Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Tulip House finish and a couple of other finishes

I finished the stitching of my Blackbird Designs retreat project called Tulip House. I went to my local thrift store and found this frame which I thought worked perfect. I like the texture of the frame and the good news is the frame cost $2.42.

This is the stitcher's box which is the companion piece to Tulip House. I really enjoyed this Blackbird Design retreat, so much so I will be going to another Blackbird Designs retreat at The Silver Needle with my stitching bud Cathy B. I think we have become BBD groupies:)


Here is my version of the BBD cupcake. The design is from BBD book Honeysuckle Manor.



Another thing I learned from Alma and Barb was how to dye headpins to make them look antique. As you can see from the picture I started out with the pins on the right and dyed them with the end result being the pins on the left.

I stitched these next two pieces when we were still in Aberdeen, but just framed them over the weekend. This design is LHN--Faith. I used this Mill Hill frame that I bought many years ago and found in my frame stash.

The Sampler Lady by LHN.
I found this frame at a antique shop and paid about $2 for it. I really like to use frames I find at antique or thrift shops. Sometimes I find a frame and then look for a project to fit the frame.

18 comments:

MrsB said...

Lots of gorgeous finishes! Do you stretch and lace your finishes to put them in the frames, or do you use the adhesive mount board?

Natasha said...

there is nothing wrong with being a groupie :)

I love all of your finishes, and the frame for tulip house is wonderful. Great texture.

Take Care and happy stitching!
Natasha

valerie said...

I am so looking forward to my BBD class in the Fall. Love your finishes!

Kay said...

You do such gorgeous work! OK - I give up - how DO you dye pins?

Katrina said...

Love your BBD pieces, the pins are sweet too. Aren't their classes so much fun.

Daffycat said...

Awesome finishes, Joan! I LOVE your thrift store finds, WTG!

I'd so love to attend the BBD event but the $210 price tag is an ouchie!

WAIT A MINUTE...how do you dye pins? I need to know that secret!

Blu said...

Gorgeous finishes! All your frames look great.

Karen said...

Joan, Michele and I will be there in July too! yeah! Where are you guys staying? I will email you later on. :)

韋志 said...

I love readding, and thanks for your artical.........................................

Vonna said...

Another BBD retreat...I think that may have just pushed me over the edge :)

LOVE the pins...and I love all the beautiful stitching in the frames...you chose beautiful AND economically!

Michele said...

OMGosh Joan!!! I get to meet you and Cathy in July!!! this is my first one with BBD, but I bet it's not my last :)

love your finishes .. everyone of them!

Suzanne said...

What beautiful finishes! I really love the frame for Tulip House.

Marie-P said...

I love all of your finished pieces. You really did manage to find some wonderful frames and at such great prices.

Lucky you to be able to hang out with CathyB...She is so sweet.

diamondc said...

Joan: your stitching is beautiful, the frame is simply georgous.
It was such a pleasure to meet you and follow your blog, I am so happy you are back in Minnesota.
I do hope to meet you at another stitch-in.
Peace.
Catherine

WendyJo said...

Wondeful finishes Joan. I love them all. I must say..I think you and Cathy B. might just be considered BBD groupies! LOL but oh..what fun!

Peggy Lee said...

Such beautiful finishes. Like the last comment left by MrsB..I too am interested to know your framing technique and also how you dye pins. Your work in beautiful!

Patti said...

WOW what gorgeous finishes. You can come and be a groupie anytime. If you look on my blog you will see that I have a Blackbird Designs Exchange group. Come and see what we're about.
Love
Patti xxx

Solstitches said...

Wow! I'm not sure how I happened upon your blog but am so glad I did as it has been a real treat to see these Blackbird Designs class pieces.
The Tulip House and matching box are gorgeous.
I'm just fascinated by the pins as they look great too.

Margaret