Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Halloween stuff & a finish for an oldie

After I finished that Hearty Craft quaker stocking ornament, I wondered if I could use the same process for an old Halloween ornament that I liked, but figured it was too difficult to get it to come out right.  The ornament is the Prairie Moon Spot Motif Shoe from the 2009 JCS Halloween ornament issue.  It was finished as a stuffed ornament in the magazine, but I wanted to go flat.  I also skipped the corded trim and went with an Antwerp Edging stitch.  It's like a standard buttonhole stitch, but has an extra little knot.  I wish I'd had black beads for the simulated buttons, but I just went with what I had.  Worked out pretty well I think, even with all the curves and angles.


Next I had the urge to do a little stitchery piece for Halloween. This is an adaptation of a rubber stamp design from Whipper Snapper designs.  I stitched it up on a piece of muslin and made it into a little pouch to hold some Halloween goodies.  Not exactly sure what will go inside or who will get the pouch.  It just looked like such a fun thing to make.





Finally, while I was searching for something in my totally unorganized stash, I discovered this piece I had stitched, probably 15-20 years ago.  I think it was in an old CS & CC magazine or maybe a Cross Quick issue.  I had cut the fabric too small and I couldn't frame it so I had just put it away.  When I discovered it, packed away for so long, I couldn't resist sewing it up into a little tool case.  Plenty of fabric for that.  This was too nice a design to keep hidden for so long.





38 comments:

Loopylou said...

The stitching on that tool case is amazing. So glad you're able to bring it out and use it after all this time

Carol said...

Wow--you've been very busy this past week, Annie!! Such a creative idea to put that pretty vintagey stitched piece to good use--it really does make a great looking pouch. And your Halloween designs are adorable. Good plan to do a flat finish on the Halloween boot instead of stuffing it--I actually like it better this way.

Love the little embroidered pouch, too. Do you stamp on the design and then stitch over the lines or what? It's very cute!!

Have a great day :)

The Inspired Stitcher said...

I love how you turned a boo boo into a great little tool pouch! It's simply perfection!

Nicky said...

It is all looking wonderful Annie. The little Halloween stitchery is so cute, what a sweet little gift that will be for someone lucky! Finishing your long-lost piece into a pouch is an inspired choice, do you fancy a trip to NZ to finish some buried treasures of mine.....lol ??

Rachel S-H said...

3 really cute finishes! I never did that ornament because I knew I couldn't finish it.

Vickie said...

Oh the pouch for your tools is wonderful. Isn't that great to bring that piece to life after all these years? =) http://astitchersstory.blogspot.com/

September said...

Hello

Just found your blog.
I love your finishes, what great ideas!
You have some lovely stitching.

Bernadett said...

I like the pencil case very much.:)Congratulations.:)

geeky Heather said...

That boot is adorable. I like the colorful buttons, personally. Your sewing skillz are awesome!

Anne said...

Love your Halloween boot Annie. The backing perfects it and I like it flat. And your little pouch with the embroidery looks great. Wonderful to use stamp as the design. The lining fabric in your vintage design bag is nice, what is it? Great work and as ever great ideas!! :)

Margaret said...

Your finishes are always so creative and pretty! Very nice! I'm glad you pulled out that old finish -- beautiful! They're all wonderful.

blue star stitcher said...

What a great idea to make a little tool kit out of that piece. Cute design too.

Theresa said...

nice finishes~~~~ especially the tool bag!!! You're right, it is too pretty to be hidden this long!!!!

mbroider said...

I love the oldie as you call it!! Beautiful end result too:)

Lois said...

I'm very behind on visiting blogs these days Annie and see that I have missed some wonderful finishes on yours. Love your Halloween boot - such a great way to finish it!

♥ Nia said...

So many finishes!! :D
I love your first ornament, look so cute!! Fun! :D
Hugs&smiles

zoomcity said...

They're all so cute! I think the edging for the stocking works well. I love that skeleton's top hat. Prairie Moon is so funky. Your stitchery adaptation is terrific! I didn't realize the tool case was stitched at first; it was a clever save. :)

Deb said...

I love all your finishes! The tool care is really wonderful with the design on it.

Karen said...

I love the embroidered Halloween pouch and the little boot, but, wow! I'm crazy about that tool case! I don't usually care much for blackwork, but yours looks so nice, the whole thing is beautiful!

E.L. Chard said...

Well, there certainly is many lovely things to read about and look at in this blog post of yours, Annie! That boot is hoot! Thank you for introducing me to the Antwerp Edging Stitch...I really like it!
Love the goodie pouch and the tool case! Is there a tute for the goodie pouch or did you just make it up yourself?

Mylene said...

Such cute finishes, Annie. Well done!!

Jan said...

I've wanted to do that little Halloween stocking for a long time. You finishes are great.

Jackie said...

I just love the way you finished the boot! You always come up with the most creative finishes. Glad you were able to repurpose the other piece. Just goes to show you that there is often another solution that works so well!

Mii Stitch said...

Just found your blog! Lovely work, it is all gorgeous!! Well done ☺

Carin said...

Your stitching is wonderful and I do like that halloween pouch, its so beautiful !!

Melanie said...

How awesome that you were able to 'rescue' that piece!! It's very nice and I love what you did with it. The back stitching is impeccable on it too.

The Halloween pieces are adorable. The second one reminds of the little images that headed each chapter in the Harry Potter novels. Very cute!!

Silverlotus said...

Wow! Fabulous finishes! I'm very, very impressed.

Gina E. said...

Here I go again...blown away by the amount of stitching you achieve in a relatively short time! (by my standards, anyway).
The little zippered case is exquisite; fancy leaving that unused all that time! And I love all your Halloween stitcheries ;-)

Anne said...

Such great finishes Annie! I love the stamped piece! Cute!! Love that you took an old cross stitched piece and made it into something functional!! That's what I love about your creations...they have function AND style :D

Sandra said...

Hi Annie!!! Why on Earth did you had that piece forgotten and hidden??? It's marvelous!!! You made a great finishing for it.

Wonderful Halloween ornie and pouch.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Your finishing is great and so creative

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

What lovely finished projects. I really like the boot. It looks quite tricky but worth the effort.

Annette said...

So you are really in a Halloween mood.. hihi.
What a beautifull things you have made!!
Lovely zippered case!!

Vinniey said...

I love your Halloween boot, Annie! Love the finished! Your handmade pouch is beautiful too! Happy stitching and have a great day!

barbara said...

Wow, Annie - exquisite stitching and finishing, and wonderful projects!!

Ranae said...

Love the boot and the pouch is fabulous

Brigitte said...

Great stitching and finishing here. I completely love the two pouches, they are absolutely perfect. I hope to be able to do some finishing next weekend myself.

Nima said...

so nice to be here after very long time. good to see all your awesome works. i just loved your new tool case...lovely stitching too