Cross Stitch Update

I didn’t get a lot of stitching done on the weeknights but did get quite a bit of time over the weekend.

I’m really getting the want to push and get A Changed World finished.  I am going to hosting the Blessed Stitch Along starting on March 1st.  I have so many other projects going on…it would just be nice to have one more finished.  I’m not a girl that likes too many projects going.

This is where I left off with A Changed World by The Scarlett House.  This is stitched on 40 count Vintage Meadow Rue by Lakeside.

I’ve been working on that row of houses near the church…

Last week I only had a start on the church.  This week it is finished, the tree is stitched, the house stitched and athte grass below them is all stitched.

Every time a few more stitches get in this, I get more and more excited.  For a bit, I had lost interest.  It was easy for me to set it aside when I worked on Anniversaries of the Heart last fall.  Now…this is the piece I really want to stitch and get done.

Here is the ending picture for the week.  It’s starting to look like I might get this finished someday.  Fingers crossed.

This is where I left off with… All Creatures Great and Small by Barbara Ana Design.  This is stitched on the called for Vintage Country Mocha with the called for Anchor thread.

I was in a push to get that barn stitched.  You might remember that I decided to replace the called for barn color that was a little pink colored with Anchor #20.  I originally saw Cynthia from Stitching in the Light on Youtube do that…then I saw CarolCrago on Instagram switch to a darker color of red and I knew for sure I wanted to do that.  Here is her’s.

Oh my…that’s an inspiration to keep stitching on this and to use the darker red.  I love it!!

If you’re an Instagrammer, Carol is the perfect person to follow.  I just love her work and if you’re looking for a floss tube, I love Cynthia from Stitching in the Light.

So where did I get on mine…This far.  Not too far at all.  I only had an hour to stitch one night on this over the week and all I got done was this much fill-in on the barn.

Not a lot of progress but I only had one short evening to stitch.  I’m having company over the weenend.  Buck’s kids are coming.  So I am saving this for then.  If I need to sit with one of the kids to get them to fall asleep, filling the barn in will be the perfect thing to do.

If you read a blog post earlier this week, you might know that our daugther, Kayla, was home and we started out Consider the Lillies piece by Beth Twist of Heartstring Samplery.
I stitched on this on both Saturday and Sunday.  Much of my stitching time went into this.

If given my own devises, I wouldn’t have started this as I have other things going but being Kayla wanted to stitch it, I wanted to join her.  It’s always been on my list to stitch it.  In fact, I had the floss and chart already here.

My sister came for a visit on Tuesday.  It’s been a long time since we’ve been able to visit.  She has five kids and over 20 grandchildren-10 of hers have graduated from high school so are on the dating scene.  I have five kids and 9 grandchildren.  We are both so busy keeping up with our families that we don’t get time to keep up with each other!!

Anyway, she was curious about my cross-stitching.  I showed her what I was stitching and what I’d already stitched.  I showed her the cute tin of Anchor floss Kayla got for me…This one.

Then I showed Judy this cross stitch…A Saviour’s Praise by Shakespeare’s Peddlar (find it HERE).  She loved it.  I told her I was starting it on Good Friday with Judy at Patchwork Times.

A Saviour's Praise by Shakespeare's PeddlerMy sister, Judy, hemmed and hawed.  She was a cross-stitcher back in the day.  She is really tempted by this chart.  I just might talk her into cross-stitching again.  Hmm.  We’ll see.  She took a picture of the chart with her camera so I’m hopeful that maybe that means she’ll go home and order the chart…

I had a fun haul at the thrift store.  There was a bag of floss. It said $1.50 on it.  I was in a big hurry and quickly looked at it.  I flipped the bag over and on the opposite side, it said “silk”.  I looked again.  Yes.  This was silk floss for cross stitching.  I would love to grow a collection of silk for projects so this was perfect.

This isn’t a brand that most cross stitchers use but I can imagine myself using a piece on the occasion when I don’t have the particular silk that is called for.

It was well worth the $1.50.  If they’d have had more, I would have bought it too.  But…I’m going to be thankful for this.

My goal for the week is to focus most of my time on A Changed World.  I really want to get that one finished and up on my wall.  I ordered a frame and I’ll be lacing and framing that myself once a frame gets here and once I have the stitching done.  I can’t wait…

Other good news, Liz from The Stitchery Nook contacted me.  She has my “Heaven and Nature” laced…next up she’ll get it in the frame and then I can go pick it up.  I have my fingers crossed that she’ll call before she’s off to the Needlework Market in early March.  I can’t wait to have another piece on my wall.

14 thoughts on “Cross Stitch Update”

  1. Judith Fairchild

    You are doing grat on all your projects. Good! I’m glad you’re feeling so much better. Continued prayer for you.

  2. These are so inspiring! Question- the baskets near the top of the Changed World are different colors.. is that intended as part of the changing world? I may need to dust off my cross stitching skills…..

    1. Trish, that is a mistake. I accidentally used yellow. I’ve been debating about whether to pull the stitching out and restitch it.

  3. Nice progress! I’m so excited about the cross-stitch along! I received my kit yesterday in the mail, as well as my hoop and needles. I’ve never stitched on linen so I’m a little nervous, but I’m ready to give it a try. Thank you and Judy for this inspiration!

  4. I have to admit that watching the work you’re doing (and Judy over at Patchwork Times) I’m VERY tempted!
    Have a few projects we need to get done first. Painting the entire rock fireplace (it’s the ugly semi-flat lava rock type) with a paintbrush! Can’t roll it with all the cracks & crevices. It measures 8 feet long & top to bottom goes from 8 feet on the right to over 10 feet on the left. Must get it done before Tuesday – the workman puts in our new woodstove insert then. Can’t wait!

  5. Jo, you got a steal on the Kreinik thread. It is manufactured close to me in Parkersburg, WV. I took a tour one time and it is used on so many costumes in movies and TV. (Historical, queens, kings, etc.) This is not plain old thread. Very pricey.
    I love to quilt and applique the best. I bought a couple of cross stitch kits but leary of starting. It’s changed from the 80’s. I have the hymn kits and The Stables at Hollyberry Farm.
    Keeping you in my prayers, God is good.

  6. Should have my kit soon anxious as have never done this so hope all goes well please leave tutorials on site so we can look back Pat

  7. Jo you may have mentioned this in a previous post, do you use a hoop when you stitch, your stitching is beautiful and so are the patterns you choose. I’ve been inspired and have begun buying sampler charts and floss. I’m just getting back into cross stitch after 25 years of quilting. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself and your family. I enjoy reading your blogs so much.

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