I’ve turned into a convert for sure. I am committed to cross stitching for sure. I still love quilting and will continue to quilt but cross stitching really has found its way back into my heart.
I did a lot of cross stitch back in the late 80’s when Kelli and Kayla were little and even into the early 90’s. It was something I could do as a mom in the living room while the kids played around me. Back then I was an aida cloth stitcher.
Then in the mid 90’s I moved on to making LOTS of dolls, rabbits and the like. I even did shows and sold them. I had a sales rep that went around and got orders.
Then I went to quilting full force….Cross stitch lost its way. I had an active life running around now FIVE kids. I didn’t have time to stitch.
Then in November of 2013, Kelli, Kayla and I went to Spring Green, Wisconsin and visited Country Sampler. Oh my. They had AMAZING quilts but they also had cross stitch. I was in love again. I ended up buying this chart and all the supplies to make it.
I went home and tried. UGH. It was hard. My old eyes weren’t having it. I was so bummed. It sat in a drawer. I didn’t touch it again. I figured that chapter in my life was over.
Then in November of 2016, I saw this…
I was bound and determined to stitch it. Kelli and I traveled to Osage, Iowa to The Stitchery Nook. The ladies there were super helpful and talked to me about lights and magnifiers. I felt hopeful. I think I wouldn’t have had any problem if I stitched on aida cloth but I really wanted to stitch on linen.
So still feeling hopeful, Kelli and I ended up deciding on this light for me. Here is the LINK.
I went home and it worked. At first I was really slow but I didn’t care. I was stitching. That’s all that mattered. I had to use the magnifier all the time.
I didn’t cross stitch a lot but some. I enjoyed it when I did.
Then last year when Kramer got diagnosed with cancer, I needed a portable hobby to take with to all the appointments and hospital stays. Cross stitch moved front and center. I as so thankful to have it.
By now my eyes were used to it. I could cross stitch without the light and magnifier. I’m not as fast in hospital light but I can do it without much trouble.
Well now I’m cross stitching regularly. The trouble I’m having now is deciding what to stitch. It’s March and the cross stitch designers are coming out with all of their new designs. Kelli and I both decided that we are going to each buy a couple patterns from our joint account.
I am in love with these samplers…..The problem? The are all on 40 count linen. That is small. For those of you who don’t know about cross stitch, linen comes in different “thread counts”. That means how many threads are woven in an inch. 28 count is common. That means for every inch there are 28 threads. 30 and 32 count are popular too. 40 count is a more challenging. That means there are 40 threads woven across every inch of fabric. When a person makes a stitch, they go over 2 of those threads. That means at 28 count, there are 14 stitches in an inch. At 40 count, there are 20 stitches in one inch. That is a big difference.
It is harder to see as the threads are closer together. Can I do it? Can I commit to a project so big. It will take for forever.
…and besides that, which one would I choose? I love the one above. Isn’t the border marvelous?
…and the one below. I love that is says, “Pet all the dogs”. Oh my.
…and I love this one too. It says “Let Heaven and Nature Sing”. It’s obviously Christmasy…but not terribly. Oh I love them.
But this…I love it too. It’s “Consider the Lilies”. I watched a video of the designer stitching it. She took a picture every night after she stitched on it.
I am putting the link to the video in. The part about this sampler is at the end so you’ll have to fast forward to see it…but it’s amazing.
Can I do a project that is this in depth? Can I stick to it? I just don’t know. I feel like I want to try but I can’t decide which one and I can’t decide if my eyes can do it.
I had an idea….I dug through my patterns. I thought I had a small project that was supposed to be stitched on 40 count linen.
I ended up ordering some 40 count linen and decided to give it a try….and, I can do it. I’m slower but I can do it. I’m confident I’ll be able to speed up as my eyes get used to it. This is also the first time I stitched with a single thread over two threads in the cloth.
I feel like all of these are a bit of a stretch for me and my abilities but I’ve come a LONG way in the last year.
Of course I could always stitch the samplers on a different thread count of linen but I do like the idea of doing it like the original. The first three samplers I showed you are not that big so getting linen that is a different count, say 32, wouldn’t change the size into a monstrous size.
I guess first I want to get the pattern and then I’ll decided after looking on the pattern what size I’ll stitch it on. So friends, which pattern would you buy? Or would you buy something completely different? Here is a link to Needle Case Goodies. The first 10 pages or so of her site is new Market release things. There are so many things to choose from….so many. Are there any projects that would entice you to pick up cross stitch?