Cross Stitch Update

Oh, my word.  I was in stitchy heaven last week.  I got a lot of cross-stitch time in.  My daughter Kelli was home Friday and stayed overnight and was here on Saturday too.  She was sleeping here in between shifts for her nursing job but when she wasn’t sleeping we were stitching.  I ended up getting so much done.

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 ended up stitching over five rows last week.  My goal has been to stitch one row a week.  This was so awesome to see so much progress.

I had said I wanted to get to the motifs and I did get that far.


My plan is to stitch one of the motifs and then jump down and stitch the vine and flowers below the motifs.  That way I’ll be in place to start stitching words again.  Once I’m that far, I’ll likely stitch a row of words and one of the motifs each week.  I’d really like to see some progress on this one.


I wouldn’t be surprised it I finished this one in March all because I have my eye on a market release that I want to start.

This one…It’s the Lord’s Prayer.  As soon as I’m done with the Apostle’s Creed, I’m starting this one.  Kelli and I are planning to go to Stitchery Nook’s open house next week and we’re picking up our market orders.  I’m picking up the thread for this then and possibly linen if I don’t have something that will work that’s here.  I want everything ready so I can stitch this ASAP!!


I just love this new chart and REALLY want to stitch it.  It is from Erica Micheals.  Oh, be still my heart.  I adore it.

My Come to the Garden project by Teresa Kogut got a tiny 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.  You’re going to have to struggle and strain to see what I got done.


See the little do-dad flower to the left of the bird’s beak?  I stitched that and then went up and put a few stitches in for the butterfly.  I dread stitching the butterfly.  It’s the kind of dense full coverage stitching I don’t like.  I decided if I just sucked it up and stitched it, maybe I would have more enthusiasm to get going on this.  Fingers crossed it’s so.


I’m so happy I met my goal of putting some stitches in, even if it wasn’t a lot.

I worked on the Spring Messenger Stitch Along. I’m stitching mine on Vintage Country Mocha.  I’m using the DMC that was called for.  This is where I was last week.


I went to town on this piece… I had the worst time trying to put it down.  I am thinking I might power through and finish this one this week…but we’ll see.  I really don’t have a lot more to stitch but the color changes and stitching a leaf and having to move can be slow work.


I just love this piece and am so happy we’re stitching this as a stitch-along.  If you follow the stitching group on Facebook, you can see there has already been a finish.


The colors of floss and fabric are top ten on this one.

If you missed the video I made on how I’m stitching this, you can find it HERE.

Keeper of the Pins by With Thy Needle and Threads is the next thing I worked on.  I’m stitching this on a scrap of Vintage Country Mocha in 40 count.  I am using the called-for floss colors.

I finished everything in the booklet!!  YAHOO!!  I’m so happy.


Some of them are upside down…That’s okay.  I’m hoping they will all be cut apart soon and sewn into little pillows.

I am keeping all of the threads together though.  I have three other patterns waiting in the wings that I think I’ll use mostly the same colors on.  I think all of these would be great displayed with the ones I finished stitching.  I want all of these together and will display them on the off seasons when I don’t have anything else seasonal for the dough bowls…kind of like after Easter before Memorial Day and 4th of July.

The PA Dutch Tomato Pinkeep is the next one I’m stitching.  It will be my first drum.  It’s a market release.  The one on the left is a freebie from Lila’s Studio.

Last week I started one more thing…The Spring piece from the book Seasons of the Heart by Brenda Gervais of With Thy Needle and Thread.  There are four seasons all in one book.  Each has a house and cute border scenes.  I have the Fall and Christmas ones done and enjoyed them through the seasons.  I don’t have the Spring or Summer ones done so that’s the goal now.  This is how far I got on the Spring one last week.


I am stitching this on Vintage Country Mocha in 40 count with the called-for colors.  I’m really liking it.

I picked it up this week and stitched more one evening.  I worked on the bottom and side border and got two trees stitched.  Not a lot but if I continue making that much progress each week, I’ll get it done.  I do love stitching these.


I really want to push to get this one too.  Once I’m done I plan to stitch this…It is another Market Release that I plan to kit up and stitch right away.  I’m so excited to stitch it.  I think those two bunnies are the cutest.

Can you believe I started something else??  I did.  Every month on the 25th, I put some stitches into a Christmas project with the hope of having another Christmas thing (or two)  stitched by the time Christmas rolls around next year.  Here is the project I picked.


This is a Lizzie Kate chart.  It would only be available at 123Stitch.  I picked a darker linen, Vintage Meadow Rue from Lakeside Linen in 40 count was it.  I am using the called for colors.  I bought this LONG ago when I first started stitching.  I’m finally getting to it now.  I don’t think it will take a long time to stitch.  So far, I love it.

While I pulled that one and kitted it, I pulled this one out too.  My plan is to stitch this one after I get the other one done.


I thought I might save some time by pulling and kitting them both.

That’s what I have to share with you this week.  Oh my, what a great week in the stitching department.  I’m so excited.  I am hoping I can get lots done this week too but I doubt it.  I have a quilting deadline…and taxes.  Have I said how much I hate taxes?  UGH.

I hope you had a great stitching week.  Please share in the comments what you’re working on…or what you want to be working on.  I’d love to know.

18 thoughts on “Cross Stitch Update”

  1. Still working on Heaven and Nature. It is slow going. I try to stitch at least one hour a day. I love your projects. Who is the Joy to the World by?

  2. You really did get a lot of stitching in! I’m currently working on And A Forest Grew. Judy mentioned it awhile back and I jumped in! I don’t know how long I’ll keep being a monogamous stitcher on this one as I put in a preorder for several market charts and when I get them I may be tempted to switch gears. I will be starting Winter Rose Manor on the 17th with Judy so I may hold out until then. I’ve had the chart for a long time but love stitching along so it’s a good time to get on it. I still have Redbird sampler to start as well! Seeing the finishes on Facebook are making me itch to get to it! I told my sisters there aren’t enough hours in the day to do the things I want to do!

  3. Sally A Marshall

    Hello I just want to tell you a package should be their tomorrow for donations, also I still haven’t rec’d the green quilt from the last one. Sally Marshall

  4. I had a tough week with Spring’s Messenger. See those six stitches of branch to the left of the robin’s feet?
    I missed them and went on to finish the entire spiral branch to the right and almost all of the birds wing and back. Ugh. As I had already finished the border I didn’t see how I could fudge. All of it came out and I redid about half of the branch in the wrong color. Whew! Are there better ways to remove lots of stitches?
    (It’s all good now!)

  5. Meredith in Cincinnati

    I’m working on Spring Quaker by Lila’s Studio and loving it! I need to do some Christmas stitching on the 25th. Great idea!

    1. Congrats on a great week for stitching, you got a lot done on a number of pieces. I love the spring piece with the robin. I just finished the seasons of the heart. My last one was for winter. There are a couple of new releases that I want to order. I wish that I had a great store to shop at but I would be in a lot of trouble. Thank you for your update. Your work is so lovely. Pamela/PA

  6. All of your projects are looking so good. How fun to do your stitching with Kelli – you two share so many of the same interests.

  7. Hi Jo, I comment rarely but have been following you for about 5 years now. Every Day I send Love and Prayers to you. I’m the one that began cross stitching again after 40 years because of you. I’m 76, have Lyme Disease and open angle Glaucoma. I need to get the magnifying lamp you have from Amazon. Can you send me the name or link? I’ve looked through your blogs for hours but can’t find it. Also I wanted you to know that Kayla is helping us with the Internet: our website and social media. A Big Project!!! She’s so wonderful and I can’t thank you enough for suggesting her! I’m going to get The Lord’s Prayer from Stitchery Nook. Thanks for showing that!!! Please write back if you can about the tall lamp. So much Love and Many Blessings to your family. You lift us all up in so many ways.

  8. I can’t put down Spring Messenger either…but don’t want to finish it! What’s a girl to do? Had passed on The Lords Prayer but it looks prettier in your photo, may have to rethink that one. I am fortunate to live close to The Attic so hope they picked up a few extra?

  9. Jane Bergstralh

    Hi, Jo —I’m another one who picked up cross stitch again because of you, and thank you so much. It was A Savior’s Praise that called me back. I’m working on it and loving it! although the 40 count linen is a real challenge for me. Have you done anything on that chart? Enjoy your blog so much!

  10. Betty Edwards

    Hello Jo! I finally have my pattern for Springs Messenger Pinkeep! Also the fabric and thread. Only thing I must be nut as I’ve never stitched on Linen but I ordered the count used. I figured might as well jump in feet first and go “whole hog!”
    My Mom’s go to saying! lolo Gonna do my best.

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