I did a bit of a thing. I broke the bank and bought this Blackbird Design book that is out of print and was WAY overpriced. I’ve been wanting this book for a long time. I’ve put myself on alerts through eBay and watched as bidding for the book has soared to well over $100. I watched the book for well over a year hoping against hope that at one point the book would come into a price range that I could remotely justify. It really hasn’t happened.
I have a love-hate relationship with eBay. Several times I thought I had the book at $60 only at the last minute for someone to outbid me with the prices again flying over $100.
The book came up for sale one day. They were asked $69 with shipping included. The top end that I thought I would spend was $60. I had waited for a long time and just couldn’t find it for that price…$69 was about as close as I was going to get…so I decided to just buy it.
My justification is that there are several patterns that I want to stitch in the book. If I stitch 6 of them, that’s about equivalent to paying $12 a chart, and often that’s about the going price of charts. Besides, once I’m done using the book, I could resell it. I’ll likely get the same price for it…and Kelli wants to stitch a few of them and I’m going to loan her the book. Considering all of that, it’s not such a high price.
I wish the publisher would just reprint books like these. Think of the money they could make if they would just reprint??!!
This is the book I ended up buying…A Fine Collection by Blackbird Designs.
The book has pieces designed to stitch for each month although in general, they are more seasonal than monthly…and some are just cute and I’d love to stitch.
Here are a few of my favorites…
I’d skip the heart button on this one…
This one is supposed to be for February…
This is the one that started my hunt for this book…I just loved the bird with the strawberries. I plan to stitch this one and have it done for the summer.
I liked these as well. The bird with the watermelon especially caught my eye…another I’d like to have stitched for next summer.
I recently saw someone finish this one and I’d love to stitch it too.
This one is the cover piece and I really like it. This one is a favorite of Kelli’s.
I think I’d likely stitch this squirrel too.
So all in all, there were quite a few I liked. I’m happy I just bought it.
I am still on the hunt for these two charts. Both are out of print and both are high-priced on the secondary market.
This is Blackbird Designs Birds of a Feather,
This is Birds of a Feather Sally Spencer.
If I could find or borrow either of these charts, I’d drop everything and stitch these only until they were finished. I just love them. Fingers crossed they will come my way someday.
Now onto my stitching…
Here is where I last was on my Come to the Garden project by Teresa Kogut. 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 had a goal to get the rest of the border finished. I thought that was a pretty ambitious goal, but…I did it!!
I also asked your advice on whether I should leave the blue in the piece. I think I will. So many of you said to keep it.
There is that finished border. WHOOT! WHOOT!!
I am happy with how it’s coming along.
Here is where I finished for the week. This week the goal is to finish the two flower pots at the bottom that I started. Again, that’s a pretty ambitious goal but I really want to see progress. I think I can do it though. I’ll just keep plugging along.
Besides the border this week I stitched the two birds and started on the flower pot. That’s a HUGE flower that takes up much of the bottom right corner.
All in all, I’m happy with how this is coming along.
The other piece I worked a little on was the Autumn Alphabet by The Scarlett House. I am stitching this on a piece of 40-count Heartland by Picture this Plus. Here is where I was last week.
I didn’t get a lot more done on this. Honestly, I’m losing steam on fall stitching. I can’t decide if I should just put this away for now and pick it up next September of plug along and finish it.
I think I’ll keep it out for this week and see what happens- then make a decision about it next week.
I hate not finishing and leaving WIPS but I also don’t want to be stitching on something that I am currently not excited about. I still love the piece and want to stitch it but…fall is fading and I’m wanting to stitch something else. Tell me what would you do? Finish it or move on?
GOOD NEWS…I’m so excited. Liz at The Stitchery Nook got things together and this will be the year-long stitch-along that I’ll be hosting here on the blog for 2023. This is Black Dog Sampler from The Scarlett House.
The piece is 197 x 143 stitches. For me on 40-count linen that would be 10 x 7ish. If you were stitching on 32 count it would be 12 1/4 x 9ish. It’s not huge.
The plan is to divide it up into something like this…We’d do one section each quarter of the year with the hope to finish in December of 2023. Feel free to divide the piece up however it works for you. I know me and I’ll likely not follow my own suggestion and stitch the border first.
I have some ideas for those of you who might want to stitch your own dog on the piece and I’ll share them with you as we stitch along. I’m excited as this is going to be my dog Izzy on this one!!
Liz has everything together for pre-order. You can pre-order now on her site. HERE is the link. Orders will not be mailed out until the second week of December. That gives you plenty of time to look it over and be ready for the start date on January 1st.
The chart calls for Glorianna silk but it’s hard to get. Liz ended up doing a conversion and is using Needlepoint Inc silk instead. I’m really excited about that as I haven’t stitched with Needlepoint Inc silk. I love trying new things!! Of course, you can do the DMC option instead. I am sure it will be just as lovely.
You will get something like this to pop up when you follow the link to order. Push the arrow button and the drop-down menu from there will show. You click on the items you want. You only need one type of fabric, the pattern, and one type of floss. You are welcome to order whatever components you want. If you already have the pattern, of course, you won’t need it. Just get the items you need.
If someone in your life needs a gift idea for you for the holidays, feel free to have them simply call the shop. Liz and Sherri will happily help them place an order for the kit for you. You can find their shop info HERE.
I think a cross-stitch kit would be a great idea as a gift!!
I hope many of you will join in on the fun. I think it will be a great stitch. You can divide things out to do one motif a week or however you’d like. I think it’s a totally do-able sampler even for newbies.
That’s all that’s interesting in the cross-stitch department around here. Feel free to share what you’re working on. I love reading about your cross stitch too.