Thursday, December 09, 2010


Every now and then - you  make a plan - the plan goes off without a hitch and you have yourself ONE FINE DAY !  I am pleased to say that is the kind of day I had yesterday.  I wanted to attend a class being held in Savannah at the French Knot needlework shop I have been raving about for the past 2 posts - it was to learn two methods of ornament finishing for canvas work.  I had been daudling along with my seahorse since last year - not really motivated to work on it except at doctor appts or when I needed a small portable project however when I heard this shop owner was giving a finishing class I was on a mission to complete the seahorse and take the class. 

I arranged a business trip to Savannah which allowed me to be there the day before - so I attended the weekly stitch in on Tuesday night - It was fun to be with different people and even though I didn't know anyone - it was still fun.  Then I had a lovely dinner with a business associate at the coolest place - Circa 1875 - It is named as such because the building has been around since 1875 - it was a great place - loved the food and atmosphere and I will definitely be back again.

My class started at 9am - everyone was encouraged to rummage thru the shop owners private stash of trims bobbles, ribbons and fabrics. I chose a lovely silk in turquoise for the backing. Since I am going to display my seahorse year round - I did not want it to be all decked out like a frilly christmas ornament so my finishing was a little more understated than some of the other class participants. However it came out exactly as I anticipated.  I did put that gaudy crystal bobble on the end of it just for effect and figured it would pick up the light.  I went with a simple vintage gold trim just to cover the seam.

 Here is the back of the ornament - you can see I think I did a pretty dang good job of filling all those creavices with batting. 
Here is the side showing a close up of the trim.  Now I see why shops charge seemingly outrageous prices for finishing.  This was a LOT of work.  It took me about 4 solid hours and would have taken longer if I was fumbling around with it at home.  The shopowner has everything we needed ready and set up - glue guns, pins, needles, threads, scissors, sewing machines, - everything - I was just thrilled !

I was close to finishing my ornament and a couple of ladies went home to finish.  I was determined I was going home with a completed ornament so I took a break for lunch. I walked two blocks to one of my favorite lunch spots in the historic area - the Gryphon Tearoom.  It is housed in an old pharmacy and lots of the original stained glass is still intact along with wooden drawers - where different things were stored the old soda counter and many other original features.  Here is a photo of the lovely stained glass ceiling.  I tried to get a photo of the SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) out the window where I was sitting but it was too gray outside and it did not come out. 

It was actually a lot of fun to be out walking by myself in Savannah.  I had an opportunity to wear some of my knitted accessories and I was not cold a bit even though it was in the 40's with a stiff breeze blowing.  I'm sure some of you are scoffing but hey - way down here in the deep south - 40's during mid day is very cold and unusal for us. 

Don't have much more to report - next post I hope to have a WIP photo of a beautiful cowl I started knitting over the weekend and maybe some photos of stash acquisitions from recent shopping binges.  I've been having a little "merry christmas to me fever" and we're not even officially in the 12 days of Christmas yet.

Here's hoping you are having some fun of your own .  thanks for your comments - I always enjoy hearing from you. 


Margaret said...

I love how your piece came out!! Beautifully done! The trim is so pretty, and so is that backing. I've heard it got really cold down in Florida. Are you all suffering those cold temps? Stay warm! I think 40's is cold too. I just wish it wouldn't get any colder than that. lol!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Woo hoo... your ornament finishing looks marvelous.

Laura said...

So glad to hear you had a fine day!!!! Now you know how to finish things! You can do anything now. I am in the not knowing category. Hope to join you some day.

I love the name of the restaurant Circa 1875!! So cool!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Mel ~
Great finish on the sea horse!
Merry Christmas.
Pug hugs :)

Jan said...

It looks fabulous, Mel!!! Glad you had such a fine and perfect day...they come so infrequently for most and I know that you were deserving of one!!

Stay warm, a bit cold here for the north, let me tell you! I am banking on winter being a month early, so that means spring will be here early too! Yay!

Cari said...

Beautiful seahorse finish Mel. You did a great job...I love it!! I'm so glad you got to attend the class!! Warm hugs....

Alice said...

Congrats on your fine day. I want one like that too!

Penelope's Beehive said...

Beautiful work...I am delighted to know you enjoyed a lovely day! Friends, food and stitching...a brilliant combination to be sure!


beeinstitches said...

Your ornament looks fabulous! What a great finish. It will look so wonderful next to your rug. Lucky stiff - going to Savannah!!! Too fun!

TeresaB said...

Love how your seahorse turned out. It will look beautiful next to your mermaid. I was so unhappy not to be able to make the trip and the class, being sick spoils everything! Maybe we can try again next year.

And this is the perfect time of the year to give yourself a present or two!

Siobhan said...

That is THE coolest ornament! YGG on the finishing!! I am so impressed.

geeky Heather said...

Love the ornament; even the "gaudy" bauble on the end. =) What a wonderful place you picked for lunch!!

Karoline said...

Your seahorse is gorgeous, great finishing

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Wow, Mel! Your seahorse turned out so fantastic! Way to go on the finishing!!! I also love the color of the silk backing you chose - it's perfect.
I would so love to go to Savannah and walk around and have lunch at such a great spot. Sounds like you had a great trip and like you, I always try to combine pleasure with business if at all possible.

Thank you for the lovely note you left on my blog - I'm happy to be getting caught up with everyone!

Merry Christmas, Mel!

Isadarena said...

Dear Melody, I love how your blue ornament with the seahorse turned out and the fabric you used for the back is silk, ins'it ?? Very pretty !!
It looks Mr winter is so cold in all our countries : we woke up this morning with two inches of snow : another time !!
Please, stay warm at home !
I wish you a Merry and Blessed Christmas,
Greeting from France,