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A Tale of Three Finishes

I managed to finish 3 projects by working in the evenings over the last week.  I got to each finish in a slightly different way.

First, I framed my Pine Tree and Acorns sampler.  Every day of my holiday break I stared at the unfinished sampler and wished it was finished.  However, I had no inspirations on how to finish it.  Wall-hanging, no.   Pillow, not really.  Nothing else.  Finally, I thought that if I had a frame I could be done.  I've never had any luck finding square frames.  I ended up going to Nordic Needle and ordering one.  The problem was color.  Black didn't look right.  Neither did green.  Neither did barn red.  I figured I'd have to paint over whichever frame I got (I've done that before) so I picked red because I figured it would cover the easiest.  The frame arrived a few days ago and guess what?  It's more brown then red and the perfect color!  So last night I laced again and again and I think I finally have it centered and straight.  Yay!  Finish number #1.

Next is a woven wall-hanging which is a UFO from a retreat in early October.

It's not my usual project but it was interesting.  At first, I had other items to finish so it just hung around.  It could easily have sat forever but I was determined to not leave anything unfinished.  So, I finished the weaving.  I had the leftover copper wire and wanted to practice making spirals so that was the next step.  A few more weeks passed as I got up the nerve to make the attempt (by the way, I signed up for a basic wire class in a few weekends).  Finally, it was embellished but I didn't know how to hang it.  I was originally thinking doing something with the wire but I used it all.  So, it sat while I waited for inspiration.  Not came.  Finally, I decided to just be done and made a crochet chain out out of leftover yarn and attached it with beads.

Now it's hanging on the wall and I'm happy to say it's Finish #2.

The final finish was very easy.  It was obvious from the beginning on how it would finish - a bias binding of the striped fabric.  The only question was did I have enough of the fabric.  I did.  So, I made the binding and sewed it on. 

The last few evenings were spend hand sewing it to the back.  Yes, it's the hexagons from last weeks ago.  They are now a hexagonal table topper and Finish #3.

What's next?  I have lots of stuff started including a small hardanger that I had to get while I was shopping at Nordic Needle.


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