Friday, May 16, 2008

Two finishes

I promised pictures of my recent finishes, Wool Needlebook and Fob. I've taken the pictures but have to confess, the needlebook has no button on it, and the fob has no cording or loop to attach to scissors. I have the perfect scissors to attach to it, just not sure I want to part with the Belle Soie for cording. I should have just stitched the pieces with the recommended threads but no, I had to do them in Belle Soie. I think it turned out well, the silk will hold up to use, but to waste all that lovely silk on cording? I cringe at the thought. Or put cotton floss as cording on it? I don't think so. Perhaps I could make just a top loop and not put the cording around the outside, and not make a pretty tassel--that would make it more rustic looking, right? Any ideas would be appreciated, fellow stitchers.

My second finish is one I am most proud of. Brave Hearts by LHN. This one was charted for Belle Soie and that is what I stitched it with. And its not my stitching that I'm proud of but who the stitching is meant for. My BIL George. This man I am so proud of, so proud that he is part of our family. Let me tell you a little about him.

George is married to my middle sister Patti. He served as a Marine for 16 years; in Beirut, in Quantico, all over the world. He's a home town hero, a soldier, a family man. Not long after retiring from the Marines, he had an accident at home--one of those dreaded accidents that left him paralyzed and in a wheelchair. He went from standing tall to sitting in a chair all the time. A situation that would have devastated many a strong person just made him a stronger man. He is my hero. He works, he travels, he even danced Patti around the dance floor at the wedding of their eldest son, in his chair. Their love grows stronger every day, as they depend on each other, and on their GOD to sustain them. He didn't let a little thing like a wheelchair stop him. Brave Hearts is for him.

I'll save my stash room update for another day. Thanks for reading.


Susan said...

Thank you for sharing the story about your BIL; he sounds like a brave, strong man!

Your needlebook looks lovely, Debs. I can understand not wanting to use the silk to make cording, but I don't have any immediate thoughts as to what to do as a substitute.

Vonna said...

A lovely stitch for a lovely man dedicated to our country! It is a gorgeous gift and a wonderful sentiment behind it :)

Your Wool Needlebook and Fob set are lovely. Have you thought of just attaching the fob with ribbon? A nice grosgraine coordinating with the colors? I think that would be a nice substitue for the cording :)

Jane said...

Beautiful finishes and very moving story, Debs.

Nicole said...

Wow Debs, they look great!! Your needlebook turned out wonderful!!

Your BIL sounds like a wonderful man! I'm sure he will love the sampler.

Now I've got to finish my needlebook! You've inspired me to get going! :)

Sharon said...

They both look great and what a beautiful story of your BIL! I am sure he will love it.

Rachel said...

Congrats on your finishes Debs! They are both beautiful. I just love that Wool set. I use ribbon a lot on my fobs - organdy is my favorite :)