Christmas Table Cloth

I have finally decided which of the next unfinished projects that I got from my mother in-laws estate to finish. I don't think it is going to be to challenging but may take some time to finish.

As you can see by the pictures, parts of it were finished. I did have to undo some of it as it was not done according to the directions and I usually like to keep things neat and orderly. If I would have left it alone and finished it without fixing it, it would have bugged me forever. I guess I am a fanatic about that.

The dove looks to be the most challenging of the whole project. I have already started on the center as this is the hardest to do.

I think I am really gonna like this table cloth when it is finished. I will try to keep you posted as to the progress I make. It will probably be slow for now with spring coming and gardening stuff to do.


Finished Pot of Flowers

I finally finished it. Now Don and I will be building a wood frame for it out of some wood stock that we have in the lumber shed. I try to to most of the work but Don is a really important part of it. He helps with cutting the angles and such. I like to do the routering, sanding and finishing. Not quite sure what kind of front I will put on it. It should have a piece of glass in the frame to protect the work but we don't have any and not sure if I would really want glass. I was thinking more like heavy clear plastic.

My Pot of Flowers

This is really relaxing for me to do in the evenings,

or when ever I can find some free time to work on it.

 I hope to finish it this year because I have a whole lot of other embroidery projects that I have inherited form my mother in laws estate to do.

Embroidered Picture

This is a picture of the embroidery picture that I will be working on for a while.
It is kind of hard to see the whole thing on this picture but it will emerge better as I work on it as you see in the picture below.

I am using yarn instead of thread which is a bit different than I am use to using. I think I like it better though because it doesn't take as much yarn to do the same amount of work as with thread.

A few months ago, I was in Langlois, Oregon at the Wild Rivers Wool Factory. While perusing the store I came across this wonderful looking kit. It is a felt your own picture kit.
I finally got the kit out this morning and thought to myself, what am I going to do with this. I decided that I could do the same thing as I do with my tole painting. I just needed to find a picture that was simple enough for me to work with. So I got out my tole painting books, which are many, and found this really cute picture.

My next problem was, how do I get the picture onto the felting pad. I decided to draw it out like I do with my tole painting.

This worked OK, but now I need to get it on the felt pad. So I free handed it.

I am not the best artist in the world but this worked OK. I then started working the yarn on the felt pad in the same way I would work on a tole painting picture. One color at a time.

After working on it all day, I finally got it finished.
I really enjoyed doing this project. It made the time fly by. This is a great way to pass the time when it is wet and cold outside. It is also a fun project for kids, old enough to work with a needle. I think I may have just found another hobby. Like I really need one.
Now all I have to do is frame it and find an appropriate place on my wall somewhere to hang it up.
Happy Felting....
Finished Basket
I finally finished my scroll basket. I am pleased with the way it turned out.

The basket was quite a challenge for me. I have a few mistakes that I am aware of but hope nobody else can see or find. I think I will use it on my desk to hold cards and envelopes.
Scroll Saw Mail Basket
A while back I started a scroll saw basket and haven't had the time to finish it.
Well the weather is starting to turn rainy and cold, so now is the time to finish it. I need to put some stain on it and assemble it.
I have one coat of stain on it now. Then to the assembly table. I will get the pieces glued and put together.
I use a good wood glue to put it together to assure a good gluing job.

I put the glue on the inside of the slots and on the parts that go into the slots

I am starting to put the pieces together, wiping off any excess glue that seeps out during assembly.

Got it together and clamped. Now to wait for it to dry. Should be able to start the
second coat of stain after it is dry. Will probably need to do a little sanding first
.I am anxious to get it finished so I can start another project.
I wonder what that will be?


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