I have what I call a "finished finish" for you today! My first ornament of the several I hope to finish in 2015. This is one I've stitched mostly on my lunch hour at work. I wanted to try finishing this one myself and I also wanted to try a beaded edge. I used the instructions from a Jane Timmers/Fancy Work class project instruction set but this tutorial from Staci at Snippets and Stash is a good one too.
Snowy Pines by Little House Needleworks
Stitching, Cording and Finishing by Me
30 Count Natural Linen with DMC
Mill Hill Glass Beads # 02010
The beaded edging has flaws but I am very happy with this attempt. It took longer than I thought and at times I'm sure my eyes crossed. I'll definitely be doing this again! Next time I need to work on getting the corners more firmly stuffed. I did use fusible interfacing on both the front and the back and I like that it adds stability to the ornament. I forgot to get a picture of the back but it has the year stitched and I added one of those "made with love" charms to the back as well.
One last closeup!
I also found my 2nd attempt at a patchwork zippered pouch. I'm happier with my results.
The corners are more square. More to learn but there is progress!
I hope you all are having a good week and that all your stitches are happy ones!