Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Summer House Pinkeep

Hello everyone, I hope you are having as wonderful a summer as we are!  I've been having a lot of time off from work, so there's been extra time for sewing and crafting.  I decided to try something different, I had never made a pinkeep type ornament before, so I thought it was worth a shot.  It was surprisingly not very difficult and I think it turned out fairly well even though it's not perfect.
You can find the chart at The Floss Box.  I used the recommended colors of DMC thread except for changing the greens to some variegated greens.  I didn't put any pins around the edges, I'm just going to hang it up somewhere instead.
This is a little draw-string bag made with some brown calico print fabric and a little chart from my Rouyer book.  I used some of the new Valdani Silk floss which was wonderful to work with.  These two colors are Golden Grass and Silky Rust.  I'm thinking of having a Blogaversary give away next week and thought maybe I could give this bag along with some fun stash to the winner.  Do you think this would be OK?  I have never done this before, but I think it would be fun!  I will give the details in a few days on my next post.
One last picture, it's an embroidery from a wonderful set of vintage patterns that I was lucky enough to win from a drawing at International Hand Stitchers, a fun yahoo group that I belong to.
It felt a little odd doing the cross stitched parts by just following the X's on the fabric, and they don't come out quite as neatly as the counted way, but I thought it kind of was in keeping with the whole vintage look of it.  I think I may make a pillow out of this one.  As always, thanks for stopping in, I'm always happy to have you visit!

10 comments:

Annie said...

What a cute set of finishes! I love that Floss Box design and you really did a love job turning it into a pinkeep.

I've been into stitchery lately too, but I not stamped x-stitch. Yours looks appropriately vintage.

Nancy said...

Such beautiful finishes! I love the Summer house and your vintage embroidery is always so gorgeous! You do such beautiful work!

I love the bag, and if you have a giveaway I'll be sure to enter!

Sally said...

I love your finishes Karen especially the one with the bird :) It is gorgeous.

Gerri Herbst said...

Love these embroideries...love the last bird one the best. Beautiful, take care, gerri

Babs in Alabama said...

As always, your finishes are so pretty, Karen. Your pinkeep turned out really good and you do seem to get a lot accomplished between posts :)
happy dancing
babs

Kathleen From Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Such lovely stitching! The vintage pillowcase is beautiful.

Sharon said...

Lovely finishes! The pin keep is awesome and that embroidery is just beautiful.

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Cheryl said...

Beautiful stitching and finishes. I love the embroidery too.

Pat B said...

Hi Karen, love the blog. I particularly like the little bag with the alphabet on! My eyes will not allow me to follow charts, but I really love stamped cross stitch. Best wishes, Pat