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Anita's Stitching

I have begun stitching in 1978. For the last 10 years, my stitching has been with "smalls". I love to use beads and ribbons and always looking for new ways for finishing. My email addresses is

Monday, June 25, 2007

Strawberry fob and gift stitching

I finished the strawberry fob that went with the strawberry box pinkeep:

I have been done some gift stitching and here they are:

Stitchy Kitty Stitch and be happy:

My aunt attic web site Biscornu:

Just Nan big bee little bee Biscornu:

Just Nan happy birthday fob:

Have a great week and thank you so much for stopping by my blog.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Box Style Pinkeep

I called this "Box style pinkeep" because the construction of it is like a box. I used cardbord to make the top, bottom and the sides. It is more time consuming than the mattress pinkeep and I kept on asking myself why am I doing this? The assembly part of it was using a "curve needle" to attach the top and bottom pieces to the box frame. The design is from Tristan Brooks and it is called Elizabethan pincushion. It has quite a few of queen stitches and it was a new stitch for me.
There is a scissor fob that goes with the design but I have not finished the finishing part yet. So for now, just the pictures for the pinkeep.

This type of finishing is pretty versatile and you can put ribbon around it and hang it as an ornament. I have done a Just Nan ornament using the same technique.

Thank you so much for taking time to leave me comments.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Mattress style pinkeep finishing

I am trying to experiment different ways of small finishings. This week I tried the mattress style pinkeep. I chose the La D Da's freebie "Tiny Sampler". I have changed some of the colors of the design and it took me forever to finish it. I am terribe with colors and I have ripped quite a few times to get the look that I wanted. I also used some of the motif from "Linen Stitches" by Ginnie Thompson. The border of the finish was stitched one over one. There are lots of backstitching involved and very time consuming.

Here it is:

Here are some pictures of the side:

A good friend sent me a surprise package for me and my son. Susan ( have heard me talking about making fimo clay flowers, buttons and charms so she sent me some fimo clays to have a good start. She sent me some paints for making my own colors pins as well. The package also included a chart pack with a overdyed floss and 3 packages of beautiful pins. My son loves seeing packages in the mail and he was so excited to see he got the bubble solution and some dinosaur sponges. He is trying to convince me that if we put the little sponge capsules in the bath tub instead of the sink, the sponges will expand to 10 times as big. Thank you so much Susan for the package and your thoughtfulness.

Here are pictures of the goodies:

Thank you so much for taking the time and leaving me compliment about my stitching and ribbon rose pins. The instruction of ribbon rose can be found on most of the ribbon embroidary instruction books. I have found 2 URL that can help you to make them. I don't use any tools, I just use my hands. Everytime you make the turn of the ribbon, you need to make some running stitches to secure the ribbon. Another stitcher also comes up with a site that shows how to make Ric Rac rose, I went and bought some Ric Rac ribbon butI have not had time to give it a try yet.

(I don't use any glue in my ribbon roses and I used thread to secure the rose. After I finished making the rose, I just put a "pearl pin" in the middle).

Ric Rac Ribbon Rose

Hope you all have a great week.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Giulia Punti Antichi Biscornu and Ribbon Rose Pins

I have finished 2 GPA (an Italian designer) biscornu. They are floral theme and turned out very pretty. I used DMC colors instead of the Olde Willow threads per the charts.

Spring Face Biscornu

Summer Face Biscornu

I have spent some time experimenting some Ribbon Rose Pins and here are the result:

I came across with a great web site for free motif or biscornu designs. I will definitely stitch some of the designs in the coming months:

Thank you so much for the comments and I have been seeing a lot of new vistors here.