I was changing some decorations around. I finally went to the basement and got the box of Valentine decorations. It was a small box as I don’t have a lot but in there were three Valentine cross stitch pieces that I made last year.
It made me so happy to put them out in my dough bowl.
These were all freebies. I stitched the Valentine with the lace in 2020 but finished making it into a pillow last year. I think it was a Lizzie Kate design. HERE is the link for that one. The other two are from Primitive Hare…also freebies. You can find them HERE. For those, you will need to scroll through the page to find them.
Well, that got me thinking that I don’t have any cross stitch pieces in my piece on the dining room table, alas. Then I remember that I’m really not focused on stitching anything right now. I’m kind of all over the place floundering. So…wouldn’t that be a perfect time to squeeze in a few other small Valentine pieces??
So Friday after Gannon went home, I pulled out a Valentine freebie from Hello from Liz Mathews. You can find the chart HERE. I sat down and started stitching. I watched one floss tube while I stitched. I got this far.
That evening I sat down to stitch again. I got to my stitching chair at about 7:15 pm. I started stitching and before I knew it, I had stitched it. This will be turned into a pillow.
I had more time so I pulled out another freebie. This one was from Hands on Design. They have lots of Valentine freebies. You can find “Love you More” HERE. This will become a pillow too.
Can you believe the same night I pulled yet another one to start?? This one is also a freebie from Plum Street Samplers. You can find this freebie HERE.
I stitched until I was out of thread…it was about 9:55 pm and I decided that was a good spot to stop for the night. Right now when you look at what I stitched, it looks like it’s going to say 1930 something. It won’t. The 3 will become an 8…for 1986, the year Kramer and I got married. I’m a little nervous to do the sewing on this to turn it into a stocking but…I’m not going to fret and just do it.
Well…the next night I sat down to stitch and ugh. My plans changed. I didn’t leave enough room for this to be a stocking. AHH!! See the bird and the toe end of the stocking?? There is not enough room.
I took the piece out of the hoop and realized what I did. I started stitching from the wrong orientation. I should have started at the left and stitched down to the right. BLAH. Then I looked closer and decided that I was just going to make it into an ornament instead. It’s no biggie. I have some keys and will likely attach a key to the bottom. It will all work.
After that revelation, I stitched this one…it is another Hands on Design Freebie. You can find the freebie HERE.
My weekend goal is to get all of these finished and in my decor to enjoy. Hopefully, they will all come together okay.
I know I’m not going to have a chance to enjoy these a lot this year but…I remember how happy I was to open the box this year and have these to put out. Next year, I’ll have that same joy…totally worth it!
I also stitched on A Changed World. Here is where I was last week… My goal was to get the border done so I could take it with me the next time I go to The Stitchery Nook and get a frame ordered.
I got over to the right side and UGH. I am one thread off. Hmm. I’m so frustrated. I looked all along the right side and don’t see anything wrong. I decided to fill in the white flowers on that side with the hope that maybe as I stitched in the flowers, I might catch the error. Nope. I didn’t find it. Now I am going to REALLY inspect the left side and see if I can find the error.
To be honest, even if I do find it, I don’t know if I’ll go back and fix it. Being it’s only one thread, I can easily fudge that and no one will know. I would like to find the error though so I don’t use whatever side it’s on as a reference point to start any other stitching.
This is where I ended. I never did find the one thread that I am off. It’s okay.
Remember I wrote my blog post about learning to fudge and that I don’t stitch perfectly…this piece is going to be another example of something stitched that’s not perfect!! If you missed my post on fudging, you can find it HERE.
I ended up pulling out my All Creatures Great and Small. Here is where I was with that last week…
I stitched a bit more on this. The color in the bottom photo is terrible. Everything is more colored as in the photo above. Now I’m at the point where I need to decide on the red color. The called for red is a little pinkish. I have seen Lori Holt and Cynthia for Stitching in the Light both change the red to more of a red than a pink/red. I messaged Cynthia and she used Anchor 20. Lori Holt used DMC 347.
This is Anchor 20.
This is DMC 347.
My house is more antique-y so I decided to go with the Anchor 20…so I ordered some. I’ll just stitch on something else while I wait for that floss to come.
That color will be used in the barn and on the flowers on the outer border.
Here is where I left off on All Creatures Great and Small…
I didn’t get a lot done but some progress each week is all I’m looking for. Little by little, I’ll get a finish.
I debated about stitching something that was one-colored as Colorado Stitcher is hosting a Winter Cross-Stitch Camp. People who want to participate are supposed to stitch a project that only uses one color. The goal is to start in on the 1st and finish it on the 28th. I ended up not starting anything, yet. I have a project in mind…just haven’t started, but now it’s late enough that I don’t know if I will.
This coming weekend is “Blackbird Weekend”. Many stitchers work on a Blackbird Design piece over that weekend. I have one piece that has a tiny little start on it and I think I am going to pick that back up and commit to stitching it the first weekend of every month. I’d love to get some progress on that as I have a goal to stitch that over 2022.
Oh, my word…I think I need to put some type of limit on myself. Only this popped up too…
Remember I told you my daughter Kayla caught the stitching bug?? Well, did she ever. She ended up ordering this pattern and the things to make it. This is Consider the Lilies by Heartstring Samplery. This piece is HUGE…and very densely stitched. So…Kayla is wondering if I wanted to stitch along with her.
I do…but oh my. This is a bigg-en. I’ve always wanted to have this one stitched. It is on my bucket list. I actually have the threads already…so, I think I’m going to stitch it. The called for is 28 count but I think I’ll be stitching on my tried and true 40 count. Being the piece is so big, I would rather stitch on 40 count as I don’t have the wall space for something huge and it would be huge if I stitched it on 28 count.
Happily, Kayla is new to cross stitch so maybe I can keep up with her?? We’ll see. I’m making no commitment to have this stitched in 2022…hopefully I can finish it sometime in 2023 though.
I so enjoyed stitching on The Floral Motif and this reminds me of it a bit although there is more symmetry in this one.
I hate having too many projects going so hopefully I can buckle down on A Changed World and finish that being that is the closest project to a finish.
Who knows…all of my plans might change before the next week. I’m not one who is good with keeping my cross-stitch plans.