I had an awesome week cross-stitching. I gave myself permission to quit early all week long and push for a finish on my Anniversaries of the Heart. I knew I wouldn’t get it completely finished but I was going to get as far as I could.
I worked really hard to finish the border and stitch the house. That was my goal for the week. But…I got even further.
The original chart has some bricks, a flower, and other do-dads in the lower right corner of the block. When I followed along with Olivia at Pumpkin Hollow Quilts (find her on Youtube) last year when she was stitching this, she put her dog in her sampler. I thought about it for a long time and decided I kind of liked that idea.
I ended up pulling out this book, Brenda Keyes Ultimate Sampler Motifs Source Book. The book is jam-packed with motifs. There is an entire page of dogs.
I ended up looking and looking through the dog motifs to find the right one in the right size. I came up with one…see it below. The only problem was that the entire dog was stitched as one color. I thought about stitching it all one color and then I thought NO. I’m known for having beagles. I love beagles. Make it a beagle.
So I pulled three colors, Bamboo, Bright Leaf, and Black Coffee, and went to work. This is what I came up with… I love it. It looks like the dog is running which is what all of my dogs do the second they are outside not on a leash.
Around it I put the letters, “G”, “R”, and “R”. That’s for Gracie, Ruby, and Rosie, the three beagles I’ve had. I am so glad I got brave and went for it. I also added in the lighter colored hearts and a do-dad on the right.
This is where the whole piece is at.
I am really hoping to be finished next week. I have a big pot of flowers to stitch. Last night I stayed up and got the pot stitched. Tonight I am hoping to work on the flowers. Then after that, I have to do the last lettering. It’s quite a lot of over one stitching so that might take a couple of nights. I’m getting so close. Each night I tell myself just a few more stitches.
I love-love-love quilting…but, I think I love cross-stitching just as much if not more. I wonder if it’s because cross stitching takes so much more time. Who knows? Whatever it is, I’m so thankful I went back to cross-stitching.
I’m stitching this on Vintage Country Mocha, 40 count, with a variety of flosses. Sometimes it’s a called for. Sometimes it’s a DMC and sometimes it’s just something else I have here.
The only other thing I worked on this week was this…It’s a free chart online.
HERE is a link to this freebie and others from The Stitcherhood. There is a free chart for every season.
You might remember a bit ago I was stitching as I was sitting by a little guy here at childcare in an effort to keep him still and get him to fall asleep at naptime. I had a simple chart I would put a few stitches in as I sat by him. Typically it only took 5-10 minutes. I didn’t get much stitching in but, it did add up and I finished a piece while doing it.
Well, that little guy finally figured out how to get to sleep on his own. That ended my naptime stitching. This week, a little guy here gave up his crib and is learning to sleep on a nap mat. Well lucky me. That means that I get to stitch at naptime again. If I sit by him, he doesn’t try to get up and falls asleep. If you look at the picture above. It took two days and that’s all the stitching I got done.
The next day, two more pumpkins.
I’m not a big fan of the chunky bird so I think I’ll look in the Sampler Motif book and see if there is a bird I like better.
I am stitching this on the same 40 count Vintage County Mocha. It’s leftover from something else I stitched. The piece is super narrow and I prefer a hoop so I’m using this narrow oval hoop I got from Hobby Lobby. It’s perfect for this.
I forgot to tell you what I bought at The Stitchery Nook. I got this chart, Sarah Jackson from The Scarlett House. I am not a fan of the verse…it’s okay but not my favorite. Then I watched The Contented Stitcher on Flosstube. She changed the verse to “Create in me a clean heart oh God and renew a right spirit within me”. I love that verse. So, my plan is to copy the Contented Stitcher.
At the shop they didn’t have the exact linen and the more I looked at it, I didn’t know. I ended up getting this linen instead.
Well, then I got home and put it on this gray linen I have. Hmm. I just don’t know what I want to do.
I’m not ready to stitch it so I’m not going to worry about it yet. I’d love opinions though. What do you all think?
I got the floss for the For the Birds series that I want to stitch. Here are the flosses.
Here are the charts in case you forgot what that was…
I’m excited about this!
I also picked up this chart, Feliz Navidad. I would love to stitch this. Down the road, I’ll pass it on to Karl. He’s a translator and I thought it might be fun for him to have it. The chart is actually pretty small. Something like 6″ x 10″.
I got this chart too. This is one I’ve seen in the past and almost order more than once. Then Judy at Patchwork Times listed it as one she was considering stitching. Then Connie from Country Threads showed her finished one on Instagram. That’s all I needed to push me over the edge.
If I have thread and linen and if I finish Anniversaries of the Heart, I thought about starting this. I know I won’t finish it before Thanksgiving but I’d have a start so next fall I could pick it up and finish it. We’ll see. I don’t have any firm plans right now. I’m made myself a promise to stay as concentrated as I can on the Anniversaries of the Heart.
I picked up a couple of pieces of linen too. These are small scrap-sized.
I’ll likely use these for other small pieces like the Autumn one I’ve been stitching. We’ll see. I mostly have fat quarters in my stash and I hate cutting into them to make a small piece.
That’s what is new with cross stitching…I’m having a ton of fun with it!!
I was intrigued by the book and decided to google it. http://www.thesamplercompany.com/store/Default.asp
The author is a UK designer and love her website. I’m going to purchase the book and probably gift it to a friend who stitches a lot of small ornaments, etc. Thank you.
You asked for our opinion on the linen for the Sarah Jackson project. I like both linens, but I think it would be interesting to see it on the grey linen, especially as the colors of thread are darker, and I think they would still be nicely visible on the grey. Are there others in that series that you would do, and if so would you be handing them together? You might want to have them all with a similar background, or you could do one or more in the grey. Have you done any other projects in grey that you could show us?
Quilter here. I think the stitching would pop on the dark gray. It looks rich to my eye. That’s my non-cross stitcher opinion. Hugs.
I love all this cross stitching! I really need to get something started, but all my sewing is piled high. What is a grandma to do? There are so many wonderful things to do. Reading your blog each day has my crafty juices flowing. God bless you, Jo. You really brighten my day!
I love your Anniversaries of the Heart sampler and I’m so glad you decided to put in a beagle. You did a terrific job. Your work is lovely!
I love how you worked in the beagle. It’s perfect!
And thank you for passing the free chart along to us!
Love and prayers
Your sampler is absolutely stunning! A true work of heart. :-)
I LOVE the beagle on the Anniversaries of the Heart sampler! You did a great job! You are so close to a finish!…that is quite a feat! Keep up the good work…can’t wait to see it finished.
Love your Anniversaries of the Heart sampler and love how you included the beagle. I really need to get that book too as I’m sometimes not happy with just a small portion of a chart. I’m glad I took up cross stitch again but I keep wondering if I’ll ever finish all the charts I’ve recently collected…lol
What size of the 40 ct. Vintage country mocha linen did use on the anniveraries of the heart.
I used a fat quarter. It fit on there fine.
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Love the Beagle– perfect image! I love Beagles too– we had 2 Bingo’s, Buster and Queenie (a mix of Beagle and Bassett hound). So many projects Jo!!!! The Anniversaries, such a special one for you and your families. Kind of like the gray for the other one. Good luck in your race to the finish!!
I know I say it every time, but your Anniversaries of the Heart is sooo beautiful! The Beagle is perfect :-)
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Your doggie is so cute and I love the grey linen!
The beagle was the perfect addition! I don’t know how you get so much accomplished.
I’m not a fan of the gray linen with the colors of floss. Do what makes you happy!
It is snowing here today. I am working on 2 qayg baby quilts. No gowns for me today! I do have a box of hats and gowns almost ready to send.
I too, am not a fan of the gray linen. The Sarah Jackson stitched sample in the pattern just looks monochrome to me. I think the colors would pop more on the linen you bought for it. But to each his own and the look you are going for. I do love your beagle on your Anniversaries of the Heart. It is spot on. As is all of your work!
I love your Anniversaries of the Heart. Great idea with the beagle. I love the gray linen! I’ve done the Autumn, Summer and Winter from The Stitcherhood. I still have the Spring one to do, but I’m biding my time with their July 4th freebie until I get Christmas Tiny Town which is on order.
Love your Anniversaries of the Heart! The dog is so perfect with their letters. You are such an inspiration.
You’ve made such good progress with stitching. The dog is so cute and just looks like a beagle! You have some beautiful future projects too. I’m always amazed how much you accomplish on these projects.
Your Anniversaries of the Heart project is truly amazing….I love that you have personalized it, and adding the beagle was so special! Thanks for telling us about the sampler motifs book….that would be a great addition to the library of anyone who stitches samplers. I am going to check into getting it….
The grey linen would be beautiful! Love your stitching, Im envious that you can stitch on linen especially 40ct Lol !! Have a wonderful week
Your anniversaries cross stitch is so beautiful. I was looking at and thinking about how each tiny stitch was put in with such care.
Also on the Feliz Navidad piece – there are several alphabets – if you made one the Spanish alphabet would it fit? Just a small thought.
I am amazed how close you are to the finish on Anniversaries of the Heart. What would your ❤️ be without your beagle babies, hmm? Perfect!
I picked out a design from a William Morris book to cross stitch, but snatched up a Japanese style moonscape kit on sale while online looking at fabric. I ordered it already.
At the point of quilting one of my UFOs, it is beautiful… I am glad I dedicated this year to UFO projects. After piecing a new backing for it, I pieced an “afterquilt” per Karen Brown at Just Get it Done. WOW, I had enough fabric. Now the new backing is surplused and my UFOs did not reduce in number.
I love quilting AND embroidery.
Oops, I forgot to mention that I sometimes insert a different color thread in my embroidery strand, it makes a subtle tweed variation. I like using thin strands for knitting, and use 3 strands to tweed also.
I have patterns that call for linen. I have no idea of to stitch on it. I use even weave for my projects. How does linen compare to even weave?
Use linen the same way you use even weave. The only difference is that some of the threads you are stitching over and wider or narrower than you are used to if working with evenweave. There is also an occasional “slub” (thicker blob in the linen). It all works out and looks beautiful in the end. Evenweave is a great fabric to stitch on…it has the look of linen but is easier to stitch on.
Love, love, love your beagle and that you personalize your project. This is exactly the kind of thing that I would cherish as a family heirloom.
Love your cross stitching posts. They have inspired me to start cross stitching again. I used to do it all the time back in the 80’s. My only question is, what needles do you feel work the best.?