I didn’t get a lot of stitching time in this week. I was busy working on the deadline quilts for my grandson Carver’s school. All of my extra time went into that. I worked on them during the day so in the evening I was writing blog posts rather than stitching. I did get a little done though. Before I tell you about that, I want to share something with you…
People say going to a shop and seeing real models stitched in person is so different than seeing the charts that aren’t stitched. It is so true! When I was at the Stitchery Nook last weekend I saw this…
Oh my word…I loved this. I looked at it once and then looked at it twice. What? That was the piece that was stitched on the cover of this Blackbird Designs book…Look toward the bottom of the picture below.
It’s the same piece. WOW. What a difference. I just wanted to show that to you so you can see, if it’s at all possible, try to visit an actual brick-and-mortar cross-stitch shop. You won’t regret it.
I think that is why flosstube on Youtube is so popular. Viewers see things stitched and often times they look so much better than the charts. Enough about that…onto what I was stitching.
Oh..but wait. Did you see the cross-stitch finish I had this week? I started and finished the wonderful little shoe pincuchion. The chart is a freebie from Blackbird Designs. You can read more about it and see exactly how I made it HERE.
Now to my stitching…
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.
Now, I am here. I stitched two rows. I’m just itching to finish this one. I have another piece on tap that I want to start but I told myself I can’t start that until this finished.
I’ve enjoyed working on this but I wouldn’t mind powering through and finishing it. I would kind of like to finish it by the end of the month for sure…we’ll see. There are other things I want to stitch too!!
It’s been fun and I’m so glad I’ve learned to break things down into smaller chunks so I still accomplish stitching on several pieces.
I worked on my Come to the Garden project by Teresa Kogut and 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.
I really didn’t do much except work on the flower a little more. The plan is to finish the flower this week. I’ve told you that I’m not super into stitching this one right now but have made a commitment to continue stitching on it even if it’s only one evening over the course of a week. I know at some point I’ll get excited about it again. Sadly, it just hasn’t happened yet and until it does, I’ll just keep plugging along.
Here is a closer picture of the flower. I accidentally put the brown where the gold was supposed to go. I decided to just leave it. I’m not too picky about it. The mistake is true in this piece. Few things have gone right while I’ve been stitching on it. It’s okay though…when I’m done, I know I’ll love it.
I stitched one night on 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 was last week on the Spring piece.
Here is where I am this week… I am stitching on 40 count Vintage Country Mocha with the called-for colors.
I just have the house, the flower on top of it, and the moth that’s over the trees. I’d like to finish this piece up this week.
I originally wasn’t hopeful as the plan was for me to have the grandkids over the weekend but Buck’s kids are sick so plans changed. I don’t have kids this weekend so I might be able to get it done…we’ll see.
This is Brenda Gervais of With Thy Needle and Threads, PA Dutch Tomato Pinkeep. I am stitching this on 36 count Vintage Country Mocha. I normally stitch on 40 count but I am stitching this on 36 so that pattern pieces will work when I finish it. So far, this has been so fun to stitch. I just love it.
It stitches up really fast. Each little motif seems like an accomplishment.
Right now I am at the halfway point with stitching the drum portion. I seriously have enjoyed every stitch. I am wondering if I might be able to get close to a finish on this over the week too. I’m talking about finishing a lot of things. We’ll just have to see how the week goes.
The picture on the right is the stitching for the little strawberry you see on the chart…cute, right??
I pulled some floss and some linen. I really am excited about the prospect of stitching this next piece. It was a market release. The designer had sold out at market so the gals from Stitchery Nook couldn’t snag one for me. Instead, the designer mailed them later and now the Stitchery Nook is mailing mine to me. Liz contacted me on Wednesday and said it was going in the mail. YAHOO!!
I want to start it as soon as I finish The Apostle’s Creed. So, while Anders, my grandson, was here and taking a nap, I pulled the floss and a couple of pieces of linen. Which linen do you like best? I’m leaning a little towards the middle one which is Barb’s Blend from R&R. Hmm. I’m not sure and won’t decide until I read the comments and see what you all think…and see the pattern in person.
I am stitching this with DMC. I thought about getting the silks that are called for but, they would be about $50 and right now, I had all of the DMC already in my stash…so, nope. I think I’ll save the $50.
That’s what I’m busy with in the cross-stitch department. I am looking forward to a weekend of cross stitch and sewing…and puppies. I get new ones on Sunday but more on that in another post.
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