Make sure to read to the bottom of the post. I have some fun news…
I know, these opening pictures don’t make it look like this is a cross-stitch update. It is though.
Check out my tin of thread. It was a treat from Kayla. She was so sweet and went to the JoAnn’s in Dubuque and I was finally able to get Anchor floss on spools.
If you remember, I had wanted to stitch A Savior’s Praise. That is this piece.
It called for Anchor floss. I could have ordered the floss online in skeins but I wanted to try it on spools. It’s only available on spools from JoAnn’s but none of the JoAnn’s I’ve been to has it. Everyone told me that is only available in the large JoAnn’s. I had gone to three and none had it.
Then one day Kayla was talking to me on the phone while she was driving to Dubuque, Iowa. I asked her if she would stop and see if her JoAnn’s had the thread. She was happy to stop. I texted her my list of threads. A few days later they arrived in the mail. She sent them all in this cute-cute vintage tin.
Look how perfectly the spools all fit. The big black spool was too tall. It fits perfectly laying on it’s side. It’s all so cute.
That has made me want to start on this project but I’m holding off for a bit yet. I want my Floral Motif Sampler finished before I seriously think about anything else.
Check what came in my mail…Hmm. I didn’t order anything. Do see it’s from The Stitchery Nook? Hmm.
I opened it up and inside…a gift certificate from a blog reader. Oh my. I was all teary eyed again. All of you have been so sweet to me. I’ll be using the gift certificate towards framing.
Speaking of framing…
Just minutes before I had to turn my phone off last Friday as I was admitted to the hospital, The Stitchery Nook called and said my Anniversaries of the Heart was finished and I could pick it up.
I was out of isolation as of yesterday for adults so I went over and picked up my framed piece. YAHOO!! I love it and will show that off to you in another post.
I can’t wait to show the piece off to all of you! I’m so excited for this!!
Something else I’m excited about.
I was talking to Lori, the volunteer quilt finisher, and we were talking about magnifiers for cross stitching. She asked what I recommended and I told her I really don’t use a magnifier. I use my glasses from Zenni. I have a prescription on top and 3.5 readers on the bottom.
I told her that many floss tubers were saying they use 4.0 readers. Well…that was interesting to me as I thought I could use a stronger reader than the 3.5 but Zenni doesn’t allow anything stronger.
I looked 4.0 readers up on Amazon. They had them for $13 for 5 pairs. Hmm. That was worth the risk to me so I bought some. HERE is the link.
The glasses came and they are so cute!!
Check out the cute bows.
So I thought I would give them a try…and I love them. I have to wear them like this (over my regular glasses) but I don’t mind a bit. I can see better.
Seriously…a game changer. If you are worried about not seeing your stitching or wanting a magnifier, I totally recommend giving these a try. For $13 it’s worth the risk to try.
Now onto my stitching…Here is where I was last week…
I didn’t get to stitch on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday so Sunday when I got home, I had some stitching to make up for. They didn’t allow me to take my stitching with when I was in the hospital.
Remember I’m trying to stitch one flower a day? Well, that left me at Sunday needing to stitch four flowers.
Being I knew I was going to The Stitchery Nook, I decided that if I got the border stitched on this, I could get it measured and a frame could be ordered. From now on, I think that’s going to be my plan. Stitch borders, take it to be measured, and then finish stitching it so that once I’m finished with it, I can take it back and that frame will likely be ready by then. Liz said that some moldings for frames have been taking a couple of months to arrive.
I was happily stitching along and then something looked wrong.
Darn. See the “X” next to the hoop.
I had to rip it all out. Thank heavens I caught it early.
I got it around the corner and that was really all I needed.
For flower stitching, my goal was to get to the halfway point. I think the yellow flower in the center bottom is the middle. Everything above that got stitched…
and everything to the right.
I just love this big red flower.
Aren’t these colors fabulous??
I’m really happy with this and love how it’s coming along. This is my ending picture…
My goal is to work on the upper right-hand corner. My overall goal is to have this finished by Valentine’s Day. I know that it’s doable.
Now for the exciting news. I worked on some plans with the gals at The Stitchery Nook. We decided on a chart to stitch for a stitch along. The designer is a local gal…Waxing Moon Designs.
Here is the chart…We’ll stitch the piece on the bottom left that says “Blessed”. It’s a fall-themed piece that we’ll have plenty of time to stitch to have it ready for fall.
Liz was going to work on getting the kits ready and on their website. I’ll let you know when they are available. It will be available it different sizes of linens as well as 14 count Aida. If you are new to stitching, we’ll do everything we can to help make this a successful project for you. If you are an Aida stitcher and want to move to linen, we’ll do what we can to help with that too. This is TOTALLY a beginner project and we all will tap into our patience to help everyone along. Judy at Patchwork Times volunteered to play along so the two of us and the gals at the Stitchery Nook all are on board to help you through the process of learning…and if you’re a pro, you can stitch along at your own pace. I’ll do a tutorial or video to help you see how I finish my pillow too.
We’ll try to start on March 1st…Watch for more details. I’ll let you all know when the website is live and you can order.
Another exciting thing…
A retreat is on. It will be from July 21-24th. (EDIT: STOP THE PRESSES. WE JUST REALIZED THE NICER HOTEL IN TOWN IS COMPLETELY BOOKED. WE’RE GOING TO CHECK FOR ANOTHER DAY!!)
IT’S OFFICIAL. THE DATES ARE JULY 28-31ST. The hotel is available then. More details to come. There will be space for about 40. 15 can stay at the retreat center and the rest will have to find hotels in the area or if you live in the area, you are welcome to drive. We have a few more details to iron out before we can open it for registration. I just wanted you all to have the dates so you can see if that would work for you. This will be open to anyone…new stitchers, old stitchers, learning stitchers.
I do want to note that I don’t know anyone who is coming…I’ll be there by myself with no “friend”, so don’t be afraid to come on your own too.
So…that’s the cross stitch news from my house. I’ll share more news as I know it…and I’ll share those newly framed cross stitch pieces with you over the next few days.