Cross Stitch Update

Here is my Apostle’s Creed.  I am stitching this on a 40-count Thornfield by Needle and Flax.  It called for Harvest Basket by Gentle Arts for the words but I am using Trail Dust by Classic Colorworks for the lettering instead.  Here is where I was last week…

Here is where I am now…

I stitched one row of letters and then stitched the band of berries.  It is such a reward to stitch the berries.  The bands are such a pleasure after stitching all of the letters.  Some people love stitching letters…they are okay to me but I certainly don’t love them.  I love repetitive stitching where I can memorize the pattern.

I still need to go up and stitch that crown.  It’s done in eyelet stitches.  I don’t mind doing them but I always want to push and get another row of letters done.

I’m starting to look a the chart and decide what I want to stitch at the bottom.  I love the row of tulips and I am thinking that I might just make that row of tulips be the end.  She put her family initials there but I have too many in my family.  I’ll keep thinking about it.  Does anyone have an opinion?

I worked on We Live in Hope by Blackbird Designs project.  I am stitching this on a 40-count Picture this Plus linen called Legacy.  Here is where I was last week…

I didn’t get much done at all on this.

I’ve been really busy around here.  I haven’t quit working for the day until often 9:30 at night.  That leaves only an hour to stitch and by then I’m pooped.  I still stitch but I’m not up for stitching one over one which is what I need to do if I am going to get this personalized.  The late nights have had me picking up projects that are easier…like something with some letters.  I did finish the “Coming to America” band.

I have the info ready to stitch…I just need to start stitching earlier in the evening…maybe on Sunday, I’ll try to get it done…um, I mean started.  One over one, which means making your “x” over one thread of linen is not fast at all.  It will take me a few nights to finish this.

I am really excited about finishing this one up.  I already have a frame cut down for it.

Another project I worked on was our stitch-along, Black Dog Sampler by The Scarlett House.  I am stitching mine on a 40-count Dirty Tea Cup by Needle and Flax.  Here is where I was last week.


Here is where I am now…  I stitched the rest of the “R” and the “S”…I got a basket of flowers stitched too.  The gold we got is a little bright but I’m going with it.

I do enjoy stitching with silk.  I love that it rarely knots.  I think I’m going to stitch on this for two weeks and then set it aside as I’ll have about 1/4 of it done and that’s all we need to do quarterly.

I didn’t realize this was as small of a sampler as it is.

I started another project…I’ve had this since last year at the Needlework Market in March.  I just loved this the minute I saw it.  I’ve been wanting to stitch them.  Then Olivia at Pumpkin Hollow Quilts on Floss Tube started stitching them, I wanted to pull mine out too so I did.  I’m not setting the world on fire with stitching this.  I think I’m going to try to put one thread length of red in each night until I’m done.  I think I want to stitch all of the pincushions.

What pushed me over the edge to start was Olivia’s reasoning.  She wants some small stitched pieces that she can have out in between other holidays.  I totally agree.  I don’t have a lot of other pieces than Winter and Fall…These would be perfect because they aren’t for a holiday so they can be out anytime.  They are just too cute not to stitch.

This is Rudolph and Friends by With Thy Needle and Thread.  It’s on mystery linen with called-for flosses.  I only stitched on this one evening the previous week.  This is tiny- only 3×3 on 40 count.  This is where I was…

I ended up stitching on this on the 25th.  I am participating in a stitch Christmas things on the 25th of each month stitch along.  I’m pretty loose on what I’m calling Christmas…this is easily Winter as I am making the deer’s nose black.  I only stitched on it that one night.  Here is where I am…

I was worried that the white wasn’t showing up the best but now that there is more of it, I’m content with it.  If I could get a big night of stitching in, I might be able to get this one finished.  I’m debating about finishing it or leaving it until February 25th.  I’m getting out of the stitching Winter mood.  We’ll see.  I will for sure stick with stitching on the 25th of each month.  I really want to keep that up this year.  I’m hoping I could get three small Christmas things stitched by Christmas.  Fingers crossed.

I am hoping that I get a little more stitching time this week.  Oh, I love it when I can get to my stitching spot by 8 pm.  I have my fingers crossed I can do that a few times this week.  Working and being busy until 9:30 isn’t making me a very happy stitcher girl.  I need to remedy that.

That’s what I was up to in the stitching department.  What are you stitching??

14 thoughts on “Cross Stitch Update”

  1. I would like to see the back of one of your pieces. I think that the backs of mine are very messy looking when I travel from one or two stitches to another area with just a couple of stitches.

    1. I’ll try to remember to take a back picture and share it in the next cross stitch update. I’m not too concerned about my back as long as the threads don’t show through to the front.

  2. Meredith in Cincinnati

    On the Apostle’s Creed chart, you have stitched “crucified died and buried”. I think the chart says “crucified dead and buried”. Easy fix! It’s really looking great.

  3. Cheryl in St. Pauk

    Jo, you continue to amaze me! I love all of your stitching projects. The Apostles Creed is my favorite of them now. I make quilts for my 6 grandkids on their confirmation day. This year the 4th will confirm his faith at Immanuel in Iowa Falls. Also, thank you for your touching post on the hard work of grieving. I’m borrowing that phrase to share with some friends who are going through that now.

  4. I just finished my “Silent Night” piece by Stitches through the years. I started it in December, and wanted to finish before the end of winter. I am going to start Heaven and Nature today, very excited! I have a question for you about cutting used frames down to fit small projects. What type of saw blade do you have? I have a small miter chop saw, but I think the blade on it would just rip the frame molding to shreds. I’d like to try it for this piece, I have a very large frame to cut down, that would be perfect for it.

    1. I have whatever blade my boys put in the saw. I’m not sure. I’d just ask at the hardware store and tell them what you’re making.

  5. I’m stitching on the Black dog SAL, hoping to finish my Blessings Sampler for this month. Have a question, it’s a light blue linen and I’m stitching with orange 12wt. Thread and am scared the thread will show through when I go to finish it, any suggestions? I usually wash it and let it dry or iron it dry, facedown on a towel, then trim the threads as short as possible. Was thinking of putting the SF-101 on the back…also have supposed to be in making 4 quilt QALs with another staring today, thinking I’m trying to do toooo much! Love your new format!!!

    1. I use batting when I mount things and it keeps threads from showing thru pretty well. If the linen is white or very light, I do use a white batting vs a “natural” batting.

  6. When I did cross-stitch samples, I designed a signature for placement on each piece. It included my full name and the date the piece was completed. Instead of cross stitch letters, which take up a lot of room, I created it over only one or two threads depending on the weight of the linen I was using, with straight stitches so it looks like a handwritten signature. Your pieces are destined to be heirlooms, probably, and instead of just “J K” your girls would probably treasure having your “signature” on the piece. Just a suggestion, your clever computer daughter could probably design something for you.

  7. I managed to make my grandson’s flimsy into a sandwich last weekend and the plan is to straight-line quilt it tomorrow. Then on to my granddaughters flimsy. Sadly my crosstitching hasn’t been getting much attention now that my mom is staying with us. I feel so bad for her losing Dad and being uprooted from her home. So I play Scrabble when she wants, or watch Jeopardy and old pbs Poirots and Sherlock Holmes. I’m starting to think I’ll be able to get away with picking up my stitching while the TV is on. I did manage to start the second bday sock for my son. I’m a month late, but he understands. Life is just busy being life, ya know? Blessings

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