Thursday, February 28, 2013

On Safari

I keep meaning to check if these gifts have made it to their intended recipient, and it keeps slipping my mind. That happens sometimes.

So these are two pieces I stitched up for my friend's son.  We meant to get together over Christmas so I could give them to her, but between family obligations and illnesses, it just didn't happen. I left the pieces with my mother-in-law, since she is good friends with little Mitchell's grandma.
Animal Alphabet Birth Sampler
by The Historical Sampler Company Limited
Stitched 2 over 2 on 36 ct Edinburgh Linen
Personalized as a gift
This is a piece I modified from the original.  Whenever I stitch a birth sampler, I like to include as much of the information as possible.  The original didn't leave room for the weight, length or time, so I added in a box under the last row of letters and extended the border.  Luckily, this worked out perfectly.

I also changed out the original panda bear for an elephant.  The panda bear was very cute, but the elephant was better suited to the "vintage safari" theme used for the nursery.  Once again, my husband did the framing (with a frame from American Frame).  I'm not sure if I've shared this tip before, but I always give him the chart I've stitched from with the rest of the framing materials.  He uses the chart to find the center of the stitched piece, and pins through the center gently into the backer board, then works out from the center to stretch the fabric over the edges.  He finds this especially helpful when framing something with a stitched border such as this.  Once he's done, or has enough of the piece pinned to hold it in place, he removes the center pin.

In addition to the framed piece, I also stitched up an ornament for Mitchell, keeping with the vintage safari theme.  As soon as I spotted this piece at my LNS, I knew it would be the one I did.  This one was done as charted, except I left out the bird charm (the original has a tiny bird perched on the back of the giraffe) and stitched in the birth year instead.

Zoo Line Up by The Trilogy
Stitched 1 over 1 on 32 ct. fabric
I'm super happy with how both pieces came out.  They're very different, yet have a similar feel to the pieces I stitched for Mitchell's older brother, Mason.  You can see them here.

7 comments:

Catherine said...

Very sweet!!

Catherine said...

Very sweet!!

Peggy Lee said...

Your sampler is so cute and I like the changes you made.
I will remember the pin tip.
Thanks!

Carolyn NC said...

They are both adorable...What lovely gifts!

Carol said...

You are such a thoughtful friend, doing all of these pieces for the new babies, Jenn! I love the both--especially Zoo Line Up. Will have to remember that one if I ever stitch for a baby boy :)

Marie said...

Hi Jenn,
I love the Birth Sampler and I love that you modified to add the extra birth data. You did a beautiful job and DH did a great job framing. Thanks for sharing the tip on centering, great idea.

Love the little ornament too.

Hope all is well~

Meari said...

Those are both cute!!