President’s Challenge – February Photos

Finish Something, Finish Anything!

Snow Ornament - FebLaura Sandison

Laura Sandison finished  an ornament for her youngest son.

Designed by Threadwork Primitives and stitched by Becky Autry

Becky Autry finished a 4th of July cross-stitch for her fireplace mantel.

Connie 6Connie Swistara finished this piece that will be the center to a quilted wall hanging. It is a Connie 7combination of hand stitching, coloring crayons, and buttons. The buttons are just set there for the purpose of the pictures so that you get an idea of what it should look like.
I can’t sew the buttons on until after the entire thing is quilted and bound.  Connie 5I had a hard time with the berries. Each one was a challenge. I had to keep looking up how to do that stitch. I’m very proud of how the satin stitch on the stick turned out. The colors are from “Watercolors” by Caron and DMC.  It was fun using different thickness threads to get different layers and depths. Thank goodness the crayon coloring turned out OK. Connie 1Once that was heat sealed there was no turning back. Yikes! This was my first attempt using thread and crayons to create depth. I’m very pleased with how this turned out.

Susan Clayton finished a Christmas stocking and ornament.Susan 2Susan 1


3 thoughts on “President’s Challenge – February Photos

  1. Becky and Laura, both look like they were worked on linen. Is linen much different to work with than say aida cloth? The finished result looks warm and soft. Any hints or tips before I give linen a try?

    Connie Swistara

    • Linen can be different than working on Aida. For most patterns, you will stitch over 2 threads. So a 28 count linen will actually stitch like a 14 count Aida. Some linen fabrics are more even in the thread thickness which will make it easier to stitch on. For starting I would look at Jobelin linen. It is more consistent in the thread thickness. The cross stitch I did was on Cashel linen and I used coffee to stain the fabric to make it look older and give it a mottled look. If you have a local needlework store, I would suggest going in and looking at the linen. If you order online, most stores sell in fat-quarters or fat-eighths. It can be pricing. I get my linen from Ruth’s Stitchery in Colorado Springs. They are local for me but they do mail order and will cut the linen to the size you want.

      Hope this helps.

      • Thanks Becky. My next trip to the store I’ll look for Jobelin linen. I’ll let you know how it works out. fingers crossed…..

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