Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Remember the Country Sampler

that I showed you a couple of postings ago.
Well, I did get the nerve to do what I wanted
to do with it. See, when I saw that Sampler -
my eyes saw alot of things! Ah - it took all
my strength to cut it! But let me tell you that I
am glad that I did it. If you decide to do
something like this make sure that you know
what you want to do with it so you do not
waste any part of that sampler. After all you
worked hard on it. I knew what I wanted
to make out of all of it but in the end the last
piece did not work out like I thought it would.
So I took that little piece & basically
stuck it to the inside of the fabric basket with
pins. When I do figure out what I want
to do with that piece then its still
there in the basket for when I need it.
This is what I saw out of that sampler.
I saw a nice pincushion just from the
center piece. It is backed with
soft red flannel. I could have used
matching thread but I didnt want
to. I zig-zagged all around the piece.
Talk about easy to stuff!
The sampler has greens, pinks,
yellow golds, purple & white. So
any color to stitch would be fine, plus
it helped give me the country effect
that I was after.

Pastel baby buttons of all colors
works very well embellishing it.

I was able to get 2 twin scissor cases.
Each of these pieces were on the left &
right sides of the centerpiece.

Here is the other twin
scissor case. Its identical,
except the button colors
differ. I have plenty of these
little buttons.

This is a little piece
that I wanted to wrap
around a small wooden
spool. Yea, I had planned
this also. It is a
bottlecap pincushion.

The bottlecap pincushion
has baby buttons around
the edges & a couple of
buttons going down the
one side of it.

It has the baby buttons
going around the top also.

And my small embroidery
scissors needed a wooden spool
to hold it. Yep I had planned
also to cover one of these large wooden
spools. The little design was only
about a half inch short of the wooden
spool but I knew that. Because I
had measured it before I even cut it.
I had to decide how I was going to
take care of that problem before I
cut any of the sampler.

Here is the photo going the
entire way around the spool.
The 3 dolls in the wagon was
so cute.

Here is some more of that
cute little design.

See how I attached it. All I did
was sew the little cross stitch
design onto some red flannel.

Then to finish it - I glued it
together. No, the glue is only
on the red flannel - not the wooden
spool. Then I embellished it with
2 cute little blue heart buttons.
Just to give that country touch.
So, this is what it looked like.
And to further country-fi it, if
you look at the first photo you will
see that I popped on a piece of red
flannel with a small green crochet
to top it off. Hope you like the little
scissor fob. This fob has now been
changed because I was able to get
4 scissor fobs out of that sampler.
The little rabbit fob & the little
pie are on the large scissors that
are in the scissor cases. These are
lightly stuffed. Since this photo was
taken, this little scissor fob was taken
off & the little house fob was put on.
It also was lightly stuffed.

This little heart fob is the
only fob left that is not
on a pair of scissors. I might
find a use for it later. It is
not stuffed. I think I like
the stuffed better. So if you
do this - lightly stuff your fobs.

Well, I didnt stop there. I had
to take it further. I had another
small 4 inch doily so I decided
to make me one of those
pincushion-needleminders. The
top is the pincushion. It holds a
little pink heart to keep in with the
country theme.

And just under the coat button is the
magnet for the needleminder.
And no - I didnt make a biscornu
for this set!

I had some small threads so
I placed them in a bag & glued
on just a couple of buttons. I didnt
want to go overboard with them.
Maybe it could use a few more buttons
but I am happy with just a couple
on it.

Well, as you can see I didnt stop
there! I threaded 6 little thread spools
onto some small chocolate brown
rick-rack. And I tied the rick-rack
onto those bows. All 4 sides of this
fabric basket are done this way.

Below is another photo of the
inside of the basket.

The last photo shows you the only
little piece that I have left. The
cow is pin stuck onto the basket.
If you have cross stitch that
you are no longer using or you
have outgrown it. Think about
cutting it. It is better to use it
then not. Yea sure its gonna hurt
your feelings but you will be able
to look at it every day & enjoy
a piece of your heart - that is
after you get over the fear of
the hardest part of it all!
I have just now realized that the
little basket does not have a needlebk
so I guess that little leftover piece will
come in handy for that. I will leave
it there & just stick the needles to it.
Maybe I will glue a magnet underneath
the cow to hold those needles!
Keep stitching!
by Hopblogger


diamondc said...

Connie: What a great idea I am sure I have a sampler in my done stash that I could try this with, thank-you for such a great idea.

Dolores said...

Wow, you done good. I don't know if I would have had the heart to do the first cut.