Happy 4th of July | The Needlework Finisher

For this Independence Day post, I’m sharing The Needlework Finisher’s 4th of July Tray. The canvas is by Melissa Shirley based off of artwork by Mary Lake Thomas for those of you who want to order this one to stitch for yourselves. The Needlework Finisher went off a stitch guide by Tony Minieri but made a few alterations to suit her own style. She also consulted with Joan Lohr.

Here's the 4th of July Bike Canvas in Progress.
Here’s the 4th of July Bike canvas in progress. Note the fun scissors and needle minder in the top right corner. My mum likes to collect both.
The watermelon was done in a raised m-band technique.
The watermelon was done in a raised stem band technique.
The basket for this piece was stitched in a double burden stitch using two colors. The ribbon flowers are done in a 4mm silk ribbon.
The basket for this piece was stitched in a double burden stitch using two colors. The ribbon flowers are done in a 4mm silk ribbon.
The bike seat is done a crouching goblin stitch and handle bars in a slanted satin stitch that is padded.
The bike seat is done in a crouching goblin stitch and handle bars in a padded slanted satin stitch.
Finished
Finished and ready for framing.

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Thanks to Jane Hudson for gifting the canvas and to Needlepoint.com for additional threads. This tray was framed by Stitch and Frame.

~theavidpen + The Needlework Finisher

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