I had a busy week with cross-stitch.
First off I spent a little time early in the week putting things together with Liz from the Stitchery Nook putting the final things together for the cross stitch retreat so we could get registration opened up. Several of you had contacted me as you were looking ahead at your calendars hoping to squeeze in a retreat over the summer. Everything is together and sign up for the retreat has started. You can read all about that HERE. We are so excited for you to come.
I had a question come in from a blog reader Liz:
“What is the difference between using DMC threads vs. the threads I’ve seen you using on the linen?”
The threads I use are typically called over dyed thread. The company gets thread and then dyes it a second time to get variegate colors. Can you see the pumpkin with the “B” on it? You can see the color of the thread? Notice that it is not one solid color. I wouldn’t be able to describe the color using one word. I might say it’s a lighter orange and variegated to a burnt orange color.
Some threads show more color variations than others. Notice the “L”. That is also an overdyed floss but I don’t notice the change in colors as much. That’s typical of overdyed floss.
If you were stitching with DMC floss there is no color variation. It would all be the same shade of orange throughout each pumpkin.
Overdyed floss is more expensive. It’s harder to find…I like it better though. I like the variation in the colors. I think it makes the pieces look more vintage and give them more depth.
I do want to note that I still often use DMC though. Often time designers will call for overdyed floss and it’s only needed for 20 stitches within the piece. That is silly to pay for the expensive floss in those cases. Then I use the DMC.
Some designers make patterns that call for DMC thread or Anchor (which is also not variegated). In those cases, I use the called for floss. I am using Anchor floss for my All Creatures Great and Small project.
I hope that answers your question.
Now…The stitch along. How are you coming on that? So many of you are sharing your progress on our Jo and Judy’s SALs page on Facebook. You can find that HERE.
Judy and have noticed that many people have worked ahead and might be ready for another project. I talked to Liz at the Stitchery Nook and we’ve been talking about what might be next. We are thinking about this…
We’d love to propose that we stitch it with silk floss.
Each time we do a stitch along we’d love for you to experience or try something new. Our idea was to stitch this with silk floss so you could give silk a try without putting a ton of money into it. What do you think??
Liz is checking into things with pricing and we’ll let you know if it can all come together. It’s a whole supply chain thing so Liz has calls out and is investigating.
In a previous post, I had mentioned that I use both poly-fil and crushed walnuts when I finish little pillows. Several readers were curious as to why and how I do that. Because of that when the 25th rolled around and I needed a Christmas item to stitch for the #25thDaySAL (when you stitch something Christmas on the 25th of each month) I picked something small that I could readily stitch and make into a pillow. My plan is to do a little video of me stuffing the pillow so you can see.
I picked this little freebie chart “Joy” from the Nebby Needle. I found the freebie HERE. It only took me an hour to stitch this. I started finishing it but this is as far as I got. Watch more coming up next week for a video on this.
I ended picking up another small chart for the #25thDaySAL. This is a chart called “Merry Winter” from Country Rustic Primitives on Etsy. You can find the chart HERE. It’s a PDF download. They have several other things that I’d love to stitch that are small and quick.
I will turn this into a little pillow for the dough bowl too.
I stitched most of this the same day I stitched the “Joy” pillow. I had just a bit of the snowman left the next day so I decided to finish it.
I’ll have to find something new to stitch next month when the #25thDaySAL rolls around.
I was watching Lori Holt’s latest floss tube and she mentioned the days of the month that she stitches on. She said on her anniversary she stitches a type of anniversary sampler. That reminded me. I had planned on that back in July when it was my anniversary but I didn’t follow through. I had even put a tiny amount of stitches into it but didn’t pick it back up again the next month. So…I pulled it out. It is the Forever and Ever piece by With My Needle and Thread. I pulled it out and stitched on it on the 26th as we were married on the 26th.
This piece really isn’t that big so I think it will stitch up fairly quickly if I sat down and just stitched on only it but, that’s not the plan at this point. I’ll continue to work on it once a month or so until I can’t stand it anymore and just pick it up and finish it.
Another reason I picked this up was that I thought it will work on my sampler wall to fill in a long narrow section. Plus…I just really love it.
This linen is 40 count Fox and Rabbit’s Eureka. The color is closest to the color you see around the label in the photo below.
It’s a pretty color and I really like this linen.
Over naptime, over the last bit, I’ve been working on this small chart from Blackbird Designs. It was in their new book that I bought from market called A Heart Remembers. I only stitch on this when I’m sitting by someone to get them to go to sleep at naptime. It looks like I will have this finished up in the next week. I only have to finish the “M” and then the “E”.
I also worked on my All Creatures Great and Small by Barbara Ana. I had hoped to have the top section done by the end of March but that didn’t happen. I hope to really concentrate on this coming up…but who knows.
The chart is really split up into four sections. I was hoping that I would do a section each quarter of the year. If I go with that, I’m behind. I didn’t complete the section. I did, however, get a lot of border done and in the next two sections, there is only the border along the two sides so really, if you consider that, I’m not terribly far behind…
and I do have these two motifs finished. I’m trying to decide if I should drop down and start the next row or finish the first row now that we’re into a new quarter.
I did have a little talk with myself and thought that maybe rather than stitch another little small thing over naptime I take this and just work on the border. That would be easy and I have the border pattern memorized so it would be easy to stitch. That would really add some progress to this. So…I think that’s the plan.
The week I did the star motif above the bird. I stitched the tree closest to the horse. I stitched the horse and everything to the right of it.
I had looked at my piece and thought, oh, I have the row almost done. Then I looked at the chart and there are a lot of little thing packed into the area I still need to stitch.
I am really enjoying stitching on this. I just wish I would get caught up with my plan so I feel better about it. I’m bound and determined being this was my “New Year, New Start” that I want to finish in this calendar year.
That’s what I stitched on this week. It was fun to stitch on a few small things. I hope to have a video together for next week so you can see how and why I use both walnut shells and sand.
Lori Holt also mentioned that she stitches something patriotic on the 4th of every month. Hmm. I’m considering that. I would love to have a small piece stitched for my dough bowl. I get so tempted by everyone’s ideas. UGH…I should probably just stick with my own stuff and then I wouldn’t get behind on my All Creatures Great and Small.
That’s it for this week…