I rarely stitch for myself, but when Cross Stitcher included cover kits of a fox and a raccoon a couple of years back, I held onto them, planning to do them “someday”. These were bold, simple patterns that used only a handful of colours, meaning they’d be the perfect intermission stitch when large projects were making me crazy. And – and this may be what promoted them from “maybe” to “yes!” – they came with a precut felt frame right in the kit, making the whole affair rather self-contained and all the more appealing. All I’d have to do is add a hanger of some sort, and heaven knows I have enough different ribbons in my stash.
And so, eventually…in between large projects, Christmas gifts, quick cards…they somehow got finished. The completed stitching was tucked away along with the frame inside the original packaging until I had a reason to assemble them. Wonder of wonders, my cubicle wall (fun fact: the proper term for “cubicle wall” is “baffle”. Who knew?) was painfully bare and in desperate need of a little brightening up!
To add some interest to the frames, I added a bit of decorative running stitch with my sewing machine. This wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had; felt does not pivot as nicely as normal fabric does to ensure a smooth curve, and I had to keep stopping to defuzz my needle and bobbin area. But they’re done, and give my cube a much-needed splash of colour.