I’ve been everywhere with my cross stitching this week. I’ve got tons of ideas floating around in my head but no firm plans of what I’m stitching. Read on and you’ll see what I mean.
I was looking on Instagram and saw this…
There is a stitch along being hosted for this project. When I cropped the photo I made sure to include the info or who is hosting and the hashtags they are using so you could check it out if you want to join. Oh, my word. I am so tempted.
This is Come to the Garden by Teresa Kogut. You can see that the group has divided it up into six parts so if one followed along and kept up, they could be done stitching in 6 months.
I loved the flowers and loved the colors but the verse wasn’t my favorite. I had a plan that when I stitched this I would change the words at the bottom to say:
“I come to the Garden alone,
while the dew is still on the roses”
For those of you who don’t know, that is the opening to a religious song. It was sung at both of my parents’ funerals and at my niece Jody’s funeral. I wanted to find a way to add their initials to the piece when I stitch it to commemorate them all.
The piece is pretty full so it will be a challenge to get the initials in but if I stitch them over one, I think I can figure it out.
What makes it all the more tempting to start the stitch along is…I have it all kitted. Wouldn’t this be lovely to stitch in the summer with the blooming flowers? Oh, my word. TEMPTATION.
UPDATE: I talked to Kayla when she was home over the weekend about my hesitation to start because of the changes I wanted to make to the chart… Kayla said, “You watch the kids, and let’s see what I can do”.
Kayla started out by making a working copy for me. She used her Cross Stitch design program called Mac Stitch. They have a program for both Windows and Mac. You can even download the program for free but you can’t save what you make with the Free version. If you want the full program and are able to save, the program is $45. That seems reasonable.
She was able to type in the words I wanted the sampler to say. She was able to… size and format them the same size as the original words.
She used white-out to cover the previous words and then she taped the new lettering in the way I wanted it. I was just thrilled.
With that she had to alter the two flowers at the bottom on the sides. It really won’t look much different than the original.
While she was at it, I had her make and place in the initials of my Dad, Mom and Jody. I also had her make the year 2022 and we put that in too. We ended up not putting my initials in as I’m still alive and I will add a pocket with that info on the back.
She did an amazing job and now…I guess I have to start it and stitch it. RIGHT?? I’m so impressed and so happy that she did this for me. To be honest, I’m terrible at making myself do this kind of work so I likely would have kept putting it aside and putting it aside. Now I can stitch it. YAHOO!!
I will be starting this on June 12th and I hope to keep up with stitching this so I can have a finished pieced by Christmas time. The chart was broken up into six months worth of stitching so hopefully I’ll finish it in the 2022 year. Kayla made the date be 2022 so I guess that’s the goal.
If you want to join in stitching Come to the Garden by Teresa Kogut, jump in. It was an open invitation on Instagram so you’re welcome to join too.
I have other temptations in my life as well… I got the threads ordered so now I’m finally ready to stitch these…
This is Keeper of the Pins by With Thy Needle and Thread.
I picked up the small embroidery hoop at the thrift store. It was 25 cents. I’ve never used this style before and thought to give it a try.
I picked up these two small stitches as I have nothing that is cross-stitched in my dough bowls that are patriotic.
Both are smaller and shouldn’t take too long to stitch…
(Picture courtesy of the Facebook Page) Nebby Needle has great freebies and other great designs as well.
If you click on the links above the photo, it will take you to the free patterns.
I also have it in my head to start something else so I would have something that would be easy stitching to take with me to the retreat at the end of July. I really don’t what to take something that is a lot of looking up and down and counting.
That all brought me to another thought. Maybe I should slow down on my All Creatures Great and Small. I had been working thinking I’d try to finish it by the 4th of July…but, now I see that maybe I shouldn’t.
Here is where I was last week.
I could easily take this with me and finish the border at the retreat. That would something perfect to stitch on as I have the border pattern memorized.
I know the motifs at the bottom left require quite a bit of fill-in. I could easily stitch the animals in the hill at the bottom but not stitch all of the green hill until the retreat. That would just be fill in then. AH!! YES!! That’s a perfect plan. So…I’m slowing this piece down with the goal of just having the animals stitched by the time I go to the retreat. I could always stitch a little more but that will be my main goal.
Then once I’m back from the retreat, I push this into full steam ahead mode. I really didn’t get anything stitched on this over the week so I’m not going to show you any progress pictures.
I started my stitch-along piece. Kayla was home and we were sitting at the table so I decided to start. I’m loving it so far. I’ve stitched this much and I’ve not had a single knot. Silk is so nice to stitch with.
I used my little 25-cent hoop from the thrift store and ended up liking this style. I’ll likely pick up a few more if I see them there.
If you are stitching along and have started, you might see a few inconsistencies between mine and the pattern. Do you see the heart by the letter “B”? I accidentally put the tip-top stitch of the “b” on the wrong side so there wasn’t enough room for the heart the way it was charted. I just modified the heart. It was easier than ripping out.
See my initials “JK”? To the left of them is a leaf. I got my initials in one stitch too close to the leaves. I ended up modifying the tip of the leaf so it would all fit. It’s much better than ripping out.
I put too many stitches along the bottom edge and will be ripping some of those out. I just started stitching as I was chatting and didn’t even look at the pattern.
The assignment for the month is to stitch about half of the chart in June and the other half in July. When I looked at the chart, the “E” is about half. So I’ll finish up that stitching here sometime in June and save the rest for July.
I’ve had several people contact me wanting to know “instructions” for the stitch along. Hmm. I didn’t really have any but I’ll put something together for tonight’s blog post.
So far, I have totally loved this. It’s MUCH easier stitching than the last SAL. It’s much easier for me. I am not the best at counting when it comes to leaves and vines. Speaking of the “Blessed” Stitch Along…did you see I finished mine into a pillow?
I did a tutorial on how I finished it. You can find that HERE.
The main thing I stitched on is…Forever and Ever by With Thy Needle and Thread.
Here is where I was when I last showed it.
I’m stitching on 40 count Eureka by Fox and Rabbit. I love their linen…LOTS! I’m using the called for colors.
I like that it’s long and narrow.
Here is where I ended the week.
Sorry…I didn’t bother to take it out of the hoop and iron it. There isn’t a lot to see yet. Next week, I promise I will.
This piece is such a pleasure to stitch. The colors are so soft and appealing. I just love it.
All in all, I didn’t do much stitching or sewing at all this week. The farm where my son-in-law works still doesn’t have all the crops in the field. They are really close now but all week the weather has been amazing and they have been working super late. Kalissa is working the overnight shifts this week so…Grandma(me) is on tap to juggle the boys. I don’t mind but my crafty endeavors get set aside when this happens. So…not much stitching progress in this post…mostly just stitching dreams.
This has been my tough week in terms of losing my husband to lung cancer. It’s been three years as of yesterday. I decided to just drop the other things I was stitching and focus on this piece as it’s more of an anniversary piece. I’m stitching with the hope of finishing it by our anniversary at the end of July…but who knows if I’ll get that far. After all, you just read this blog post and saw all the crazy plans I have!! HA!!
With that, I’ll close out this post. Happy stitching everyone. For those joining in the stitch along, let me know if you have questions. I’ll try to answer them in the evening post.