Cross Stitch Update

Here is my Apostle’s Creed.  I am stitching this on a 40-count Thornfield by Needle and Flax.  It called for Harvest Basket by Gentle Arts for the words but I am using Trail Dust by Classic Colorworks for the lettering instead.  Here is where I was last week…

Here is where I am now… …

Cross Stitch Update

I’m going to answer a few reader questions before I get into what I’ve been stitching.

Linda asked:
What is your favorite linen (or linens) to stitch on and where do you get it?

What linen you like is kind of like asking what brand of car you like.  There isn’t an answer that really tells you which is the best.  There is only an answer that will tell a preference.

I love all things Picture this Plus.  It’s my favorite linen.  It’s hard to get though.  Whenever I see that someone has it in stock, I buy a piece.  I have their linen in pretty much all of their good sampler colors.  I stitch my Floral Motif Sampler on the Vellum.

It’s my guilty addiction.  The linen has mottling so there are darker and lighter spots in it.  If you read to the end of the post, you’ll see my We Live in Hope piece.  That is done on Picture this Plus linen.  That is on the color Legacy though.  It’s also one of my more affordable hand-dyed linens.

I like Lakeside Linen but that is even more elusive than Picture this Plus.  I have more or less given up on this linen.  I stitched this piece on it.  This colorway is Vintage Meadow Rue.  It’s a darker linen.

I have recently been working with Needle and Flax linen.  I have my Apostle’s Creed that is being stitched on the colorway Thornfield.  I have another piece in the wings that I’ll be stitching on her colorway Steinbeck.  I have liked that linen.

I stitched this on Fox and Rabbit Eureka linen.

I really like their linen.  Eureka is a great color too.

I stitched my Red Bird Sampler with Shrekie’s Tan from Needle Bling Designs.  I very much liked that.

The linen I’ve used the most is likely Vintage County Mocha.  I love it.  It isn’t hand dyed.  It is spray dyed.  It’s the perfect color for a sampler like Newcastle Bouquet pictured below.  This is the cheapest of the linens I’ve used.  It is also the most widely available.  You can go pretty much anywhere and get this at any time.  It’s standard linen that is always in stock…and I like it.

As to where I am purchasing linen at…I stitch with 40 count and that is a little harder to find.  Lower counts like 28 and 32 are easier to find.

I buy from Stitchery Nook.  They are local to me but I don’t get there often.  It’s an hour away and in the “wrong” direction.  Sadly they don’t list linen online.  BUT… I can call and ask what they have in stock and they will let me order that way.

I have bought from:
123Stitch
Victorian Rose Needleart*
The Attic-have to call the shop
Hollis Hands Create on Etsy*
Colorado Cross Stitcher
Kitten Stitcher*
Stitchery Nook

I starred a few of these.  They are the ones that I find have the best selection of the linen I like and have about the best selection.

I really can’t answer this for lower count linens as I don’t buy them but I do think it’s similar across the board.

I do want to note…I like linen with tighter holes.  Some people like linen with loose holes.  If the holes are loose, I think it’s easier for me to accidentally put my needle in the wrong hole.

Speaking of needles…
I’ve had several people ask me what I like for needles and what to use for what.

Typically
28, 30, 32 count linen or 14 and 16 count Aida people use size 24 needles
36-count linen and 18 count Aida people use size 26 needles
40 count and higher people use size 28 needles

I mostly own and use size 26 needles.  They can be used with most anything.  Then I don’t have to worry about needle sizes.  I LOVE Sullivan Ball Tipped Needles.  You can find them HERE.  They are more expensive but I don’t care.  I only keep one needle in each project and I don’t have that many projects going.  I don’t regularly lose a needle and I reuse them from project to project.

Now to what I’m stitching… …

Ask Jo: Cross Stitch Questions

After I posted my finished cross stitch pieces for 2022 (read about that HERE if you missed it) and shared my finished Floral Motif Sampler (read about that HERE if you missed it) I had quite a few cross stitch-related questions come in.  I thought I would answer them all in one post…

Kathy asked:
I just found your site online and have enjoyed it very much. I read your post on the valentine stocking you personalized with a charm. I would like to do that for my grandparents. Can you tell
me what the piece was stitched on?

This is the project Kathy is referring to.  You can find the free chart from Plum Street Samplers HERE.  It was supposed to be a stocking but I didn’t calculate enough space for that.  Rather than throw my stitching away, I improvised.  I ended up leaving off the toe, turned it into an ornament, and added a charm at the bottom.  It was a super quick stitch.  I am sure I stitched it on 40 count linen.  I’m guessing Vintage Country Mocha was the brand.  I think I picked a darker red floss color than called for.  I like darker reds in my house.

I personalized it by putting my and my husband’s initials.  I also put our wedding year at the top.  I really like this piece and keep it up all year long.  Originally I thought I’d only put it out at Valentine’s but I ended up liking it too much to pack it away.

I’ve had several people ask about… …

Cross Stitch Update

I’m going to start out today’s post by answering a question from Char.

She asked:
I’m so happy your blog appeared as a surprise today! Can you tell me where you got the APOSTLE’S CREED? Is it a kit or chart? I’d love to find some other ones like that: Lord’s Prayer, Doxology,& Desirata(sp?)! If anyone knows where to find these, please let me know. Thank you kindly.”

The Apostle’s Creed that I am stitching is from Beth Twist of Heartstring Samplery.  Find it HERE.  This is an older chart and I highly doubt you can get it kitted.  You could call a needlework shop and have them kit if for you.

Heartstring Samplery also has Psalm 23.  This is on my list to stitch.  I’ll do that as a row-a-week project.  I can’t find this chart for purchase online.  I wonder if it’s coming out at Market in March and not out yet.  I bought mine as an exclusive off the website.  It was all kitted.  She only does limited kits so I think they sold out.  You’ll have to watch for this one to come.

Heartstring Samplery has a lot of religious cross-stitch pieces.  There are many that go with popular hymns.  You can find Heartstring Samplery HERE.

Erica Michaels has Nancy Alden 1787 sampler.  I hope to stitch this one day too.  It has the Lord’s Prayer. Find it HERE.  The way it is pictured, the Apostle’s Creed is there too.  All of that is stitched over one which didn’t excite me.  I was however excited to find out that she has an option to only stitch the Lord’s Prayer and leave off the Apostle’s Creed.  That way nothing is stitched over one.

My Big Toe has a pretty version of the Doxology.  I have the chart.  Seeing it in person is even better!!  Find it HERE.

Little House Needleworks has The Beatitudes.  My daughter Kelli plans to stitch it.  Find it HERE.  I’d love to stitch this one day too.


I’m sure there are many others but these are the religious pieces that I can think of that I have seen and liked.  If you are reading this and know of other of these types of samplers please tell us about them in the comment section.

I plan to work on these one after another as I finish them doing the “one line a week format”.

Now onto what I stitched this week… …

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