Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A Finish and a WIP Revisited

Yeah!  I have my very first cross stitch finish for 2009!  I decided to get back into stitching by doing a small project--a free SAL by Dyan Allaire from Kustom Krafts--offered on her Yahoo group.  Dyan's intention was for the design to be finished into a gift bag. 


However, once I got the design stitched, I decided to go in a little different direction with it.  I decided to stitch it onto the side of a tote bag so I could carry my current stitch project in the tote.  One thing led to another, as I was putting borders around the design, I thought, "Ok, what if I lined the stitching and made it into a pocket on the outside of the tote bag?"  This is what I came up with:

I think it came out pretty good.  If you look closely, the dark fabric I used for the cornerstones (and also for the lining of the pocket) has butterflies in it.


So.....first project for the year finished.  What to stitch next?  I'm torn between starting something new, :^) or working to finish one of my WIPs (or more correctly UFOs!).  So, I decided for right now I am going to begin stitching on an old project.  It's called Fall Y'all by Lizzie Kate.  Here's a photo of how it currently looks:

According to the photo file, it was last worked on it on 9/20/07, so it has definitely been a while!!  Here's what the finished project should look like:

Now I can't guarantee that I won't also start a new project soon.  I have been eying something I bought a while back at our LNS.  It's called  "I Love Quilting" and it's by Hob Nobb Designs. 



Here's a close-up of the design itself:


It comes with very cool clay embellishments.  Only thing slowing me down from starting this one right away is that I need to find the right 28 count fabric and dig out the appropriate GAST threads! But, watch this space for updates soon....

Until next time, Happy Stitching!  Vicki in CO

11 comments:

Sadie said...

Congratulations on your finish. It is so pretty and I love the tote!
Like our WIP too.

Emily said...

Very pretty, congratulations.

Carolyn NC said...

Awesome finish and stitching!

Meari said...

Congrats on your first finish of 2009. Makes for a nice tote!

Sandy In Montana said...

Your tote bag looks great, Vicki, very creative idea.

Gabi said...

That bag looks great. Lovely finish. Congrats!!!

Deigh said...

Great finish! Fall Y'all is so cute!

Nancy M said...

Very pretty design and great finishing job too!

Mel said...

A beautiful finish!

Rene la Frog said...

Congrats on a great finish. I'm addicted to tote bags and yours in fab. The WIP will be so cute when finished.

~~~Melinda said...

I LOVE the bag!! I am a bag girl--have lots of purses, totes you name it! I have a friend who made a tote and added the stitched piece. I have a couple of bags I could add a stitched piece to! Hmm now to decide what I want on a bag! The Fall Y'all is cute!