Thursday, February 2, 2012

My Huswife is finished.....yea!!!!!

Since I put up Fallen Roses for a spell, I've been working very diligently on Mrs. Waddelow's Huswife by Ellen Chester.
 I stitched this with an HDF silk called Burnished Cranberry and the fabric is also by HDF but the name I can't read on the label.  It's Be............something or other but I have no idea what.  What I do know is that it is a 35 count.
 The coordinating fabrics that I used for the inside I purchased at my local fabric store called The Sewing Studio.  I love this store!!!!  It's where I get all my coordinating fabrics as well as my silk ribbon I use for my bows.  They have the largest selection of buttons I have ever seen in a store and what is nice about them, they store most of their buttons in long plastic tubes and you can purchase as many as you need.  You aren't restricted to what those pesty little cards have on them like at Joann's.
 You can really see in these photos the four pockets that the huswife has.  The bottom pocket is made with  elastic at the top to help hold items tightly.  There are 3 mother of pearl hearts at the top to hold threads and the ones you see in the pictures are new Gloriana silks I just purchased.  I'm looking for the perfect design to stitch with them.....any suggestions?
I have made several of these huswifes but I never kept one for myself.....this one is mine.  I bet you could tell since it's done in my favorite pink and green combination.  I love how this turned out but I seriously doubt if I'll stitch it again.
I'm overwhelmed with how many of you have signed up for my giveaway.  You still have time to join in if you haven't already.  The number will be drawn on Saturday morning so check back then to see if you've won.
Blessings as always,
Barbara

P.S.  I've been asked what is the name of the fabric collection that I used.  It is called Lily and Peony by Skipping Stones Studio for Clothworks.  You can find the collection at this online store.  http://www.clothworks.com/collection.asp?ID=308

31 comments:

pandy said...

that is amazing! very very pretty. :) great job!

Stitching Cat said...

Barbara, your huswif is gorgeous! I love the color combination. I have mine kitted up but have yet to start it. My mother made me the Nantucket basket for the companion design and I've got my fabrics all lined up as well. Thanks for sharing your beautiful finish.

Carolyn said...

This is over the top GORGEOUS!! Your stitching and finishing is perfect...just perfect! I'm glad you are finally keeping something for yourself. You SO deserve it.

Oh yeah, I could waller in that chocolate at the top of your page. Just sayin'... :P

marly said...

When I saw the stitching itself, I had no idea how fabulous it would be finished. Your choice of fabric and exceptional finishing is just.....so.....well, I can't think of a strong enough adjective.

Catherine said...

Simply beautiful!! Love the colors!

Carol said...

That is one of the most exquisite finishes I've ever seen, Barbara!! Your finishing and way with colors is so beautiful... I just love it.

How nice to have a nearby store with such great fabrics and an actual button selection...I would be in heaven :)

Patty C. said...

Oh my gosh - I wish I had your sewing skills - I am still trying to figure out the pattern - LOL
(Only because I have never made one before)

Awesome finish !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sweet Sue said...

A stunning treasure, inside and out. But won't your daughter need one now:) Good for you!

Nancy said...

So beautiful! Love the fabric and colors! Wonderful finish!

MoonBeam said...

This is one of the most beautiful pieces I have ever seen. What a finish! Congratulations.

Would you share what quilt fabs you used?

Still drooling....

Bobbi

Deb said...

Oh my goodness, your huswife is just outstanding. You picked the perfect fabrics to compliment your stitching!!

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Wow. I don't think I've seen one of those that was that pretty before. Amazing work!!

Measi said...

Congrats, Barbara - it's absolutely stunning!

Phyllis said...

Just beautiful! Great job with the finishing!

Krista said...

What a beautiful finish, I love all the color combinations. Congrats!

CalamityJr said...

Didn't you just start stitching your huswife yesterday? It seems like it was that quick,anyway, lol. It's beautiful, and your fabrics are perfect with your thread choice. Wow!

Thoeria said...

Oh wow! Oh wow! I am speechless....gorgeous, stunning, beautiful,stupendous ..... I can't find a word! You have amazing talent :)

Stitching Noni said...

Your huswife is gorgeous. Love the colour combinations and the fabrics are define :o) I am drooling over your stitching it is simply a delight to see - well done finally doing one for yourself! :o)

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cucki said...

wow looking so beautiful..
big hugs xxx

Chris said...

This is so beautiful Barbara!
Your finishing and fabric choices are stunning!

butterfly said...

Love your header Barbara.
Beautiful finish and you have a real eye for colour.

Teresa said...

It turned out absolutely lovely. Yes you should keep this one for yourself.
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Terri said...

Oh, it turned out wonderful! And I love your fabric choices! Just what I would pick! I need to go shopping.....

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Oh, my heart! This is so beautiful.
How did you get the fabrics to match so perfectly? I couldn't see the buttons, how they hold the floss.
Are they special buttons?
The stitching and finish is exquisite, Barb. You put me to shame, I'm still working on the same sampler!!
Hugs,
Susan

Nicola said...

Congratulations on a gorgeous finish.I have wanted to stitch this for ages.

Wishing you a good weekend.

Mouse said...

ooooo thanks for the drool fest ... that is gorgeous ... love the colour of the silk and the fabric you have used is just perfect ....
I've just ordered the work basket yesterday ... *VBG :) love mouse xxxx

Sarah said...

Gorgeous finish, the colours work so well together!

Ellen said...

Hi Barbara!! Boy am I glad I stumbled across your blog. Your huswif is drop-dead gorgeous!! WOW!!

I hope you'll send me some photos and information that I can include on my blog. I know folks will be drooling.

Tatkis said...

Oh, it's so beautiful and romantic!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Bekca said...

Wow! What an amazing finish!

Mangogirl said...

wow :D that is stunning! Gorgeous finish :D