Dragons, and Kitties, and Framing (oh my)
In addition to going to see the play, I received a wonderful stitchy birthday present from Kim, she made me this gorgeous tin to hold my stitching goodies. It is longer than normal (it is a Whitman's tin) so my scissors, magnetic needle finder, highlighter, etc... all fit easily. My Boo Boo stick doesn't quite fit, but if I was going somewhere and wanted to take it I could bend the tip a little and then that would fit in there too. The pattern is one of the Gemstone Dragons by Dragon Dreams. The original colors were a red dragon holding a red ruby (my birthstone), but Kim, knowing how much I love blues and thinking the red dragon with the red stone made the stone a bit hard to see on the tin, changed the colors on the dragon to the blues. I think she did a fantastic job and dearly love my little dragon.
Next up in the line to show off is my finished and framed Winter Welcome by CCN. I was thinking of taking it to the framers to be finished, but as I'd just done that recently with a couple of other pieces that wasn't going to happen for a while. Since I really liked how this turned out I didn't want to wait to have it framed so I could hang it and enjoy looking at it. I know it is a little out of season, but I don't care, plus with the heat lately it is fun looking at a "cool" picture. I lucked out on the framing. I started looking at Michaels and fell in love with this frame. The plain style seems to compliment the piece, some of the other fancier frames seemed to overwhelm it. In addition, I had a 40% off coupon I could use on the frame, and the mat was a stock mat so I didn't have to try and cut one (which I can't do). All together it only cost about $15 to frame, I was thrilled. The only problem I had was that the mat didn't fit into the back of the frame, the outside diameter was to big. Fortunately my mom had a cutter and could cut the mat down a bit for me so that it fit. The tricky part though was centering my piece, with the border it kept wanting to go squiggly on me, so seemed to take forever to get reasonably straight. It still is a little off (and if you look closely you can see that the door in the house squiggles a bit too), but I figure unless I really look close every time (and no one else probably will either) it isn't so noticeable as to bother me. Another issue was that I didn't have a lot of material on the top and bottom to be able to lace it, and the tension when I tried really started to pull the fabric out quite badly (even on the sides where I had plenty of material to work with it started to pull out). This material really has not been nice to work with, but I may have mentioned that before, LOL. Anyway, I ended up pinning it around the cardboard backing. It still isn't totally straight, but I can live with it and am enjoying having it hanging up.
My last picture is my new WIP. It took me a little bit to figure out what I wanted to work on, but not to long. I thought about working on one of my existing WIP's, but none really appealed to me right now. Two of my WIP's, well one is really a UFO, are on dark fabric, and I'd had enough of that for a while. Also, wanted something I didn't have to concentrate on to hard as work and life are pretty busy right now, so that let out Flower Dragons and Garfield (for me backstitching is to much concentration). I've had Peaches by LHN in my stash for a while as I love the colors and the little cats in it, so pulled that out. So far I'm loving it, it is going along smoothly and the 28ct Monaco I'm doing it on is quite nice to work on (especially compared to that dratted blue linen I just got done with).
Well I've rambled on long enough, if you're still reading I appreciate it. I love all your comments and want you to know how much I appreciate each and every one of my visitors, thanks so much for stopping by.