I was a busy stitcher this week. I worked on several different projects. It was so fun after last week the only project I worked on was A Changed World. Before I get to what I stitched I have a cross-stitch question.
“When I search the 123Stitch website for Vintage Mocha Linen there are other choices. I understand the stitch count but there are choices between Edinburgh, Cashel, and Belfast. Can you tell me the difference and which you prefer?”
When I first started stitching this confused the heck out of me. Once it was explained to me, it was easy. Here goes…
28 count linen is also known by the name Cashel
32 count linen is also known by the name Belfast
36 count linen is also known by the name Edinburgh
40 count linen is also known by the name Newcastle
The names are just another way of identifying the count. I could say, “I prefer to stitch on 40 count linen.” Or I could say “I prefer to stitch on Newcastle linen.”
Both sentences mean the same thing.
“I love your wall. I am a long-time fan of your blog and you inspired me to start cross stitching again after many years of not cross-stitching. I would love to learn how to cross stitch on linen but am pretty scared to try as my eyes might not like that fabric. Do you have any suggestions for a smaller project that I could try the linen fabric? Thank you”
The Blessed stitch along that we are doing would be perfect…you can still get kits from The Stitchery Nook. HERE is the link.
Heart in Hand has some small cute charts. You can check them out with this link. I would start with something small that is pillow or ornament-sized. HERE is a link to some of their charts. I think Stacy Nash has some pieces that are smaller but she’s more primitive. It really matters what your style is.
“Love your wall! Every time you post about cross stitch, I end up buying more charts. Looks like we have very much the same taste. I now have more than I can stitch in years!”
HA. It’s a problem for many of us. I was watching Brenda and Laura from Brenda and the Serial Starter on Flosstube the other day and the two of them said, collecting charts and cross stitch goodies vs stitching the cross stitch chart are really two different things. I saw Judy at Patchwork Times say that as well. I totally agree. Here is my example…
I am completely and totally in love with this chart. It’s Rachel Howells from The Scarlett House.
The red color is amazing. It’s just great. It’s a reproduction sampler so it’s a little funky..but so fun. That border, that border, that border. I just loved it so much. What a great red! I love the green partnered with it. What great colors. In my dreams, I want to stitch it. Will I ever stitch it? Maybe. Maybe not. But, I bought the chart. I have taken the chart to bed with me looking at it and studying it on three different occasions already. If I see someone stitching it on Instagram I pull the chart out and look at it all over again. If I am stitching a different chart and need a different green color, I might remember this green, pull the chart out to see the name of this color, and pull it to use in my other project. I truly think there is more to a chart than just stitching it. But…someday, I just might stitch it. Yet I have a chart with no immediate intentions of stitching it. Is that wrong? I don’t think so.
I decided I’m not going to worry about having a few more charts than I’m able to stitch because I totally enjoy charts for more than just stitching. They are almost like a book to me. Besides, there is a Facebook group called Stash Unload Cross Stitch Only and people sell preowned cross stitch stuff on there all the time. There is an outlet for it should I even not want the chart anymore.
Now to what I was busy stitching. I told you last week that I was so close to a finish on A Changed World but then ran out of the color Raven. Because I was out of the thread and was waiting for it to come in the mail, I decided to grab my All Creatures Great and Small by Barbara Ana.
On my All Creatures Great and Small by Barbara Ana, I was here when you last saw it…
I decided that I didn’t want to leave the tedious part for the end…meaning the leaves around the border. So, I was on border patrol. It’s not exciting to stitch an easy repetitive border like this but…It is great to do if there is a television show I am into and don’t need to concentrate a lot on what I’m stitching. I added the wavy brown line of the border to make it around the right corner. I added leaves across the top from the barn and to the right.
I added Adam and the do-dads to his left. I started a gray cat but it’s not finished.
For a long time, I was worried I wasn’t keeping up with my commitment to this. I wanted this top row finished by the end of March. I’m not that far but I can see if work on it this week, I’ll be a lot closer. I hope to push this to my focus piece and stitch on it pretty heavily from now until Good Friday when I start A Saviour’s Praise.
It wasn’t exciting stitching this week but it’s stitching I’m super happy to have finished.
I hung a shelf in my living room and the shelf looks SUPER bare so I decided to pull a small project to stitch. I decided to treat myself and stitch something new from the cross stitch Market. In this Blackbird Design book…
was this…A Heart Remembers.
I’ve wanted to stitch this little pillow for a long time. I even tried to buy the chart from some crook. I didn’t know it was a crook at the time…UGH. It happened because the chart was out of print and really hard to find. The chart was in the book released at Needlework Market so I grabbed the book immediately.
I pulled some thread and a scrap of fabric and started stitching. I really got quite a lot done. I had kids here this week providing some backup childcare for my neighbors. So as I tried to get their little one to sleep, I sat by her and stitched. The stitching was successful but getting her to nap was not.
I am stitching this on 40 count Heartland by Picture This Plus.
Here is a good laugh for you. This is the shape of my piece.
I’m using the thread called Pea Coat from Weeks Dye Works.
Another reason I started this was that I’ve had several people ask why I use a combo of crushed walnuts and poly-fil when I make my little pillows. I thought I would put a video together so you can see how I stuff pillows.
I finally got stitching on my Blessed Stitch Along piece. My fabric is Picture this Plus Ale 40 count. I’m really enjoying this so far. I’m so glad you are stitching along. I told you last week we started a Facebook Group for the stitch along. You can find it HERE. I’ve had so much fun seeing your progress. I’m so happy Judy suggested that we do this. As bloggers, it’s so hard for Judy and me to interact with you. This had been so fun for both of us.
Just look at that dark orange pumpkin. This is why I like variegated thread.
I was stuck here as I was out of thread last week.
I was so bummed but was finally able to get the Raven thread I was missing.
I stayed up a little later one night and finished it up. YAHOO!! I’m just thrilled to have it finished.
We started it together on August 1st. I finally got mine finished.
I have the frame for it and hope to get it framed over the weekend. I am so excited to have it framed.
Kelli was home this week and brought her stitching to share. She is stitching His Eye Is on the Sparrow. It’s HUGE. It’s a Heartstring Samplery chart. It’s looking so good and lucky her, her border met up.
One more thing before I go, I filmed a video this week when I was trimming up my A Changed World piece. The video shows how I cut linen so it stays on the grain. Here is the video. Feel free to push play and watch.
I don’t know how many of you will find it interesting but thought I’d share as long as I was cutting the linen.
Today is the 25th so I am pulling a Christmas project and will be stitching on it tonight as part of the 25th stitch along where people stitch on a Christmas piece each 25th of the month in the hopes of having something finished by Christmas. I’ve had fun with this so far and hope to again. I don’t have anything kitted and don’t even know what I’m going to stitch next. I hope I can make a decision quickly so I don’t get bogged down and waste my stitching time.
Stop by next week and see what I picked to stitch.
..and one more thing. I have the details for the retreat and will be sharing them on Wednesday morning here on the blog. It will be July 28-31 at the Stitchery Nook in Osage Iowa but for the rest of the details, you’ll have to stop back on Wednesday. See you then.