Carol from iStitchaholic recently hosted an exchange featuring her designs, and stitchers all over the world signed up to exchange finished pieces. Carol has been posting the exchange pieces to the iStitch Designs facebook page, and will be posting a gallery to her blog once the exchange wraps up completely.
My piece arrived from Elisa of Old Ragged Threads back in July. She stitched Sew French Blue and finished it as a pinkeep. So pretty and delicate - I love the lace on the edges and need to keep that in mind for future finishes of my own. (Why yes I do have a collection of finishing ideas I'd like to try!)
Elisa also crocheted me this sweet colorful mat. It is so soft and pretty, and my 4 year old was eyeing it up as soon as I took it out of the package. Once he felt how soft it was, it was a task to get it back from him!
My exchange partner was also located in the UK. I stitched Sew Peacock for Michelle (Michelle's Stitchcraft Place). Sew Peacock has long been one of my favorite designs and I chose a gorgeous turquoise blue silk (Belle Soie Aqua Velvet) to stitch over 1. The fabric you see in the background is the taffeta I used for the back of the pinkeep. In fact, I chose that fabric first, then went to my LNS in search of the thread. I had at least half a dozen choices, and ended up going with my first choice silk. Do you do that too? I go through several different colors for something like this, and inevitably go back to my first choice.
I also finished mine as a pinkeep. Since I used the little acrylic stand I bought for Elisa's pinkeep to stand the piece up for photographing, I decided to include it in the package to Michelle. (I'll pick up a new stand for myself so I can put Sew French Blue back on display)
And you can see the Swarovski crystal pin I put together from my jewelry bits. I believe that's the Blue Zircon color, which happens to be my birthstone as well. I wanted to jazz up the lace trim I used around the edges, so I added soome blue satin ribbon. I bought a spool without realizing I had used the exact same ribbon for another project, oddly enough another iStitch design! So I used what I had and sent the new roll off to Michelle.
As I was looping the ribbon for the top, I realized that it looked a little bit like a peacock too!
So my piece arrived safely in the UK and I'm just thrilled with the piece from Elisa. Thank you, Carol, for hosting such a great exchange!