxes! It may have been a pain, but it is a really cute finish!

Stitch By Stitch said...

I love Singer sewing machines! They remind me of my grandmother and great grandmother. I now own both of their machine. Well done! I look forward to seeing what you decide to do to finish it.

cytojo417 said...

Would you mind telling me the issue number of that design. That machine reminds me of my Featherweight machine that I use for quilting. I also really like the idea of the metal gift card/needle keep.

Thanks
Joanne

Jennifer Stumpf said...

OMG i hate quarter stitches and all that! I can see this would be an awful pain to stitch but it turned out beautifully nonetheless!
My suggestion for finishing is maybe featuring this around a quilted roll up with a tie, for keeping pins or whatnot.