First off, I’ll tell you how I’m doing on my Heaven and Nature sampler by Teresa Kogut.
When I left you last week, I was here…
I was getting close to a finish but I had to fill in this bottom lower-left corner.
I was really hoping that I would be able to finish it but then as the week went on, I wondered if I would. Stitching the one flower every day on my floral motif sampler is taking more time some of the days than I anticipated. I started to think I wouldn’t finish the sampler this week and oh, I wanted to finish it by Christmas being it was a Christmas sampler. I stitched about a half hour more on Friday and Saturday.
Then about Sunday or so I was scrolling through Instagram and saw this…
This gal had finished her’s. Well, that was the push I needed. On Sunday, I stitched three flowers on my Floral Motif Sampler and decided that the next three days I would concentrate really hard on stitching this.
I told Karl about it all and he said, “Mom. Just take a day and finish it.” Wow. Brilliant idea. I’m off childcare. I’m off grandma care too as so many of the kids are sick or Kalissa was exposed to Covid. Why don’t I just take a day and see if I could finish it?
I know it’s not a race. I just wanted it done to commemorate Christmas…and I like little personal challenges like this.
By Tuesday, I was this far. The deer, flowers, and owl were finished.
I needed to stitch the antlers, star, and funky bird. I sat down at about 2 pm and started stitching. It took over about two hours to stitch the antlers and the star.
Then I went on and stitched the bird. Before I knew it, I put in the very last stitch.
I sent this picture to my kids…all finished.
For you all, I ironed it. Here it is…
The little area I finished this week…
…and here is the whole finished sampler.
This is really a big piece. On 40 count linen it finishes at 14 1/4″ x 18″. There are lots of stitches in this piece.
The giant house and amazing colors are what initially attracted me to this piece. Before I bought the pattern I debated for a long time. I didn’t know if I wanted to put that many stitches into something that would only be up for Christmas. Then I decided I didn’t care. I would keep it up all year. To me, it doesn’t scream Christmas.
The number of color changes in the band of flowers below the house almost did me in…but I persevered. Once stitched, it looks just awesome.
I love the border…
I think Teresa Kogut is one of my favorite designers for a couple of reasons…one of the main is that she uses colors I love…another is that she puts in motifs that I appreciate. Just check out all of the stars in this. Don’t they look like quilt blocks??
I have made a mental note that I love the red color of the house. It is Weeks Dye Works Brick.
In full disclosure, this is not perfectly stitched. I am off here and there in different places but I don’t think a viewer could tell unless I point them out. I’m telling you this so that you might be more willing to give cross-stitch a try knowing it doesn’t need to be perfect to still be beautiful. Somewhere along the right-hand border near the bottom, there is one extra stitch. I knew that early on and then after that, I didn’t use the right border for aligning and placing the next motif, or else the rest of the motifs would be off one stitch.
The more you stitch, the more you learn to fudge. It’s like quilting that way.
I did change the color of the angel’s body. It called for DMC 3864. It didn’t show up on my linen. I ended up using DMC 945.
This was stitched on Vintage Country Mocha linen.
I would say in these finished pictures that it is true to color.
I highly suggest Vintage Country Mocha linen. I love it. The linen isn’t hand-dyed. It’s spray-dyed. That means the mottling of the color on the linen is only on one side of the linen and it means the linen won’t be as blotchy as some hand-dyed linens are. This linen is typically cheaper than other linen too. If you want to stitch this piece, it fits comfortably on a fat quarter of linen. This linen is VERY beginner-friendly.
Can you tell that I’m very excited about this finish?? I really truly am.
I already picked out a frame from The Stitchery Nook. I’m hoping in a bit they will contact me and tell me my Anniversaries of the Heart is finished and all framed. When they do, I’ll take this with me and give them Heaven and Nature to frame. YAHOO! I love that these pieces are getting finished.
Now to my Floral Motif Sampler. Here is where I was last week. Not too far along…
Here is where I was on Sunday after I stitched a couple of extra flowers.
I did extend the black border on the left side…
I’ve gotten into a habit that every time I use black thread, rather than putting the leftover back into my floss-away bag, I leave the needle threaded and put that thread into the border.
The border is easy to stitch but still kind of boring to stitch. This helps break up the task of having to stitch the whole thing.
After I stitched the basket in the photo below I used the rest of the thread in the border…and did that again when I stitched the bird.
I am really enjoying this piece. The linen I’m stitching with is Picture this Plus Vellum. I love it and will definitely be on the hunt for another piece as I’d love to stitch with it again.
I stitched on this Wednesday night and this is where I ended the week.
To keep up with my plan, I needed to have 13 flowers finished but I’m a little further along than that…which is good. A few of the upcoming flowers are really big and might take more than one evening.
I’ve had a lot of fun getting emails from a couple of you who are stitching this along with me. They have been sending their progress. It’s so fun to see!!
I haven’t decided for sure what I’m stitching on next being Heaven and Nature is finished. You might remember me telling you about having a new start in the new year. I do plan on doing that but haven’t given that more thought lately as I was so focused on finishing Heaven and Nature.
I watched a Lori Holt floss tube and she mentioned starting something on Christmas and then stitching on it the 25th of every month. That sounded like a great idea so then I considered that…that would be another new start.
Then I was thinking about doing a Sunday Stitch starting in the New Year, that would be another new start.
Then I was thinking about starting something and joining in the Blackbird Weekend Stitch Along. That entails stitching on any Blackbird Designs chart the first weekend of every month.
OH MY! I’ve been working so hard to finish projects, I don’t know if I want to start that many. I’ll think about it all but in the meantime. This girl is going to sew. I’ve spent enough time with cross-stitch and am dying to hit the sewing room…but you can bet, once I’m there I will be debating my “what cross stitch project to start” dilemma. My heart is really in both places.