Cross Stitch Update

I missed two nights of stitching but I did get some time stitching when I had doctor appointments last week. I think I’m still a little short of cross-stitch time compared to normal…but not too bad.

At the doctor’s office and again with the grandkids, I worked on Pet all the Dogs by Teresa Kogut. I am stitching this on 40-count Boston from Seraphim. I am using the called for colors.

I worked mostly on the house. I am chugging along pretty well on this and am getting much of the fill-in work done. I feel like I need to start searching for another fill-in project in the upcoming months.

I did start the angel at the top of the house.

Here is where I am now…

I have the simple goal of finishing the angel this week and hopefully working on the rest of the alphabet to the right.

I spent time on Christmas Garden by Blackbird Designs. Here is where I was last week.

I am stitching this one on Flannel Flower from Fox and Rabbit. I am using the called for colors.

Here is where I am now.

This is what is supposed to look like when it’s all finished.

I stitched the tree and the bird. I’m a little disappointed with the tree. It has red-ish decorations on it. I can’t see them very well. I’m thinking I might go back and stitch over them with a brighter color of red.

My goal this week is to finish the flower motif and then start one of the middle big motifs. If I could get one of them stitched, I think it would feel like I made really good progress.

I am having fun with this…

I had two different blog readers ask if this was still an available chart. It is. You can find it HERE. It was originally a single pattern but went out of print. It’s on the secondary market and expensive. They republished it in this book, Home for the Holidays. I like the book and want to stitch the Christmas Stockings in the book.

I pulled out my Deck the Halls piece on Sunday night. I had a longer session of stitching time and I was relatively sure I could finish it up if I stuck with it. Here is where I was…

You might remember that I said I wasn’t really happy with how the Christmas balls were showing up on the toweling that I am stitching mine on. I remedied that by doing a backstitch around the ornaments. Back stitching isn’t my favorite but in this case, I think it was necessary and made the balls pop. Now I like it…and it’s all finished.

Well not all finished. The stitching is finished. I’m hoping to fully finish it over the weekend. I have an idea for the remaining toweling and hope the plan works. I’ll show you the idea if it works…just don’t throw your toweling away in case it does.

I had more time that night to stitch something else so I pulled out this piece.

It’s been a long time since I stitched

This is Lady Liberty from With Thy Needle and Thread. I started this at the 4th of July time and never finished it. I thought I should try to pull it out the 4th of every month and see if I can finish it by the time the 4th of July rolls around again.

I only added a little bit of white for her skirt and then it was bedtime. I love the linen I am using on this. It is Lakeside Linen in the colorway Vintage Meadow Rue. The colors, which are the called for, just pop on this!

I feel like I am not making a lot of progress. I think having two big pieces that I am stitching on at the same time slows me down. BUT…I like having them both. Had I not had the Pet All the Dogs with all the fill-in work, I might not have stitched at the doctor’s office. If I didn’t have it, I might not have stitched when the grandkids were here. So…I keep a could of projects going and just live with the slow progress.

11 thoughts on “Cross Stitch Update”

  1. I love watching your progress – I’ve seen several people working on the Christmas Garden. I had forgotten you were doing Lady Liberty – she’s going to be gorgeous. The white really pops on that fabric.
    Love and prayers

  2. I live for your Friday cross stitch updates. I am also working on some of the same projects you are. I found that my tree colors for Pet All the Dogs were too close in color and the pattern didn’t show up so I picked a darker green. I am a bit nervous about deviating from the called for colors but I just took the plunge. I also found the colors were not showing up on the ornaments for Deck the Hall. Love your idea about backstitching. Can’t wait to see how you finish it and what you might come up with for the extra fabric. i just finished the December Word Play by Brenda Gervais. Those patterns are so cute and all finish the same size so lots of ideas for changing them out for each season. Thanks for sharing all of your work and ideas Jo. You are “the bomb”.

  3. So much progress! It tis fun seeing your projects and how much you have completed. I hope what you are wanting to do with the toweling turns out so we know what you were thinking!

  4. I wanted to start Deck The Halls but I am not crazy about the thread. I guess I want traditional Christmas reds and green. Also bright ornaments also I ordered Aida but want to try linen! I might get brighter threads and go ahead with Aida! Yours looks great but like you the ornaments don’t show well!

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