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Cross Stitch Update

It was a busy week here. It was another week that I often didn’t get to my stitching spot until after 9 pm on most nights so not much stitching got done. I can’t blame gardening and yard work as it’s been so cold here, no one has been doing much of that. It’s just family and life and obligations. It’s all good. I love those things too.

I did work on my Come to the Garden piece by Teresa Kogut. I am stitching this with the called-for colors on 40-count Vellum linen from Picture This Plus. Here is where I was last week.

Most of my time was put into this. I decided to try to get

the center motif finished this week.

It doesn’t look like a lot but that center motif was a bugger. There were a lot of color changes. Getting that base circle counted out correctly was important. It took some time to memorize motifs. Then I was working with only small amounts of time so that made it harder too.

Technically there are supposed to be leaves around the orange outer flowers. By the way, I did stitch my orange flowers slightly differently. The flowers aren’t symmetrical but I didn’t realize that until I had the orange and red stitched on one of the flowers. I went to stitch the inner pinkish color and realized my centers were going to be 3×3 and not 2×2. I decided to leave it. My flowers ended up being one stitch wider. That’s the nature of this chart…things just aren’t symmetrical when typically they would be. For instance, the leaves on the big tulip aren’t symmetrical either. It’s all good and just me not watching the chart but anyone stitching this, don’t take for granted that things will be symmetrical like I did.

But back to those leaves. There are supposed to be leaves around the orange flowers. Below is a picture of the cover of the chart. You can faintly see some gray leaves near the orange flowers. I know they won’t show up the best on my linen either so…Do I stitch them in the colorway suggested, skip them, or change the color to leaves? Please advise.

This is where I ended up for the week. I still need to stitch the big moth/butterfly. I also need to finish the strawberry basket and the birds…then some do-dads and personalization. I thought for sure I’d be done by the 20th, my niece’s birthday but I’m starting to wonder. That center motif took so much longer than I anticipated.

The only other thing I stitched on was the Stitch Along piece Home Sweet Home by Little House Needleworks. Here is where I was last week.

Here is where I am this week. I didn’t get a lot more stitched. Once I finish Come to the Garden, I am going to stitch on this “full speed ahead”.

I have a couple of people ask what I was doing about the green. It turns out the called-for green is one of those colors where the dye lot has changed over time. I tried English Ivy but it was too dark. I used that for the triangles above the words. I left that in but when I started the leaves, I switched to Weeks Dye Works Moss. I really like it for this.

A generous blog reader asked me if I would be interested in this chart…YES PLEASE!! It’s called, And a Forest Grew by Rosewood Manor. I have long admired it. The piece is LARGE. I think it would be so fun to stitch on this like I did on the Floral Motif sampler…just kind of do a tree a day or a week. It’s an impressive piece that used LOTS of different flosses.

The only thing that didn’t excite me was the verse. It says, something about the tree of good and evil. I was over the top thrilled when I saw someone had changed the verse to this… “You will go out in Joy and be led forth in Peace, the mountains and the hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the fields will clap their hands!

If you ever want to stitch something, I highly recommend going to Instagram and searching for it. There you can see how something was framed or if color changes were made. Instagram is a great resource for cross-stitchers.

This is where I found this on Instagram. You’ll have to check out wilsondaleen on Instagram. She had MANY great stitched pieces. I love following her. Anyway…I want to stitch it with the verse she used!!

I don’t plan on starting it in the near future. It will take me a bit to go through floss and see what I have…and to see how big of a piece of linen I’d need. I’m putting some thought into it and seeing if I could fit it into my cross-stitching plans. Isn’t it pretty??

Kelli, Georgia, and I filmed another floss tube. We did it last week and finally, it go edited and loaded. You can press play and watch it here or you can go to Youtube HERE and save it. Then you can watch it later on your device or television.

Oh…I almost forgot to remind you about the upcoming stitch-along. I wrote a post about it HERE. Please go back and read that if you are interested. Participants can choose to order either of these…or both in my case. I talked to Liz at the Stitchery Nook and she said several of you are ordering both.

Speaking of The Stitchery Nook, I was reading their Facebook page and saw this…
“We’re happy to announce that we will be hosting the next 24/7 Stitch-In on August 3-6, 2023. Welcome Stitchery in Blue Earth has been hosting them and asked if we would host the summer one as the retreat center that they use does not have air conditioning. There are a few “beds” still available if you want to stay in the retreat center. You’re welcome to join us and stitch for a day or two or come and stay at the AmericInn when the retreat center is full. Rates will be $200 for 3 nights or $150 for 2 nights plus your stitching time. If you are just coming to stitch, it will be $25 for one day, $40 for 2 days, or $50 for 3 days. You can arrive anytime after 9:30 am on Thursday. Let us know if you want to be put on the list. If you are staying in the retreat center, we ask that a $50 non-refundable deposit be paid by July 1. Hope you can join us.”

I ended up signing up. When I talked to Liz, there were only a couple of beds left in the retreat center. The hotel in town is nice. I’ve been there. It’s not a big-name brand hotel but it’s very clean and safe. I wouldn’t be worried a bit about staying there. This is in Osage, Iowa. If you decide to go, please let me know. I’d love to meet you. Here is their phone number to reserve a spot. 641-732-5329

That’s about all I have for you this week. I did get my Apostle’s Creed piece back from the framer but haven’t had time to take pictures of that yet. Watch for that coming next week. I’m so excited. It looks WONDERFUL.

So what are you stitching on…please let me know in the comments. I love being inspired by your stitching too.

6 thoughts on “Cross Stitch Update”

  1. Great post today. If I was stitching this I would probably leave the leaf motifs off. I didn’t notice them until you mentioned them. A forest grew is on my bucket list. I’m trying to get some more stitching done before I get the chart. It will be fun to see you stitch it.

  2. I’m with Marie. I think I would leave the leaves off-especially since your flowers are a stitch larger than charted. No one will know. I have been looking at “And A Forest Grew” just because I went to school for forestry. I haven’t committed yet though. I do like the change in verse. My Home Sweet Home is close to being done. Just have the gold and cocoa bean to stitch. Shouldn’t be long.

  3. This isn’t about cross stitch but I wanted to let you know how excited I was to see you and Kelli in the new American Patchwork & Quilting. I love the quilt! The colors are gorgeous and it’s such a great design. Scrappy is my go to! You two are so creative. Thanks for doing what you do!

  4. I agree, too. I do not think those leaves add anything to thè piece. You can always add them in later if you feel you want to. If so, I would do them in a lighter green, akin to a sage.
    You have inspired me to jump into doing a large sampler. I have admired your progress for a long time. I purchased Historical Society’s Wedding Pot Sampler, which I am diligently working on, trying to do the border first, then I will move on to the Pot Sampler. It was hard to find a sampler without a colonial type house. They just do not seem to fit in as well in Florida, at least not to me. I love civil war repro fabrics, as well as too many other types, and like you, we have many old, wooden furniture pieces. I think my Pot Samplers will be an interesting addition to our home.
    I appreciate your influence and insight. Thank you for being you! You are amazing.

  5. I really love this chart and even considered purchasing it for awhile.
    I agree – leave the leaves off. It’s quite beautiful the way it is.
    I’ve been working on a sampler which is symmetrical but this is the first time I’ve heard of one not being so. Probably a good thing I didn’t get it. I’d be frogging more than stitching. ;-)
    Love and prayers

  6. So enjoy seeing your progress on the Teresa Kogut piece. By “resting” it for a while and working on other projects you have rediscovered it and will soon finish. I have confidence you will finish by your target date. Go forth and finish.

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