I recently had three finished cross stitch projects professionally framed, and finally felt like I had enough of a collection for a collage wall.
The big blank wall has been begging for art ever since we moved in. In all its glory:
After quite a few deliberations, I finally settled on an arrangement. It was tricky to balance out the different sizes, frame finishes, and mat colors while still leaving room to grow if I add more projects later.
I’ve blogged before about all these projects, so here are some links if you want more details: The top left is a cross stitch that used to hang in my Grandmom’s house before my aunt passed it to me as a wedding present. Below that, the Welcome to Gingerbread Lane cross stitch that I finished around Christmas 2013. In the middle, the Once Upon a Time sampler that I worked on throughout 2014 and just finished up. The top right is the Autumn Harvest Festival cross stitch that I worked on last Fall. Below that is a another wintry sampler that I finished in 2011.
I debated whether I wanted projects that were obviously “Christmas” or “Fall” displayed year round, but I decided the year-long project in the middle tied it all together, and with so many different finishes going on I decided to embrace the mix and match feel.
Since I had a hammer in the guest room, I also rearranged my collection of mini quilts on the opposite wall. Here’s a look at the bakers twine clothesline (and old storage!) I had up before:
I got tired of the twine, so I just used push pins to bring the collection closer together. It looks a bit off center but that’s because the furniture isn’t centered to leave a clear path to the guest bathroom. It doesn’t seem too off-centered when you’re in the room, though.
I even found a place for the little wooden house I painted the other weekend:
Do banners and thread count as collections too? Because I also have some of both in the guest room too, above the sewing table.
It’s nice to have a few of my favorite things in this room while I sew. And now that the walls are full, I think I’m done for now!