Thank you for saved, but not posted posts. This has been sitting as a saved post for almost 2 months, waiting for either a time when I didn't have much else to post about, or until I could get some better pictures of what I made. Right now I'm so swamped with packers, moving, and not being able to find a camera, that I'm glad I had this saved post.
What do you do when you have a stitched piece you're not happy with?
Cut it up into little pieces!
Then get some jewelry frames from Hobby Lobby and raid your bead stash.
This was originally the BBD project from the 2010 Shepherd's Bush retreat, but I never fell in love with it. I didn't really like the colors (I hate baby poop pea green). There wasn't enough floss provided for some of the colors. The final thing that sent me over the top was realizing there wasn't enough space for me to stitch my M where it was supposed to go. Note to designers - if you're providing an alphabet to stitch initials, make sure each letter will fit in the space you charted for it.
I actually made these a few months ago, but finally got around to posting. I think I actually ended up with 10 to 12 pieces, of assorted sizes. Quite a lot for such a small piece. Some of the frames used were antiqued copper, brass, and the chrome pictured here. I've given a few away, and the rest are down at my parent's house, probably with mom wearing the ones I finished as necklaces. I'll have to find where she's hidden them, since some of these are meant as Christmas presents.
So, be brave! Don't hesitate! If you have a project you really aren't in love with, stop torturing yourself and re-purpose it.
We did this as a project at our November EGA meeting, and people were so scared to cut into a stitched piece it was funny. But, once they got started, they couldn't be stopped. I actually got ruthless and went through my stash and took in about 10 different un-loved, un-finished pieces for everyone to use. Teri (of Shepherd's Bush fame) was amazing, she got on a roll and must have made 5.