Lookie, Lookie. I finished a big one!
This is New Castle Bouquet by Teresa Kogut. I’m so thrilled to have it finished. I actually finished it at Halloween time but was bound and determined not to show it until it was framed. But…it’s not framed and I got tired of searching for a bargain frame. It finishes at an odd size so there isn’t a frame at the thrift store that will just fit it. Every time I’ve gone I have my tape measure in hand. I measure a lot but can’t find anything. I think I am going to bit the bullet and have it professionally framed.
I’ve never done that so I’m a little nervous about doing that. Any advice you all can give? I’ve heard from lots of flosstubers that they use Total Framing. How expensive is it to get something framed?
Newcastle Bouquet took me about 3 months to finish. I don’t get a lot of stitching time so projects take me quite a while…plus that border was intense.
Do you remember that I took an entire day and one evening of indulgent stitching to try to get the frame of the border done, only to find it didn’t match? That was on this project. I ended up switching linen and tossed the other away. This is Vintage Country Mocha linen and I love working with it. It’s 40 count and is now my 2nd bigger project to do on Vintage Country Mocha.
The white flowers didn’t show up the best so I ended up switching the color out and used a DMC. I’m not sure which color. Sorry.
I put this all in a Flosstube video. You can watch it HERE. You can also push the button and see my video right here.
From there I ended up thinking I was going to stitch this…
This is also a Teresa Kogut design called Faith Hope Peace Love.
I ended up not because I couldn’t figure out how to change the colors to make it show up on my linen. The white flowers around the edge weren’t showing up.
It’s not enough done to even call it a start really. I have come up with an idea on how to stitch the flowers in the outer border so I’m looking forward to picking this project back up at some point.
So then I decided to jump into a different Teresa Kogut design, Heaven and Nature.
This is intended to be a Christmas sampler but once I get it stitched, I’ll be leaving it out all year. There are two Christmas trees under the house but other than that, and the “Let Heaven and Nature Sing”, it’s not especially Christmasy.
I have the main vine of the border done all the way around.
I am stitching this on Vintage Country Mocha and am happy with it except, the angel’s body didn’t show up at all if I used Fawn, the called for thread. I ended up switching to this DMC 945. I am content with it now.
I almost have one page finished and I’m excited about that. I have a long way to go though. The chart is NINE pages.
After Buck mounted the television in the living room into the wall…
I realized I could do a little decorating on the top of the vintage organizer piece that used to be where the television sat. I thought I’d get a dough bowl. A rectangular one could work great. Then I realized I have nothing to put in a dough bowl…so I pulled this out and stitched in a couple of nights.
This is Heart in hand “Needle and Thread”. It was a quick stitch…not finished yet, but I hope to. I figured I’d get to once I get the actual bowl.
After that quick stitch, I thought I would start this…
I started one night and stopped when I got this far. I was using the called for colors and I don’t like it. The dress is so light compared to the picture on the cover of the chart. So, I stopped stitching it.
A couple of days later I ended up pulling out this DMC 930. I like it MUCH better and think I’ll likely use it instead. The other blue isn’t cutting it for me. What attracted me to the chart was the pretty blue, but my dye lot isn’t that pretty blue.
I’ll be starting this over.
I’ve been watching lots of flosstube while I stitch. I’ve noticed many have birthday starts and new year starts. I decided to join the throngs.
I ended up buying this chart, A Pleasant Sampler, by Hello from Liz Matthews. One of the reasons I picked it was because I love the verse…
I’m hoping you can read the verse here.
I was especially excited because it uses silk and I want to try silk thread. Silk thread is more expensive and this project only uses five different silk colors. So it was perfect as I didn’t have to spend a ton of money to give silk a try.
This project also uses four different specialty stitches. I thought that would be fun to try too.
I ended up picking this up as my birthday start. I’m not going to go full-on and only stitch this. My hope instead is to work on it on and off over the year and finish it by my next birthday. I hope that’s a reasonable goa.
I bought myself a Christmas present…and it is going to be the Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs. I bought all of the charts. I’ve been a good girl though. They have come and I’ve put them all aside and not looked at them much at all. I’m waiting for Christmas.
I am stitching mine all in one piece. It will look something like this.
I have looked online enough to know that several people have changed the colors on the house in the upper left corner to what you see below. That conversion can be found HERE.
I will really look closely once Christmas gets here and study it. Then make a decision on what I’ll likely do.
The cross-stitch piece is supposed to use as a way to record family history. There is a block for each month of the year. There are places in the block to record initials or names. For example in January are Kelli’s, Kayla’s, and Jasper’s birthdays. I’ll record all of their initials in that month.
I don’t know what else I’ll add. Some people add maiden names or pet names or grandparent information. I’m super excited for Christmas as I’ll lay it all out and start making some plans but really can’t until I see all of the charts.
In a perfect world, one of these would be stitched every month throughout the year. I don’t want to become a slave to the project and want to savor it so, I’m giving myself two years…and hopefully, I’ll have it done. Besides the twelve months, there are two bonus charts so that is extra stitching too. But, who knows…maybe I’ll become super focused on it and stitch right through. I’m going to let the project speak to me.
I bought myself a big magnetic chart holder and have loved it. I flipped my chart over so you can’t see it as that’s a copyright kind of thing but you can see how big the board is. There is more room on it than the old one I had. It’s perfect for samplers and projects that have many pages. I made a working copy and taped my pages together. You can see the tape line and how much of the chart can be seen on one surface. There is room for a needle minder to hold my scissors and not be in the way too. You can find it on Amazon HERE.
That’s what’s new to me with cross-stitch. I can’t tell you enough how happy that I am that I picked up cross-stitch again. I’m also super happy that I got brave enough to try some big projects!!