Finishing Things – Royalty ABC

Sometimes it takes me a while to get around to doing the final finishing on a piece. For example, I finished stitching Jeanette Douglas’ Royalty ABC in August 2011, and then I sewed it into a bellpull last summer. But, I didn’t make the tassels, cord, and wrap the bellpull hardware finials until just last week. (I made a lot of changes to the design, most of which are noted in the post I linked to above. Basically, I didn’t stitch any of the rows with crosses, and I moved a couple of things around to keep it balanced.)


Royalty ABCs, finally hanging on my wall.

Royalty ABCs, finally hanging on my wall.

Not too bad, I think. I didn’t follow her directions, since I see no need to finish the back and roll it up and tie it with a ribbon. It is hanging on my wall. And I don’t mind having my stitching visible on the back.

abcsIt is actually quite a lovely design, even though it isn’t my usual style. You know, I say that an awful lot. Maybe things like this are my style? You know the saying “You aren’t what you say, but rather what you do.” Perhaps for stitching we should say “You aren’t what you say, but rather what you stitch.”

Do many of you think you have one particular style, but find yourself stitching things that aren’t your style often? I’d love to hear about it.

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7 Responses to Finishing Things – Royalty ABC

  1. Susan says:

    You did a really nice job of finishing. I really don’t think I have a style, I tend to stitch what appeals to me at the time, but if you put all my purchases in chronological order you be able to see a pattern or style at certain times.

  2. Angela Ng says:

    What a lovely design and I must say I tend to explore what’s out there then sticking to a particular design.. To me more fun and challenging.. 🙂

  3. Kim McCool says:

    Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!

  4. judith says:

    very beautiful ♥

  5. Dani says:

    Wow that looks spectacular!!!!!

  6. Joanne P says:

    This is a beautiful sampler and definitely my style!

    I have two distinct styles – samplers and fantasy. I would say that 95% of my stitching for myself falls into those two categories. Anything that doesn’t has probably been stitched for a friend or chosen in a challenge.

  7. Jennifer says:

    Beautiful finish! I have a bellpull – Celtic Banner from Butternut Road – sitting in my stash for the last at least 4 or 5 years that I haven’t started yet. I saw it hanging on the wall in my old LNS and had to have it, and then… nothing.

    I’m not sure I can define my style – it’s more of a “I’ll know it when I see it”. I do know that my tastes have changed since I started stitching though, and I lean more towards some designers than others.