I thought I would give you all a cross-stitch update. It’s been a bit since I’ve shown you my progress.
If you read the blog last week when I showed all of my quilting UFOs and seen how hard I’ve been working to get them all caught up, you can imagine how hard I am fighting with myself not to get too many cross-stitch UFOs.
Then I was watching a floss tube video and the presenter said, what is the difference if you have something kitted up, or if you actually make a start. That got me thinking and I believe it to be true, but still, I don’t want too many UFOs. I’ve been fine having two projects going at once…but I already had three going at once. So do I dare start another.
I ended up compromising. I started this. It’s called All Creatures Great and Small. I’ve seen many people working on this including Lori Holt and Cynthia from Stitching in the Light. I bought this a long time ago. In fact, it’s the first thing I bought wondering if I dared to do a big sampler.
It’s so pretty and the picture doesn’t do it justice.
One of the reasons I started this is because I asked myself if I could only get one sampler done this year, which one would I want it to be. My answer was this one! The other reason I started this…I’ve been watching All Creatures Great and Small on PBS Masterpiece.
So, I made the decision to stitch on this each week for the one hour that I watch the show. I’m not going to get a lot done that way and it’s entirely okay.
I’ve only stitched on it one night and that’s all the further I got. Right now I am using everything that is called for. Vintage Country Mocha linen in 40 count and Anchor threads is what I have. I’ve heard people who stitched on this mention that they really enjoyed the Anchor threads. To date, I haven’t used them before so I have no opinion.
The next project I worked on was this…Quarantine Project: Stay Home and Stitch by With Thy Needle and Thread.
I like to have a small travel project. This is the one I picked. I started this the day I had a doctor’s appointment. I stitched this much while I waited in the waiting room. I haven’t touched it since.
I told you all that I was going to be stitching Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs. It’s a 12 part series with 2 extra bonus charts. It’s set up to stitch one each month and that’s what I’m doing. This was my “new year, new start”. You can see I got month one done.
Each block gets personalized. This block is Karl’s block. You can see it says, “Kramer”, “Karl” and “205”. The 205 is the house number for Karl’s new house.
I started on the next block but I am not too far. This is the February block. This will be for my Johnson Grandparents. I figured out how I can do a few things to fit in what I want here. I’ll be stitching this one in February.
My next project is my real focus project that I am pouring mountains of time into. This is how far I am.
I have across the top done. I worked on the right border. I was going to start the house but I stitch with a hoop. I didn’t want the hoop to be on on the house while I stitched the bottom…so I decided to start stitching the bottom. That red bird, I almost had it finished stitching but I realized that I was over two stitches. I had attached one of the legs to the wrong antler. I screwed up the spacing too much to fudge so I spent one night ripping it out and restitching this.
I adore this piece and I plan to have it finished this year and up on a wall by Christmas. At one point I thought I would put it away after Christmas, but I won’t. I am going to keep stitching on it.
I did purchase a couple of things…Everything kind of snowballed. I bought some floss for Kelli. She’s stitching Pandemic which is a Long Dog Sampler pattern. She needed more Merlot color. Well, being I ordered and was paying for shipping, I bought something else…and something else.
Being I have a couple of projects going and not just the two I previously had, I bought more needles. Then I’ve been loving stitching the one block a month that I thought I’d like to do that again next year. Blackbird Designs has another series called the Garden Club. Blackbird Designs patterns go out of print so I decided that I would gradually start buying them.
I also have heard many good things about Lakeside Linen. So many people who stitch samplers use Lakeside Linens…so I got a piece of it to try out. The color I got was Maple Sugar. Of course, any other color can’t be found. There is a huge wait log on getting linen.
I’ve had this chart on my want list for some time. It’s a Blackbird Designs chart. I saw Connie from Country Threads finished hers. It’s so pretty. I want to stitch it someday. I checked to try to find linen for it and amazingly, 123 Stitch had what I wanted…so I ordered it…and a couple of the floss that I didn’t have.
My goal down the road is to have a sampler wall. I want to have samplers of different shapes and sizes. I was THRILLED when I learned that Beth Twist was coming out with a new series called Sunday Stitches. There will be 12 charts all will have a church hymn inspiration. The first is from Amazing Grace. I just love this.
I am so tempted to start this and stitch it on Sundays. UGH. I can’t start another project but seriously, this one wouldn’t take long, right?? Oh my.
STOP YOURSELF JO…or you’re going to have lots of cross stitch UFOs!!!
My wants are obviously bigger than my hand can stitch. Oh, I love so many of them though. I do want to say that even though I haven’t stitched all of these, I am very much enjoying taking the charts to bed at night and studying the design, observing the layout of the pattern, seeing the colors used. I get enjoyment out of the charts before I even stitch them.
A kind blog reader, Linda, sent this to me. She said she purchased it but is having trouble seeing to stitch. I’ll happily give it all a home. I really like it. I might not get to it right away but I have already taken the chart to get with me and studied it…As I said, I’m getting enjoyment out of it already.
It was so sweet of Linda to think of me with her cross-stitch goodies. I really appreciate it.
I am still thinking about doing a little stitch along…I’m trying to figure out how to best do that. I’ve been playing with videoing my stitching so I can do a tutorial of sorts. Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about it.
I was telling you all that there are many free charts out there. I don’t think I mentioned in a previous post that Hands on Designs has several. You can scroll through her blog and see them. HERE is the link.
Hello from Liz Matthews also recently put out a new freebie design, but you have to sign up to her newsletter to get that one. HERE is the link for that.
I am still loving that I am back into cross-stitch. I’m sad on the nights I don’t get time to stitch. It really brings me joy!!
Before I go, I did want to tell you that I filmed a floss tube video…here it is. Here is the link if you want to see it on the big screen.
I talked some about stitching in hand or stitching in a hoop in the video and explained what I do.
I’ve been having lots of fun putting the video together. A huge shout out to Kalissa for helping me edit it.
That’s what’s new in my cross-stitch world. I’d love to hear if any of you are cross stitching and what you’re working on.