Friday, April 13, 2012

Finish Friday - April 13, 2012 - Rachel

Rachel submitted this beautiful finish:

Moonbeams & Stardust Witch - Stoney Creek Collection, 10/2007 Issue
Fabric - 32 ct Silkweaver Solo
Stitched 2 over 2 using DMC, Glissen Gloss Blending thread, Glissen Gloss Colorwash, Mill Hill Beads/Treasures

Rachel started this August 28, 2010 and finished in November 7, 2010.  So cute!

Finish Friday - April 13, 2012 - Julie

Here's another finish from Julie And Yes Dear:
Portrait of Christ by Sandy Orton, published by Praying Hands
PTP Chalice 28 count evenweave, DMC fibers

Here's what Julie says about her finish:

"Lots of blends in it (and for a bit, his face was very orange (Claudette said it looked like he had a bad spray on tan, giggle) but it looks better now) and frogged so much I almost put it away repeatedly.  It was cursed the whole time I was doing his face.  Put in ten stitches frog out five.  Put in twenty stitches, frog out ten.  Awful!!!  It was for my mom though, so I HAD to finish it."

Gorgeous, Julie! I think we've all had those kind of froggy projects!  Can anyone else relate?

Finish Friday - April 13, 2012 - Deborah

Thanks to Deborah for submitting a finish for this week!

Here's what Deborah says about her finish:

"I cross stitched Santa's 12 Days of Christmas by The Prairie Schooler, book #125.  I have only finished the 1st day of Christmas.  I plan to stitch all 12 on one piece of 28 ct mushroom evenweave, 2 over 2.  Each one is 3.5"x5", and the total finished size will be 12"x22".  This took me about two months, but I only stitch it on Sundays.

Beautiful, Deborah!  Can't wait to see the other 11!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Keep The Finishes Coming!

I love the submissions I'm seeing for this blog.  You are all so talented!  You've also been leaving very nice comments, thank you!

This week (tomorrow) there will be 3 Finishes featured.  Each person will have her own post - it makes it easy for me to schedule that way.  It's also easier for the contributors to find and link to their own posts, if they want.

Remember, to have your finish featured, simply fill out the form on the Get Featured page.  I'll review it and contact you when I'm ready to use it!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

How To Add Text To An Image Using "Paint"

Hi everyone! I've had some questions from people on how to add text to their images - it's something I ask for all submissions so that you get full credit for the image.  Here are a couple of videos on how to do this with a Windows default program, Paint.

This program works well if you don't want to do any other editing to your photos (like cropping) - if all you need to do is add text so you can email it to me :D then this is the easiest method for you.

(Note: there are two videos because I forgot to include the instructions for saving at the end of the first video - if you already know how to "save as" you don't need to watch the second video.  Unless you really just like hearing my voice, then you can feel free to watch it.)

Friday, April 6, 2012

Finish Friday - April 6, 2012

Today's Finish Friday is one of mine!  Because I can, that's why!  And also to prove that all stitchy finishes are welcome!

A swaddling "sleep sack" I made for a shower gift:

Fiber - Caron Simply Soft in a Wedgewood blue (the label has disappeared) and Red Heart SuperSaver in "Aspen"
Crocheted in the round with half-double crochet and Crocodile stitch - with an "H" hook, I think

This is one of 2 fins that makes it a "fishy sleep sack"

I love the way this stitch looks on the back

This actually took me over 3 weeks to make, so I don't recommend something like this for a last-minute gift.  And it was just long enough that I couldn't take a picture of the whole thing without you seeing the rest of my messy desk. ;)

Thanks to everyone who has submitted finishes, I'll be going through those submissions this weekend and letting you know what else I need from you!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Welcome to the new followers!

Wow, 15 followers in the first week!  Welcome, everyone! I hope you enjoyed the first Finish Friday.  Are you thinking about a project you are close to finishing?  I know finishes always motivate me to put in a few extra stitches!

I'll be doing a couple of videos on how to add text to your pictures, because I know not everyone is familiar with that - I hope to have the first up by Tuesday (think of it as Tutorial Tuesday - I have a thing for alliteration).  I use more than one method, so I'll be showing you the different ways I do it.

If you have a finishing tutorial for any kind of stitchery that you are willing to share with the masses, let me know.  Let's make this a great resource and inspiration for stitchers everywhere to FINISH!