Saturday, March 13, 2010

LHN Exchange for Carol

Oops! In my hurry to get my exchange in the mail, I forgot to take a photo of it, so I hope Carol doesn't mind me using hers...
 I stitched Little House Needlework's "Season of Hope" design on 28 ct Country French Linen, using DMC floss.  I had originally planned to finish it as a pillow, like it showed on the pattern, but I wanted to do something a little different, so I went to a local craft store, hoping to find some creative inspiration, and found myself in the scrapbooking/photo album section.  I noticed some 8 x 8 replacement pages, and the wheels in my head started turning...

I didn't want it to be just an ordinary photo album, so I added a piece of Weeks Dye Works wool for a needle-minder, and a band of fabric to hold accessories.  I thought the top-loading pages would be a handy way to hold floss, charts, fabric swatches, sketches, photos, whatever...

I'm so glad Carol liked the way it turned out- she's been one of my favorite customers over the years, so I wanted to do something special for her.  

13 comments:

  1. Of course I don't mind! I love it all - thank you again!

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  2. Woe Janet, I love your creations, they are gorgeous. Did you cover the album yourself?

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  3. Janet, This is one of the nicest exchanges I have ever seen~~~ You did a marvelous job!!! I agree with you, Carol certainly deserves it!! Faye
    carolinastitcher.blospot.com

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  4. Hi Lynn-

    Yes, I made the album completely from scratch, using heavy matte board, foam padding, and lots of acid-free double-sided mounting tape (no glue).

    Janet

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  5. Saw this over on Carol's blog - how lucky was she to receive this beautiful album!

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  6. It is stunning! Beautiful exchange. x

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  7. A wonderful creation for Carol to cherish.

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  8. What an amazing album you made for Carol, where did you come up with that idea?

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  9. Thanks- I thought of doing some kind of needlebook, or something I could put some accessories into, but the piece I had stitched was too big for that. I suppose the proper procedure is to plan how to finish a piece before you start stitching, but some of my best ideas come from improvising...

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  10. This is an awesome exchange you put together for Carol. Your finishing skills are amazing.

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  11. I just arrived from Carol's blog to say "That album is amazing" You do beautiful work!

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  12. Wow!! What an amazing exchange. Beautiful work!

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  13. Absolutely stunning gift Janet. One talented lady you are :)

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