Cross Stitch Update

I’ve been wanting to be working on fewer projects so I finished a couple this week. Well, I finished the stitching…not fully finished them.

The first one I finished was my Birds of a Feather from Blackbird Designs. I am stitching this on 40-count Doubloon by Picture this Plus. It is a favorite linen on mine. I had a little left. I needed to finish the bird on the right. I had to do the chain stitching around the top center flower and I needed to personalize it.

I screwed up on the bird and had to rip out a lot. I worked on it a second night and finished it. YAHOO!! That’s another off my list.

I had to do the chain stitching at the top flower. I almost didn’t do it but I am so glad that I did. I also personalized it putting my husband’s initials on the left and mine on the right. I also added our wedding year near the birds.

Many thanks to the blog reader, Sueann, who sent me the pattern. I so appreciate your kindness.

I used letters and numbers from this book to personalize it.

That’s not the only time I used that book this week. I also decided that I would finally finish another project I had here. This has been sitting around for a couple of years. The piece says Pins and Orts on it. I had always thought I would put my initials there instead but I just never finished it. As long as I had the book out, I thought I might as well finish this too. I found a box that I’ll use for finishing it but stopped there as I needed dark blue paint to paint the box. I’m excited to see this project moving along.

I was closing in on the finish of this trio. I only needed to finish the pillow that says Goodness and Plenty.

I did that. YAHOO!! Now I need to fully finish these. Soon I hope. The chart is from Plum Street Samplers and is called Goodness and Plenty. I stitched them on Picture This Plus Heartland linen in 40 count. I used the called-for threads.

Here is a closer look at the last piece of the trio.

I worked on another trio. It is my trio of strawberries for the Quaker Wisdom Berry stitch-along. Last week I had stitched the first berry and didn’t know when I’d get the next one started.

I ended up starting and finishing the whole berry last week. YAHOO!! I only have one more left.

Now I just have one more left. I’m secretly hoping to finish that one this week…that would again have to be a start and finish. Then I can check that project off of my list too. I am loving that I’m getting the stitching finished on these.

I also worked on Pet All the Dogs. I would like to get back to this and I think I will. It is going to be the bigger piece I work on besides Consider the Lilies. I am stitching this on 40-count Seraphim linen in the color Boston with the called-for colors. Here is where I was when I last showed this to you. I really don’t think it would take terribly long (except maybe that house) if I would just buckle down and concentrate on it. But we all know how I do with concentrating on any project. HA!!

I do want to work a little on this and get the house completely outlined so I can take that to my doctor appointments and then I can just work on the fill-in stitching. That’s the current plan for this anyway. We’ll see. I finished the red triangles along the bottom. I am trying to make a commitment to work on this one night every week in an effort to try to get it moving along.

I can make all sorts of plans and then not do any of them. UGH. I’m a great plan maker and a medium follow-througher.

See what I mean…I wanted to have fewer projects in my stitching rotation so what do I do…finish two projects like a good girl and then start a new one. UGH.

I just barely started. I’ve been wanting to stitch this ever since it came out at market. It’s Mender and Maker by With Thy Needle and Thread. Pat at the stitching retreat finished it and that made me want to stitch mine. The other day I was thinking about what project I would do for a birthday start. In the years past, being my birthday is in December, I started thinking about all the projects I got done and all the projects I wish I had gotten done. Then I pick a project that I haven’t started but had hoped to have stitched during the year and that’s my birthday start.

I was thinking the other day about what this year’s project would be and I really think it will be Though He Seemeth Sleeping (if I don’t start it before my birthday) but then was pretty sad that it wasn’t Maker and Mender. That’s when I decided to start Maker and Mender now. So I did. It’s only a small start. You can see a few stitches in the lower left-hand corner.

Well, that wasn’t enough for me. I started even ANOTHER project!! UGH. Oh, Jo. I always like a small project that is easy to pick up and work on went the grandkids are here, to take to the doctor, or grab quickly. This project, Tom Turkey Sampler, from Heart in Hand, was the perfect fit. It only uses one color of floss. I’m stitching it on a 40-count Heartland by Picture This Plus linen.

If anyone wants to stitch along with me. You certainly can. The Stitchery Nook has the pattern. You can find it HERE. I am stitching mine with the color Used Brick. I was tempted to stitch it with silks but didn’t want to make an order for one skein of floss. HA! And I’m trying to be good about my purchases. I have plenty here to stitch and don’t need to buy anything else!!

That was a busy update…finished projects…new starts. I wish every week was like that!!

Before I go, I want to remind you about the next stitch-along project…Redwork Pears. Of course, you don’t have to stitch your pears with red. You can use any color you want. HERE is the link to order the goodies you’ll need.

I did a full blog post about it HERE. I hope you’ll stitch along.

9 thoughts on “Cross Stitch Update”

  1. I miss so much when I don’t have time to read the blog. I’m sure sorry so many of your family were sick. On the bright side, you can’t beat that natural immunity they will have! I love the pear stitch along, but I have to pass…. I’m not doing so great at getting any ufo finishes. Although I am a binding away from having a quilt done. I haven’t even tried to decide on what September’s Dirty Dozen ufo will be. Likely a cross stitch for fall. I have Tom Turkey done. I wanted to do all from that series in silks. I chose a yellow gold for Tom. You are the reason I picked up Good Intentions and that will likely be my next start. I have waaaay too many patterns now. Ha! I’m okay with that as long as they are all started. I trust I’ll get to them. Blessings

  2. Hi Jo, I was curious about how the pears would be finished so I looked up the Redwork Pears pattern. It showed an interesting 3D finish. I looked at some other pear cross stitch patterns and found a free site with some pears I think you’d like. The patriotic one and the samplers especially look like your style! Here’s the address-
    Have a look!

  3. Cheryl in Dallas

    Hi Jo,

    I am having trouble getting through on your e-mail. I sent you messages on 16 August and 5 September. Did you get them? Maybe I’m in the “Junk” category. Ha!

  4. Such wonderful finishes – you accomplished so much cross stitching this week! All are such pretty pieces and I always look forward to seeing how you finish them whether frame them or whatever you do.

  5. I don’t see how you get everything done that you do. I get absolutely nothing done, I don’t work so I have no excuse except I’m deeply depressed. I have so many things I could do but just can’t get motivated. Have a blessed weekend.

    1. Depression is real and can definitely zap a person’s energy. I hope you are doctoring for it and working on a way out of depression. Drop a note my way anytime!! Thinking of you..Jo

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