A New Finish


Well I hope you all had a really good Easter and received lots of delicious eggs? I had a wonderful few days over in the North East with my family. I stayed with my sister Helen but spent a lot of time with Mum and Dad and my brother and his 2 very handsome young teenagers came up on Saturday and it was so lovely to see them all, we had some good days out - we wnt to Yarm, Durham, Northallerton and Middlesbro', we also went to Helmsley on Sunday and went to a a wonderful craft fayre which was a lot of fun (sorry no pics as I forgot my camera this weekend) and I went shopping and bought a couple of things for the house and some fabric too. I also found inspiration for cushion making.

This cushion above is actually larger than it appears here, its a full sized cushion, and I stitched JBWs 'The Queen Bee for the centre using 28ct Natural Linen and cream silk thread. The cushion is made up of some lovely heavy linen fabric that I had and I trimmed the bottom corner with some 'Love' ribbon that I had in my stash - thats cos I am thinking of giving this as a gift for a very very dear friend.

The trim I have used is some fine crochet lace and I used 2 MoP buttons for added interest.

As I was away I didn't get chance to do any work in the Garden at all, and today has been the best day so far this week - hopefully this nice break in the weather will mean I can get outside and do a bit to it all - I really need to pressure wash and seal my decking before the weather gets to warm and I won't feel like doing it, plus I need to do something with my outside wooden furniture as its quite a mess. Tomorrow I get my onion plants in readiness to pot them on to give them a start before they need to go in the ground in May.

I am still doing a few finishing touches (like making cushions and covering my footstool aand possibly new lounge curtains - Can you tell my Mum and Dad are coming in May LOL) to the house and it should all be finished completely after the first May Bank Holiday and so during May time I will give you my tour, thankyou for your kind emails and comments about my 'tour' idea I hope it won't disappoint.
Mum and I are having a 'crafty' Bank Holiday that first weekend, as they are both coming over hopefully and Mum and I have plans LOL!

53 comments:

Tricia said...

What a lovely, lovely finish!! Your friend will cherish it!

Gillie said...

Love the cushion and clicked on your tutorial link - a ruched ribbon, PERFECT as I have to do an exchange piece using ribbon, thank you!
Made me homesick reading about Easter and where you visited - used to live in Darlington, #3 treasure was born there.

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

What a beautiful finish, Su! I know all about sprucing up before the folks come into town - do it all the time!

Have a great weekend - it can't get here soon enough!

angelasweby said...

Su,
What a gorgeous cushion. I love the beautiful elegant colour and the white stitching against the natural linen and, of course, finished and trimmed beautifully as usual.
I'm glad you had a nice Easter with your family. Having your mum and dad coming over in May is definitely something to look forward too. Good luck with all your jobs :>)
Angela xx

Dianne said...

I love that you stitched it in the linen and white! Lovely!

corinna said...

the bee theme is calling me
nicely finished too
have a great week

Farm Girl said...

Your cushion is stunning - what beautiful finishing details.

Julianne said...

Lovely! I like the lace and the buttons. It really dresses it up and makes it very elegant.

Nan ~ Threadwork Primitives said...

This is stitched so lovely and what a wonderful finish. I really like the look of a design done in cream on natural linen. It always seems so French to me.
Thanks for sharing it.
~Nan

Nancy said...

I have admired Queen Bee ever since JBW released the design, and your stitching and finishing make it even more beautiful Su! Your friend is getting a real treasure.

I am glad you had such fun over the Easter holiday, and it sounds like you are in for more when your parents visit in May! I can't wait for your house tour!

Stephanie (Joie de Bayou) said...

What a beautiful finish!

I saw this chart in my LNS stitched in black on white linen. I liked it, but I think your colors make a lovelier finish.

Your friend will absolutely love this!

staci said...

Simply stunning Su! Your cushion is so elegant :)

Margaret said...

Oh my goodness! You always have the most beautiful finishes! Just lovely!

Deb said...

It beautiful Su - so elegant looking. Your friend is going to love it!!

averyclaire.org said...

I adore your cushion. It's absolutely gorgeous. Lucky friend to receive something so precious.

Karen said...

That's a very pretty pillow...love the linen fabric!

Cari-in-VA said...

Su, what an absolutely gorgeous finish! I am always in awe of your work.

It sounds like you had a wonderful time with your family. I can't wait to see all the wonderful things you are doing to your home.

Enjoy your week.

countrycosy said...

Absolutely lovely.

Nina said...

Su, this is simple wonderful! Simple but so delicate and elegant :) Love it!

Barb said...

Oh Su your stitching and finishing excellent as always, one lucky friend has a thing of beauty a joy to behold!

Christine said...

Wow Su, that cushion is lovely, and so elegant, your friend will love it

Dovilė said...

elegant:)

Nic said...

That is beautiful!

Giovanna said...

Very pretty and elegant, congrats on the finish!

The French Bear said...

How delightful! I am slowly getting into my cross stitch, thank you for always inspiring me!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Nancy*Glory Bee said...

What a great finish, I must find that chart! Wonderful finishing skills....Nancy

Julie said...

Beautiful!

Carol R said...

Exquisite finish Su - I wish I was your very very dear friend instead of a 'dear friend'! LOL

Mel said...

Your finish is absolutely gorgeous! I just love seeing your stitching & finishes! I love this design and wish I would have picked it up after Market. I see a trip to the LNS in my future :) Congratulations on the finish :)

Sherry said...

This is just beautiful! Your friend will be thrilled! It looks so simple yet elegant.

Pilar said...

So pretty!!

SimplyStitchingintheGarden said...

Your cushion is just so lovely and your finishing is exquisite. What a nice gift for your friend.

Good luck getting everything done before your parents arrive.

Happy Spring.

Kelly said...

I love your finish. Nothing like family or company to make you get your house projects done.

Amy said...

I love this. It is so gorgeous. I love white on tan. Very nice gift. Can I be your friend??? LOL

I am enjoying the cool down. It is cool, sunny, and beautiful. Have a wonderful day.

Marsha said...

I LOVE the pillow. I love bee things and need to get this pattern. I love the dark linen (I guess I've said love enough times now) with the cream silk and the lace. It's just beautiful - sophisticated.

Jacque said...

beautiful in all ways.

Vaida said...

So elegant and nice - your pillow is really a masterpiece!

Catherine said...

Fantastic finish! I'm sure your friend will cherish this for years to come! I know I would!

♥ Nia said...

Lovely lovely lovely =)

PuntiniPuntini said...

This cuscion is so simple...and elegant... I love it!
Paola.

Rachel said...

The cushion looks delightful - and I'm glad the NorthEast was in fine hospitable form for you!

Jane said...

I'm so glad you had a pleasant Easter, Su. Your cushion is divine and the fabric/thread choice really looks lovely. Beautifully finished with your special touches too.

linen and floss said...

Your cushion is wonderful I love it.

Karan said...

Oh what a truly gorgeous finish. Love it! Glad you had such a lovely time with your family. Looking forward to the tour. :0)

Sonnja said...

What a beautiful finish!
Bear regards,

Beertje Zonn

Karoline said...

The cushion is gorgeous Su, congratulations

Siobhan said...

What beautiful work, Su! Your finishing skills are wonderful. I know your home must be filled with unique and special touches to make it all your own. I'm glad you had a good Easter--i hope this weekend is a good one, too!

Carol said...

Absolutely beautiful Su! I love anything bee stitchy so just may have to add this one to my stash too! :o)

Brigitte said...

I love this cushion, it looks so delicate with the natural colour and the silk thread. The recipient will love it.

coonieandplume said...

That's lovely!

Sally said...

Beautiful finish Su.

Patty C. said...

The Queen Bee Is Beautiful !!!!!

marypoppins said...

very very very nice!!
Mary

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