Friday, August 31, 2012

August Freebie and Challenge Completed!

I have finished stitching the August Freebie Challenge from Notforgotten Farm. I decided to get really creative with the finish for the contest. :)
At first I wasn't sure what I would do with my finished stitchery, I thought perhaps a door pocket..but then I had an amazing idea!! :)
I gathered up my supplies:
wool from clothing I found at Goodwill, paints, brushes, felt, pins I had rusted, potato sack towels I tea dyed with cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, and seeds that look like mini pumpkins that I gathered and strung together.
I created the face first, which I painted as a replica of the design that I stitched on 28 count evenweave with DMC threads.
The legs of the doll are made from wool fabric and the wings are from the potato sack towels.
The hat is made from felt which I had top stitched stripes onto , again to mimic the design that I had stitched.
The pocket on the dress is the design which was stitched and was sewn on and also attached with rusted pins. This pocket holds candies.
The top layer of dress is a design of pumpkins, while the bottom layer of dress is a dark black wool fabric that was also purchased from goodwill.
She is stuffed with polyfill and very happy she was brought to life :)

Here is her story:

Meet "Clara", this is what I decided to do with the piece I just finished stitching for the Notforgotten Farm challenge. I made a doll to replicate the design I stitched, although, the doll is female :) "Clara" is the keeper of the Candies.
She proudly wears a picture of her husband "Jack" on the pocket of her dress . Both Clara and her husband sadly died when the pumpkins were destroyed for pumpkin pies! She missed giving out candy to the little children that would visit, so she decided to give out candies in heaven! Clara the keeper of candies will forever remain in the hearts of children as they remember the days when they were little..traveling up the walkway to Clara and Jack Primitive's home for all sorts of treats. Her spirit lives on! :)
 I am looking forward to seeing the other finishes as they are posted on Notforgotten Farm's blog! I bet there will be some really wonderful creative and beautiful things to see! This was so much fun, and I thank Lori again for offering up such a wonderful freebie chart for all of us stitchers to enjoy for the Fall season. (my favorite time of year!)

Blessings and Raggedystitches,


  1. That is so creative! You've just set the bar really high. :o)

  2. I think that is an amazing finish!! How creative. Xxx

  3. I LOVE this finish! Just saw it over at Notforgotten Farms and wondered who was the clever stitcher. Clara looks great!

  4. Very creative finish!! Love that you created the story to go along with your finish!!

  5. Thank you all so very much for your sweet comments!! I am very excited to be a part of this challenge. Thank you so much for taking a moment to post to me, means so much!
    Blessings and Raggedystitches,

  6. What a stunning finish. You are a very talented stitcher and sewer. I have always wanted to try my hand at primitive doll-making and you have inspired me to try....Nancy

    PS I will go vote for you!

  7. This is the third time trying to post a comment Louise. Let's hope third time is the charm. Your Clara is truly a wonderful cretion and I voted for you.


  8. I love Clara! What a lovely and creative finish and a wonderful story~ She is absolutley amazing and Big congratulations on winning Lori's contest!
    Cheers and Blessings in stitches ~ Lizzy


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