WIP Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Hello Everyone! I’d say welcome to Works In Progress Wednesday, but today I just have a finish for you. I have been stitching, but I haven’t had time to take and edit pictures of all the WIPs I’ve been working on.

I finally fully finished Jack Frost’s Tree Farm by Little House Needleworks. I purchased the chart and floss from Traditional Stitches in Canada and was sent the chart once a month for 7 months. I substituted 32 ct Lambswool linen for the called for. I love how it turned out and I do have a plan for displaying it, but I need to get the rest of my Christmas decorations out first.

Here are the stats:

  • Started: 3-1-19
  • Finished: 4-2-20
  • Fully Finished: 12-5-21
  • Days Stitched: 84

You can see that it sat in the to be finished pile for a long time.

The frame is a sign that I purchased at JoAnn’s this fall for 60% off from the fall section. Because the background was so large, I did not want to mount the stitched piece on a fabric covered board and waste a lot of pretty fabric that couldn’t be seen. Instead, I treated it like a quilted project and added borders to the stitched piece. I calculated the size of the stitched piece + 1/4″ on each side of the stitched border. That then became the size of the stitched piece. I determined the size of the sign opening to give me the finished size of the “top”. I also wanted more of the fabric to show at the top, so I accounted for that. To calculate the size of the borders I added 1/2″ to the finished width and height, then added an additional 1 1/2″ to turn the fabric to the back. Once stitched together, I have the final piece as shown above.

I cut a piece of foam core just a sliver smaller than the sign opening. I added a piece of batting to the top of the foam core before placing the stitched piece on the board. I used applique pins to pin the piece onto the board. I adjusted as I went, using the cutting mat and a ruler to get the piece in the correct place on the board. I started with a few pins, then when I was happy with the placement, I added all those pins you see above.

I was going to lace the back, but because I was working with fabric on the back instead of the stitched piece, I used double sided stitchery tape. Then I popped it into the frame and we have a nice finished piece.

I’m not planning on hanging this on a wall, but I’m going to leave on the hanger just in case someday I want to.

I did baste the County Fair quilt, but I doubt if I will get it finished by Christmas. I plan to start quilting it though so it won’t go into a pile of quilts to be quilted.

Besides working on a few gifts, I made this cute bag from Erica Ardnt she calls the 5 Minute Gift Bag. I followed her YouTube tutorial for making it with a couple of modifications. I added fusible fleece to the outside fabric and made it a little larger to hold a few more goodies. I plan to make a few more of these before the season is up. I’ve made several of Erica’s bags from her videos and her instructions are always easy to understand.

We had a great time at the parade last Saturday and we’re going to Williamsburg this weekend for a quick visit with my father-in-law. The temperatures are supposed to be warm, but there is a chance of rain on Saturday. Saturday is one of the Grand Illumination days so I hope it holds off until Sunday.

I’m going to leave you with a few pictures from the parade. I hope you have a great week and I hope to be back next Wednesday to share lots of stitchy progress. Thanks for stopping by!

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3 Responses to WIP Wednesday, December 8, 2021

  1. Little Quiltsong says:

    Love, love your Jack Frost’s Tree Farm cross-stitch! So precious! I have been putting a few cross-stitch kits together, but that is where I have stopped – hope to do more over the coming holidays. Thank you for showing how you framed your piece. I tend to struggle with finishing my pieces once done.

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  2. Lydia says:

    The parade looks like it was a lot of fun! Love how you finished this piece.

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  3. Helen says:

    Love the cross stitch and the way you have framed it is beautiful.

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