I had a busy week and stitching didn’t happen for a good chunk of it. I had family here every day this week. I had people overnight or stayed late for 4 nights which limited stitching and brought my progress to a snail’s pace. But I am a firm believer that I’d rather have people time than stitching time.
Before I get to today’s projects I’m answering a request from a blog reader. She had a piece of linen that wasn’t labeled and wanted to know how to figure out what count her piece of linen was. I took this picture to show you how. I put a pin into my fabric. I used a ruler and measured one inch away. Then I counted the linen threads between the two pins. There were 31 threads…I’m sure the pin was placed one thread over and that this is 32-count linen. That’s how you figure out what count your linen is…count the threads in one inch of linen.
I worked on my Apostle’s Creed piece this week. 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.
I just did the minimum stitching on this which is one row. You all are likely sick of seeing it.
I am getting really excited about this piece. I have 19 rows stitched and 14 rows left to go. I know I am drawing it out into a long stitch, but so far, stitching all of those letters hasn’t gotten boring for me. It’s making a project last longer and I’m not getting bored with it, I’m all okay with that. I’m starting to get the feeling that this one might end up with a big push to the finish. So many projects I just inch along and then suddenly I put everything into it and push to a finish. I probably have another month on it and then I’m pushing it through. I want to get to the row with the angel!
I’m making a goal to stitch two rows on this over the next week.
My Come to the Garden project by Teresa Kogut got… a little bit of stitching done on it. I am stitching this on 40-count Vellum by Picture this Plus with the called-for colors. Here is where I was last week.
You might remember that I made a commitment to put some thread into this each week. It was okay even if it was a tiny bit…that’s what I did…a tiny bit.
The photo above is the natural colors. Below it’s washed out. I stitched on this one short night. I got the flower with the curlicues done and the two flowers below it. Then I stitched the wings on the bees…that’s it. I’m totally okay with that. It’s slow stitching with lots of color changes and color changes eat time. I’m starting to feel like I’m about half done with this…likely more. Whew. I’m going to keep my goal of just plugging along. It will eventually get done.
Most of my stitching time went into Keeper of the Pins by With Thy Needle and Threads. I’m stitching this on a scrap of Vintage Country Mocha in 40 count. I am using the called-for floss colors. This was my focus project this week. Any extra time I had, I stitched on this.
Last week I was stitching this one…
I ended up finishing it.
Then I stitched this one up too.
The last one left in the book for me to stitch is this one…the one with the buttons. This one shouldn’t be too hard as all I have to do it stitch the simple tomato.
My goal was to stitch all of them from this book before the end of February. It’s totally do-able. Yahoo!!
While I am at it…I think I’m just going to keep going and stitch these other pieces that are stitching-themed. The two are from With Thy Needle and Thread and the paper in the back is from Lila’s Studio and is a freebie. I am not going to push through those like I did the ones above but I’ll be keeping one of those in my stitching rotation until I’m finished with them all. I don’t think either of them will take too long.
Those are the only projects I stitched on. My other projects got ZERO attention. It’s okay. I did shoot a Flosstube video. You can watch it here if you didn’t see it yet. You can hit the play arrow and watch it here or you can save it HERE and watch it later on your television or device.
My Flosstube videos and blog posts don’t necessarily coordinate. I never know when a video will get edited or when it will load so they don’t coordinate.
That’s what I’ve been up to. This week I’m hoping to get some stitching on my Spring Messenger Stitch Along and my Seasons of the Heart Spring. My daughter Kelli is coming tonight and we have a stitching night planned. I’m debating what to stitch on. It sounds like I might have a good chunk of time to stitch. I’m pretty excited about that.