Monday, January 7, 2008

Hearts Stitched Up

I started this series of cross-stitch hearts this Easter when we travelled to Belize. I wanted something easy that I wasn't in love with (in case something happened to it.) Turns out the reason I wasn't in love with it was that two of the hearts were this hideous apricot-grey color (I know--yuck!), the charts were hand-drawn and pretty bad, and the floss colors seem to have been chosen with little regard for what goes together! I knew it was pretty old but not just how old--it's dated 1987! Anyway, with some tweaks and some changes, here are the first four hearts and the situation in which they were sewn.
Welcome Friends
a very bumpy van ride in Guatemala
Quaker Heart-Holders
airline flight and gramma-sitting
Quilted Trees
Sitting under a canopy in the jungle watching the rain, listening to the birdsong
Flight from Paris (ah, Paris!)
There are two more in process. Way back when, before I read the instructions, I sealed the edges with fray-check so I can't follow the directions for finishing. Any suggestions?

1 comment:

The Silver Thistle said...

I like them...... I'm wondering if maybe 'like' is too strong a word for the bird one but it's part of the set so it gets the same consideration as the others, lol.

I actually thought they all had a wooden heart shaped frame round them before you mentioned the fray-check. lol. I was looking at them and thinking how great they looked in the little rustic heart frames, hahaha. It's time I had my eyes checked I think, lol.

It's obvious now you've mentioned it, but it must be one of those optical illusions or something.

Will they be sewn onto a panel? Or a pillow? Or similar. Would bias binding (I'm not sure what you'd call it, that's what we call it round here) in gingham maybe? Just to work round the edges, then attached to whatever they're going onto.


Bonded onto fabric and then big blanket stitch around the edge so it shows...sort of like applique-ish.

Probably not what you had in mind......but God loves a try-er, so I had to come up with something, hahahaha.