Wednesday, August 6, 2014

iStitch Exchange

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!


Vickie said...

Very, very nice work by both of you. Pretty turquoise. I love the crochet work you received.

Deanne J said...

Beautiful stitching on both pieces.

Brigitte said...

Two very beautiful exchange pieces. And what a lovely piece of lace embellishes the blue one. Perfect.

Annie said...

Those are both such great finishes. Love the lace on the one you received. And your peacock is fabulous in that thread, backing fabric and clever crystal pin on top. I love those little easels for displaying pin keeps.. inexpensive and perfect for showing off the design.

Robin said...

Lovely exchange piece to receive and lovely exchange piece you sent, Jennifer! iStitch Designs are fun to stitch.

Enjoy your day!

Robin in Virginia

Blu said...

They're both really gorgeous! I love the lace on Elisa's one. The colours and accents on Sew Peacock are fantastic.

valerie said...

Gorgeous exchanges! I'm in love with the ribbon/pin detail at the very top and the pretty teal color! Great job!

Marie said...

Sew Peacock is gorgeous. I love the color and the taffeta fabric (need to look for some of that in NYC).
Your bow does fit with the theme and that pin is stunning.

You received a very nice pinkeep from Elisa. That crochet mat reminded me of a vintage potholder ~ very nice.