Friday, November 19, 2010

Thanksgiving Surprises!

Happy Thanksgiving

I had so much fun putting together my Thanksgiving "Giveaway" packages. 
I stitched two pieces to send with the packages and I tried some new finishing techniques.  Sorry that the recipients had to the guinea pigs but I think
 they turned out OK.


Heart in Hand
Easel finish
This was my first attempt at an easel finish.  It is very similar to a flat fold finish but much quicker and easier.
I think I will be using this finish more than the flat fold from now on.  If you are interested in a tutorial for an easel finish click here.  I also used piping for the trim, another first. 

Turkey Flatbed
Bent Creek Zippies

This little turkey was so quick and fun to stitch.  I decided to try a pin cushion finish.  After seeing my friend Karen use crushed walnut shells for "stuffing" at the Pals Fall Fling I was inspired.  I used Rainbow Gallery's Wisper thread to sew him up.  I was surprised at how easy it was to use.  The only draw back is I had to spend a lot of time pulling out the fuzz after I finished stitching.  It flattened and was stuck inside but the end result was what I was going for.  

Here are the rest of the surprises I included in the packages. 
I hope Deborah and Calamity Jr. enjoyed their Thanksgiving goodies.  

As I contemplate all the things I have to be thankful for I realize that I am very lucky and blessed. I have a healthy, happy family, a great job and everything I need.  
This year I am especially thankful for all the stitching friends I've made.  I am so glad that I got to meet so many of you in person this year.  You've been a great inspiration to me!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Keep on stitchin' on,


CalamityJr said...

Thank you sooo much, Nan. I'm really enjoying looking up from my stitching or reading and catching a glimpse of Count Your Many Blessings - especially the MANY part! I know I'll make good use of the other items you included - you gave a terrific selection!

Kathy said...

Both finishes are fabulous! You do beautiful work. And I should know. :)

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

CalamityJr said...

I just was thinking about what you wrote (instead of just looking at the pictures, lol) and realized that you said this was your first easel finish. Well, I can honestly say that no one would ever have known. You did a great job!

Karen said...

Two very cute finishes!

Deborah said...

I love everything that I recieved! The pin cushion is darling and I love the fuzzy edges. You did a great job. Thanks again.

Jane said...

Hi Nan
Just found you on the 'Lizzie Kate Lovers' blog so popped over to take a peek!
You have created some gorgeous stitching and lovely finishes - I don't know the easel finish but I will certainly take a look at the tutorial and see if I'm brave enough to give it a go!
I look forward to seeing more.
Jane (Buttons & Stitches x x x)

Carolyn NC said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! Love your finishes - they're adorable!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Great finishes, and thanks to the link you provided, I'll be trying that easle soon!
Thanks for your well-wishes!