Friday, March 1, 2013

Cats & Fairies

You know how when you finish-finish a project, there comes a point where you have to pull it right-side out & stitch up the seam? You know how you can see the stitching where the seam is? That has always annoyed me! I tend towards perfectionism (until I get so frustrated that I stop caring!), and I have never liked seeing those stitches on my work.

Browsing around the wonderful internet full of free tutorials and advice, I stumbled across a video tutorial for the Ladder Stitch. Ah, the Ladder Stitch- how do I love thee? Let me count the ways!

Check out the bottom of Christmas Tree Cat:

No visible stitches! Such bliss!  There's a link to the Ladder Stitch tutorial in the right column of this blog under "Recommended Tutorials". I've used this stitch successfully quite a few times. We won't talk about the last time I tried to use it; the fabric just would not cooperate.

Ah, well, you can't win 'em all!

Speaking of Christmas Tree Cat, I did finally finish it off & give it to DH when he came out here.

It's a bit large, about the size of my hand, which is not so desirable due to our traveling lifestyle. However, DH seemed to like it; I think he just doesn't know what to do with it!

I also finished There are Fairies... into a needlebook, using Meari's tutorial.

I measured incorrectly on the left side, so I added the small blue beads to cover the gaping space of my ineptitude.

An attempt was made to finish There are Fairies... scissor fob, but I got a bit too up close & personal with the scissors, cutting so close to the stitching that it's impossible to finish.

Fortunately, it is small, so it will be an easy restitch.

And all was not lost: I did learn how to make a cord by hand- with my mom as my helper- and also a tassel. Both of these can be used in the new fob.

Eventually, I will stitch the There are Fairies... pin cushion to complete the set. The patterns include one for a box top, which would be great to store my set in but would be terrible for travelling, so I won't be making that one soon, but you never know- perhaps in the future.

Out of curiosity, I googled Splendid Fairy Wrens to see what they really look like. All I can say is WOW! What colors!


Once again, I can stitch on Around the World! Meari suggested using a Tide Stick to remove the green streak from my fabric- and it actually worked! The evil streak is gone, and I can look forward to more frustration due to the Berwick stitch!

Best Stitches & Wishes,


  1. Hi Lisa! I too hate that seam that shows. Will have to check out the ladder stitch. I make my own cording too and tie one end of the thread to my big toe! Yep, very effective and efficient!! Love your work!

  2. Your seam looks great! I've never had an issue with my handstitching showing, but I'm definitely going to go check out that tutorial. Curiosity, ya know. :)

    Congrats on all your beautiful finishes.

    I'm so glad you got the stain out.

  3. Beautiful stitching! I never have good luck with the ladder stitch so I'm going to watch the video tutorial to see if I can figure out what I'm doing wrong.

    I make my own cording and tassels too.

  4. Beautiful finishes, Lisa. I love how you finish oof the christmas ornament.
    I too use the ladder stitch, quite easy for finishing pillows.

  5. That is a neat tutorial on how to finish your ornament. Thanks for the link

  6. What lovely finishes and I have used the ladder stitch but did not know it had a name.


  7. Nice work! I will have to try that ladder stitch, myself. I love the stitching part, but the finishing always seems like some sort of horrible punishment to me :)


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