Cross Stitch Update

I got some cross-stitch time in this week. Being I’m not writing as many blog posts, I have a little more time to stitch, and oh, I love it!! Thank you for that and thank you for understanding.

Here is my Pet All the Dogs piece…for those of you who are cat lovers, there is an alternate cat verse included in the chart. I think it’s “Hug all the cats”. Anyway, I’ve been working on this for FOREVER. I’m getting to the point where I’d like it finished. Sadly, I’m still working on it little by little. But I’m not giving up and I’m not putting it away. You’re going to have to drudge through seeing it each week. Sorry…

I am stitching this on 40-count Seraphim linen called Boston. I’m using the called for colors. Here is where I was last week.

I didn’t stitch on this much at all. I had two short nights where I couldn’t stitch much. Someone had come and adopted Leia and that took up much of on evening and the other evening I took more time cooking supper and answering emails. So…I only got the numbers stitched on this.

I am bound and determined to keep working on it though…so I’m taking this little progress as a WIN!! You can find the pattern HERE.

My goal for next week is to stitch on it one night or at least fill in the little bit of fill in work along the right hand bottom. Little goals will bring this to a finish.

The next piece I worked on was Though He Seemeth Sleeping by Lucy Beam. The picture on the front of the chart is awful as it’s the antique sampler. I know why designers do it…So they don’t have to stitch it…but ugh. I prefer seeing it stitched new. Here is where I was last week.

I am stitching this on a linen called Sleeping Bear with a variety of the called-for colors. My goal was to get one band stitched this week.

I’m happy to report that I did that and more! The more I stitch of this, the more I love it.

I am stitching this on Sleeping Bear linen from Needle and Flax…oh my. This is a great linen. Love the color and love the weave of it. I was able to bring both sides down, stitch a row of the alphabet, and complete two bands. I even started another. You can find the pattern HERE.

Every stitch I put into this, I like it more and more. Next week I want to finish the band I started and get another band of letters in.

The other piece I was trying to work on last week was The Rabbit and the Rose from With Thy Needle and Thread. I was frustrated with the linen and had plans to start over. The linen was the called for but I just didn’t like the color for this project.

This linen is Prairie Grass from Seraphim. It’s a good color and matches more closely to the picture on the pattern front. I am using the called for colors. I am really enjoying this piece. There is so much packed into a small piece. I am excited about getting to the flowers and stitching them.

The thread is showing up on the linen and that makes me much happier. You can find the pattern HERE.

The 14th, Valentine’s Day, fell during my stitching week so I took one night and worked on my current Valentine’s project.

The more I stitch on this, the more I really like it. I’m stitching the strawberry. A blog reader gifted me this chart… THANKS so much! I’m enjoying it so much. You can find the pattern HERE.

I love the Nurge brand hoops for little projects like this. I get mine HERE.

I’m hoping that the next time I sit down with this, I might be able to finish it! YAHOO!!

If you have the time or want to fall down a big rabbit hole. Check out THIS PAGE on the Stitchery Nook’s website. They are listing all of the new market release patterns. Right now it’s preorder basis and they will ship in mid-March or so.

So far, my favorite large piece is this…It’s a Teresa Kogut piece. I really like it. It’s pretty stitch-heavy.

Another piece I really like is this one from Running With Needles and Scissors. It’s called HW1852. This has the church hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness”. It’s a favorite hymn of mine. The only thing I don’t like is the open space in the middle left under the verse. Everything is so symmetrical except that. I would put in the flower there. As long as everything else is so symmetrical it seems weird to not have the flower there…almost like she forgot or gave up on the project and didn’t finish it. Anyway…I like that one.

I keep checking back on the page because they keep updating it. Oh my. It just so happens that right about market time when everything has been released, I’ll be home with time to scroll the computer. Oh my. That’s either rotten or perfect timing depending on your perspective. HA!

Go on over to the new release page and let Liz and I know if there is anything you’d like to see us do as a stitch along. I’m always open to suggestions.

I’m off…I’m writing this on Thursday, my day off. There are bird feeders to fill and I need to run to town and do some errands. Take care.

11 thoughts on “Cross Stitch Update”

  1. Oh boy! That piece with the hymn is so pretty. One of my favorite hymns. I agree about that empty spot. Do you suppose it could have been overlooked? That would be so weird though. I’d just like to say thanks, again. Your blog, (and Mary’s) really give me something to look forward to and help me feel like an autonomous woman. With caring for my mom, which I am 100% doing by choice, I have lost a lot of my “me” time. I’m sure all of us here can agree on how important that time is lol. So thanks, Jo, and everyone else who contributes via charity quilting or commenting. You all do more than you know. Have a blessed weekend.

  2. You’ve made some good progress and that’s always encouraging ! I don’t cross stitch any longer because of vision but I love seeing what you’re doing. Have fun scrolling through the new offerings! Such temptation! lol!

  3. Judith Fairchild

    For a very busy lady you get more beautiful pieces done. The one you mentioned that looks like the flower is missing I would put another to match in to keep the piece balanced. I really like the one you’ve almost finished. Very good pieces. I can understand your changing to a different shade of linen on the one with the yellowed linen.

  4. Oh, I love that one from Teresa Kogut too. I’m still working on Nature from last year because it’s stitch heavy too. Maybe if it’s the only piece I get from Market? Thanks for letting us know about the preorders!

  5. Dear Jo, You always have such beautiful pieces going. I’m glad you are feeling well enough to do all that you do. You asked for suggestions, so here I go: Botanical Bees, Liberty Pennies, Ode to Red, Fights of Fancy and Caught in the Swirl. I am sure there are others that would be great also. You amaze me with all that you accomplish. Blessings, Helen Hewell

  6. All of these are just beautiful !
    I keep plugging away, but I am a slow stitcher. You get so much done, and I love seeing it all.

  7. I think that the empty spot on the hymn piece would be a great spot to add a personalization. You wouldn’t have to shift or leave off a motif. Just a thought.

  8. So glad you’re taking the extra time for yourself. We’ll get by with one daily post. Take care and enjoy your stitching!

  9. Great progress on your projects. I like the linen you changed to in The Rabbit.. piece. I agree that it looks like the flower was forgotten in Great if Thy Thankfulness. It could easily be added. So many beautiful pieces to choose from. I finally was able to read yesterday’s post and so glad for you that your diet is going better than before and that Mayo is being proactive.

  10. How about Remember Me from Liz Matthews? It has fresh as spring colors, a sweet verse, and versatility to make a flat piece or 3D tree.

  11. I am in awe of how much you accomplish with all of your many endeavors. I love all of your stitching projects. I believe that we are all so excited for you to take this “me” time and feed “Jo’s” soul which will no doubt speed your recovery. Prayers for your journey!!! Love, Hazel!

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