When I last left you with my Heaven and Nature sing piece was at Christmas time. I had just finished stitching it.
I took it to The Stitchery Nook in Osage Iowa to have them frame it.
Oh, my word. I got it back a bit ago and I love it more than ever. I tried and tried to get pictures to make the piece look truly as it looks but getting the coloring correct with a camera is so hard. TERRIBLY HARD.
Here it is…
I am completely and totally in love with the frame.
For those of you wondering, this is stitched on 40 count Vintage Country Mocha. I love that linen. It works for so many pieces. It has a very “warm” feel to it. If you are a beginning stitcher, I HIGHLY recommend the linen. Another thing, it’s pretty readily available.
So many memories are attached to this piece. I remember Carver trying to guess what I was stitching as I was stitching this deer in the lower right. Initially he thought it was a house. HA!!
I remember stitching the raccoon at the top. The called for color is Lexington Green and it really does have a green tinge to it. I was so hesitant. It turned out perfect. I just love it.
I’m not a real Christmas girl so even though I loved this piece, I didn’t know if I wanted to put all the work into a piece just for Christmas. I’m telling you this. I am leaving this out all year round. It’s not super Christmasy to me except that the evergreens at the bottom have Christmas balls and a start at the top.
I used all of the called for colors except for the color of the angel bodies. The color didn’t show up on my linen. Sadly, I can’t remember what color I did end up using. All I know is that it was a DMC. I fretted about that so long and even avoided stitching them for a long time.
Ah…Isn’t that frame just wonderful??
I can’t tell you how many times this piece traveled with me to doctor appointments. I had that big house to fill in so I’d take it and stitch while I waiting between appointments. That is a lot of house!!
Here is one of the days I was…
Some people hate stitching big things…me, I love it. They become a part of me and record my life. I love thinking about this piece…my hopes and fears went into it as I waited for my appointments. Cross stitching is such at awesome way to let go some of the emotional stuff we all feel.
In 2020 Teresa Kogut came out with three samplers at market. I hadn’t really done a big sampler. I wanted to stitch them so bad but was so scared. They were all on 40 count and had little experience with that. I wanted it so bad though and her samplers are really what tipped over the edge.
I first stitched Newcastle Bouquet…
…and now Heaven and Nature.
I really need to have Kalissa take a picture of me holding it.
Those other two designs she released at that market in 2020 are still calling my name.
Pet all the dogs is one…
Faith, Hope, Peace, Love is the other…
I stitched one of those market releases in 2020. I stitched the other in 2021. Hmm. Maybe I should start another and have a 2022 finish. That would be grand. Ah…there are so many things I want to stitch.
…and with that, I’ll leave you. The next thing I need to do it to get this hung. Hmm. Maybe I’ll do that now.
MANY thanks to Teresa Kogut for all the great entertainment I had stitching your designs. I just love them!!