I didn’t get much stitching done this week. If you’ve been reading the blog you know that I’ve had family here a lot. More about that in tomorrow’s post.
If you missed them, I did take time and completely finished two things I previously stitched. There was this little pillow…
Read more about it HERE.
I also finished this Lizzie Kate project. I mounted it onto a basket from Goodwill. Read about it HERE if you missed it.
I have a goal to keep finishing projects that are stitched but not completely finished.
I started on my Floral Motif Sampler. If you remember, this is the one I am stitching to mark my cancer journey. I’m trying to stitch one flower every day. Kalissa was worried that I was making too big of a commitment but I assured her that I didn’t think I was. So far, I’m ahead. As of writing this, I should have three flowers finished for sure.
I did run into some trouble. See the flower in the upper corner? The basket is supposed to be the dark brown with the white you see in the picture below. Well, the white didn’t really show up so I grabbed another color.
At the time… I hadn’t started stitching the flowers. I only had the brown and green stem stitched. I thought I’d grab a tan instead not realizing that the flower was yellow/gold. I’m not happy with the basket now. I think I’m going to rip out the tan color in the basket. I think it steals the impact of the pretty gold flower.
Kelli told me to keep stitching and see what I think later.
That same white is used in other places in the sampler. The two white flowers in the basket below…
The white flower you see below too.
I know some people like “ghost” stitching. I’m not a fan. I’m trying to figure out what I’ll do in those flowers. Hmm. Any suggestions? The white just doesn’t show up on my linen.
I did change my linen. I did have the called for Prairie Grass by Seraphim but I put a few stitches in it and the linen is a little see-through compared to what I like. I’m used to stitching on Picture this Plus linen and Vintage Country Mocha. Both are very forgiving and not see-through. I ended up switching my linen to Picture this Plus Vellum. I love it! Just don’t love that I can’t see the white thread.
I ended up with another issue. See the red flower with the black edge around it? See the stem is green? The color on the left is Apple Cider. It’s the color called for on the stem. I ended up picking a green with touches of gold instead. It’s called Loden. I ended up liking it.
These are all common issues when stitching and they are easily fixed. It’s not a big set back and I’m still thrilled to be stitching this. I am going to try to get a little more border stitching done. Having that done really helps me double-check the placement of the flowers. Plus I always sigh a HUGE sigh of relief once the border is around and finished.
Thankfully this has been an easy border to memorize and stitch. I’m hoping to take a day this weekend and give myself a little extra stitching time to do some more work on it.
I’m not far but I sure am loving this!!
I know several of you are stitching along with me. Feel free to send me pictures of your progress and I’ll share them here. I’d love to see how you’re doing.
Now…to my Heaven and Nature project by Teresa Kogut. I am loving this too. I did not get that long row of flowers under the house finished. I have two more done…two more left to go.
There are a few do-dad greenery pieces I need to stitch on the previous flowers but I’m getting closer and I’m thankful for that.
I have one corner left. Slow and steady wins the race they say…
I need to stitch everything in the picture below into that empty space…just in reverse. I really think if I have about 10 days, I could get this finished. Hmm. Do I dare make Christmas Day my goal to have this finished?? For sure I’d like to have it done by the end of the month.
That would be so great going into the new year and having this one finished.
I think my favorite part of this sample is that raccoon and the flower next to it. So cute.
I had a blog reader ask me where they could find this sampler. I’m sure there are many places. At this point, I would probably go to the designer, Teresa Kogut’s, Etsy site. You can find that HERE.
If I look at the calendar right now and make a prediction on if I’ll get stitching time this next week, I’d say it looks pretty promising. But, you’ve all read my blog and know my family. It’s all a crapshoot. No prediction from me on what I’ll accomplish.
I am going to make a goal of finishing that row of flowers and starting on the Christmas tree.