Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. James 1:12-13

Monday, August 7, 2017

Swan Lake

Hi friends! Do you recall the lovely hearts I stitched for Claire, Jacob's girlfriend? I got this piece done and just needed to pop it  into a 5x5 frame. Easy. So I left it sit. And sit. The day before her birthday I set about measuring the linen to center and frame the finished piece. NO. NO WAY. This is NOT happening. The stitching is too big for the 5x5 frame by about 4 stitches in width.

So.... I called a few stores around town. I visited a few stores around town. Nothing. No one has a 6x6 white frame. Tick...tick...tick... goes the clock. Ahhhhhh! I need to get this done. Now! Yep. Time to make it a flat fold. I always rely on Vonna's old tutorial for that. I have it memorized.😉 Good thing I have about 825 different pieces of pink material at home to go hunting through.(No, I am not kidding or exaggerating.)  I found the perfect pale pink almost right away actually. It might be hard to see here.
I did not decorate with any trims at all. I left this sleek and unadorned. I like it this way.
And? Claire does too!😊 That is a good sign.

Here is where I am at on Swan Lake.
One of the greens in the vines is the called for color, otherwise I had to change every other floss color to make them look even a bit closer to the pattern cover. Grrr! Drives me nuts.
That is my project for this week. More Swan Lake stitching.

I do hope you have a beautiful week my friends. Thank you for stopping by and thank you for your words of encouragement.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie


34 comments:

Justine said...

Your ornament is simply perfect Vickie. Thank God for Vonna's generosity!

Swan Lake is looking good too, must be a pain having to change all the colours but it's worth it.

Angela Tucker said...

Good morning, Vickie. Beautiful! I've been known to finish a project as a flat fold for the very same reason! LOL

And what? How many pieces of pink fabric do you have? LOL

Have an amazing day!

Robin in Virginia said...

Swan Lake is looking good, Vickie. I love the flat fold you turned the hearts into. It is simply elegant. Have an enjoyable week!

marly said...

I think this is better than a frame and you did a perfect finishing job.

gracie said...

Oh you are so creative! Great save....and of course you have tons of pink fabric....

Stasi said...

The double heart piece is lovely and a perfect finish..neat and clean!!! Swan Lake is looking good too!

Vicki said...

I like the flat fold finish - it's perfect for this piece. Swan Lake looks terrific. And "hello" to Mr. Murphy!!

Tiffstitch said...

Great finish and so glad she likes it too!

Martina M said...

Hi vicky, how are you? With us today seems the sun and I really enjoy the day. I like your finish very much, I like the simple way. I'm glad Claire liked it.
Your Swan Lake looks great, I look forward to further progress.
Hugs, Martina

Linda said...

Nice progress and pretty finish Vickie.

Linda

Manuela said...

Hello Vickie,
lovely finish. I like it.
Wonderful progress on your Swan Lake.
Have a nice week.
Hugs Manuela

butterfly said...


Well done Vickie it's so beautiful.
Love your new stitch too.
Lovely garden flowers , sending lots of hugs.

Kay said...

This is so pretty the way you have made it, I think this is better than a frame. x

Margaret said...

Well I would have just freaked out and not known what to do! lol! Your finishing is perfect -- I bet Claire loved it! Your BBD progress looks great too!

Mii Stitch said...

Flat fold finishes can come in so handy, can't they? :)
Looks great!!!

Maggee said...

So hard to imagine that you did not measure... are you kidding with us?? However, the plain and simple finish definitely suited the piece! Good choice! That little house looks perfect! Hugs!

Jenny said...

Good Morning Vickie,
I am finally catching up on blog reading and maybe even emails...lol! I so had to smile while reading about your finish for Claire! Oh how many times that has happened to me! You sure came through though my friend! The finish is just beautiful and you know...I really love it as a flat fold! Vonna's tutorial is a favorite of mine as well! Way to go!

Your stitching on Swan Lake is beautiful as well! I have always loved this one and watching you stitch it makes me smile! Your color changes are perfect!

I hope you are having a good week my friend! I had a treatment on Friday but I am back on my feet and catching up!

Sending lots of hugs and love!

Pam in IL said...

Beautiful gift you made for Claire. I hate when I have trouble finding frames. Your flat fold finish is perfect. I'll have to add flat fold to my list of finishes to learn. I love that you have "about 825" pieces of pink fabric!

Beth said...

The flatfold is lovely - it was meant to be!

Maggie said...

Your ornament is lovely, and finished off perfectly :-)

Julie said...

Your flatfold looks beautiful Vickie, a lovely gift. Not a finish I have tried before, perhaps i'll give it go soon.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

The flatfold is a lovely finish, what a relief!
Why do the colours vary so much from the cover picture sometimes? Surely dyelots don't change so much? It's a good job you have an eye for colour as it looks lovely.

Brigitte said...

Oh, I love the flat fold that you made for Claire. It's just perfect and it doesn't need any embellishments or trims.
Nice start on Swan Lake. But the problem with the colours that are so different from the ones on the picture are a pity.

Hilda said...

You perfectly finished your sweet stitching into this flatfold, Vicky. I think it looks even better than framed. So pure so wonderful!
Oh, and I love your Swanlake. I am looking forward to more progress and how it turns out with the colors you have chosen.

Sending you a hug, my dear friend

Hilda

Lili said...

A lovely flat fold, Vickie! It is very pretty!
Beautiful start on Swan Lake!

Carol said...

This is so pretty, Vickie, and the flatfold will be much easier to put in different places than a framed piece might have been!

Such a sweet teeny tiny house--you know I love it :)

Andrea said...

Love the flatfold finish. Swan Lake is coming along beautifully.

Jackie said...

Whoa! Your flat fold is stunningly finished!

Cindy's Stitching said...

The hearts are pretty. Some frame sizes are hard to find. The flat fold is just perfect.

CJ said...

The flat fold is beautiful I love Vonna's tutorials.

Happy Sunday!!

Mary said...

Vicki, I love how it's finished in a flat fold, it was meant to be!! Great job, it looks so professionally done too. Have a great week, Mary

Von said...

The flat fold is a perfect finish for that design!

Astrids dragon said...

I think it wasn't meant to fit the frame, the flat fold looks fantastic!
The vines look lovely, I'm glad you didn't have to change the colour.

koi seo said...

I think this is better than a frame and you did a perfect finishing job.
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