2 cats 2 birds finish, and cats….


“don’t take a picture now, we’re sleeping.” ~lilly and ellis

Lilly’s been feeling that the live feline element has been lacking in my recent posts…..


“don’t take my picture now, i’m sleeping.” ~otis

I’ve mentioned to her that pictures of cats sleeping leaves some excitement to be desired….


“go away. i’m trying to sleep.” ~ellis

She told me she’d try to galvanize her cohorts into action…


“my eyes are open. any minute now, ellis and i will do something photo worthy…. though, we may need a little snooze before that happens.” ~lilly

Thus far, the results have been poor at best…

So, we’ll move on to our 2 Cats 2 Birds project.

first staining


I soaked the finished embroidery in coffee for a while, squeezed it, and let it dry.  But, I feel like this is too much staining, so….



I rinsed out some of the coffee and let the piece dry again.  I’m much happier with this level of aging.



Next, I trim the weavers cloth.  I’m planning to use the remaining weavers cloth as the backing.



I prefer to have the backing completely hidden from the front view, so I fold and press it back as much as possible.

three sides done

three sides done

For the fourth side, I fold the weavers….

first fold

first fold

…so that when I press the final edge I’ll have a nice, clean finish…

ready to stitch

ready to stitch

I like using this method for my antique-hooked-rug-inspired embroideries.  The back is reminiscent of an envelope which brings to mind days gone by when writing, mailing and delivering letters was something of an art.


Sometimes, I like to hide my stitches, but this time I think I’ll let them shine.


all stitched

I give the back a good pressing, then…

a little identity

a little identity

…sign and date the back.



And, we’re done!

antique original

antique original

Above is the original, though a very poor quality picture.  Below is my version…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

What a fun project this was!  I’d love to see your finishes and share them here if you allow me to!


enjoy the day!






7 thoughts on “2 cats 2 birds finish, and cats….

  1. Great job! Thanks for the helpful instructions. Finishing is always a challenge for me, now you have given me some direction. Not a cat person(Papa is allergic-otherwise???). I love all animals and this is adorable.

    Peace to all, Barb

  2. Perfect timing… I just finished a punched piece and was wondering how I would finish the back! You always do such beautiful work Rebecca and I appreciate your generosity in sharing you finishing, aging, etc… I’ve got the supplies but haven’t taken the leap with rug hooking. Oh, I so want to start that!

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