“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.
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
For the fourth side, I fold the weavers….
…so that when I press the final edge I’ll have a nice, clean finish…
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.
I give the back a good pressing, then…
a little identity
…sign and date the back.
And, we’re done!
Above is the original, though a very poor quality picture. Below is my version…
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!