Sunday, February 3, 2013

Feast for the Eyes & Learning Something New

In January, one of our EGA members, Linda,  in Orlando came up and taught us how to make a cube finish.  She and Carol also brought up some of their stitched projects to share with the group.  Three tables were covered.  My eyes couldn't take it all in!   The box on the end in the picture below was made by Carol's husband.  
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Before the class, Carol gave us a Show and Tell.  They brought several cube finishes - they call it a Cube It finish - as this is the finish we were going to learn in class.  
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The tables were covered in unframed large projects.  Boxes were filled with smalls.  Truly a feast for the eyes.  I felt very fortunate to see it all.
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We also had a special guest in attendance - Cathy from Inspired Needle.  She has been a good friend to our EGA Chapter.
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I didn't take any pictures of the process of finishing my cube but here is my finished cube.  I stitched an ornament that I wasn't super in love with but I do like the way it came out.  I'll definitely be using this finish again.  The hardest part was the bow and I'm not completely happy with it but I'm done with messing with it.  Except I might add more gold.  Maybe.
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Here's a picture of the side ribbon.  That's actually 3 ribbons layered on each other.  We used these steel pins.  No glue.  The pins came 225 to a box and I think I had 25 or 35 left over.
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This is also my January Theme-a-Licious project.  January's theme was Jardin January - anything to do with a garden or flowers.  Those dolls are sitting under a tree - trees are in gardens.  Works, right?

34 comments:

Connie said...

Jackie, your cube is beautiful, love everything about it. Well done!

Catherine said...

Wow! Must have been great seeing all those in person. Your finish is lovely!!

Deb said...

I can't imagine seeing all those wonderful things in one place. And your cube is beautiful. I'm curious about the use of all those pins especially because I can't see a single one. It's just beautiful.

Carla said...

Beautiful stitches. Your whole cube is gorgeous!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Very pretty!

Michele said...

Really nice Jackie! You must have had a great time!

geeky Heather said...

Totally in theme. =) Your cube it is GORGEOUS! I love the triple ribbon on the sides. Very elegant. Boy, I wish I had been there to see all the finished goodies!

Mylene said...

wow! Love your cube, beautifully finished, great job! and oh such lovely items for the show..

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

oh c'est magnifique que de belles choses ! bisous bisous

Nic said...

Sounds like a great class. And a lovely finish you got out of it

QuiltSue said...

That is just gorgeous. I love the cross-stitch pattern, and I think the red and gold ribbons are perfect.

Annette-California said...

OMG!! I see a Scarlet Letter sampler covered with treasures. WOW.. Jackie your cube is beautiful and such a neat and perfect finish. I love it. My goodness my jaw dropped at the photos. Loved your post my friend.
Your ribbons look fantastic!!!
love Annette

Giovanna said...

What a pretty finish, well done! And it's wonderful to see all that lovely stitching.

Brenda said...

Jackie...your box is SO CUTE!!And your ribbon is perfect. All those small projects are so cool, lucky you to see them in person.

Annie said...

What a faboulous finish! Your cube is so pretty. I think you did a wonderful job on the ribbons. Your work is always so precise!

What a fun class with that ton of dreamy eye candy!

Chris said...

Looks like a wonderful class. All those pieces are gorgeous.
I think that your finish and the bow are perfect!!

Margaret said...

Love your cube finish. Wow, that's a lot of pins! So the pins are just hidden in the ribbons? It's beautiful! Love seeing all the show and tell pieces too. Wow! Glad it was fun!

Vickie said...

Oh my goodness that is pretty! THAT many pins?!? Wow!

Nicola said...

Thank you so much Jackie for sharing this wonderful display of work. Your cube is stunning.

FlourishingPalms said...

How nice to be inspired by a special stitching opportunity! I remember that feeling... and it's been too long since I've experienced it. That Cube It is cute. I've seen one in the works here, in one of our stitchery groups. It seems like a nice, relatively inexpensive way to finish a needlework. I'm happy for you to have had so much fun. That red bow is perfect!

yarnjourney said...

Your ornament is lovely. Thanks for sharing the cube technique. Your bow looks perfect to me.

woolwoman said...

Jackie - it was great to relive that day again thru your blog post. You got some great photos and you're right - Linda and Carol's work was amazing. I really love your cube finish - I have yet to get my bows on - need to tackle that one soon. Hope you have a great week ! Mel

Carol said...

Oh, that must have been wonderful to gaze at those finishes in all shapes and sizes, Jackie!! Your cube finish looks just perfect!! I can't believe it is all done with pins and that you used so many!!

So glad you enjoyed the class :)

Tammy said...

Wow, your cube is very cool and it looks like it might be hard to do too. Great job!! Hugs

Siobhán said...

Oh wow, thanks for sharing the pictures of your meeting! How amazing to see all that stitching--so nice! Your cube turned out so nicely, it looks great!

Ellen said...

So much wonderful eye candy, Jackie, and it sounds like everyone had a wonderful and productive day!

Wonderful job on your cube!

Katherine said...

WOW! You're so lucky! Beautiful bounty AND a class. So glad you had a great time.

Sally said...

Wow what fantastic eye candy!

Your finish is beautiful.

Teresa said...

I do like your cube, but not sure I understand what it is you do. Is it made over styrofoam?

Melanie said...

Super nice!!!!!! And I think the bow looks fab!!! What a fabulous abundance of pieces there. I would have been drooling over it all.
I use steel pins to do the cube finish too. That way, if you want, you can always get the stitching out of there again pretty easy, you know?

Lina said...

This is so cute! I love the triple ribbon edging.

Chris Daly said...

Wow, Look at all that beautiful needlework. How inspiring!

Dee said...

Beautiful! I love the ribbon just the way it is. You do very neat work.

Brigitte said...

Oh my, oh my, oh my! Such a lot of superb, fantastic and outstanding needlework and finishing. One doesn't know where to looks first. That was definitely a feast for the eyes.
I love your cube, Jackie. And I think I'll have to try this finishing as well as there is no glue involved. Which suits me because whenever there is glue involved everything is sticky afterwards, lol.