Thank you so much for all the sweet feedback and fun requests over the last several weeks! You sure know how to make a girl feel appreciated! I am so grateful to be a part of the stitching community. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I have had more requests for additional farmhouse signs (in the same vein as my Fresh Eggs pattern) than I have for anything else, so... these two patterns are for those of you who have been patiently waiting! I'd love to do a few more farm animals down the road, but for now, we will call these a start! First up is Pure Honey. As you can see, I had fun with the Fabric Flair Whitewashed Board fabric and tried stitching with the grain going sideways for this piece. I loved it! I am a side-to-side stitcher and noticed how the variegated Weeks Dye Works floss suddenly made the piece look like an old weathered sign when I was stitching the same direction as the faux grain. Love, love, love.
I did the same thing with Creamery and really feel like the larger stitching field made the effect super pronounced.
Of course, you don't need to use my floss suggestions or stitch side to side! Feel free to stitch them any way you want---I've seen a lot of people add a red line between the rows of text on "Fresh Eggs", and I think stitching them with an overdyed dirty gray floss for an extra-weathered look would look amazing, too! Regardless--if you stitch it with my suggestions or do it your way, I'd love to see your projects. Use hashtag #cherryhillstitchery on social media so I can find your pretties ;). FLOSS TIP: If you choose to stitch using overdyed floss and want to let the variegation shine, make sure you complete each X before moving on to the next one. I also suggest you stitch everything in the same direction (either stitch your rows side to side OR up and down--but not both!) That way, the variegated lines are cohesive. Also, I know there are some big stitching fields in Creamery that can make counting a little tricky. What I do is make sure my first line is counted correctly, and then after that I just pay attention to the ends of the rows. "This row goes one more than the one next to it. This one goes two less than the one next to it." Etc., etc. That way, I can spend more mental energy enjoying the stitching and less mental energy counting. RECREATE THE LOOK: Pure Honey was mounted on padded backing board cut to 6 1/2" wide by 4 7/8"h.
Creamery was mounted on padded backing board cut to 5 7/8" wide X 5" high.
My tutorial explaining how to pad your backing board and then get your finished cross stitch pieces to this point is found here: https://youtu.be/Uwl71F2w6OY. (Hopefully these measurements make your finishing go a little faster!)
I used 5/8" natural colored Jute Cord from Hobby Lobby as trim on both pieces. The brand for the specific cording I used is Merchant 41 and the SKU is 340596. At the time of this writing, it can be found here: https://www.hobbylobby.com/Fabric-Sewing/Ribbons-Trim/Trims/Natural-Cable-Cord---1-4/p/51935
My tutorial explaining how to wrap the piece in cording is found in the second half of this video: https://youtu.be/vU4kZ59XRfU
I mounted the cording-wrapped pieces on fabric-wrapped backing boards. The two backing boards for Pure Honey had been cut to 8 1/2" wide x 6 7/8" high before being wrapped in fabric and glued wrong-sides together. I used Riley Blake fabric on the Pure Honey model. The black plaid is is C8994 Gingham Farm.
The boards for Creamery had been cut to 7 7/8" wide x 7" high before being wrapped in fabric and glued wrong-sides together. I used a generic black polka dot fabric found at Walmart on the Creamery model.
My tutorial explaining how to make the fabric-wrapped boards and how to mount the piece on those boards is found in the first half of this video: https://youtu.be/vU4kZ59XRfU The bows were made almost identically; I just used different ribbons to mix the look up a bit and make them less matchy-matchy. Before I get going on what I used, please know these bow instructions will make *much* more sense if you have watched my bow tutorial, found here: https://youtu.be/qDxDpATGeHg.
All supplies for the bow on Pure Honey were found in-store at Walmart.
The black polka dot ribbon used in this bow is a 1 1/2" grosgrain from Offray. I made one bow piece and one tail piece using the polka dot ribbon. The bow piece was cut to 11" before shaping, and the tail piece was cut to 8" before shaping. I stacked the polka dot ribbon on a tail piece made from 1 1/2" inch white grosgrain from Offray. The white grosgain tail piece in the back was cut to 8" before shaping. Both the polka dot and white grosgrain tail pieces were trimmed for length, clipped into reverse V's, and sealed with Fray Check when they were added to the model. The smaller green bow that is stacked on top was made using a dual-sided 3/8" Offray ribbon cut to 14." I used the "awareness ribbon" method that I show in the bow tutorial to shape it. The green ribbon's tails were trimmed for size, clipped straight up toward the bow, and sealed with Fray Check on the model. The tan button in the center is approximately 7/8" wide and was pulled from a bulk brown button pack, also found in-store at Walmart. All supplies for the bow on Creamery were also found in-store at Walmart.
The burlap ribbon is a 1 1/2" dual-sided ribbon from Offray. I made one bow piece and one tail piece using the burlap ribbon. The bow piece was cut to 11" before shaping, and the tail piece was cut to 8" before shaping. I stacked the burlap ribbon on a tail piece made from 1 1/2" inch woven houndstooth ribbon from Offray. The houndstooth tail piece in the back was cut to 8" before shaping. Both the burlap ribbon and houndstooth ribbon tail pieces were trimmed for length, clipped into reverse V's, and sealed with Fray Check when they were added to the model. (Both types of ribbon REALLY wanted to fray, so I sealed them even before unfolding them when I clipped the v on the ends. I still had to help some of the loose fibers back into place once the Fray Check was added. It acted as a "glue" to hold the loose ends where they belonged). The smaller green bow that is stacked on top was made using the same dual-sided 3/8" Offray ribbon that I used in Pure Honey. I cut it to 14" before shaping. I used the "awareness ribbon" method that I show in the bow tutorial to shape it. The green ribbon's tails were trimmed for size, clipped straight up toward the bow, and sealed with Fray Check on the model. The covered button in the center of the bow is 7/8" (size 36) and is from Dritz. You can find the kit I used here. I used the same black polka dot fabric on the covered button that I used on the fabric-wrapped backing board. If you need help with covered buttons, I show you how to make them here: https://youtu.be/yAYNQ2_DpWM