Hey everybody…I told you that last week I was able to go to The Stitchery Nook in Osage Iowa. I got together with Liz and we pounded out the details for the stitch along Judy at Patchwork Times and I are going to be hosting.
This is our project…Blessings Abound by Waxing Moon Designs. Jacki the designer is an Iowa and doesn’t live far from the shop. We picked her design because:
A: We loved it!
B: It would work great in our dough bowls.
C: Being she’s local, no supply chain issues.
D: It’s a fairly universal chart that everyone could jump on board with.
E: It’s beginner-friendly.
F: We have plenty of time to finish it before fall.
We will be stitching the piece that says, “Blessed” which is on the bottom left in the photo.
We are doing everything we can to make this as friendly of a stitch along as possible. Judy and I both LOVE cross stitching and we’d love for you to give it try too. If you’ve never cross-stitched, that’s totally fine. If you are an Aida stitcher and want to give linen a try. That’s great. Now is a good time to do it.
Judy and I plan to do some tutorial-type posts and are open to answering all kinds of questions. We’ll be doing periodic blog posts about our progress and will be answering questions on our blogs.
Liz at the shop has done her best to accommodate everyone. She’s made it so you can really build your own kit. Pricing goes like this…
Threads-all Weeks Dye Works overdyed $15
16 beige aida $5.54
14 beige aida $5.90
28 natural linen $7.25
32 natural linen $6.80
36 natural linen $7.13
40 natural linen $6.26
As I told you, we are trying to make this completely beginner-friendly so…I’ll do my best to explain how to pick what fabric to stitch on. Below is Aida cloth. This is great for beginners.
This is a closer picture of it. See the holes in it. They are easy to see. Your needle will go up and down in the holes. Aida is beginner-friendly. If you choose 14 count, that means in every inch there will be 14 x’s. If you chose 16 count, that means in every inch there will be 16 x’s.
This is linen…If you want more of an antique look, people typically stitch on linen. Linen is harder to stitch on, but if antique is the look you’re going for, it’s worth learning to stitch on linen. I stitch on linen.
If comparing the linen to the Aida, you can see that it’s harder to see the holes in linen. With linen, stitchers physically count over two threads to make the stitches. I know initially, it looks hard but it’s totally doable. If there is a will, there’s a way.
Linen is kind of odd…the lower the number, the bigger the stitches. So for
28 count linen you make 14 stitches in each inch.
32 count linen you make 16 stitches in each inch.
36 count linen you make 18 stitches in each inch.
40 count linen you make 20 stitches in each inch.
Typically if you stitch on 28 or 32 you use 2 strands of floss when you stitch. If you stitch on 36 or 40 you use 1 strand of floss when you stitch.
I stitch on 40 count and use one strand. The beauty of this is…I use half as much floss. It is much harder to see though.
There are all kinds of helpers to help you see…good lighting is crucial. Magnifiers are helpful. I started with a larger magnifier and now just use reading glasses with extra magnification in them. I bought these 4.0 readers and use them over my regular glasses (Link HERE). I know several people who stitch on higher counts of linen use these…but if you’re stitching on Aida, you likely don’t need 4.0 readers.
The project has a stitch count of 124 x 40. You need to know this to calculate the size your finished project will be.
28 count linen or 14 count Aida- 8.85″ x 2.85″
32 count linen or 16 count Aida- 7.75″ x 2.5″
36 count linen- 6.8″ x 2.22″
40 count linen- 6.2″ x 2″
I’ll be stitching mine on 40 count. I talked to Judy and she’ll be stitching on 36 count.
Now to flosses. The Stitchery Nook has put together a package of over-dyed flosses from Weeks Dye Works. The price for them is $15. You are welcome to pass on the floss and buy DMC as the pattern does provide a DMC alternate. If you want your project to have variegation in the colors, then I would use the variegated over-dyed floss.
Liz said she will include a needle with your orders. That was sweet of her.
You’ll have to decide if you want to try stitching with or without a hoop. I stitch with a hoop. You can find the hoop I use HERE. If you want a hoop, I suggest these as the fabric doesn’t slip like cheaper hoops. Some people use Q-Snaps. I find them to be heavy to hold. You can find them HERE. I know some stitch with a stand. I believe Judy does and I’m sure she will talk about that.
All stitchers have their own needle preference. I prefer Sullivan Ball-tipped needles. You can find them HERE.
The hoop, q-snap, or my type of needles is nothing that you need. I just letting you know what I use and what is available.
So, to join in stitching, follow THIS LINK to The Stitchery Nook. There is a drop-down box that lets you choose the options you prefer. You can order any combo of pattern, fabric, and thread that is good for you. You might be a stitcher already and not need floss. You might already have the pattern. Liz and Sherri are being so accomodating to try to meet everyone’s needs.
We hope to start stitching on March 1st. I’ll be doing an update on Fridays in my regular cross-stitch post. I’ll answer questions that day too. I don’t think Judy has a set day planned to check-in. We’ll be doing this slow with the hope that everyone can keep up. Judy and I haven’t made a plan with that yet but we’re thinking something like two pumpkins per month. We hope to finish up by August 1st so we have time to make them into a pillow or frame them for fall display. Nothing too taxing.
If you have any trouble ordering feel free to call The Stitchery Nook. They are super helpful. I’ve always had the best customer service there. Here is their number. (641) 732-5329.
I think I covered everything. If not, please ask questions in the comment section. I’ll try to be pretty available today to answer them as they come in.
Please check out Judy’s blog HERE. She’s always stitching up a storm. She’s a great resource to ask questions to as well…and by all means, ask us both the same questions. You’ll likely get different answers as cross-stitchers all have their own technique, their own favorites, and their own preferences. This way you can find your own preferences. Maybe something I do doesn’t work for you…but Judy’s method does.
Judy and I so hope you all join in with us. It doesn’t matter if you stitched in the 80s and haven’t touched anything since then…or if you’ve never stitched. We promise to go slow and help along the way all we can. We would love to turn you on to cross stitching and if you’re a regular stitcher already, the more the merrier!!