Monday, June 22, 2020

Nifty Needlework Finishing

Hello friends - I'm back for a quick evening post - it seems this is the quietest/easiest time of day to sit down and visit with you! I thought I would stop by tonight and share some recent needlework finishes I completed for a favorite customer. These needlework pieces were all for one wonderful customer...and she is THE BEST to work with - a box of needlework arrives with the instructions of "do whatever you think works best" - these are the type of orders that make the time in my studio rewarding and fun. I get to choose all the backing fabrics, shapes, and embellishments...and truth be told, that is my favorite part!! I had fun picking coordinating fabrics for the backs, picking trims (special thanks to Lady Dot Creates) and making the twisted cord...and, as always, adding the finishing touches...

One piece I should share more about - the little Queen Bee tin. This is one of those pieces where I had an idea in mind and it turned out just like I planned. I have several different sizes of tins on hand (this round tin has a diameter of approximately 2.5" and has a screw top lid) and worked quite well. I mounted the cross stitch on the top and a little padded circle of coordinating cotton fabric inside (both embellished with Hand-dyed Pom Pom Trim by Lady Dot Creates)...attached a black gingham ribbon around the top perimeter...and I covered the base of the tin with black wool fabric. This worked out so well, I will definitely be using it for future finishes...a BRD signature finish to add to my list!

I hope you enjoy these images...and maybe you will be inspired to pull out your most recent cross stitch piece and do a little needlework finishing yourself. Designers/details are listed with the images when available...fabrics in the photos are used for backing and/or lining...

Queen Bee Mini Card - Prairie Schooler

Queen Bee Mini Card - Prairie Schooler

Set Free Pinkeep - Scattered Seeds Sampler

Set Free Pinkeep - Scattered Seeds Sampler

Tired Trio - Plum Street Samplers

Apple Pickin - Little House Needleworks

Autumn Urn - Ewe & I & Friends

Bloom Where You’re Planted - Brenda Gervais

Chris Moose Berry - Erica Michaels

Chris Moose Berry - Erica Michaels

Seasons Greetings - Little House Needleworks

O Christmas Tree - Lizzie Kate

Flowers and Plaid - Trail Creek Farm

This order also included several project bags that are shown above - the awesome bicycle fabric was used for an Artist Bag....and the adorable sheep fabric was used for a Small Project Bag and a Large Project Bag.

Tonight I am working on a couple large piles of project bags...and then I will be back on needlework finishing for a bit - I have a BUNCH of Christmas ornaments to finish for several new customers. 

I also have a couple really fun projects to work on for Poppie Cotton - I have a couple of their gorgeous upcoming fabric collections to work with for two blog tours later this year. I truly adore their fabrics, so I am thrilled to be working with them on some very special projects. I will stop back soon to share some images of these beautiful fabrics and give you a couple hints about what I am working on...


  1. Your finishing is beautiful.
    I love your bicycle fabric bag, so sweet.


  2. Beautiful finishing , thank you I have some great ideas now.
    Have a fun week doing what you love.

  3. They are all gorgeous!
    that little Bee box is so darn cute.
    Great finishing.

  4. Each finished item is simply incredible and beautiful. That tin idea is darling. Do you know who the designer is for the pumpkin you turned into a pillow? It is always a treat to see your creativity and finishing, my friend! xoxoxo

  5. Your finishing is fabulous. The backing materials that you find for these pieces I am envious of. I have to been able to find as great matches as you have, but I have not been to a quilt shop since the COVID-19 shutdown. I hope to be able to get out soon. It is just a bit scary still for me.

  6. I made a face mask for our priest from the bike fabric. He is a cyclist