Sunday, August 16, 2015

Peace card, coin purse and ruler sheath

For a while now I wanted to try using a little fabric trim around an x-stitch piece for a card.  I needed a small x-stitch design for this since I always like to make standard size cards.  I can cut two cards from one sheet of card stock with no waste that way.  I went back to the JCS 2012 ornament issue and selected the Blackbird Designs "Peace" chart .  Stitched over one on 28-ct tea Monaco, it worked out to be tiny.  The camera wasn't happy with the rainy day on which I took the picture, but I think it actually was a reasonably effective technique.  I'm sure I'll be using it again.


The zippered coin purse that I made long ago and use every day has finally started to fray around the edges.  I never expected it to hold up so well since it holds my plastic cards, cash and change.  But it has been a sturdy little companion.  So to prepare for its coming demise, I picked  "Comme un Oiseau" by Tra La La to be the design for a new purse.  I like how the "ABC" in the upper left can be interpreted as "ALB", my initials.  This was done on 36 ct Edinburgh linen in some beigey/off-white color.  I've had it for a long time and label was gone. Not the worst zipper insertion of my life so I'm satisfied.







Sheryl of "Sewing After Seven" sent me a link to a video with a tutorial for making a sheath that was another alernative for constructing those 6" ruler sheaths I have been making.  She used the technique to make a holder for a fan here.   The video is in Spanish and I had to watch it multiple times before I understood what the presenter was doing.  But once I understood it, I was fascinated by how clever and simple it is.  I immediately tried it with plain quilting fabric and it worked like a charm.  Not sure if I'll be as happy with it when I use x-stitch linen and there is more bulk since the ruler sheaths are narrower than the fan holder that Sheryl made.

Here's a link to the video:

And you gotta love how the sheath color appears to match my shoelaces in this photo taken with my phone!

19 comments:

Vickie said...

Alright! So satisfying to have new techniques turn out great. Looks great Annie.

Jackie said...

Your projects look fantastic! I particularly like your coin purse. So cute and you did really well with the zipper.

Nima said...

wow...thats a lovely card...gorgeous finish

Preeti said...

Beautiful finishes!! The coin purse is very cute:)

Annette-California said...

Blown away at your beautiful card! I stitched the same design and thought how did you get it so small - lol! Yep now I know!!!
Just beautiful and your coin purse is fantastic!! Lovely ruler sheath you made. Will have a look at that link - Thank you!
What a lovely post! love Annette

Annette said...

I needed to take a good look, to see what was fabric and what was paper. It looks great.
You found a new finish off .. how great.
Lovely purse, you made. Of you use it so much, it need to bebeautifull.
Happy crafting

Meari said...

Love the coin purse! So pretty. Congrats on your other finishes, too.

ArchangelDecker said...

Gorgeous work as always! :)


I really do love that coin purse. It's stunning.

Margaret said...

You are so talented! Your coin purse is gorgeous! I like that you actually use your finishes -- I tend to finish something and then just put it somewhere and never use it. So silly. Love how that card came out. The fabric trim looks wonderful and almost looks log cabin-like. And the sheath -- very nice! Hope it works well for a cross stitch finish.

Holly said...

I love all of these projects but I have to agree with the others...the coin purse is wonderful! I crocheted one for myself but it isn't nearly as sophisticated as yours.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

I think you did a great job on both your creations! Very nicely done.

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

Always a boon of ideas and creativity!
:)
Beautiful work!

Brigitte said...

Such great projects again. Your coin purse turned out great and I just have to admire the way how you inserted the zipper. Great job. And another card that is made with a lot of creativity.
You are right, that sheath instructions are really great but with stitching fabric it will be more bulky.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I love your coin purse - the one I'm using was made by a friend but like yours is about to bite the dust. And I think I have a small finished piece I could use so I'll be stitching it up when I get home (on a mission trip right now). blessings, marlene

Carol said...

More inspiring projects, Annie! I had never thought of bordering a stitched piece to make a card, but I love how yours turned out... And how great that you figured out an easier way to make a sheath for the rulers. (you planned to wear those sneakers with the blue laces for the photo shoot, didn't you :o)

Your coin purse is almost too pretty to use--I should get up my nerve and try making one for my mom. I know she would love it...

Hope you are having a good week!

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

Great card. I adore over one stitching.
The purse is so sweet too, I wouldn't want to use it though! I'd make a plastic sleeve to protect it!

Sheryl S. said...

Hello Annie, so pleased you found the video useful. Just love your beautiful card and coin purse, pretty work.

Sandra said...

Great finishes! My favourite is the purse, love the motif and the colors, is so elegant!

mbroider said...

Your purse is lovely. I will soon be doing a zippered pouch for my son. Wish me luck!!