Saturday, January 5, 2008

My First Finish!

I made a pinkeep! This is the first thing I have ever finished. I was so anxious about trying for so long, but today I decided to get over myself and just give it a go. I used the tutorials by Vonna and Nicki (thank you both!) and it was really easy. I didn't expect to enjoy doing this but I did. There was something very satisfying about producing something that wasn't just on a piece of cloth with raw edges. Now, I won't say it is a perfect piece of work by a long stretch. It's a bit lumpy and it isn't quite a perfect square. But all in all it turned out okay, and I am proud of it.

I started this during the afternoon although I didn't have any backing fabric that worked (or ribbon or pins for that matter), so I ran out to Joann's to get what I needed. The backing fabric is what the pinkeep is on top of. I'd been planning to use green fabric but couldn't find anything that worked. I found a pretty brown ribbon that I was going to use, but then I saw the twisted cording with a red that picked up the color in the cardinals and the house, so I just had to get it. Then I found the gold pins. Altogether the pinkeep isn't as understated as I had envisioned, but I'm quite happy with it. Now I want to turn all the little projects I've done into pinkeeps. This could be quite addicting!
Meanwhile my Christmas tree project is at a standstill. It just isn't holding my interest. So I'm going to start something new: LHN's Moon and Stars, which I've had kitted up for awhile. I'd been going to start it today but my son was obsessed with playing Disney's Scene It which he got for Christmas, so when I wasn't making my pinkeep I was wracking my brain to remember Disney trivia. But as Scarlett O'Hara said "tomorrow is another day!"

16 comments:

Linen Stitcher said...

Oh, it looks lovely!! You did a fabulous job, and that trim matches the piece perfectly!! Congrats on taking the finishing plunge!!

Sweet Pea said...

Wow - it looks awesome! The trim was a really great selection - it makes the whole piece pop.

staci said...

Beautiful pinkeep, congrats!!! And that trim really is perfect :)

Sharon said...

Absolutely great finishing! The cordng in perfect for it.

Sally said...

Oh your first pinkeep is beautiful!

Susimac said...

You've done a lovely job on it - well done and congratulations.

Susan said...

I just found your blog through a comment you made on Vonna's blog.

I received my first pinkeep in the mail this week (from Vonna), and I'd love to try it myself - yours looks lovely!

Ranae said...

Oh! I love that pinkeep. You did a fab job.
I just made my first biscornu and it was so fun. I am thinking of making a pinkeep with a finish I have, I hope it turns out just as well as yours.

Vonna said...

You did a SPECTACULAR job!!! it looks perfect...I'm going to let you in on a little secret...I've recently started lacing my stitched part and gluing just the back part and it works better because you can center it better :)
Great job...it's addicting isn't it? I make pinkeeps more than anything else because well...they are just DARN CUTE!!!!!

TinaTx said...

I think it looks great! The cording you used is perfect!
Congrats on the 'finish' & the 'finish'!

Nicki said...

It looks great - well done! I love the cording you chose. Hope it's the first of many pinkeeps :)

Ruth Rachel Vendsel said...

Congratulations on your first pinkeep, Michele! I see many more in your future!

I've enjoyed looking at your blog and meeting you through the LHN site. I'm just finishing up "Hope perches" as well! Love that one.

lena-lou said...

Hi there, I think your first Pinkeep looks great :) I think many of us have a fondness for Pinkeep finishes ;-))

Leena said...

Congratlations, it's a beautiful finish!

Michele said...

great finish! I still haven't made a pinkeep .. soon! lol

Carol R said...

Congratulations on your first pinkeep - you made a really good job of it.