Thursday, October 8, 2009

Button, button, who's got the button?

This is my almost-finished Button, Button, which needs, well - buttons attached to it. I decided to do the Button Box version rather than the Button Bag - now I have to find a box that it fits! This was a relaxing project to stitch. Of course, it was not without one of those "only God does things perfectly" errors - the U in the last button has an extra stitch, but I'd have to take out a number of letters and frogging the floss would leave a slight residue of color (I've had this issue with Belle Soie before, but I love stitching with it). So I've decided to leave it alone and pretend I don't see it (she says hopefully).

We're going to Florida for a few days to visit my husband's mother, so I need a plane project to take along. Carol R.'s Sew Blue fits the bill, so I started it the other day. It's fun! I'm looking forward to Sew Autumn and Sew Noel.

I have a stash question - what are good online sources for linen? I don't have a lot of it so I'm always running out to the LNS to buy some for a particular project. I'd like to build up a supply so I could start things on a whim (though I always want to support my LNS). If anyone has any recommendations I'd love to hear them!


Kathy said...

Great finish. Really cute. Hope to see if after you add buttons. Maybe I should send you some from my Mother's collection. Do you want some?

As far as buying linen, it is difficult to know what to do. I have bought linen from various places without them being for a specific project. Many times on sale. Only to find when I go through the stash to look for something for a design, I don't have what I need in color or size. On the size side, I end up cutting the size I need then end up with several funky sized scraps that I cannot use for anything. Other times I will just use too big of a piece and end up wasting fabric rather than cutting it down to size. Most of the time, I just buy for projects as I need it or kit up designs with the required size fabric for future use.

This was rather long, but I hope it helps and makes sense.

Sally said...

What a lovely finish! Love the colour.

staci said...

So good to see a post from you Michele...was wondering how you are :)

Love your Buttons finish, and I would never have noticed anything wrong if you hadn't pointed it out. Have a wonderful trip!!!

Aussie Stitcher said...

That is a cute design, congratulations on the finish. As for linen, whenever I put in an order for stash I usually add a neutral fat quarter to it and over time I have been able to build up a small supply.

Michele said...

that is one sweet finish :)

Kim B said...

Oooh I love that finish! Find it some buttons and call it done! Looks great. I'm no help with the linen. I'd like to have a stash of that myself :)