I had the craziest week. I started the week thinking I would have lots of free days but that never happened. I always thought life was supposed to slow down as you age and I’m finding that to be a big lie. My life is busier than ever. Frankly, I was quite pooped out and landed on the couch several evenings stitching. Thankfully stitching is something I can do if I’m pooped out or not.
I continued working on my Brenda Gervais, With Thy Needle and Thread, Forever and Ever. Here is where I was last week.
I was hoping I would get one large row and one small row of alphabets finished but I did better than that. I got everything over to the end of the alphabet and all of that is completely finished. WHOOT! WHOOT!
The pictures don’t… do this piece justice at all. It’s much prettier with the right lighting and in person. I’m stitching this on Fox and Rabbit’s Eureka 40 count linen.
The house and flowers in what I have left to stitch. I am hoping to complete this by our wedding anniversary at the end of July. If I keep up as I have been, that shouldn’t be a problem. This week’s goal is to stitch the rest of the outer border.
My plan is to keep working on it gradually but if it comes to the point that it looks like I won’t finish by our anniversary, I’ll drop everything and finish it.
Next up, Redbird Sampler by Heart in Hand. Here is where I was last week…
Here is where I am this week. I added the g, q, r, x, y, and z along with a little border stitching along the bottom. What you see along the bottom is as wide as the piece will be.
My goal is to have this finished -meaning completely finished- by the end of July. I’ll continue to only stitch on this while the grandkids need me to sit by them to fall asleep at naptime.
The other project I worked on this week was Come to the Garden by Teresa Kogut. This is a stitch along being hosted by others. It started on Sunday.
In the afternoon I treated myself to sitting for an hour and listening to floss tube then I stitched on it a little that evening.
I ended up stitching on it for two other nights. Here is where I am at.
I don’t love having so many projects going at once…but boy, am I ever glad that I started this. It’s been on my bucket list.
I didn’t know about the orange next to the red. I typically don’t mix the two colors. I ended up pulling out the chart and checking to make sure but the flower is orangish and the orange is repeated later in the chart. So, I’m going with it and just trusting. I’ve stitched enough Teresa Kogut patterns to know she does wonderful with color.
It is such a pretty project and being I love red and flowers and Kayla and I figured out a way to personalize it, it’s perfect for me.
This is a Teresa Kogut pattern. I’m stitching on 40-count Picture this Plus Vellum. I am using all of the called-for colors. I love that Teresa Kogut often uses quite a bit of DMC with the more expensive over-dyed flosses. It keeps the price of the project down.
You might remember that those hosting the stitch along broke the chart up like this…
What I figured out after studying it a little more is that I will need to stitch one full motif plus a little extra on a another motif each week to stay caught up. That will give me a finish by the end of the year.
I think I did pretty good for week one. I got the side floral motif done and got a good start on the basket with two flowers. Let’s hope I can continue on and stay up to date.
Now for a few other things…
Several people have commented that they like that I changed the words to my “Come Into the Garden”. Blog reader Maxine sent a picture to me of her cross-stitch piece In the Garden. It was created by a different designer but I thought I would share it here as many of you were attached to the song as I am.
Thanks so much, Maxine, for sharing this.
Remember our “Blessed” Stitch Along? I decided to only stitch the “Blessed” pillow from this chart. Being I’m done with it, I am wondering if there is anyone who didn’t stitch along with us that would like the chart. I am passing mine on and would happily mail it to a blog reader who would like to stitch it. If that is you, please leave a comment in the comment section and I will pick someone in the next few days and mail the chart out.
Speaking of Stitch Alongs…I talked with Liz at the Stitchery Nook. She is getting things together and will soon be taking pre-orders for the next stitch along. We have chosen Red Bird Sampler by With Thy Needle and Thread.
The picture is a little deceiving. This really isn’t very large. If you’d stitch this on 14 count Aida it would be 8 1/2″ x 9 1/2″. If you’re stitching on 40-count linen, it would be about 6″ x 7″. It’s a great beginning sampler as there aren’t borders to match up. Some of the motifs are repeated. It doesn’t take a lot of colors. You can get practice personalizing something with your initials. This is a very forgiving piece as even if you are off on counting a stitch one way or the other, it likely won’t be noticeable.
If you’re ready to try something a little more challenging, but not too challenging, this would be a great next-step project.
Liz will get things together for preorder soon. We’re hoping to start on August 1st. I’ll try to get something together as to how we’d portion out the stitching for each month. That will be easier for me to do once I have the chart in my hand. I’m thinking we could tackle this over a three-month period…of course, longer if you need. None of the stitch-alongs have an expiration date!
WHEW!! That was a lot of cross-stitch news. I have kids coming home this weekend so I don’t know if I’ll get much stitching in. We’ll see. I keep thinking next week will slow down, but it doesn’t. Now I’m starting to think it will slow down once school starts. As always…People over projects!!