Good Sunday morning to everyone and happy November! Hard to believe, isn't it? I was delighted and thrilled early this morning to be be awakened by the distinct, eery hooting of a great horned owl somewhere out in the oak trees of our swamp. While I'm sure they're there all year long, it's only during the fall and winter that we seem to hear them calling in the early mornings. To me it's a sure sign that the seasons have changed at last.
Now, on to stitching news, something I hope I can figure out in time for the upcoming holidays.
While rumbling around in my stitching closet this summer, I came across a bag of old Prairie Schooler things I'd stitched so long ago I didn't have the slightest clue about how to turn them into finished ornaments.
The best I could come up with at the time was to simply seam them together with a piece of synthetic felt, stuff them with a little polyfill and tie on a ribbon. What was I thinking??
This abuse wasn't limited to just Santa....
As Christmases came and went I dutifully stitched a new Santa.
But never figured out a better way to give him the finish he deserved.
As ny stitching tastes moved more to samplers and larger projects, I eventually stopped the annual Santa mauling and relegated these poor guys to the back of the closet. There they stayed, shabby as ever, for more years than I'm willing to own up to.
But then I started following all your amazing blogs and got a glimpse of all the clever things being done with Prairie Schooler Santas. So when I found the bag o' Santas in the stash closet this summer, I spent a very sad afternoon carefully trying to trim the cheesy felt backing off of them without ruining the stitching completely. The raggedy edges you see on all these are the end result. To prevent any further fraying - these guys are all on 18 count jobelan, and you know what that's like - I stablized the stitching with some iron-on interfacing. But now I'm stymied. What to do with them?
You can see, like in the one above, that there's next to nothing beside the edges of the stitching. Obviously, finishing has never been my forte - that's why I'm in a constant state of awe when I see how wonderfully some of you can whip your smalls into little finished gems.
Does anyone have a thought as to refinishing these little beauties with the little- to- no borders that are left? Suggestions, ideas, prayers......all will be welcome!
As always, thanks for stopping by and for steering other bloggers this way. Maybe there's hope for these guys yet!