|"The Finery of Nature" kit (and Julius)|
The interesting thing is that I have already stitched this piece once (from a different kit), but it has since been discontinued, and I can't find my original pattern. I LOVE this pattern - the colors are so pretty! - and I found this kit for a really reasonable amount online (around $13), so I just had to snatch it up so I could stitch it again!
Here is the piece I have already finished:
|"The Finery of Nature" (minus Julius)|
Now, as you can see, the piece is divided into four square panels. You can see close-ups of the panels on Etsy. So, to mix it up this time, and because I think each panel is very pretty in its own right, I am going to stitch the panels individually instead of stitching the entire large piece. I think the panels would look quite nice framed by themselves!
Speaking of framing, I think I have found something to do with my cross stitched Sock Monkey! Because he is such a weird size (7.5" x 2.5", or 22.5 cm x 6.3 cm for you metric folks), I was looking at probably having to have him custom framed. But then... I found something at Goodwill that just might work!
|Retro jewelry box with a tapestry lid - $7.99 from Goodwill|
Oh, yes, that is a glorious cherry wood jewelry box with a tapestry lid. You know you love it - but look how well he fits in it!
|The jewelry box lid is the perfect size for my sock monkey!|
Framing him is going to still require a custom mat and probably some creative mounting, and I also have to figure out how to remove the mirror from the inside of the lid without slicing off any fingers.
|Mirror inside the jewelry box lid|
However, if I can get it to work, it will be perfect! For $8, I had to give it a try. :) I also picked up a few brand new solid oak 5" x 7" frames (with glass) that I can use for my smaller pieces - only $1.99 each! Gotta love Goodwill!
Still not much to report on Celestial Dragon. I promise to make some headway on it this upcoming weekend and take pictures!
I am also working on a piece for EtsyNEAT's May/June needlework challenge, but I'm not posting any pictures until I finish my piece and enter it into the contest. It is coming along quite nicely - lots of specialty stitches and bold colors. :)
And, finally, in the near future, I want to buy some foamboard and make a framing tutorial, now that I have frames and a few 5" x 7" pieces to frame. Keep an eye out for that in the next few weeks.
Thank you everyone for all of your wonderful comments on my last post! Hopefully I am keeping you entertained in my little corner of the Internet.
Until next time...
Less Bitching, More Stitching!