I have a finish and I’m so happy. This is All Creatures Great and Small by Barbara Ana Designs. Oh, I love it.
I first saw this when Cynthia of Stitching in the Light was working on it and at that very moment, I wanted to stitch it too.
Here it is up on my sampler wall. The wall is filling up. I think I only have space for one more on the upper left. I have a plan for which piece that will be. I’m hoping to start that in a few months after I finish up a couple of other pieces.
I stitch on this quite a bit at the beginning of last year. It was my New Year New Start. At the time it wasn’t exactly a new start because I had stitched on about three night prior to the New Year but I called it my New Year New Start. Some people don’t worry about not getting them done in that year but I try really hard to finish whichever project I start on New Year’s Day within the time span of that year.
I did some personalization on this. You can see the tombstone on the bottom row. I put my husband’s initials there. I also added a beagle to represent my beagle Rosie on the hill in the grass. I put my initials in the center and my daughter Kayla designed the flowers that went in there too.
I stitched this on 40 count Vintage Country Mocha. It’s one of my favorite linens to stitch on. The piece isn’t without mistakes but unless you’re stitched it, you likely wouldn’t notice.
I used the called-for Anchor floss except for the dark red of the barn. Remember I said Cynthia Brew of Stitching in the Light stitched this and I admired hers? Well one of the things I admired was the beautiful red. In the original, the color is more pink. She used Anchor #20 and I did too.
This was a thrift store frame. I cut it down. I didn’t paint the frame or do anything to it besides cut it down. The frame was from a picture of Jesus. I felt a little sacrilegious cutting down the frame…but I did it anyway. I have found that often times the frames on religious pieces are some of the best frames.
I really just love everything about this piece. Some of Barbara Ana’s designs are a little too whimsical for me but this one, it’s perfect!!
I love the mix of farm and family and church and animals…it totally suits me.
So here is one last look at my design wall. I am so glad that when I started stitching I just decided to start hanging the pieces even though it wasn’t a complete wall. Watching it as it has grown has made me so happy. I’m so glad I have cross stitch as a hobby.