Friday, March 19, 2010

Antiqued Cross Stitches

I finally got around to antiquing my pieces. The first one I stained and realized when it came out of the dryer, that it had crease marks. So, I wet it a bit and ironed it out, so it is a bit better now. I wish I could get a picture to show how nice it looks in person. Really prim and it looks nice in that frame, but maybe a mat to go with it? It is just stuck in there for the photo, I still need to read up on how to frame properly and then I will frame it permanently.

The second one, is one I designed myself. I sprayed and ironed before I antiqued it. Works much better that way;)
I stuck it in this frame for now to take a photo, but I need to find one that fits it better. If I had more room, a dark mat would really set it off.

I can't wait to finish them and display them on my wall. I decided to get pc stitch so I can make my own and I am working on a mermaid piece. The program does not work as well as I would like, maybe I am missing something. But, I expected a nice clear color drawing to come out as a clear pattern. It gave me way too many colors and if you reduce them, you get horrid colors, so I forced to hand color it all again and redo the pattern itself to be clearer and more prim.


Joanne said...

Debbie - beautiful pieces - i like them without mats - less formal that way - more prim. Maybe not for these but I have a few that I did years ago my Mom put a fabric border on for me - looks like a quilt piece - love them - and you can still hang them as if they are framed. Just and "idear"!

WoolenSails said...

I like that idea, would be easier for the stairways too.
Wondering how many times people will knock down frames;)


Melissa said...

Debbie, you've done a FABulous job on both of these. I don't think you need mats. Mats would take away the prim feel for sure!

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

you did a fantastic these.:)

Margaret said...

Wonderful! I agree, no mats are necessary.

Quilt Hollow said...

Well you just made my heart skip an extra beat...these are wonderful! I love antiquing them and these are just perfect...perfectly ME!!

Deb said...

They came out wonderful and I'm one of those people too, who prefer no matts for most of my pieces. I think that they look more prim that way. You did an excellent job with your staining. Instead of putting them in the dryer, have you tried drying them in the oven?

WoolenSails said...

I find the dryer easier, I have a front loader, so I just place it on the rack and the high heat, guarantees a good heat set. If I used an oven, I would forget and find it burned to a crisp;)


Rugs and Pugs said...

Debbie ~
I concur with the others ~ no mats. Years ago, I matted some of my cross stitch pieces, but not the reproduction or primitive ones. I just figure they didn't do it long ago, so why should I?
The pieces came out great. Thank you for sharing.
By the way, I have the entire stair wall hung with framed cross stitch and do not have a problem with them getting knocked down. (I bet I just jinxed myself!)
Pug hugs :)

Brenda said...

Beautiful, just beautiful! I love cross stitch and yours speak of a different time and a different pace of life.
You did an amazing job. Congratulations on your finishes! B=)

Michelle (Shell) May said...

These are just lovely. So warm and cozy feeling.
hugs and friends,

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

They are both beautiful, Debbie! I really love the one you designed! I'm a no mat kind of girl, myself. Mostly, I like the stitching to be the star of the show and I agree with Melissa about the primness of your pieces and the mats.

primitivebettys said...

Both are just BEAUTIFUL! Wonderful works for sure!


Ter'e said...

Aren't these gorgeous???? What a beautiful job you did.
I have a wall of stitchery, at the landing of my stairs and I just love it, every time I climb the stairs. Good reminders at how hard work pays off. And, hopefully a nice little treasure to leave for my kids.