Friday, July 13, 2012

TA DA the Birthday Reveal a Blackbird Design

Finally, my sister opened her birthday present.  She was in Toronto for business and didn't get back to yesterday and in the office until this morning.  Now, I can finally post it!! 
It is The Tulip House Stitching Companion by Blackbird Design from A Stitcher's Journey Book.  
I am absolutely thrilled with how it turned out.  
 I had to order rick rack, seam twill tape and Briwax from Amazon.  Amazon sent me to other providers.  So now I have 20 yards of white rick rack, 72 yards of cotton seam twill tape and a one pound container of Briwax.  It was still cheaper than ordering from cross stitch sites.  I am in love with the Briwax and have several projects I will be using it on.  The buttons I had salvedged from the in-laws clean out last summer.  I have three tins full of buttons.
 I hand dyed the rick rack, tape and chenille per directions in the book with tan Rit dye.
 The parts before they are all put together.  It was such a fun stitch.  I love this book and plan on making more projects from it.
 I was going to make some cording with floss and a drill but, when I saw how Brenda Gervais from With Thy Needle and Thread had finished the thimble purses with the button fringe, I thought that would be a good way to finish the scissors fob.  I used more twill tape on it.

 The Briwax really changes the color of the paint.  I used the dark brown and it added depth and dimension to the paint.  It also gives it a nice shiny, glow.  I really love this stuff.
 The top glued into place on the box.
 The art shot.
 The inside of the box.  A small pin cushion, rings for thread, the fob fits right in.
 Then, I took the longest straight pins I could find and used Bead Loc to glue some pretty Swarovski crystals and fresh water pearls with silver seed beads.  I just can't get a good picture of these.

 Initially, I had the pin cushioned tied in with a bow.  It was too much so, I just tied a simple square knot and I much preferred that one.
 One more peek at the finished product.
 TA DA, It is finished and posted.  She loved it!
 Update on Strawberry Hill.  I don't iron anything until the stitching is done.  This is coming along rather nicely.
 I wasn't so sure about using a single strand of floss on 35 count linen.
I can keep you updated on this one as I progress.

Thanks for stopping.  I love getting all the wonderful comments.
Keep on stitching.


  1. Oh wow, beeeautiful delicate stitch and finish, you really made all your extra effort and special touches worth while ~ kudos. Good gollywogs, what ya gonna do with all that trim! Pop on over to my blog for a new post about stash.

  2. Popped over from Sweet Sue's blog.
    That is such a beautiful finish! I love every part of it.
    Strawberry Hill is looking lovely too.

  3. Hi Monica! I'm a new follower and I found you through Sweet Sue's Blog ;)

    I LOVE your BBD finish. So beautiful!

    Happy Stitching


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  5. Hi Monica! What a lovely box for your sister...I know she loved it. And I love the dying job on the trim.

    Nice progress on Strawberry Hill, can't wait to see more as you go.

  6. Can I be your sister? What a wonderful gift. Great finishing.

  7. Hi, I just found you through Stitchin Sweet Sue's blog and clicked on to follow you.
    YOU do beautiful work!! LOVE the box for your sis! It's gorgeous! The Strawberry Hill is very pretty too!

    Please come over for a visit, and I also have an Etsy shop SALE/Giveaway going on too for mostly stitchers!!


  8. What a beautiful finish! Love the colours.

  9. HiMonica! Found you through Sue also. Beautiful blog.

  10. Sweet Sue sent me!! I am so glad she did!! I love BBD! Beautiful Gift you stitched and made for your sister!

  11. Followed a link and found your blog, and I am so glad I did! Lovely blog, and your stitching is beautiful!!

  12. I'm new to your blog, but so happy I found it! Lovely stitching and finishing.