Last week I answered a few questions here about cross-stitch. I have another quick one for you today.
“One more cross-stitch question. I know that cross stitch fabric frays and that you have finished yours, possibly with a Serger. I don’t own a Serger so should I zig-zag the edges or glue them, which I think I did in years past when I cross-stitched?”
Lots of fabric comes serged. If it doesn’t and it’s a small piece of leftover fabric I don’t worry about it. With the amount of time it takes me to finish a small project, I have it done before it frays. For large long-term projects, I zig-zag if the pieces aren’t already serged. If your machine only has straight stitch, just stitch around the piece several times. It will all be okay. I don’t recommend glue or tape. Residue from it is likely not acid-free so it could affect your piece down the road.
Now to my Floral Motif Sampler.
Here is where I was last week…
I decided that I needed to tackle one of the big flowers. I’ve been putting the big flowers off as I know they will take longer than one day to stitch. But…it was time to tackle one. I stitched as long as I could one night and got this far on the first one.
I next day I sat down and watched Olivia from Pumpkin Hollow Quilts latest floss tube and finished the flower, extended the border, and stitched the tiny flower.
Speaking of Olivia at Pumpkin Hollow Quilts, if you go to Youtube and watch her latest video, she did a segment about the frame she uses for cross stitch. I thought some of you who are interested in learning about the different methods of cross stitch might enjoy watching that.
The next night, I had wanted to stitch the initials and year but I looked in the chart and couldn’t find an alphabet. UGH. I wonder if it’s an oversight or if the chart really didn’t include a chart for the alphabet. Can anyone who is stitching this with me tell me if there is a page with the alphabet?
This is the area that I worked on this week.
I did a little bit of calculations. I think the flower right above the “0” in 2022 is the middle or halfway point. I’m almost there!!
Next week I hope to get this area filled in so then I will be officially at the halfway point.
Every day that I stitch on this I love it more and more. I don’t know if that’s because it means I’m getting closer to the end of my treatment time or because the piece is coming to life so much more. Whatever it is, I love it! I’m so pleased I got the idea to stitch this to mark my cancer journey.
So this is where I ended for the week.
I won’t get much stitching time this week. I’ll be in the hospital for a bit of the time and no stitching then…shucks. I told myself once I’m home I should just take a whole day and stitch…I think I might.
2022 snuck in here between this week and last week’s cross-stitch update so here’s the question…did I do a new year, new start?? The answer is…YES but no.
I had shown pieces I was considering in a blog post a couple of weeks ago. I loved all of your input and several of you did pick the same piece that I picked. My start will be (drum roll please…)
a Barbara Ana Design, All Creatures Great and Small. I have loved this. I bought it before I had any idea I could even stitch on 40 count linen. It was my goal to someday be able to stitch. I made a tiny start on it but not so much I wouldn’t call it a new start.
Here is a closer picture of it…
This has some new elements for me. I’ll be stitching with Anchor floss. I’ve not done that before.
I’ve said that I really want to focus on things that are meaningful to me and this one hits that. We are a farm family. We are a family of believers. I don’t plan any personalization with this, besides that center, I’ll put my initials and the year I finish it which I hope to be 2022.
I look at my New Year, New Start as a commitment that by the time the next year rolls around, 2023, this piece will be stitched. I can drag it out all year or I can sit down and stitch it all at once.
As I look at it I’ve thought that it’s almost divided into four layers. I could stitch one layer each quarter. I’ve read or listened to people who have stitched this piece that the green hill with the animals in the bottom center is the hardest to stitch. I’ve thought about stitching that first. Hmm. There are so many options.
I do know that I’ve seen several people switch out the pink barn color to a red. Lori Holt and Cynthia from Stitching in the Light have both done that I will be doing that as well. I haven’t committed to a new red but I will be.
I’m happily stitching on Vintage Country Mocha 40 count linen. It’s my long-time favorite so feel super comfortable with that.
I have no plans to put everything else down and jump with two feet into this project. My Floral Motif Sampler is my priority and after that, I’ll likely pick up A Changed World. After those two are finished, this will be front and center. I hope to stitch a night or two here on and there on this in-between it all.
Many of you voted that you thought this should be my New Year New Start. I was so tempted. I do hope to get to this one in 2022 as well. It’s a favorite of mine.
Thanks so much to all of you for putting in suggestions and comments for my new start. I know many of you watch my progress and cheer me along. Thanks for that.
Last week I mentioned a possible stitch along. That will be happening. I’m working out the details and will let you all know as soon as I know more. I can’t wait. It should be lots of fun.
I’ll catch up with all next Friday for my next cross stitch update.