Daffy's Stitchy Friends

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Unexpected Finishes

After finishing up the row on Peacock Cypher I was at loose ends! It wasn't yet time to start the next block on Crabby and I can't bring myself to cheat; not even by a few hours! I remembered these little kitties languishing in my WIP box. The cross stitches were completed a couple of years (years! ~ OMG) ago and all they needed was a bit of backstitching to finish them off. Admittedly, Margaret Sherry designs have tedious backstitching but that's really no excuse, is it? These kitties are an Heritage Stitchcraft Coaster kit called Margaret Sherry 'Cats'.


Holly had a great suggestion for my dread of 'up-stitching' in the comments on my last post. Turn the fabric and pattern upside down and stitch down instead. I've heard about this technique before but never tried it. I think I'll give it a go. Thanks, Holly!
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56 comments:

Jean said...

I just love the kitties!! As you know, I made the same piece you have in your header. I changed the colors a bit to match my kitty. I think Sherry's critters are just too adorable for words!!

You're good to go on Crabby now, right?? have fun!

Lindsay said...

Those are so cute, WIP killing feels goooooood :)

Shebafudge said...

Aww they are soo cute.. I love these cats!!

Tammy said...

Those kittehs are a.d.o.r.a.b.l.e. !!!!

tkdquintmom said...

omg I love them! I just want to give them a hug! I'm glad you finished them!

Lisa said...

I'm glad you brought those out again - they're cute!

Angela said...

I love the look of these kitties but damn do I hate stitching them! or more specifically backstitching them :) They look wonderful when finished though, congrats!

Tammy said...

Awww... cute kitties!

Theresa said...

These kitties are just adorable!!!! I can see why it to years for you to come back to do the back stitch!! But it is truly worth it!!!!

Melissa said...

Your kitties are adorable. Great finishes!!

indystitch said...

Margaret Sherry kitties are sooo cute! I did manage to find a copy of Crafty Cat, but haven't stitched it yet. I'd love to find more of her patterns

I'm glad you liked the up-side down idea and hope it works out for you.

Karol said...

The kitties are really cute. Congrats on finishing them!

Cindy F. said...

Too cute!!!

nima said...

wow...they are cute

Quirky said...

Those are absolutely gorgeous! Well worth coming back to.

Ulla said...

Oh, I love these Margaret Sherry's kitties!

Karen said...

oh they are cute

Christine said...

Great finish on the kittens, they are so sweet!

Sharon said...

Congrat's on your adorable kitty finishes...whew, doesn't it feel good??? Any idea how you'll finish them off?

Awh, bustin' at the seams to get back to CAY, are yah? Hope it's "safe" to work on it now. You are a trooper in that you did not cheat. Tee Hee

Happy Stitching~have a fantastic week ahead.

karenv said...

Very cute!

Lori-Ann said...

Here, kitty, kitty, kitty! They are so adorable. Glad your stitching mo-jo is in full swing.

Ginnie said...

I do love her cats even with all the annoying back stitch!!

Karan said...

Love these cuties - always make me smile. WTG on finishing 2 UFO's. :0)

Margie said...

These are the cutest little kitties! And your work is so fine. :-)

Annie said...

Margaret Sherry's are just the cutest. You did a great job.
Never heard the term 'upstitching', but I do it all the time... Works fine but reminds me of sitting backwards on a train or a bus... it's just not right!

Paisley said...

Cute kitties! The backstitching does give them a lot of fluff and personality!

Brigitte said...

I'm not a cat fan but these kitties are just too cute.

Clare - Aimetu said...

they are just purrrrr-fect, great stitching :)

Angela said...

The kittens look so cute. Am I alone in enjoying back stitch, I love the fact it makes the sewing come alive.

Julie said...

Cute little furfaces!

Claire said...

The backstitching is so worth it for these little cats.

Pumpkin said...

Your kitties are so cute but I definitely understand the whole backstitching thing ;o)

Yes, I've heard of that technique but I've never done it myself. Lmk how it works.

Ranae said...

OMG!! the kittens are soooo adorable. The backstitch is well worth it.

Olenka's Stitches said...

It's great that you found some time to finish these kittens, they are so cute!

zoomcity said...

*squeal* TOO cute!! Love them, love them. The Margaret Sherry backstitching is a pain, but essential to the cuteness. *sigh*

Carol R said...

Cute kitties!

Stitchingranny said...

ROFLMAO - and I thought I was bad because Off to Plough had to wait about 6 weeks before the bs got added.

Lillie said...

The backstitches complete the kitties and made it looked so much more adorable.Congrads on the finishes.

Kathy A. said...

Well, those are just too cute for words. Next time you are rambling around looking for something to stitch just email me. I could send you a couple or a dozen or maybe more lol

Stephie said...

Arrrrrrr they are so cute, beautiful work, x

Tracy said...

LOL, these cats just made my day! So cute, unlike the snobby cat designs on my blog. Did you see the expression of those snobby cats in the Jim Shore Publications? hehe

;)

Sandra said...

Those kitties are just so cute!!!

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Lelia said...

Your cats are fantastic!

Jo said...

what cute kitties!! Peacock cypher is looking fabulous too. But the big question is... how is crabby co,ing along???

Angela said...

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geeky Heather said...

Congrats on finishing the kitties! I love the look on the face of the first one...like he's been caught doing something. =)

matthewrose48 said...

So when are you going to make a FoodPyramid cross stitch?

Great blog! Maybe some day up at work you can teach me the fine art of cross stitching.

Becky K in OK said...

The kitties are so cute. Thanks for the designer's name.

Jenna said...

Such cute little kitties! Great job in getting that backstitching done.

Little Rabbit Miniatures said...

These are adorable! Miaou!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Awww they're adorable!

Srinity said...

I just love Margaret's cats. They are so cute and everyone has a unique character. Lovely work.

StitchinKat said...

I have that coaster set too...those sure are cute! (As all MS cats are!) I highly recommend "up-stitching" on large projects. I do it on all my Chatelaines, and also now on Growth Rings. Anything I can't reach the upper left corner in fact. It's that or get longer arms!

BeckySC said...

TOO cute :) Congratulations on your finishes :)

Nana said...

Though I am not much of a cat stitcher (I do love kittens... lol)
I fell for this little darlings..
Great job!

This is probably the only way my dh would let me have one ( he has allery).. someday..

Nana
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Gills Blog said...

Wow.... like you I love the Margaret Sherry cats... I have been trying to get hold of the Crafty Cat chart for ages as it is so gorgeous... .does anybody have a copy they no longer want please? It would be cherished....!!