Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Xena, Sampler Maker

Xena is finished!

I put in the last stitches on the "wallpaper" (it's hard to see in the photo as it is the palest green and white #4 Kreinik braid in a darning pattern, but it is there) that forms the background this evening and I am HAPPY DANCING! I am really impressed that she took me less than a year to finish. I started her in November of 2009 and finished her in 10 months. Of course, if you are a reader, you know that there was lots of other stitching that went on during those ten months as well.

Now comes the next problem...I don't know how to frame her. Should I bring the frame right up to the border around her, or leave some space. I don't use glass on my pieces so adding a mat is probably not an option. I welcome any and all suggestions.

We will be packing up for the trip to NYC in the next few days. How have I accumulated so much more stash than I had when we came out here? I know, too many trips to my LNS, but we have to keep them in business, right? I even stopped in today to pick up a few small charts. I don't have a good xs shop in NYC, so I do a lot of stach enhancement when we are out here in IN.

BTW, the red background on the blog was getting to be a bit much, so I have softened it to the light blue. It will probably go better with my photos.

Take care, and enjoy the cooler weather. I know I am.



vEr0n!c@ said...

She is pretty. You did a great job. Congratulations!

And This Little Pig said...

Edy, what a stunning finish!
LiBBiE in Oz

Carol said...

I've enjoyed following along as Xena and her masterpieces appeared. Congratulations, it's a lovely piece.
I am all for leaving a border round her. I call it "air space".

Mel said...

She's lovely!
I would leave the border around her so that the matting doesn't get in the way of your lovely border stitching.

Jean said...

Edy, she is really beautiful, I have been watching your updates. I personally would leave a 1/4 of any inch of the ground fabric showing past the border with the frame. Why don't you use glass? just wondering. Have a safe trip home.