Monday, 10 June 2019

Link-up for Fully Finished Gallery SAL - June 2019

Hello all!

It's the 10th of the month so time for another Fully Finished Gallery SAL. Is it me or are the months just flying past this year?! So let's see what you've been working hard to fully-finish off this last month.

The aim of this SAL is to encourage all cross stitchers to fully-finish at least some of their completed cross stitch projects and proudly show them off via this gallery. These might be projects which have been gathering dust for weeks/months/years and/or projects which have recently been completed; it doesn't matter.

Whether you are a regular fully-finisher, an ad-hoc fully-finisher or a reluctant fully-finisher, you are all welcome. There is no need to sign up and no commitment required, just pop in when you have one or more fully-finished cross stitch projects to show.

If you are unsure of anything, the FFG SAL 2019 page at the top of my blog may help, or just ask.

Over the last month I fully-finished three projects; two monthly smalls and one from my Box Of Shame:

1) Kookaburra from FuzzyFoxDesigns on etsy was my May Smalls SAL piece and finished in my preferred style with rather bright blue backing fabric (since I don't have any neutral-colours in my stash) and brown barley twist cord. My flock of lovely Aussie birds is getting bigger!

2) June in Alexandrite was stitched for my Year of Birthstones and finished off as another cardboard-backed hanging ornie. I wasn't originally taken with this way of finishing but, six months in, it's finally growing on me, although once this series is over I don't think I'll use it again. Been there, done that.

3) Sorciere by JBW Designs has been sitting in my Box Of Shame since February 2016, waiting for me to stitch something else so I could finish her as a double sided ornament. But since that hasn't happened, and probably won't in the near future, out of the Box she came. I originally wanted some spiderweb black lace for the trim but once I'd seen these cute mini pom-poms I changed my mind. I know they're not very Halloween-y but I love how they frame her. They took ages to attach though (about 3 hours) so if ever I use them again I'll have to refine my method.

Now it's over to you to show what you've been finishing this month.

Please link-up using the URL of your FFG SAL post and not the home page of your blog, adding a thumbnail of a finish and either your name or your blog name as the caption. The link-up will remain open for 10 days, closing at 6am UK time on 20th June.

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And please don't forget to follow other links and see what fellow fully-finishers have been up to; you never know, other projects may give you an idea for your next finish!

Once the link-up has closed I shall update the FFG SAL 2019 page with the number of entrants and entries.

Inspiration has been a bit lacking so I'm afraid there is no new Featured Finishing Idea this month. However, I do have an epilogue to these little frames from last month:

By complete coincidence I was informed that they are in the latest Cross Stitcher magazine. I haven't bought or seen a copy but have been told there were some cute summer projects that would fit. I might have to check them out!

Also, through chatting with some of you, further ideas emerged of either covering them in metallic paint and/or adding glitter to make perfect frames for Christmas ornies, especially if those ornies contained metallic or sparkly threads. That might be a bit more appealing than trying to work around the patterns supplied.

That's it for this month then. Next month's link will go live at 6am UK time on 10th July; hope to see you there!

Take care,
Rachel x


Sheryl said...

Three pretty designs Rachel, I love that gorgeous and very suitable purple fabric used in the Sorciere design and the mini pom-poms look great.

Mary said...

I love your projects Rachel. The back fabric really matches up nicely and compliments your stitched pieces.

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

Great backing fabric choices this month and I love the pompom trim. I have continued to delve into my 20 year old bag this month.

Linda said...

Congrats on all of the adorable finishes Rachel.


Suzanne H said...

Another set of great finishes this month!

Cathy said...

Great finishes again this month, Rachel. I love the backing fabrics.

Katie said...

Finally after a month missing the check in. I'm back. All linked up. Thanks again for hosting!!

Loretta said...

Great finishes. Love the witch!!!

Faith... said...

I just love the Kookaburra and you finished him perfectly! I also think the Sorciere is really cute and that backing fabric is perfect! Congrats Rachel.

Astrids dragon said...

Three great finishes! The pom-poms look great, I hope it's easier for you next time.

Bethan said...

Checking in via Katie's blog. I think the pom poms work really well x

Mary's Thread said...

I love your Fuzzy Fox bird! They are always so cute! Thanks again for hosting this SAL!

Leonore Winterer said...

Great finishing this month! I love the spiderweb fabric on the witch ornament.

Pamela said...

Nice finishing! I agree, thr backing fabric for the witch is perfect.