Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Shout out to Faye (aka, Carolina Stitcher)

Well it has been far too long since I've posted here.  February ended up not being the best month for me, and March sure did seem to "come in like a lion" rearing his angry jaws.   But, now we're into double digits here already, and it's time I got out of this funky mood and back to my stitching!

First I really want to give a HUGE shout-out to Faye, whom many of you know as Carolina Stitcher from her wonderful blog.  If you haven't seen her blog, I encourage you to take a look!  (Better have some handkerchiefs ready, cause I promise you'll be drooling over her gorgeous finishing work!!)  

Here's a shot of the first project from Colonial Gathering Club.  This was suggested to be finished as a "Colonial Candle Pocket" by the designer, Plum Street Samplings.  However, I really knew I would probably not use it to carry candles, so I asked Faye if there might be a way to finish it as a pin keep. 
Well, she sure did not disappoint!   I absolutely love how she finished this for me - including a little pin all antiqued and rusted holding a little scrap of fabric.  I told Faye I think it's just too nice to risk keeping it next to my stitching spot where my Wheaten Terrier might mistake it as a TOY!  (He's not the gentlest of creatures when he has anything filled with stuffing in his teeth!)  So, for now, I have it sitting on a wall unit across from my stitching spot where I can see it and it's out of the grasp of Seamus.  
                                                 

And wait until you see Faye's work on the Little House sheep series! Or her Prairie Schooler Santa collection!  Honestly, her work speaks for itself, but I wanted to draw your attention to her blog in case you might have missed it before.  And if you happen to have any pieces that need finishing, you may just want to contact Faye yourself.  (Still can't believe I was actually toying with the idea of finishing this piece on my own - sans sewing machine or any finishing experience!) 

                             
Here's my latest "mini finish" of "A is for Anchor" by The Prairie Schooler.  I say "mini finish" because I now only need to stitch up B to Z to complete this project!  LOL!  I'm using DMC floss (one ply) on 36 count Fabric Flair Ivory evenweave for this project.  And tomorrow it's on to "B is for Blackbird" along with Jan and her group stitching this project over in Tasmania!  To give you an idea of the task ahead, take a look at the fabric I still need to fill! (Gulp) Time to get it back on the Q-snaps so I can pretend it's not that much stitching left.  ;-)  Happy Stitching! 











33 comments:

  1. Wow! Faye did a fantastic job finishing off your project for you. I love her attention to details & yes, I have already been drooling on the little sheep collection :) She really is talented. Good luck with the rest of the alphabet, A looks a bit lonely on this HUGE piece of fabric. Time to work on B :)

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  3. Blogger Beth said...
    Pretty stitch Kevin, and Faye worked her finishing magic. Enjoy each letter of you PS BAP prjoect and do not fuss about how much you still have to do. Each letter will be fun on its own.

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  4. Well those are both great Kevin! Have fun with B.

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  5. I've seen the other PS alphabet finishes and it would take me forever to get that done. Great start and good luck it's a gorgeous project!

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  6. I do love that finish. The fabric she used to trim it is adorable. I think I've been over to Faye's blog once or twice. I need to go check it out again because it's been awhile. The PS alphabet is going to be gorgeous! I can't wait to see more of it as you stitch.

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  7. Congrats on the great finish Kevin.

    Linda

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  8. Wonderful finishing job - love the ticking fabric it sets the design off perfectly. Great progress on the alphabet - probably best not to look at the whole piece of fabric too often.

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  9. Hi, Kevin, I love how your Colonial Candle Pocket turned out as a pincushion. So prim and cute! If I had that sitting in my cupboard, the cats would think it was a toy, get it down, then it would be torn apart and eaten by my spaniel, Oliver. I know what you mean about the big hunk of fabric for your alphabet project, I try not to look at the blank linen on Manifesto.

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  10. Just think of how stunning that PS piece will be when you do fill the rest of the fabric in! I will be cheering you along.

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  11. Thanks Kevin!!! I appreciate your compliments and kind words.... May you enjoy your pin pillow foever!!!!

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  12. Beautiful job Faye did indeed! Love your first PS alphabet block too! I need to get back to mine!

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  13. I've your pinkeep and the "A" stitch! Can't wait to watch that piece come together! It'll be spectacular!!

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  14. Beautiful pinkeep and love Faye's finishing! PS "A" looks great - on to "B".
    It's going to be gorgeous seeing all the alphabet together.
    Annette

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  15. I love the way that Faye finished this for you. Fabulous!
    Great finish of the first block of your PS alphabet too.

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  16. Wow Kevin! What a lovely finish!! Pity Faye is wayyyy over there and not close enough. Great work on the "A" too!

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  17. Well done to Faye on a stunning finish, you must be delighted!! Love your 'A is for Anchor' mini finish. Looking forward to seeing the rest of this one come to life :)

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  18. That is a super finish that Faye made of your stitching! and hats off to you on the ABC piece..... it's a large project that I have thought about.... but not yet jumped it on....

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  19. Isn't Miss Faye just about the best? Especially when she has beautiful stitching to work with. I will enjoy watching your alphabet come together!

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  20. Faye has finished your piece beautifully. You should have a go yourself really. I make alot of mine into open-ended bags just big enough for some chocolate! That way you don't have to worry about all four corners and sewing the ends up. Whip stitching is another option.

    I love the Prairie Schooler Alphabet, I will be following you and Jan for this one.

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  21. Perfect finish! Between the two of you, you have created a gorgeous heirloom piece - definitely too nice to be covered in puppy spit, no matter how much we love our puppies!! :o)

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  22. what a super finish!! Faye is so talented and just as nice as she could be.

    Great start on that PS piece. Can't wait to see more.

    Take care and have a wonderful day

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  23. Hi I am cucki from South Africa and your new follower friend..
    Wow super sweet finish and I love it so much..and great new start on ps abc and I always wanted to do it by myself ..hopefully one day.
    Take care.

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  24. Wow! I've seen the prairie schooler letters done separately but not together. I can't wait to see it progress :)

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  25. Wow, Faye has really finished off your piece beautifully! Would you believe I haven't even stitched mine yet? I'm so far behind. I have been toying with the idea of getting Faye to do a few finishes for me. I know I won't be disappointed. It's just the shipping costs from Canada that worry me.

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  26. Beautiful finish!
    I love Prairie Schooler and that alphabet will be stunning all together!! Can't wait to see your progress on that!

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  27. The finishing is really great and the stitches very beautiful!!!

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  28. Kevin, we haven't heard from you in a couple of months now. We miss your posts - what have you been up to? We need to see some stitchin'!!

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  29. I hope you post more on this, Kevin! I'd love to see how you're coming along!

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  30. I am such a fan of the finishing work that Faye does! Love the piece that she completed for you.
    Congrats on the completion of PS Alphabet letter "A" ~ and only 25 to go. :-)
    I still have about 23 letters to go!!! However, once this project is completed it will look AMAZING.

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