Cross Stitch Update

Wow…what a fun week on the homefront with my cross stitch.  I can’t wait to tell you all about it but first…I want to remind everyone of the upcoming stitch along.  Once again, Stitchery Nook is helping us by offering kits.  You can find the kits for purchase HERE.

This is the piece we will be stitching…Spring Messenger from Scattered Seeds Samplers.  I’m so ready for spring and by the time I get this little piece stitched, we’re going to be MUCH closer to spring.  It’s going to mark the days for me and hopefully you too.  Of course, everyone is welcome to join in on the stitching.  If you’re new to stitching it’s a good piece to start on.  Ask questions and I’ll do my best to answer them.

On the website you will need to order
1-the pattern if you don’t have it
2-the threads if you don’t already have them
3-ONE type of linen/Aida if you don’t already have it

Me, I’m getting the pattern, the DMC threads, and 40 count linen.  I love this linen…it’s one of my favorites. I’ve talked to you about it before.  It’s called Vintage Country Mocha.  If you are brand new to stitching I suggest possibly stitching on 28 count linen or 14 count Aida.  This will make your project a little larger but will help you get the hang of stitching.  You are welcome to call the shop and they can help too.  Again, HERE is the link to the website.  If the site looks a little different, no worries.  Liz has been working super hard to update and re-work the entire site.  Congrats on a great job Liz!!!  You all are going to love the new look to the site.  Everything is very clean and much easier to navigate.

My plan is to start this as soon as it comes in the mail.  I’m hoping for an April 1st finish so I can still enjoy this over spring.

Now to what I was stitching this week… …

Snow Day Saturday

Last Saturday I was on deck to take care of Kelli’s kiddos.  She worked Friday night overnight and needed help with the kids on Saturday so I could sleep.  I typically help her out once a week.  Kayla was scheduled to come with Jasper and Spencer too…and I was supposed to have Kalissa’s boys for part of the day.

Earlier in the week I had told them all I wouldn’t be around until 8:30 am as I had plans to go to a bid vintage clean-out sale in the morning before they all arrived.

The Friday the weather report came in.  They had put us into a winter weather advisory saying we were to get 3-7″ of snow.  Well we all can drive in the snow being we are from Iowa, but we avoid it when possible.  I went to bed Friday night knowing I probably wasn’t going to the clean-out sale. Kalissa’s kids weren’t coming and Kelli and the kids were coming anyway as they didn’t have anywhere for the kids to go.

Kelli and the kids wouldn’t be here until 8:30 or 9 am so I decided I would sleep in.  I ended up waking at about 7 am and couldn’t get back to sleep.  BLAH.  So I got up, looked out the window and there was no snow.  WOW!  If I went immediately I could make it to the sale and be back before Kelli got to my house.  I scrambled and was out the door in 10 minutes.  As I was getting ready to back out of the garage my phone dinged.  It was Kelli and they weren’t coming.  Ok…that’s awesome.  I’d miss seeing everyone but I could really use a snow day!!  I was getting a snow day!!  All of my plans were canceled and I had the day to myself.  YAHOO!!

I ended up at the clean-out sale and got some goodies…

I collect Little Golden Books.  I actually have a pretty big collection but, I didn’t have these…

I was SUPER excited about the one below.  That one is one that my niece Jody and I loved and played with all of the time.

It’s funny.  I don’t remember the story but I totally remember the cover.

I bought this little bowl of trims.  It was $2.50 for everything you see including the metal bowl they are in.  So cute.

I love how the lace is wrapped around an old fashion clothes pin.

I might use a bit of the lace when I finish some of the cross-stitch pillows I make.  We’ll see.

I also picked up this runner.  See the big medallions?  I’ve been wanting to stitch the piece you see below to the left but haven’t stitched it yet as I’m looking for a crochet piece to attach at the bottom as the designer did.  I would rather do mine antique-y like the one with the initials BA so I’d have to likely coffee/tea dye it.  We’ll see.  It’s a little bigger than I thought so I’ll consult with my daughter Kayla and see what she thinks.

I picked these up for my brother Jim.  He is a baseball nut.

I bought this big box of safety pins for $4.50.  I will pass the pins to the gals that put together the pins for Lutheran World Relief baby kits.  Each kit requires to safety pins..or maybe 4.  I don’t remember.  Either way they will be appreciated by them.  I’m saving the box and will put it in my sewing room as decor.  I think I can make the cut in the box less noticeable.

I’m a sucker for wooden spools.  I don’t why.  So they came home with me too.

I bought the time cut and the heart jewelry box.  The cup will either stay here or I might attach a cross stitch to it or in it.  We’ll see.  For now, it’s just hanging out here.

I bought this frame for $1.  Again, I was thinking of using if for a cross-stitch finish.

I bought this old jewelry box…again possibly put a cross stitch finish in the center on the top.  I was a little more expensive than I typically pay but with the right piece, it would be perfect.  By the way, the key works!!  The other box, I couldn’t pass it up either.

I bought a stack of linens for a friend of mine.  Aren’t the ones of top so pretty?

I bought two quilt tops that will be for an auction in the future.

I bought these bundles of linens.  I could see that they were very stained.  I was mostly interested in the trim.  The bundles were only $2 each.

I ended up opening the packages and felt so sad.  Someone put a lot of work into these to dress them up…and what became of them, rags.  Originally I was going to just cut the trims off and toss the rest but now I have it in my head I should try to save them.  Does anyone have any good suggestions of something I could soak them in to get out the stains?  I would totally use them if I could get the stains out.

As I was leaving the sale, it had started to snow.  PERFECT TIMING.

I got home and got everything into the house.  As I was putting things away I kept taking a look at my bird feeders.  It was a busy day at the feeders.  Just then a cardinal landed and was eating.  I never get cardinals.  I went to grab my camera and there in his place was a blue jay.  I never get blue jays.  I got my camera ready and he flew away too.

Then a female cardinal came by…I decided to go out and some peanuts to the tray feeder.  I came back into the house, looked outside and the male cardinal came back again.  This time I got a picture of him.

I really enjoy the birds that come by…I’m so glad I got bird feeders.  I’ve only had them for about 9 months and don’t regret it a drop.

After the stuff from the sale was put away, I thought I would take advantage and go sew after all, it’s a snow day for me..but, my voice of reason jumped in.  I knew I would hate myself later if I didn’t write at least one blog post before I went to sew.  This is the blog post I wrote…and now it’s finished and I am going to go enjoy my snow day.  Even better news, I made a pot of homemade chicken noodle soup last night anticipating I’d have company today…so now I don’t even need to stop to cook myself meals.  So now my snow day has turned into a sewing day!!  YAHOO!!

It’s exactly the perfect day for me!!

Community Quilts from Lori

Lori has been busy working on quilts for Sharehouse a facility that helps people with addictions.  It’s a wonderful cause and we’re so lucky to have Lori who works so hard to provide quilts for residents that are able to graduate from their program.

Lori writes:
“Happy New Year!

I have two completed quilts to show you today, thanks to Adele from Utah.

This first one is flannel, 70” x 86″.  It was pieced so nicely and Adele had also sent a flannel backing for this one.  This quilt will surely be a soft, cozy, and loved quilt for someone.

This photo shows the back of the quilt, I love how the light shines through.


And it is usually … …

New Stitch Along and Cross Stitch News

I had this post scheduled for today but then almost moved it to a different time slot.  In the end, I left here…let me explain.

THE STITCHERY NOOK IS GETTING A NEW WEBSITE!!  I’m so excited for Liz, Sherri, and the crew…and for all of us.

I was going to tell you all about the new stitch along and tell you to go and order but the website is doing what they call a migration where the information from the old site is moving to the new website so that means when you visit, the website might be down.  I’m telling you all of that before I tell you about the new stitch along I’m hosting.  No worries.  You can call the shop if you want to order ASAP or you can wait 24 hours or so and order then.  Here is their number (641) 732-5329

Now to the original post I wrote:

You might remember last year I said that I planned a few new stitch alongs for 2023 and invited anyone who wanted to join in to jump right in.

Right now we have the Red Dog Sampler Stitch along going on.

That is meant to be an all-year-long stitch-along.  You can jump in whenever you’d like.  Many of us started on January 1st and plan to slowly stitch on the piece all year long.  If you break it up into quarters you can stitch one quarter every quarter of the year…or there are about 52 or so motifs/letters/side borders and you could stitch one each week and finish it in a year.  I do really lose stitch alongs so you can do it however you’d like.

I’m doing pretty well on mine.  I’ll be setting mine aside pretty soon I think and will then pick it up again in April as I’ve already stitched about 1/4 of the sampler.  If you want to join, there is still time to easily catch up.  Again, call the shop and they can set you up.

That’s awesome because there is a new stitch-along scheduled to start soon.  It is Spring Messenger from Scattered Seeds Sampler.  This is a small stitch I think 123 x 80.  I plan to stitch mine of 40-count linen so mine should finish at about 4 x 6. 

It calls for DMC threads.

This one is easily modified.  I picked it so I could do a tutorial on how to finish something in an oval shape…but if an oval isn’t your thing or you can’t find something to mount an oval to, that’s no problem.  Just don’t stitch the outer line and frame it in a regular frame….still not your thing, leave off the words and only stitch from the robin’s tail and to the left and make a pillow.  There are so many options.

I just know that I wanted to stitch something for each season and provide a way for us all to try some new things.  I think this could be a good thing for us all.  This is clicking a few new boxes for me…first time on oval finish…first time project with Scattered Seed Samplings.

Liz has everything ready for these to ship out.  I thought we could start with the stitching as soon as people got their kits so we have them done in time for spring.  I’m hoping to be finished with mine by April 1st.  Right on the heels of this project, we’ll have another stitch along.  Liz is starting to put things together for this one already so we can start stitching it April 1st.  I have a total of five planned for the year besides the bigger Black Dog Sampler.  I love stitching along with you as it keeps me focused on goals to have things finished in a timely manner.  I often forget about stitching small projects and this really helps to remind me.

So…THIS is the link to order.  (The link might not work now as the old site is migrating to the new website-check back or call the shop to order.  (641) 732-5329)

I hope you join me.  Feel free to email me if this is the first time for you to cross stitch.  I’ll help with questions if I can.

In other cross-stitch news…I am so excited!!  I got an email from blog reader Judi.  She wrote, “1884 Stitchery is now the owner of the Sally Spencer Sampler.  She is offering it on her website.  Just thought you’d like to know if you haven’t already heard.”

UM, WHAT??  This may not have meant anything to all of you but to me, it meant a whole lot!!  Sally Spencer Sampler is one of the charts I’ve always wanted to stitch.  It has been out of print.  The company that designed the chart was out of business.  It has been what they call a “unicorn chart” for me.  In the cross stitch world a “unicorn chart” means it’s illusive and hard if not impossible to find.

This is the chart…

I really don’t know what I love about it so much…I do love the “sooner begun sooner done” saying on it.  I love read…I just have always really liked it.  I would personalize it somehow…family initials around the outside…my name maybe.  I don’t know.  Up until now, I didn’t have to worry about what I would do because it was next to impossible to find the chart.

Well, Mckenna of 1884 Stitchery is a save-the-stitches type gal.  She contacted the company that originally designed this sampler and she bought it.  She’ll be updating, reproducing, and selling the charts.  Do you want to know what I did the second I heard about that?  I went and bought the chart.  YAHOO!!  I’m just tickled.  Now I have to try to figure out how to stitch it to make it mine.  Oh, I’m so excited.  I don’t know but I think this chart is currently only available from 1884 Stitchery.  You can find them HERE.

You might remember my other unicorn chart was Blackbird Designs Birds of Feather…a sweet blog reader gifted me the chart that she had.  Now I heard that this chart is going to be re-released soon.  How excited for those, like me, who really hunted and looked to find the chart.  I’m so happy that these charts are becoming available again.  Many thanks to the designers for answering the call of us stitchers!!

So…I guess that shows you what I’ll be stitching on for the next couple of months.  The last one I showed you is soon to be a start.  I just have a few other things I’m finishing up first…but the start is imminent.  Feel free to join me in any of the projects.  I’d love some company.

…oh and don’t forget to check out Stitchery’s Nook’s new website as it unfolds.  I’m so excited to see it!!

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