F.A.Q.'s

    • What type of service can I expect?

    • Do you finish needlepoint?

    • How do I place a finishing order?

    • When is your deadline for Christmas and holiday finishing?

    • What's included in the finishing?

    • What should I include when sending my piece for finishing?

    • If I don't know what I want, can I send my piece and leave the finishing up to you?

    • How long before I receive my finishing order?

    • How does shipping work?

    • Do you use acid-free materials?

    • Which types of fabric do you use?

    • Will my stitching arrive smoke free?

    • Which forms of payment do you accept?


    What type of service can I expect? top

    Pleasant and professional service.  I take the time to finish with care and use quality materials so you will have a lovely piece to enjoy for many years.  If you are hesitant and want to 'test the waters', I recommend sending one piece for finishing, then you can decide if my service is the right one for you.

    Do you finish needlepoint? top

    No, I do not finish needlepoint.  The finishing techniques for needlepoint are different from those used for cross stitch.

    How do I place a finishing order? top

    Please see my How to Order page for details on how to place your finishing order.

    When is your deadline for Christmas and holiday finishing? top

    September 1st; however, if you've missed the deadline, please check with me because I can often still accommodate your needs, especially if you only need one piece finished, I can probably squeeze it in.

    What's included in the finishing? top

    All of the basic materials.  Cotton backing fabric is included, though you are welcome to send your own—cotton/quilting fabrics work best.  Small scale prints or solids are best for small pieces.  There is an additional charge for Weeks wool.  Twisted cording is included for ornaments and scissor fobs, with an additional charge for larger pieces.  Additional charges apply for specialty trims and embellishments, including chenille, rick rack, pom pom, tassels, gimp, buttons and beads.

    What should I include when sending my piece for finishing? top

    Please submit an Online Order Form or Printable Order Form.  Include backing fabric, if sending your own; otherwise, I will coordinate one for you.  If you have a specific finish in mind (such as The Victoria Sampler gingerbread cottages), please enclose any accessory packs, special materials and templates required to complete the project, as well as the full finishing instructions.

    If I don't know what I want, can I send my piece and leave the finishing up to you? top

    Yes, I would be happy to coordinate an appropriate finish for your piece.

    How long before I receive my finishing order? top

    That depends on how many pieces you send, as well as the level of difficulty.  For example, etuis and smalls can be complex finishes that require more time.  The average time to complete an order is about 5 to 8 weeks.  During peak holiday season, it may take longer.

    How does shipping work? top

    Your finished pieces are packaged with great care to protect them from the elements.  U.S. orders ship via USPS Priority Mail (insured for $50) with a tracking number emailed to you.  If you would like to purchase additional insurance, please let me know how much to insure your package for. 

    Do you use acid-free materials? top

    Yes, I take great care when handling your stitching.  Acid-free conservation board and Warm & Natural cotton quilt batting are used for flat finishes.  Most finishing is done by hand stitching.  Acid-free tacky glue is used sparingly.

    Which types of fabric do you use? top

    I have a nice selection of cotton/quilting solids and prints; hand-dyed wool felt, including Weeks; gorgeous moiré and Dupioni silks for lining delicate smalls and accessories.  If I don't have a suitable fabric for your piece on hand, I will go out and find one!

    Will my stitching arrive smoke free? top

    Yes, all finishing is done in the studio of my smoke-free home.

    Which forms of payment do you accept? top

    PayPal is my preferred method of payment.  In most cases, you can pay with a credit card through PayPal even if you don't have a PayPal account.  Cash and money orders are also accepted.

A Sweet Stitch offers a variety
of finishing options for your
cross-stitched piece. Orders
ship via Priority Mail with a
tracking number.

Our holiday finishing deadline
is September 1, 2019.