Monday, November 5, 2007

Progress and Pillows

Hope Perches is coming along, with three lines of the words just about done. I'm quite enjoying stitching this, and am now seeing how the birds stand out even though the blues look similar up close. It's such a pretty little design; I may have to do some of the other Literary Littles that are available.
Though I've decided to frame this when it's finished (I can't resist the idea of seeing it on a wall), I have been wondering what I would do if I were to make it into a pillow. The thing I can't figure out is how you make sure the design is straight when you sew the backing fabric together with the design material. I assume you do it inside out and then turn it rightside out, but I'm stumped as to a method of ensuring everything is lined up properly. So if any of you more experienced stitchers have any tips, I would be very grateful!

I wish I had a stitching group (or even friends that stitch!) For the past few days I had an old friend visiting from Minnesota; she is a knitter and a needlepointer, and we had such a companionable time sitting together and working on our respective projects. Well, at least reading blogs fills a bit of that need for me - it's such fun to look at all the beautiful projects out there, and dream of what I might be able to do one day if only I can stick with it!

13 comments:

little dresses said...

I somehow stumbled along your blog today and noticed you needed some help, I would pull threads, then you could cut along that line. Hope this is helpful!

Nicki said...

I pull threads too :)

If you go here http://focusonfinishing.wordpress.com/2007/05/18/bourse-class/
it tells you how to do it. The instruction is for a bourse but it's exactly the same for a pillow - you just stitch along the pulled thread line. Such a simple idea but it makes it so much easier! :)

Vonna said...

Your Literary Little looks lovely! I have this pattern too :)
It's really cute!

Sharon said...

This looks beautiful! I love the colors.

Michelle said...

I love the birdies!

Ranae said...

Love the colors. It would make a beautiful pillow.

Ranae said...

Love the colors. It would make a beautiful pillow.

Michele said...

Hi .. I just found your blog from Mindi's blog .. love your stitching! always nice to meet another Michele *smile*

Sally said...

Love how this piece is looking.

I have recently started to pull threads too so that I get a straight line.

Mindi said...

I really love the colors you picked, its looking gorgeous.

Sweet Pea said...

I found my way over here from Mindi's blog as well (how I got to hers, I couldn't tell you but I am glad I did!) I know what you mean about wishing you had some stitching friends. It seems it's easy to find knitting circles locally - everyone seems to be into it and even online, there are hundreds of knitting blogs. I was feeling a little jealous until I started discovering all the fantastic stitching blogs.

staci said...

I've missed your posts...hope that everything is ok and that you are doing well :)

jlk said...

I have been stitching for a long time, but only recently starting finishing my own work into pillows. It looks amatuerish, but I like it.

I also wish I had a group to stitch with. I did a stitching retreat a couple of years ago and had a wonderful time. There are so many to choose from. It's heavenly.