Some Usual and Unusual Finishing Ideas

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Some Usual and Unusual Finishing Ideas

by Rose » Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:11 am

If you don't mind we would like to keep this thread just a place for pictures that will help stitchers get an idea of how to finish off there projects. If you would like to comment please do so inthe General Section. Thank you!!!!

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Pillows:
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Coasters (for everyday use or for holidays)
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Potholders (for everyday or for holiday gifting)
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Hand Towels
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Candy/Cookie/ Candle Jars
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Re: Some Usual and Unusual Finishing Ideas

by Parksfarm » Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:40 am

A box top...
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Re: Some Usual and Unusual Finishing Ideas

by Rose » Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:42 am

Christmas Ornaments (on regular fabric or on plastic canvas)
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Flatfolds
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ATC Cards
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Gift Cards
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Hanging Banners
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Re: Some Usual and Unusual Finishing Ideas

by Rose » Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:05 am

Seat Cover ( the finish on this one was professionally done, I took it to a car
upholstery shop)
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The seat cover is the back seat of this car
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Pillowcases
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Table Toppers
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Pre-Made Bags using waste canvas (everyday use or holiday gifts)
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Bags made from Stitched Fabric
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Re: Some Usual and Unusual Finishing Ideas

by Rose » Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:20 am

Napkins
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Christmas Tree Skirt
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Wine Bottle Aprons
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Basket Decorations ( I made this for my daughters fiance last Christmas. I attached it to a basket and it is in his bathroom to hold reading materials)
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Needle Case
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Re: Some Usual and Unusual Finishing Ideas

by Rose » Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:40 am

Bookmarks (this one is a pre-finished bookmark)
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Binder Books ( you can also make photo albums or decorate school binders or binders for work) For these I chose the binder that has the pocket on the front but I think you could also find a way to decorate the non-pocketed type.
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Calender ( This is just one option I used to make a calendar) I stitched 3 months per cloth, Then I covered the back with felt, I used cloth binding to finish the edges. I then used metal grommets to punch holes in the top of the cloth. I then attached the fabric to a clip board I bought and covered with a pretty cloth.
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Trivet/Hot Plate You can buy these online or at most stitching stores then just add your work and secure the backing. They make great useful gifts.
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Re: Some Usual and Unusual Finishing Ideas

by XandraS » Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:42 am

Sorry about the picture heaviness

Small decorative pillow finish

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Box top finish

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Biscornu with button

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Mini biscornu scissor fob

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Biscornu wih with no button

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Bookmark

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Wall hanging organizer

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Flatfold ornament

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Scissor fob

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Floss tag

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Large cushion

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Sleeve for mirror

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Stitched bag using waste canvas

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Initialized riding gloves

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Felt backed bookmark

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Re: Some Usual and Unusual Finishing Ideas

by Mabel Figworthy » Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:30 am

Brooch:
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Dolls' house furniture:
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Needlebooks:
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Christmas tree ornaments:
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Pincushion:
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Scented sachet:
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Fabric frame:
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Re: Some Usual and Unusual Finishing Ideas

by Mabel Figworthy » Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:35 am

Keyrings:
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Keyholder:
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Bookends:
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Tray:
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Coasters:
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Handbag mirror:
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Vinylweave fridge magnets:
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Re: Some Usual and Unusual Finishing Ideas

by Mabel Figworthy » Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:41 am

Shopping bags:
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Bookmarks:
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Hanger:
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Box top:
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Ruler:
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Re: Some Usual and Unusual Finishing Ideas

by Mabel Figworthy » Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:44 am

Gift bags:
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Book cover:
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Pen holder:
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Lap tray:
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Re: Some Usual and Unusual Finishing Ideas

by Wandatoo » Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:56 pm

Alphabet (plastic canvas, backed by foam) - 'teaching tool'
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Number sticks - another 'teaching tool'
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Decorative sticks (plants, birthday cake, etc.)
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Re: Some Usual and Unusual Finishing Ideas

by Wandatoo » Thu Jul 19, 2012 4:54 pm

Christmas ornaments
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Bookmarks
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Re: Some Usual and Unusual Finishing Ideas

by Wandatoo » Wed Aug 08, 2012 4:56 pm

Just posted these in Mini-Projects and Rose suggested I add them here too.

Door Knob Hangers - precut heavy foam, found in the Dollar Store

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Re: Some Usual and Unusual Finishing Ideas

by Linda Rose » Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:02 pm

Like many of you I enjoy cross stitching bookmarks. They are quick, portable projects and always appreciated by those who are fortunate enough to receive one. My favorite finishing technique is to cross stitch my own purchased lace onto the bookmark. This allows me to choose the finished size of the bookmark as well as draw out a particular color of my choice in the pattern. It is also much less expensive than prefinished bookmarks, which are becoming more difficult to find.

The lace needed to complete a bookmark is generally a narrow width - 3/4" to 1" works best - that has a ladder edging that allows for attaching to the bookmark with cross stitches. Turn the lace on itself and and change its direction when you come to a corner. Although my picture does not show much variety, you can use whatever color of lace you like and attach with a variety of stitching patterns. An embellishment of ribbons etc can be added if desired where the lace begins and ends. In the samples below I have simply folded the lace over for the last few stitches for a flat finish.

The technique is not at all difficult and adds only about 45 minutes of finishing time.

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Re: Some Usual and Unusual Finishing Ideas

by DahliaDoll » Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:12 am

I love seeing everyone's finishes. Some images don't show up though for some reason. I can't even see my own images. Can anyone help?

Here are some of mine (hope this works):
Hot Pads:
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Chrismons (Christian ornaments):
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Little wall hanging:
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Ornaments with quilted background:
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Small Quilted wall hanging:
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Quilted wall hanging:
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More quilted wall hangings:
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Re: Some Usual and Unusual Finishing Ideas

by nasreen » Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:29 pm

Here is a little card I made fro my friend. The word "friend" was supposed o go inside but there was no space so I put it inside. This was the first card I ever made.

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Re: Some Usual and Unusual Finishing Ideas

by thegrindre » Sun Jul 07, 2013 12:01 am

I made a fridge magnet.

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Re: Some Usual and Unusual Finishing Ideas

by YouSewShould » Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:39 pm

I've made quite a bit of cross stitch jewellery, such as this pendant
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earrings
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Hairclips
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and rings!
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Re: Some Usual and Unusual Finishing Ideas

by Serinde » Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:29 pm

For those of you -- like me -- who need a helping... or is that a holding? ... hand when it comes to finishing, Mary Corbett over at Needle 'n Thread has just published an e-book, Lavender Honey & Other LIttle Things. It looks wonderful, and isn't just for free-style or surface embroiderers. I'm sure all her finishing techniques are applicable to cross stitching projects of a similar nature. Check it out: http://www.needlenthread.com/2013/07/lavender-honey-other-little-things-its-out.html#more-22831
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