27 January, 2009

TaaDaah!

Happy Day!
My first finish for 2009....



I'm very pleased with how this sampler came out, and how much fun it was to stitch.
This is the first sampler I've ever completed! I've used the word "completed" but actually it's not really done yet, is it? Now the question is: Do I frame it myself or have it done? Do I display it with glass, or without?
In France, at shows and in shops, I've noticed that the works are framed, but no glass is used. Many I've asked prefer it that way because they feel it brings out the relief in the stitching. I found it very pretty as well.
So, any advice, comments and experiences with this would be greatly appreciated!

In the meantime, since we're still in the middle of re-doing our attic, and my sewing room is being used as a temporary storage room, I'll be "forced" to stick to stitching until the work upstairs is done. All current quilting projects are machine sewn ones, and there's no way a mouse can squeeze through the stacks of boxes , let alone quilt in peace!

So for today, I'll be going through some works in progress and see which one will get some attention...perhaps Ann Grimshaw?

15 comments:

doris said...

Congratulations! Miss Hannah is so beautiful. She's in my stack of WIP's-in-waiting. Have fun deciding what to do next.

Erica said...

Congratulations! Very nice stitching! It looks beautiful!

Debra said...

Just lovely!

I prefer my needlework projects framed by professionals without glass and with some slight padding under the fabric.

marni said...

beautiful work indeed. I have always gotten the few pieces I have had framed, done to museum standard, that is acid free mounting board, frame, wood treatments, spacers between stitching and glass as well as between mounting board and acid free covering on the back and non glare glass which slows down the light penetration. The spacers allow everything to breath. They are all slightly padded as well.

I don't know if it detracts from the stitching to have glass, I do know I don't feel secure enough about my clean house or the quality of the air in general to allow any more exposure of the stitching to either than is necessary.

my two cents worth. Now that I have finished the EZ Tomten sweater for my trainer's new baby I need to get back to working on my blue and white biking sampler.

Congratulations.

marni

Jennifer/OH said...

I have seen many antique samplers under glass. I suppose that protected them from the smoke of fire-heated homes in those days. Glass of any kind (in windows,mirrors, on the dining table etc.) also symbolized wealth and status in Colonial America.
I frame things myself since I can't afford a professional frame shop. Today it's all about acid-free and non-glare so I don't put any glass on my work.

Bette said...

Hannah is beautiful.

Another reason why stall holders at shows do not have glass on their framed samplers is because of safety. If the frame fell off the wall, you are only going to damage the frame. Where as if you have glass in front of the stitched piece, you are running the risk of breaking the glass, which causes a hazard. The glass can also break when in transit. So it is better not to have glass at the various shows.

Mona van dijk said...

Hartstikke mooi ..wat een geduld.

Jurga said...

Oh, what a beautiful work you did! It looks amazing and very elegant.
Besides, I frame my works without glass and I like this way of framing, I can't say nothing bad :)

averyclaire said...

Your sampler is exquisite. I was wondering...I saw all of your photos on Stitching Fingers and you don't seem to use a thread grid on your fabric when you stitch. Are you simply counting as you go? I have such trouble in keeping everything as it should be without my thread grid and even then I get in trouble. Your work is lovely!!!

Carol R said...

Ms Hannah looks really beautiful Heidi.

I am going to hemstitch mine and then attach it to another piece of fabric before it's framed. I get my framer to put in glass with spacers to keep the glass away from the fabric.

Serena said...

Beautiful work on your sampler!

Joanie said...

Hannah is beautiful! I have her in my stash. What fabric and fiber did you use? And what fabric and fiber are you using for Ann Grimshaw? Another beautiful Quaker!

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