Sunday, May 10, 2009

Eeek! Winter is here

Yesterday was lovely and warm, and today is the opposite with sleet, rain and very cool temperatures. DH and I were going to start the Couch to 5K running programme today, but now we both feel like hibernating!

Anyway, here's Forest Snowfall by CCN all finished up. (It's gloomy here today, so not a great photo).



I have also made a start on Sparkling Shamrocks which I am stitching as a memorial piece for someone I knew in Northern Ireland, who died in very sad circumstances last year.



I was a bit hesitant about this piece, as it uses lots of specialty stitches and beads etc. But I decided to just take the bull by the horns and go for it! So far, so good. I really have to stop being such a sissy about trying something new when it comes to stitching and finishing (one day I might share a photo of my bag of 'unfinished finishes'... maybe it will shame me into action!).

I haven't really done much beading, so I would be interested to hear your opinion on keeping my fabric wrinkle free. I intend to finish the stitching, iron it and then attach the beads. I am not sure at this stage how to keep the fabric wrinkle free after that. It's quite a small piece, so my little 6x6 Q-snaps will be no good once the beads start to go on. Your advice would be appreciated - thanks!

19 comments:

Melissa said...

Hi Rowyn,

Your Forest Snowfall is very pretty! I can't offer any advice about the fabric and beading as I've never done beading before. I know - strange but true!

It's odd to hear you talk about wintery weather as we've just come out of an unusually cold and long winter, and spring has just arrived, better late than never!

Daniela said...

Forest Snowfall looks amazing. It is so beautiful.

I don't know if I can give you an advice on your beading, but this is how I do it: I finish it all up incl. the beads and than I iron it. I fold several layers of a very soft material, such as molleton, place the piece right side down on it and iron it on the back. The molleton is so soft that the beads get pushed inside. When turning it up again, the surface is straight with the beads a little bit lifted up.
Maybe that helps a little bit.

loulee said...

Like you I used to complete the stitching first then rinse and iron my work before adding beading. I used to find that there were no really bad creases after I had added the beads by hand. I used to lay my work face down in a mega fluffy towel and spray the back with water to get rid of any new creases.
These days I use a roller frame, so no creases. HTH

Suzanne said...

The CCN piece is beautiful. Sparkling Shamrocks is a great piece and I think the specialty stitches are not too bad. I used to feel the same way about specialty stitches, but I just gave them ago one day and found that they weren't as bad as I thought.

I find that if I am not too heavy handed with the piece when I am beading, it dosen't really need an iron again. I just iron the edges of the fabric where I had been holding the piece..

Siobhan said...

Beautiful CCN piece! I stitch in hand, so usually I just iron the design, then add the beads, and iron again--lightly--while the design is lying face down in a fluffy towel.

Kathy A. said...

I LOVE Winter Snowfall - it is so pretty and delicate. Great job there girl.
I'll bet your new piece is Sweetheart Tree. I recognize those leaves. My first specialty thread piece was a ST RR. Now how's that for an introduction. I just had a spare piece of fabric and practiced each stitch on there till I was comfortable and then did them on my piece. It will work well.
I did the same thing - ironed my piece on a fluffy towel after it was beaded. Stitch in hand with a gentle hand.

Pumpkin said...

LOL! That sounds so funny to hear right now :o)

LOVE your finish! I have a summer piece I want to stitch next but now your enabling has got my head all mixed up ;o)

I think you'll do fine. Learning is always a good thing and plus...you have lots of us to back you up if you run into problems.

Cindy F. said...

Congrats on your beautiful Forest Snowfall finish!
Such a pretty start on Sparkling Shamrocks. So sorry to hear you lost someone close to you, but what a nice memorial:)

coonieandplume said...

Forest Snwofall is just beautiful!

Paula said...

Daniella has the tip I use for afterwards - but sometimes I create a heavy card frame that has the stitching space cut out, and machine sew the work to that, jst to give stability while I'm beading. And you know the two thread method to getting your beads to lay the same way, right? Both threads go thru the bead on the first leg, then OUTSIDE the bead on the second. Very secure and means the framers can't make a mistake either.
Phoebe's very cute! Only 12 weeks or so before I see my new man...

Theresa said...

Love the CCN finish~~~~~ It is adorable!!!

mollycaff said...

Forest Snowfall is beautiful! I'm another who adds the beads and then irons the piece, bead side down using a couple of layers of soft towel between the fabric and the ironing board. Great tip from Paula about getting your beads to face the same way, I usually use special beading thread which is very strong, one strand, and go through the bead on the first leg and the second leg of the stitch.

Kathryn in NZ said...

Love the forest one, yay for the finish.
Sweetheart Tree designs - love them and I've done two now.
Beads: I add as I go, and when finished, iron the back with a folded towel between the fabric and ironing board (and I see I'm not the only one who does this).

Sharon said...

Beautiful finish!

Von said...

What a sweet finish!

The Scarlett House said...

I don't stitch designs with beads, Rowyn. I'm absolutely no help, but it looks like you have many good suggestions. Good luck.
Nice finish on FS.

Kathy said...

Love your Forest Snow its gorgeous.

What a great start to you new piece, I am looking forward to watching this one grow. I normally bead at the end of a project but have started beading the bigger pieces as I go along to save have too much to do at the end.

Hugs xxxxx

Tammy said...

Forest Snowfall is gorgeous. Your niece & those cats are adorable :o)

Brigitte said...

Congratulations on this wonderful finish. Just matches your weather, doesn't it, lol.