Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Fairy Friends

A couple of weeks ago my littlest girl celebrated her 10th birthday.  Back when she was 4, and attending preschool I started to stitch this design by Natalie Bird for her.  The plan was to make it into a bolster cushion, but then I had all sorts of trouble with the weaveline I used wrinkling, and puckering, and I put it aside in disgust.  This issue sent me looking to fellow bloggers for help, a post which still remains one of my most visited, even now over two years later.  I decided if it was ever going to happen it would have to be very simple, so here we have it finished onto a canvas instead!  The look on her face when she opened it was priceless.  It certainly was a big surprise - she had asked me every now and then if I was ever going to finish her fairy cushion, I don't think she thought it would ever happen!
Stitchery from Fairyland book by Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse



In the end, I used some starch spray and gave it another press before attaching some light batting and covering the canvas.  The starch has definitely helped the wrinkles, they are much improved ........ still a few there but I am trying not to notice them and hopefully anyone who sees them will be polite enough not to mention them ...... wishful thinking maybe!

After lots of discussion(and more than a little begging) I have agreed that my big girl could start a little blog of her own.  She is a girl who is crazy about animals and is keen to become a vet one day.  Her blog is focusing mostly on her pets and animals at the moment, but who knows where it might lead ......... maybe you might be so kind as to click through and have a little look at Farm Girl Junior....... thank you in advance from Miss FGJ and myself!  She is keen to find some blogs of other young girls similar in age or interests to her(she is 12) so if you know of any, or maybe your own daughter or granddaughter has a blog, perhaps you could leave a link either here or over at Farm Girl Junior.

I have the next four days at home on the farm, I'm finished at my off-farm job for the week, so I see lots more lamb-feeding ahead for a couple of days.  There were about 20 pets/orphans to feed tonight, so it all takes time!!

Thanks for looking.......... happy stitching......Nicky


22 comments:

shez said...

Nicky your canvas looks fantastic and happy birthday to your big girl,i will pop over for a visit.xx

Annie said...

That is so adorable! What a great idea to stretch it for a wall hanging. I'll have to try the spray starch... I always just assume the wrinkles in my work are from my poor ironing skills!

Just took a quick look at the your daughter's blog. Looks like a great start!

suzitee said...

Awwww...that's cute :) I'll pop over for a visit. I have two dughters but neither of them blog...yet!
That is one long-term WIP! It turned out very cute, and I bet she loves it. I've pulled out my son's wool emboidered baby blanket to finish off recently...he turned 15 last month tee hee!

Vickie said...

Fabulous finish Nicky. Your daughter is doing a great job at the blog. I left her a comment. ;)

Tatkis said...

Such a sweet and cute stitched cushion, and I'm sure your daughter was very pleased and excited!

Good luck with her blog!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Grit said...

So lovely.
Liebe Grüße Grit

Terry said...

It looks great! I'm glad you were able to figure out a way to finish it off! My 14 year old daughter wants to be a vet tech. :0)

Susan said...

It's very pretty just as a canvas, and now your conscience is clear! Happy Birthday to your big girl.

Christine M said...

Hi Nicky, Your canvas is gorgeous. I just love it! Happy birthday to your daughter.

Fiona said...

I need some of that anti wrinkle treatment... it worked so well.... I just love your stitchery and I'm sure she must be just delighted... perfect... and well done to her for starting a blog... my grandieboy did but sadly did not keep it up so I hope she finds some fellow bloggers...
Hugz

Carol said...

What a great gift for your daughter--I love the way you've finished it off, Nicky!! And the newest blogger in your family is off to a great start... can't wait to see all the photos of her pets :)

Lynda said...

The canvas turned out beautifully - your stitching is wonderful. I'm sure your daughter will love blogging.

Rowyn said...

The canvas looks gorgeous Nicky. I have had a stitcheries kit in my stash for quite some time - I really should pull it out and give it a go.

That's so cute that your daughter was keen to start a blog. I can't wait to see photos of all her pets. She writes really well too, you wouldn't think she is only 12.

Manuela said...

It's wonderful.

Greetings Manuela

Sarah's Little Snippets said...

Hi Nicky, I found your blog while searching for information on weaveline and google took me to your original fairy stitchery post. I'm now delighted to see your finished canvas! It's beautiful :) I'm just about to start my first Leanne B. block of the month quilt and your blog has given me loads of inspiration ~ thank you! Sarah x

Bev C said...

Hello Nicky,

Turning double figures for your daughter was a double delight. The canvas is wonderful.

Good luck to the little blogger.

Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

Charlie and Wendy said...

The little fairy picture is so cute and looks perfect as a canvas. I will pop over and visit your newest blogger!

Raewyn said...

Your fairy cushion/canvas looks gorgeous Nicky - good on you for persevering; the finish would have been well worth it just seeing your daughter's face :-)I'll pop over to the new blog in the family now...

Michelle said...

Better late than never and it looks fabulous!!! My daughter has a horse blog I will send you the link...:O)

Deb said...

Your Fairy pillow is adorable!! Your stitching looks perfect. I know that she was so happy to finally get it.

Josie said...

Love the fairy picture. It's so cute. I'm sure Farm Girl jnr is thrilled with it. Paid her blog a little visit... boy is she good. Really nice writing style. That girl will go far! ;o)
I'm off now to starch my wrinkles....

Susie said...

Love this stitchery - I have just finshed the pillow one to make up for my 8yr old! Great idea for the canvas.

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