Friday, November 1, 2013
Sashiko Table Topper...
Can you see the huge grin on my face? The feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction that I have is pure bliss. I have shared with you my Sashiko piece I stitched in this post before. I also shared with you in a previous post how I was practicing sewing a mitered border. Well I am very happy to report that I have completed my Sashiko Table Topper and even though it is not perfect (perfection being something I struggle with) I am beyond pleased. I took my unfinished Sashiko piece to our local Ben Franklin and consulted with Linnea and Francis in the fabric department. Linnea wisely selected this Japanese Crane fabric which compliments perfectly. I got lots of compliments on my stitching which made me feel very proud.
Here is the backside of the topper showing the Japanese Crane fabric. I added the small strip border of red because we have a red firestove in this room and two red leather chairs. I like the pop of color the red adds to the topper. Mr. C really liked my finished piece. He is amazed at the amount of time and work I put into this and that nobody would ever appreciate it. Not true...when Mr. C likes it and compliments me on something I make that is all the appreciation I need!
Here is my Sashiko Table Topper sitting on my very favorite table with my lovely Tiffany style dragonfly lamp. Oh the pride I feel when seeing this set up. I am a very happy girl.
Here is my beloved Karges table and chairs and an antique leather two deck playing card box. This is my spot just for me. Funny story on the table and chairs. Before Mr. C and I were married (we are do-overs) we were shopping for furniture for our new home here. This table and chairs I knew nothing about just called me and I fell in love with them. Mr. C's interior designer invited me to sit in one of the chairs. While I was sitting and feeling very special she told us the history of this set. They resided in a private library in a home on Lido Isle and now they are for sale. Well...not only did I fall in love with the table and chairs (even though they had different fabric on them then) I absolutely love Lido Isle which is near Newport Beach where we used to live. It was always an extremely upscale place and my Grandmother's Aunt Flossie used to live there. Ms. interior designer is still talking to Mr. C and I am dreaming of living on Lido Isle with this exact table and chairs...when I hear Mr. C say to me, "Don't FART in that chair!" " It costs $5,000 just for the chair. " OMG I couldn't stand up quick enough. I was so embarrassed to hear him say that (a lady does not fart) and I was so shocked at the price I didn't even want to be near that chair. This was 18 years ago and that was a lot of money. So now you can see why I am so fortunate to own this Karges table and chairs. Mr. C surprised me with them and had them recovered in blue fabric which I adore. The little leather card case was Aunt Flossie's so I feel extra special. I made the table topper smaller than the table top because I didn't want to hide the leather and gold edgings. I finished my project and am very happy.
November is here and I don't know how it will be possible but the days will pass even faster. Someone keeps posting how many days until Christmas and each time I see it I wince. I am going to slow down and embrace each and every day and enjoy all that I can.
Creative Happy Hearts to all of my followers and readers. I appreciate each of you so very much.
This is the month that I really focus on what I am thankful for. There is so much and I am so grateful...
Posted by Createology at 10:53 AM
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Ahhhhh, this is GORGEOUS! What an ambitious undertaking - I so admire the hand stitchers, for they have the patience I lack...actually, I love handwork - just not this much. Have had a busy month, but am back to reading favorite blogs. SO glad you posted this and the story about your gorgeous furniture. Hope your Halloween was bewitching - the table topper ROCKS, like everything else you do! XOXOReplyDelete
such a wonderful inspirational post, I share your joy, its beautiful!ReplyDelete
Well Done Sherry!! It feels so good to tackle and complete so well, something that is tricky!Love the table and chairs in that setting.ReplyDelete
Beautiful table topper!ReplyDelete
Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous!! You did such a fabulous job!! It looks amazing!! Have a great weekend :)ReplyDelete
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You should be so proud! That is a gorgeous table topper. I love the red mixed in with the blue and white. Your stitching is really well done, I enlarged your image to see. Well Done! Yay!ReplyDelete
Your Shashiko piece is LOVELY!!! The border, crane fabric is the perfect touch...and to find such a great spot for it...it was a piece meant to be wasn't it!!ReplyDelete
Sherry your shashiko is so lovely and as you say the red sets it off to perfection. Love the story of the very pretty table and chairs, men do say the most embarassing things at times!!!ReplyDelete
I love the way your table topper turned out! I have a shashiko kit that my daughter gave me for Christmas a few years ago, and now I have an idea of what to do with it! Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyDelete
My Grandma Green had a table similar to yours. Aren't memories wonderful?
Hi Sherry! Your table topper is just beautiful. I LOVE it, and it looks so perfect on that lovely table. I also loved your story of the table and chairs. That Mr.ReplyDelete
C is a keeper!...I wish the days would slow down too! xoxo
Oh, Sherry, your Sashiko table topper is gorgeous, and I'm so pleased it sits on your special table. (love the story!) It's a wonderful feeling having something you've made turn out beautifully. I shall picture you sitting here having your afternoon tea in grand style!ReplyDelete
Can someone please slow down that @$#! clock?!...lol
Mr. C is certainly a keeper and yes, we do appreciate that lovely topper for such a great seating spot. Good work, Sherry!ReplyDelete
Sweet Mr. C.! Love your table topper! xxooReplyDelete
So beautifully done dear Sherry, a wonderful piece of art work,-and so lovely on your aunts table , and with those special chairs .ReplyDelete
Happy november .
That's so pretty. I never thought I'd have the patience to try anything like that, but seeing yours might have changed my mind.ReplyDelete
OH DEAR! THAT IS TOO FUNNY ABOUT THAT CHAIR!teeeehheeee.....ReplyDelete
I am always blown back by the intricate work that you and other dear bloggers do with quilts, embroidery, stitching of any kind! My dear mum was a perfectionist when it came to sewing and if I ever sewed anything and you turned it over to see the stitching? OH GOOD GLORY was it awful. She would get very upset at me (she was such a mild person but when it came to clean stitching...watch out!) and tell me how important it was to do it correctly. Touché!
Your work is gorgeous, and thank you so much for coming to visit! Anita
Hi Sherry, Your table topper is gorgeous and just incredible displayed on your beloved table and chair set. I loved the story to go with it.ReplyDelete
Your work is pure perfection my friend and this piece is outstanding.
Enjoy and have a special week.
Oh goodness, you should be smiling, that is gorgeous and quite an accomplishment...$5000 for a chair holy cow! It is one gorgeous set!ReplyDelete
Whoa! I'm with you. You do exceptionally lovely work, girl. Love the image you recorded, too-- warm, cozy, inviting!ReplyDelete
You did a great job on the Sashiko! It looks great on the table.ReplyDelete
Muy bonito y muy elegante.Las fotografias me encantan, transmiten lo que nos quieres enseñar. Felicidades por tu bloc ha sido todo un regalo el visitarlo, espero que visites el mio y si te gusta espero que te hagas seguidora.ReplyDelete
OMG it is gorgeous!!!ReplyDelete
What a gorgeous piece you have created! I love the setting with the chairs and table...so cozy. Thank you for sharing it with us!ReplyDelete
Hi Sherry, this is a beautiful topper. I love the border, you're amazing.ReplyDelete
It's absolutely stunning and perfect for your beautiful table. What a perfect spot for your lamp and playing card box.ReplyDelete
Beautiful job Sherry! You have put in a lot of work but it sounds like a true labour of love, and what a lovely treasure you have now.ReplyDelete
I also like your set-up you have, with your special chairs and table - I can just imagine how mortified you were when Mr. C. said what he did, but he certainly redeemed himself by buying them for you!
Stunning Sherry a labor of LoveReplyDelete
This is stunning Sherry, I would be so proud too! Lovely table and chairs and I love the story that goes with them too, lol. ~DianeReplyDelete