Since I started the new job… well not so new now that I’ve been at it almost 6 months now, it’s been difficult to find the time to update my blog. :( Boo.
Did all my U.S. readers have a good Memorial Day weekend? Touted as the unofficial start of summer, it was anything but this year. Cold, windy, rainy, dreary. Yeppers. It didn’t stop most of us from grilling out, though! The BF suggested we make Asian Grilled Pork Ribs. We started out putting a rub on the ribs and let them sit in the fridge for most of the day. Toward the end of grilling, the BF brushed them with a sweet and sour themed sauce that I made from scratch.
Later in the day, I made cinnamon rolls from scratch (Sorry, no pic). A breadmaker makes it so easy to whip up dough. The rolls were so scrumptious!
I have a finish. Yes, I do! I finished the Welcome Banner. I can’t say that it was the most enjoyable thing I’ve stitched, but I do like how it turned out. I’m not a big fan of backstitching that goes over full stitches, so I ended up making partial stitches as I stitched the design. When it came time to finish it into a mini banner, I wasn’t happy with the instructions. Basically, this is what the back was supposed to look like when finished:
The straight edges were to be folded over and tacked into place. And, the instructions said to cut pieces of red floss to use as the hangers. Ahhh… no. How bad would that look? Yeah, exactly… bad.
Since I didn’t want to rip apart what I’d already done, I took a piece of fabric and folded the edges to match the banner. Then I used a matching thread and stitched through both pieces, wrong sides together. It’s not the best finish, but it’s a whole lot better than if I’d stuck with the instructions. If you look close on the front, you might be able to see the machine stitching in between the cross stitches. I also made actual cloth hangers that match the backing fabric, and added a cute button on the front.
Design: Welcome To Our Home (OOP) Mini Banner Kit
Fabric: 18ct white aida
Fabric: 18ct white aida
Fibers: Unknown cotton fibers
In addition to the finish, I’ve been working on two other projects. One is a 4th of July exchange. I’m about halfway done with the stitching. My partner already sent me mine.
Liberty Bells by Little House Needleworks
Stitched and Finished by Jessica in IN
Very pretty, don’t you think? At first, I thought it was a pinkeep but then realized it was a flatfold. It’s sitting on top of my TV armoire right now. Thank you very much, Jessica. I love it!
The other project I’ve been working on is Yuku. I’m happy with the progress I make each time I sit down to work on her backstitching and French knots. I’ve been working my way from section to section. Soon, I’ll be down to the bottom. Here’s her obi (See all those FK’s?):
Once again, Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is hosting an awesome floss giveaway. Click on over and check it out.
Until next time,