More Unfinished Objects

Tent Stitch Flowers

Tent Stitch Flowers

I keep on finding things that I’ve not quite finished, don’t I – and in some cases I had completely forgotten about them.

Like this one. I know it was a kit – stranded cotton worked in half-cross stitch on canvas, – but I don’t know why I bought it.

And I clearly had something in mind for it, because I have attached it to a cotton furnishing fabric. Equally clearly, it wasn’t going to be a cushion centre, or I would have centred it on the fabric. It is only about three inches square, so I suspect I had in mind making it into a needlecase.

But before I do anything else with it, I have to find some way of covering those raw edges of canvas with something that looks deliberate!

Any suggestions?


Coloured Crane

Coloured Crane

In other news, though – I’ve finished the second Crane!

Actually, you may recall that it was the first, but I decided it looked too overheated in the pot it was destined for, and set it aside for another version.

I found in when I was looking for something else, and finished it. At least, the embroidery…

I will probably mount it on a circle of card, and put in that famed Winter Decoration corner.

At least I know what I’m going to do with this one!


  1. Mam says:

    The needlecase – I think you did mean to make a needlecase, though I don’t think you actually bought it!
    Presumably it would need a back page, probably felt. Cut a piece twice as long as the size of the back, and make a picture frame in one half of it, if you know what I mean.

  2. Janice says:

    I think what I would do is to trim the edges to exactly two threads, and then do a very precise buttonhole stitch edging all the way round. I would then decide on a colour for the back of the needle case and attach that, making it meet the actual canvas work design at that left side. I would then use your cord maker to make a cord that will nicely cover all the canvas edges. Or something like that……

  3. Lady Fi says:

    I like that crane a lot.

  4. karen says:

    how about a simple bound edge? a complimentary colour of bias binding….

  5. Penny says:

    I might use seam binding folded over the edge. Once it was attached do some embroidery stitches on top of it to decorate it a bit. I don’t know how that would work if the edges are meant to be folded over though.

  6. Sue Jones says:

    Plastic canvas needlebook with an aperture in the front for the picture?

  7. Cynthia says:

    I do that all the time. I like the variegated thread on the crane, but what project is that?

  8. Carolyn says:

    Oh how glad I am to know I am not the only one to forget some of my projects. When I moved from the mainland I had a whole bundle of these things. I was so embaressed about them that I donated them to the Guild sale table. They all disappeared and no one asked any questeions. I like your choice of thread for the crane.

  9. Jules says:

    I think I’d do what Janice suggests, as binding would be pretty tricky and I think a solid edge of thread would be more sympathetic than fabric.. I’d forgotten the crane too! I really do love that thread.

  10. Andy LW says:

    The little flower picture would make a good needle case. As your Mam suggested, cut the felt big enough for front and back, then precise close blanket stitch round the flowers onto the felt. Or if you didn’t want another needlecase, incorporate the embroidery onto a fabric book cover : a book to keep what flowers to plant next! Good luck!
    Andy LW

  11. wendy says:

    how about cutting it out and binding the edges with binding tape? You could also cut it neatly and add a chunky kumihimo cord over the edges, or ribbon. I often come across projects I’d forgotten about, I tend to put them back where I found them!

  12. jenclair says:

    I don’t know why my Feedly says you are listed, but your posts don’t show up! I have the same problem with another blog that I enjoy. Off to see if I can make it work this time.

  13. Jillayne says:

    It’s very cute – and will make a lovely needle-case. I sometimes stumble across things like that – I call them “true mystery projects”… sometimes my memory jogs and it all comes back to me, but other times – well, other times it just stays a mystery!

  14. I’d bind it with a bias binding too, I think. The question is, do you still like it enough to finish it off?!

  15. However you finish it… those potted flowers are going to be lovely. I like the variegated thread you used for the crane.

    And thank you for linking up your cat stitchery to Monday’s Stitchery Link Party. It’s sweet!