The winter season, when the garden doesn't need tending and there are no farmers' markets to prepare for and attend, is a perfect to time to pull out some large projects that take focused time. Last February I wrote about the matting and framing I had begun of several cross-stitch pictures. I wrote more in-depth about my framing process in 2007.
Well, it was again time to bring these out and finally get them completed! Here are some photos of the pieces I have finished so far. While the majority of the planning and work had been done last year, such as all the measuring, cutting, and stretching, each picture needed final assembling and touchups. We gradually purchased the needed frames on sale at various stores throughout the year.
The cross-stitch pieces are a combination of ones Sarah, Mom, or I had stitched for one another or ourselves. The framed piece above is Sarah's handiwork; she chose a Scripture verse that fit well with the girl reading and added her sketch to the pattern.
The sampler on above left was stitched by Mom for me; I love all the colors in it. It features Colossians 3:2, "Set your affection things above..." The green picture on the right was stitched by Sarah as a gift to me and includes many culinary herbs...she knew it would be something I would like!
And the two above were also stitched by Sarah for her hope chest. She has a few smaller pieces that I need to finish once we find the appropriate-sized frames, since they are not standard sizes. Mom's geranium piece that she posted about awhile back was discovered and is now added to the list of ones to begin framing from scratch.
Whew! I'll post more when the next batch of framing is complete.
What have you been working on lately?