I was looking for a simple, therapeutic design to stitch, and I really didn't care what I would be using it for. I found the perfect design with this little turkey from the San-Man Originals Gift of Giving series from a few years ago. Since it appears that the San-Man group will be shutting down at year end, this seemed like a nice piece for celebrating the Thanksgiving season as well as celebrating the many long years of San-Man fun.
I decided to use it as a learning piece as well. I had never made a stand-up, flat-fold style finish so this was a good opportunity for a trial. Vonna and Meari each have a popular tutorial, but I have always found both of those tutes to be intimidating. They are very complete, but both seemed like so many steps and so many possibilities for messing things up. After extensive Googling, I managed to find a much simpler version that I thought I could handle. Not sure if the results are as nice as I would get if I mastered the Vonna or Meari version, but the results were plenty good for my taste.
The tutorial appears to based on directions that come with those Secret Needle Night kits from the Silver Needle. The tute is no longer available online as of 3-10-15. I made it even simpler by using a glue stick for most of it. I did sew the stitched front board to the fabric-covered back board as well as sewing on the twisted cord. The easel is made with only one piece of board, not two, but it was sturdy enough. I only added batting to the front piece. And of course, I added a fork bow. The fabric is a piece of 32-count HDF linen, another relic of the past.
I had a package of two white pillowcases from Aunt Martha's sitting around begging me to stitch on them. I found this cute doodle at Bird in the Hand Primitives to use for the first one. The photo with the whole pillow case didn't turn out so good, but here is the stitching. The design is about 4"h x 6" w, centered just above the hem. These pillowcases are really long, so plenty of room for stitching. I'm still trying to pick a design for the second one.
Finally, I made this condolence card with a sweet freebie from Manka Minta. I don't think it is online any longer. The card was for our dear friend Carol.