Cross Stitch Update

It was a company-filled weekend and a busy week playing catch up so not much got done in the cross stitch department this week.  Before I get to that, I had a reader question…

Trish asked:
Jo, I am trying to find your post with the four seasonal cross stitches. Was the designer Blackbird or With Thy Needle and Thread? Thanks for any help you can give me.

I think you are referring to this…It is Seasons of the Heart by With Thy Needle and Thread.  All four seasons come in the same book. I’ve stitched the Fall and Winter versions.  I plan to pick up these again in the new year and finish out the series.  They were fun and quick to stitch.

Here is where I last was on my Come to the Garden project by Teresa Kogut.  I am stitching this on 40-count Vellum by Picture this Plus with the called-for colors.


Since I had the border mess up (fixed now) I lost a little zip for this project and I really want to get it back.  I love it but after that designer flub, I’m nervous to keep stitching and find more flubs.

Here is where I am today… I decided to start really concentrating on the border.  It’s the border that drew me to the piece and hopefully, it’s the border that will give me back my zest for the project.


I worked on the leaves for five of the flowers.  I plan to do most of the leaf stitching in these and then go back and fill in the flowers.  I concentrated along the bottom.

It’s looking better all of the time.  I just need to keep remembering that.


My small project was Ye Old Crow Sampler by Heart and Hand.  I am stitching on a 40-count Vintage Country Mocha with the color Raven.  Here is where I last was…

I ended up finishing it.  I ordered some black pompoms and hope to get it fully finished soon.


Being I got that finished stitching I wanted to start another small project.

My daughter Kayla was here on Sunday overnight.  That evening we sat down to stitch for a little bit.  I was just floundering.  I had just finished Ye Old Crow and didn’t know what to stitch on.  I didn’t want to stitch on Come into the Garden as that is a lot of counting to do and harder if you are chatting and stitching.

I went to pull a new small project but none of them were kitted so I ended up stitching on one of the border flowers for Come into the Garden but then vowed that I would kit some of those small projects SOON.

I ended up kitting this and started it.  This is Autumn Alphabet by The Scarlett House.  I got a small start on it.  It’s not hard stitching at all.  If you are a beginner, this a perfect project.


I ended up kitting a few more…

This was a PDF that I bought this week…It’s Thankful by Victoria House Designs.


I also kitted A Trio of Stitched Blessings by Plum Street Samplers.


…and I stitched Joy and Good Cheer by With Thy Needle and Thread.  This one will likely wait at least another month.  I don’t do winter or Christmas decorating until the weekend after Thanksgiving.


You might have seen I finished the Fall version and wrote a blog post about it. If you missed that, you can find it HERE.  This one is also designed by With Thy Needle and Thread.  It’s called Be Ye Thankful.


It was so fun to stitch!!  I love stitching smalls.

I have so many small Fall themed projects that I would just love to get stitched up but my time is running out on getting them finished before we’re ready to move to the next season.  The good news is that they will save for next year.  I had so much fun pulling out some seasonal pieces when I was doing the Fall decorating.  It makes me want to pull out finished seasonal cross-stitch pieces for all of the seasons.  That means I need to get stitching faster!!  HA!

15 thoughts on “Cross Stitch Update

  1. Cheryl Randleman

    I think I saw in a post that you have an ott-lite and I was wondering how you like it? I’ve been trying to find the right magnifier and light combo and getting confused with the options and strengths. I got a table clamped version and I like it but within a week I am having trouble with the switch so fear it’s not going to last long. Maybe a post on lighting options? Love reading your blog posts!

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  2. Mary Ann

    I enjoy seeing what you are stitching. I make notes on the ones I would like to stitch for future purchases.
    Your posts are always fun to read.

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    1. Jo Post author

      Mary Ann…thanks so much for your kind words. It’s comments like this that make me want to continue blogging.

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  3. Mary Ann

    I enjoy seeing what you are cross stitching. I make notes on the ones I like for future purchases.
    I love reading all your posts.

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  4. Judith Fairchild

    They are all looking very good! I tried cross stitching and made such a mess. I enjoy ßeeing it but to do no‍. I’m so glad you enjoy doing cross stitch and do it so well.

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  5. Kate

    Some progress is better than no progress. You continually get some done and it is so fun to see it. I am anxious to see the finished Come to the Garden, but I know that is a ways off. I am thinking of making another Blessed or a different from that project sheet. Thanks so much for sharing and also for encouraging and inspiring me to do cross stitching again.

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  6. Ginny

    I love come into the garden and the saying is from my favorite hymn. I can not do the stitching as my eyes will not support it even with a new and more powerful light with a magnify glass built in. But I really enjoy seeing all you accomplish.

    On another note I sent a box to Pat in Fl with a panel, some yardage and fat quarters, hopeful this will help her cause.

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  7. Marie

    When you work outside the home you always look forward to Fridays as it means the weekend at home. You lose site of that when your retired and time is your own. But now, I look forward to Friday every week knowing there will be a cross stitch update from you. Seeing a project finished is so much better than seeing a picture in a pattern. As a beginner many mistakes are made, sometimes I can fudge and other times not, thinking of you having to rip out that border is the reason I keep going, if you can do it so can I. You do more than you ever know for the people who read your blog.

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  8. Roxanne

    Just beautiful, Jo, as always! I’m holding my breath as I get close to finishing the border of Floral Motifs. It should be an easy one to fudge, just like the rest of this lovely chart! So good for this beginner! I might be finished by the end of the year, baseball playoffs are really helping it along.

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  9. brendalynne1

    another great stitching visit with Jo. For whatever reason [crazy thyroid eyes] what my brain tells me to do those hand eye things just do not create the outcome i intend. So, it is great to vicariously “see” beautiful outcomes. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Cheryl Randleman

    Thank you! I will be ordering the lamp soon. I’m just getting back into cross stitch and taking a break from quilting for a bit. Just delivered about 30 quilts – mostly twin size to two local charities in my area – 24 of which my mom and I pieced this year.

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