Thursday, 8 January 2015

First Finished Object of the year?

For the uninitiated, in the crafting/blogging world, FO is shorthand for Finished Object.  It isn't shorthand for anything rude!

So I have a little Ta Dah! moment for my first FO of the year.  Actually I finished it on New Years Eve so it is probably the last FO of last year, but I am claiming it for 2015.  Despite it being dated 2014.


You know by now - I know, I'm sorry! - all about my visit to Orchard House in 2014.  I bought a couple of things...  One of which was a kit to make this cross stitch bookmark.  A bookmark seemed so right for the literary credentials of Orchard House!

The stitches are tiny compared to the tapestry that I am used to doing, but it was nice to have something small to work on over Christmas that I could pick up and put down easily.


The different blocks represent different quilting blocks which the quilters among you will recognise I am sure.  They are all supposed to be in a line, but I did the first one too far to the left and so to even it out I decided to stagger them from far left to far right as you can see.  So this might appear to be a mistake, but it is actually a design statement!  I decided!!  I also realised that if I started it a little higher than I should have I could add the wording at the bottom to act as a reminder of where it came from.


So, a very small item, but either my last or first FO to share with you!  It is currently in my book (another thing to encourage me to read!) and I am sure that it will kick all of my other bookmarks to the touchline.  I hope we are together for a very long time.

Amy

47 comments:

  1. looks lovely. And one can never have too many bookmarks! ;)
    Greetings from Austria
    Emm.A

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  2. A design statement... I love it. Very pretty, useful and a lovely reminder of somewhere you've been. You couldn't ask for more.

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  3. I think one can allow leeway of 24 hours either way, so I'd definitely add it to the FO List for 2015 too! 😉
    What a lovely reminder of your visit to OH, and sure to be well used as you delve into that pile of lovely books.
    Have a happy day, xx

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  4. Beautiful cross stitch, so neat, what a lovely reminder of your visit. I just clicked on your link, it looks an amazing place.

    Your bookmark design has reminded me I must make a sampler quilt this year :-) xx

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  5. Very nice little bookmark, do you have a plastic sleeve to protect it or are you going to laminate it, it would be a shame to get it all grubby after such neat work.
    Native American women would intentionally string a wrong-colored bead into an otherwise perfect pattern. This was called the spirit bead. The spirit bead was placed in an otherwise flawless piece of art as an act of humility, a way of recognizing the inherent imperfection of humans. Presuming that a human could create something perfect would be an affront to the true perfection of the gods.
    There is also stories of Humility blocks in quilting, were a deliberate mistake is made. :-)

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  6. I agree with Emma to both her comments. Design statements sound good and in my case I seem to have a lot. You beat me to a finish for 2015 and all my books have come into the library at once, so I'll be doing lots of reading as well. Take care.

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  7. What a lovely bookmark and a lovely reminder of a great visit.

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  8. Love the bookmark you've made, Amy. A good reminder of Orchard House. Happy crafting and happy reading in 2015! Linda :)

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  9. It's lovely Amy, and what a nice reminder of your trip. CJ xx

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  10. Look really nice, I used to do a lot of cross stitch and have some large projects framed on my wall, but with all the trouble with my hands I find it hard to hold a needle. Thankfully I can still crochet so it's ok....
    Amanda xx

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  11. Hello Amy!!!
    This is such a nice little make! <3
    I love the colours and I am very fond of triangles and other geometric shapes!!!
    What a cute keepsake!
    Have a lovely day! (I just finished writing my bag tutorial!)
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  12. How lovely to have this to remind you of a very special visit. It will make you smile every time you pick up your book.

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  13. I need to read more Amy. I just wish there was so much more time in the day! Beautiful bookmark. I bet it was therapeutic to make! May it be the first of many creative makes for 2015! Have a super day......hope it's not as grey and wet where you are as where I am today! xxxx

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  14. Hi Amy, I've just caught up a bit with your blog, read the post with all of the books you plan to read so, this lovely book mark is a great 1st fo for January. :)

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  15. Lovely work, Amy. Hope you find lots of creative inspiration this year. xxx

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  16. Hurrah for a FO!! it's lovely Amy. I like cross stitch and you definitely can't have too many bookmarks xx

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  17. it's very lovely indeed. I usually end up using scraps of paper, which is silly as I have some nice bookmarks.......

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  18. It's really pretty Amy, and I wouldn't have noticed the staggering "design choice" lol if you hadn't pointed it out. You've reminded me I have a half finished bookmark for my Mum somewhere, must dig it out and finish it!

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  19. I remember doing those at school........blast from the past lol. Obviously it wasn't that long ago though ;)

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  20. Very pretty - and very intricate work I'm sure. I don't think it would be any good for me to do though, as I usually craft in the evening , and goodness knows what would happen after a glass of wine when working on something so small! Enjoy your day, and I hope it isn't too wet and windy where you are. x

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  21. Very nice bookmark. Of course you can design it your own way!

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  22. Beautiful! Cheers for a first finished object of 2015!! blessings ~ tanna

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  23. How smart you are to buy such a perfect item to make and to remind you of Orchard House! So pretty!

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  24. Perfect little stitches.....I've exactly 19 days to finish my daughters duble blanket, and I've only done 1/3.....hmmmm! ;) xxx

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  25. aren't finishes just so rewarding! congrats on your first finish-and I love it very pretty.

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  26. Nice work. I'm wanting to get back to crafting, but I promised my house that I wouldn't get involved in anything until it has been decluttered and cleaned up. But definitely looking forward to it.

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  27. It's a good feeling completing a project. I'm planning to get my quilt done this weekend and make a start on L's xx

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  28. It's very pretty and also practical, Amy. I used to do cross stitching years ago and made a few book marks with quilt block patterns. I'm not sure where they've gone to though. I like the scalloped edging on your bookmark.

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  29. Well, isn't that just lovely?

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  30. Bookmarks, bookmarks, bookmarks - love them in any shape or form. Yours is very pretty. P x

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  31. Thats lovely Amy so sweet and pretty. :) xx

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  32. it turned out really cute!

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  33. The prettiest bookmark I have ever seen!! Way to go Amy! You are on a roll pal!! And you had me cracking up with FO...that is brilliant!!! Wishing you many more FO's this year...Ha...I just like saying it!! Happy day!! Nicole xoxo

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  34. A perfect project to complete at the start of a new year with new chapters ready to be opened in 2015! Lovely job dear Gal! I love the quilt design to it and the colors. xo

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  35. Happy new bookmark year to you xxxx

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  36. It's a lovely little bookmark. I like that you've added the wordings and date at the botton. It makes it even more special. x

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  37. Do you sometimes read in the bath - I only ask as I have been known to drop my bookmark (and once my book!) in the bath with soggy consequences! Your stitching is beautiful- so neat and even!

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  38. It's a lovely bookmark. A nice reminder for you.

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  39. How lovely. I used to do a lot of cross stitch but my eyesight isn't up to close work anymore so I like little projects like bookmarks and cards x

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  40. It's lovely!! so neat :) And I love your design statement :D xx

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  41. A very nice keepsake and lovely to mark your page with something so pretty! xo K

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  42. I love this so much, you have no idea! It's just a pleasure to look at, you should put on the side of your blog, just so I can see it every time I look at your blog! I mean it, it is just that lovely. xx

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  43. Beautifully done! I love using a "real" bookmark. :-)

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  44. Sweet. I have a lot of tiny little patterns like that. I also have bookmarks somewhere that I had a friend sew up for me as they aren't easily found here and if I did find them they would be very expensive. I've not cross-stitched in a while but would like to do some small things soon. Best wishes, Tammy

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  45. FO-I did not know that abbreviation but it's great! Love your bookmark-what exquisite stitches. It is so like a Victorian sampler-in years to come it will be treasured like one, what a lovely thought and gorgeous keepsake.
    Best wishes
    Alison xx

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  46. What a lovely way to remember the visit!

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