Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Whatcha Workin' On Wednesday

I've long been a fan of Leslie's Whatcha Workin On Wednesday, and this week I actually finished a project!
I found this sampler at the TS awhile back, it was half off, so I think I paid $1.09 or something like that. It's just stitched on aida cloth, but I liked the colonial design, and knew that the pastels would look as if they were faded after a dip in some tea. Here's the before. And no, that's not my neck that's all wrinkly in the reflection on the glass! The mat had gotten wet at some point and buckled. I'm not THAT old, y'all.

First I just stained it, but decided that one of the mauve shades was too hideous, so I picked those stitches out and re-did them with another floss. (sorry JG, whoever you are) Then I changed the 1993 to 1893 with some excess floss from the back. Then I decided that I couldn't stand the horrible seafoam green that I'm sure didn't exist in 1893, so I started picking those stitches out. About 5 minutes into this, I realized how much extra time I was going to have to put into my "quick" makeover, but it was too late to turn back. Anyhow, after 45 minutes and a crick in my neck, I had them all out, and restitched them in a pretty olive shade. I built a simple frame, crackled a little and painted black over moss green, distressed and all that. So now, much better...I think it loves me too.

The little bunny peeking in was a TS find that I painted this week too. He was terra cotta before. So that's what I finished this week. I'm working on several things for the TDIPT Mercantile, and my sellin' blog (currently bare-I'm a slacker). I'll give you a sneaky peak another time. Get on over to My Country Home and see what everyone's workin' on!


Heather's Stitches said...

WOW, What a transformation!! That was a lovely find and your hard work stitching it shows!

Leslie said...

That makeover is amazing! It might have taken longer than expected but it was definitely worth it. Enjoy!

Have a great night :)


Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

Just beautiful!!! You did a terrific job!
I couldn't help but chuckle over your wrinkly neck comment. Hee-hee... :> )

Tallowberry said...

Hi Katherine, what a beautiful job you did, I definitely prefer the "after" picture. Enjoyed my first visit to your blog and will be back soon.


bayrayschild said...

Katherine, I love what you did with that sampler!

You sure do have that magic touch!