After I posted my finished cross stitch pieces for 2022 (read about that HERE if you missed it) and shared my finished Floral Motif Sampler (read about that HERE if you missed it) I had quite a few cross stitch-related questions come in. I thought I would answer them all in one post…
“I just found your site online and have enjoyed it very much. I read your post on the valentine stocking you personalized with a charm. I would like to do that for my grandparents. Can you tell
me what the piece was stitched on?”
This is the project Kathy is referring to. You can find the free chart from Plum Street Samplers HERE. It was supposed to be a stocking but I didn’t calculate enough space for that. Rather than throw my stitching away, I improvised. I ended up leaving off the toe, turned it into an ornament, and added a charm at the bottom. It was a super quick stitch. I am sure I stitched it on 40 count linen. I’m guessing Vintage Country Mocha was the brand. I think I picked a darker red floss color than called for. I like darker reds in my house.
I personalized it by putting my and my husband’s initials. I also put our wedding year at the top. I really like this piece and keep it up all year long. Originally I thought I’d only put it out at Valentine’s but I ended up liking it too much to pack it away.
I’ve had several people ask about… cross-stitch shops and where I find supplies. My closest cross-stitch shop is an hour away from me. That’s not too bad but it’s in the direction that nothing else is in. I don’t get there too often.
I buy a lot of stuff online. If you’re new to cross stitching here are some shops that are pretty easy to navigate.
I do highly recommend you find an online “local” shop as well. When I say “local”, I don’t mean as in proximity. I mean local as in you’ll get the same friendly service or can ask for specialty things. I know if you call my local shop, Stitchery Nook, they will help you over the phone, just as well as they would if you were in the store. You can call. It will likely be Liz or Sherri that answer and you can ask away. They will be helpful. You can say something like, “I saw Jo was stitching The Floral Motif Sampler by The Scarlett House”. Could you get that in and kit it up for me? They will totally do that for you. You can get great helpful small-town service from them even though they are an online shop. HERE is their website and contact info.
“I love the sampler but what really caught my eye was the saying below. Would you be able to share the information on the pattern? I would greatly appreciate finding out more. It looks like something I should have hanging close by as a reminder.”
I believe Bridget was talking about this picture. You can see the stitched piece with words at the bottom.
“Accept what is
Let go of what was
Have faith in what will be”
That has been a great reminder to me.
This is Accept What Is…This is LizzieKate chart. LizzieKate has gone out of business but 123Stitch bought the rights to the charts. They sell them there. At the time LizzieKate announced they were going out of business, many shops bought up a lot of their patterns. You might be able to find one at a small shop that still has them in stock. I checked on 123 Stitch. The pattern is currently out of stock. You can put your email address in and they will contact you when it does come in stock. HERE is the link for that.
This is what the chart looks like.
I also stitched the companion piece in the chart…this ABC Sampler.
This was finished on a long narrow basket from the thrift store. I mounted it on a matte board and then slightly bent the board to hug the basket and glued it in place. It was an easy fun finish.
They both were fun to stitch.
“This is for Jo or anyone who can advise me on how to buy the chart for one of her finished pieces. It’s the Lizzie Kate “When we do what we can, God will do the rest.” This is the first time I’ve seen it, and I can’t find the pattern/kit/whatever anywhere! Does anybody out there have any idea? Thanks!”
This is when we do what we can God will do what we cannot. Here is mine. I love it so much.
This is a LizzieKate design. You can find it HERE on 123Stitch. This one is in stock.
LizzieKate designed a lot of inspirational pieces. Here are the LizzieKate charts from 123Stitch. You can scroll through and find the inspirational pieces if you are interested.
I’ve stitched these both as well and often get questions about them. I love the designs as they are quick to stitch…and I love the special reminders. If you’re going through something rough, many of these are good solace.
Before I go, I just want to point something out about the questions that came in. All of the pieces asked about were pieces I stitched when I first started stitching. I was afraid at the time to stitch anything bigger. Now that I am stitching bigger things, those smaller pieces I stitched are really serving a purpose to make my cross-stitch wall more interesting. So if you’re starting out cross stitching and are starting small…no worries that you should be stitching big pieces, those small pieces will make the future pieces you stitch so much more interesting once grouped together. It’s okay to start little…and it’s okay to stay little.
I hope that cover the latest questions…if not, leave a comment in the comment section and I’ll get to it in the next post.