Cross Stitch Update

This was not my week to get a lot of stitching done. That’s okay. I have visits from family and work…and writing blog posts to fill my time and those are all things I don’t mind. But…I haven’t had a lot of progress. Two nights I didn’t stitch at all and three nights I only stitched for 45 minutes or so.

So what did I get done?? Most of my stitching went into Pet All the Dogs by Teresa Kogut. I’m stitching this on 40 count Boston by Seraphim. I am using the called colors. This has long been on the back burner and for a bit I didn’t stitch on it at all. It’s time for this one to come to a finish. I’ve settled into the notion so it’s going to happen in the next month or so if I can squeeze out some stitching time.

I’m well over half at this point. I am hoping that by the end of February or the beginning of March depending on how I feel, this one will be finished. It’s okay if it’s long but I really do want this to come to a close.

This week I finished the roof. Then I decided to see if I could finish everything on the left side of the house.

Here is where I was last week…

You can see I met my goal and even did more. I started filling in the house windows and door too.

I had stalled out a bit on this project because I had previously tried to stitch the tree and it was miserable. I would stitch with one strand of light floss and then the next strand I would do would be dark floss. That is not the way to stitch these trees. I ended up going back and rethinking the whole thing. I stitched ALL of the light-colored floss that made the pattern. Then I outlined the tree with the dark color. After that, it was just fill in work. WHEW. That was so much easier once I figured that out.

I have had several people contact me while I was stitching this piece and they said the light and dark colors didn’t show enough contrast what was I doing about that? Well, I’ve stitched lots of Teresa Kogut projects and have learned to trust her. She is a master at colors. So I stitched with the called-for colors and trusted it would work. When looking at individual stitches side by side, I agree. It is hard to see the difference between the light and dark green…once it’s all finished and I stepped away, the contrast is there and looks great. It’s a soft muted contrast and I love it. To thread color changes for me.

I had originally thought I would stitch my own dogs across the bottom and change up the sampler. In the end, I’m not going to. From my rescue work and from working at the vet office. I want to express that all dogs are valuable and this piece says that. So I’m keeping with the design…well one dog might end up more beagle-looking. We’ll see.

My goal for this week is to finish the house.

I have other things I’m working on too. This is called the Rabbit and the Rose. It’s from With Thy Needle and Thread. You can find it HERE. I am using the called for linen and threads.

Colorado Cross Stitcher’s Winter Camp. It’s a virtual thing you can find in her last floss tube. The premise it to pick a piece and stitch it in the month of February. She picks a theme each time. This time it’s to stitch something with an animal on it.

I did only enough of it to say I started it…and that’s okay. I have the month of February to finish it.

I am stitching this with the called-for linen which is As Thyme Goes By by Seraphim, I think. I am using the called for colors. This one might take a bit to stitch as it is VERY detailed with lots of color changes. For now, I put a tiny start into the basket. This one is being stitched with the hope of having more pieces for my dough bowl for Spring. As of now, I have very little.

I also put a few stitches into this…It’s our stitch-along piece. This was one that Liz from the Stitchery Nook picked to stitch. I initially thought it was okay…I can stitch it. I liked the words but the cover picture didn’t have me thinking WOW.

Well, call me a changed girl. I LOVE THIS! I only stitched on it for an hour or so and here I am. Just this little bit is over 1/4 of the outside ring of flowers. It’s going to be precious and the colors are so much better than the cover picture. If I had a decent amount of stitching time, I’m thinking I could finish this in two nights. We’ll see. I love the tulips around the outside!!

I did change mine up and am stitching it on Picture This Plus 40 count Vellum.

Just a reminder…I bought this little round frame piece at Dollar General for $3. I will be finishing mine in the frame. I will take pictures and show you how I do that once I have mine stitched. This frame will only work it you stitch your piece on 40-count linen.

That’s where I am in my cross stitch world. I’m content with all the pieces and have settled in with them. I am going to pick up this piece again as well…This is Though He Seemeth Sleeping from Lucy Beam.

It’s so hard…I want to work on this but also want to work on all the other pieces.

…and then cross stitch market is coming in early March. Oh my. More new release charts will be hitting the stores. Oh I wish I could stitch faster!!

4 thoughts on “Cross Stitch Update”

  1. I have the stitch along and got the frame too. It is a pretty piece but I didn’t like the D letter and made mine a little different.

  2. Even though you made little progress, it is still fun to see the changes you have made from week to week. Each piece is very pretty.

  3. Wish I could stitch faster as well, but know I am slow in the kitchen, I am a slow quilter, slow crocheter and I am good with that

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