I didn’t get a lot of stitching time this week. Family had me busy and I spent more time in the sewing room. I said last week that I often flounder a bit after finishing a project and I think a little of that happened too.
The project that I put most of my time into was Come to the Garden by Teresa Kogut. I 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.
You can see I got more stitched. Initially, I thought I could stitch the flower on the right of the angel in one night. NOT. That flower is much bigger than I thought.
Here is a closer picture of what I got stitched…
I got the angel all filled in. I got the flower, bee, and little motif stitched. Then I moved to the left side of the project. I finished the flower above the big red flower and started the bowl with the strawberries.
Here the project is all laid out. You can see it’s really starting to fill in. I’m so happy to see it this far along. You have to remember this is the project that I’ve really fought with. Lately, things have been going really well with it but with this project, but I always seem to be waiting for the next shoe to drop.
I originally started this in June of last year. I have planned to start the stitch along, finish what I was stitching, then pick the piece back up and catch back up with the stitch along. That never happened. I got frustrated and then just set it aside. Then late last year I told myself that I need to put one thread into it each week. I ended up doing a little more than that, and that has added up to where I am now. I am so glad that I did that. SO GLAD.
I am making a goal to try to finish this by June 12th. That was my start date. I’m sure I can do that. Last week I said that I was unsure of what I’d focus on now that Apostle’s Creed was finished. Well, I think I’m going to focus on this. I’ll still work on other things too but only with the goal of finishing this up by June 12th.
I’m on a roll with this now and I so hate to break that momentum. This week I really want to finish another of the motifs…maybe the strawberry basket or maybe something else, we’ll see.
I picked up my Black Dog Sampler from The Scarlett House. I am stitching mine on a 40-count Dirty Tea Cup by Needle and Flax. With the called-for colors AND two extra yellows. I was able to get a little stitching on it. Here is where I was last week…
I ended up finishing the letters and moved on to the motifs below. I was so excited to stitch the black dog…for me, it’s my dog Izzy.
I am really enjoying stitching this with silk thread. I think I would stitch with silk more often if it wasn’t so expensive.
Part of me would love to stitch and stitch and just finish this one too. I really like it. It’s so hard not to focus on a piece when I have the momentum for it. Hmm. I think for now I’ll stitch Come to the Garden but oh boy, I might just keep stitching this one. I know the stitch-along was to stitch all year…but, I might just jump ahead and finish it. We’ll see.
I also worked on the latest stitch-along, Home Sweet Home by Little House Needleworks. I am stitching mine on 40-count linen. I finished stitching the words at the bottom. I didn’t have much time to stitch one night and that’s all I got stitched before heading off to bed.
I had planned to stitch a little longer but like many of you, I wasn’t really happy with the color Wilderness. Dye lots can vary (and even change) and mine looks pretty brown. The leaves in the pattern picture are obviously green…so I dug through some floss that I have.
I think I might use chives. It’s a little brighter green than I like but it would work. Hmm. I might pick a different color. If any of you have changed colors, please let me know in the comments what you switched to.
I really am in the momentum to finish things and to not have quite as many pieces I am working on at once. We’ll see what I decide. Sometimes when I’m in that mood…I like to just stick with it.
So readers, what are you stitching? Inquiring minds what to know!