Coxcombs & Berries

January 6, 2012

It's my first Wooly Friday of 2012.  For those of you that are new to my blog, my daughters have dance class on Fridays.  While they are at dance, I like to work on stitching wool projects to pass the time.  The last few months, however, I haven't worked on any wool projects because Scott has been taking the girls to dance so I could stay home and work on client quilts.  I'm really excited to get back to Wooly Fridays because I have a new, awesome project to work on!!  While on our girls' retreat to Primitive Gatherings, we also had a wool workshop with Lisa Bongean.  The project was a surprise and one of Lisa's brand new designs!!  We kind of got to be guinea pigs for her new pattern.  FUN!!  The project was a runner called  Coxcombs & Berries.

 
It's a stunning design!  Yummy wool set on a backdrop of Lisa's new line of flannels, Wool & Needle Flannels for Moda.  It's a nice sized project.  I believe with the borders it finishes at 17" X 58".  Here is mine so far...
 Of course mine doesn't have the berries quite yet.  :-)  Or the borders for that matter.
I haven't decided quite yet if I am going to add them or not.  I've decided not to use mine as a runner but to have it framed instead.  I have the perfect spot above the sofa in the downstairs for it.  Wouldn't it look fabulous with one of those primitive frames in red or in the brown of the vines??  I think so!!

We learned so much from Lisa on shortcuts and tips when working with wool.  Especially how to make our vines look similar from one side of the project to the other.  Here's some of the stitching that I have so far...
Lisa showed us some new stitches to add great detail to our projects.  The vines are my favorite because they look awesome and this goes so much faster than a blanket stitch!! :-)  Genius.
My friend Patti has already completed her project and then some!  She made hers into a valance, plus she made a mini version as a valance for her smaller window.
Patti just recently remodeled her kitchen and needed new window treatments.  Genius!!!  She used some Little Gatherings fabric to frame the project.  I love how they look!! FYI, her new kitchen is amazing.  I'll share pics as soon as I get them! 

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!  I'm back to client quilts after a little hiatus. :-)

25 comments:

  1. Oh Linda it's beautiful...I absolutely love the way you did the stems! What a treasure!

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  2. I love it, Linda!! Glad you're doing something fun again.

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  3. Beautiful! The stems treatment quite interesting. It would be beautiful framed. Using it for a valance as your friend did is unique and it looks very good. I would be worried about sun damage. But then, most of our windows have curved tops and it wouldn't work anyhow.

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  4. Linda, it is beautiful. I have yet to venture into wool.

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  5. LOL....what a surprise to see my valances on your blog. You're too funny. No sun damage here. There is a covered porch outside both of the windows. In fact, it's almost too dark, but I have wonderful lighting. I'm not a table runner kind of a gal, and this worked out great. I already have plans on another Lisa Bongean pattern to change out for the summer months. Thanks for the surprise Linda, it made my morning.

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  6. I really like wool projects, seems like they work up so quickly. Love the pattern, I should take a class as well. I have just taught myself, but looks like you learned a great new stitch for vines. Thanks for sharing. I think framed above the sofa is a splendid idea!

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  7. That is beautiful Linda!! I love the way the vine is stitched!

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  8. Wow, this is beautiful! I wish I could get classes from Lisa.

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  9. Beautiful! I think it will look awesome framed. It is a work of art!

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  10. Linda, it is beautiful. I love all those beautiful stitches. That's what makes wool projects attractive to me. It will look awesome framed!

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  11. Linda it is amazing , I love working with wool and your project is beautiful!

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  12. Yeah, woolly Fridays are back! I love the runner/picture/pelmet, it's such a great design. And the flannel looks wonderful!

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  13. Beautiful. The stitches are fabulous. Be great in a frame. Hugs,

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  14. Linda,
    I LOVE your piece! I have only worked with wool once and I loved it! The only thing is I don't have a local shop that carries wool. I am going online to search. I love Primitive Gathering's patterns.
    Patti's valances are a great idea.
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  15. Your project looks great. Can't wait to the finish! :)

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  16. Lucky you to take a class with Lisa and that is a beautiful pattern, love the colors against the dark background.

    Debbie

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  17. LOVE that - so beautiful! And I'm quite impressed with the stitching, very unusual!

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  18. Nice tips to the stitches. I wouldn't of thought to do my vines this way but really like the looks. Thanks for sharing, can't wait to see yours finished.

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  19. OH, the way you stitched the wool on is so cool.
    Great idea to use the pieces as window treatments too.

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  20. It's so good to see you're taking time for yourself, Linda! I just love this stitchery and have never seen the vines stitched like this - fantastic!
    Cheers!

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  21. ooooo....great project. I'm loving it. And what Patti did is so awesome! I would love to see her kitchen. I'm jealous of that! haha. Happy new year!

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  22. This is so beautiful! I love the idea of framing it, too. It's always fun to see what you are working on.

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  23. What a great project, and I love the background you've chosen. That will look great in a frame hanging above a sofa.

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