Thursday, June 18, 2009

Elizabeth is Framed

Well, as you can see I now have Elizabeth back and yesterday I framed her. I had to use just a plain frame as I couldn't find a style that I had used before when I framed Margaret Gibson.

Unfortunately after, I had finished framing it I discovered that the bottom wasn't quite straight. I had a lot to do yesterday, so I have decided that when I finish this job that I am doing at the moment I will undo Elizabeth and re do it. Besides this little problem I think she looks ok.

Betsy is coming along nicely. I finished the left side. I only have to do the black background in this bit, but that is left till last. I started working up the top and I thought I'd have a change from Queen stitch and free hand embroidery and do the arches with the angels etc.

It is funny doing freehand embroidery. You end up with funny looking birds etc. It is not as hard as I thought it would be. But if you can do all of the stitches, it is quite easy.
It is funny working on 25ct linen. I am so used to working either on 32ct over one or 40ct, but the Queen stitch and the over ones are a lot easier to do on the 25ct. I know parts of this sampler are hard to see at the moment, but when it is finished a lot of it will be surrounded by black.

A couple of my friends have asked what I am doing at the moment as I keep whinging about it. I have to cover 60 of these tissue boxes in 3 different types of wall paper. That is 20 boxes x 3 different wall papers equals 60. Plus the same in small boxes with lids.
Why I keep whinging is that I keep having trouble with the wall paper. This particular one is actually linen toile on wall paper. Because it is wet and misty up here I am having trouble getting it to stick properly. Also I don't particularly like having my fingers covered in glue all the time. It quite annoys me. Well I have done 10 of these so far so I just have 50 to go. 20 of the ones I have to do have to be done in decoupage. It usually takes me over an hour to cut out the motifs. As you can gather these wall paper types are very expensive. I am doing this work for a hotel that I used to work in many years ago. Every couple of years they get me to do some more to replace ones that are either stolen or need to be replaced. They are used in the bathroom when the hold tissues and cotton balls for the guests.
Anyway the boxes await me so I had better go and do some. Whinge, grumble, whinge lol.


Kathy A. said...

Elizabeth is lovely done and framed. I really like the dark frame on this one.
Your new start seems very dainty.
Love those tissue/cotton ball boxes. They are so pretty. I love toile and my bedroom in AZ is done in blue toile. Your hotel's guests should count themselves fortunate to have such a lovely thing in their room. And then again, maybe that is why they go missing.

Jan said...

Elzabeth is such a beauty, and enjoy seeing her framed. Your wip is looking fab...and I don't envy you those tissue boxes, must be so daunting and tedious! Kudos!

Anonymous said...


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Анна - Зонт said...

Elzabeth is beautyful!!!!

Vonna said...

OH beatiful Elizabeth is :)
GORGEOUSLY framed too ;)
NOW I have to comment on those FANTASTIC tissue are they plastic and fit over the top of the tissue box? Oh my, these are FANTASTIC!!!

Margaret said...

Elizabeth is so spectacular -- you should be so proud of your beautiful work. I like how Betsy is looking as well. And the boxes -- they might be a pain to do, but they sure are pretty! You're so talented!

Brigitte said...

What a wonderful finish. And so beautifully framed. Congratulations.
I love your new start, you seem to be stitching up a storm on your new WIP, lol.

The Scarlett House said...

I love the simplicity of the frame. I just can't say enough about that sampler. Betsy is going to be a beauty, as well. Have fun with your project.

Maren said...

I think the boxes are very pretty! Tell the hotel to start chaining those things down! lol

Elizabeth looks wonderful! Even if she was a little crooked.

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

I love the frame you selected for Elizabeth - very elegant! Your tissue boxes are cute but OMG; 60 of them ~ ugh. Your new start looks so pretty, I can't wait to see more.

Suzanne said...

Elizabeth looks wonderful framed. Do you put your stitching behind glass?

I love that wallpaper pattern. I can see whay these boxes are so fiddly, but they look great.

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Dear Friend, How beautiful Elizabeth is finished and framed. And Betsy is looking wonderful, too. Your stitching is awesome!
Hugs, Deb

Anonymous said...

I love your blog. I visit it every day hoping something new will be waiting. Your Elizabeth is awesome. All your stitchingis excellent and you give me inspiration. Have a great day.


Siobhan said...

What a beautiful frame! Not fussy, which is perfect, to allow the stitching to shine. Your new start--omg, superb.

Good luck with the boxes! It sounds fiddly but the results are lovely.

Lapplisor said...

Sandra, you is a real needle artist.
Yours " Elizabeth Sampler " is singularly beautiful!
It works like a painting.
The colors are brilliantly worked.
Your new work progressed also far.
I see your joy with this work!
Much divert further :-)

Cindy F. said...

Elizabeth is so beautiful framed! and your boxes are so pretty!