Dog Lessons for People–

A post from Kelli–

It’s no secret that I always need to be doing something.  Most nights, Jason is pretty tired when he comes home–I guess that happens when you work an average of 14 to 16 hours a day–and so we don’t have a lot of time to do much except watch a bit of TV and go to bed.  Because of this, I always try to have some kind of hand work to do while watching TV so that I don’t fall asleep.  I have made quite a few stitching pieces and really love the patterns that Crab Apple Hill has put out.  I have also taught myself to knit and crochet.  Recently I decided to take a plunge and tried counted cross stitch.  A while back I had picked up this Dog Lessons for People pattern (I’m a sucker for anything to do with dogs).  I had done about an inch square of cross stitching, but got frustrated when I started having to count stitches between letters and words.  That’s when it got put away.

When cleaning out some things in my sewing room, I rediscovered the pattern and decided to finish it.  And here it is–

Dog Lessons for People 1

Over all, I’m really pleased with how it turned out.  I can tell that I got a bit better as time has gone on and definitely got more comfortable with counted cross stitch.  I had to do a bit of ripping out on one of the rows, so I ran out of blue floss at the end.  I decided to do the last line “love unconditionally” in red.  Once I got this finished, I pulled out another counted cross stitch piece that I had purchased.  It is a very large non-traditional sampler done all in a hand dyed blue color.  Stay tuned to see the finished product–It may be a while, but I promise I will share it when it’s done!

6 thoughts on “Dog Lessons for People–”

  1. Have you tried gridding the fabric? You baste stitches with sewing thread every ten rows, making a big grid the size of your design. Then you can use the lines on the pattern to find your place more easily. I used to do that with my big landscapes and had MUCH better luck avoiding and fixing mistakes.

    Let me know if you need pictures. I think I’ve got some abandoned WIPs that have the grid lines.

  2. Hi Kelli Check out this site “Jenny of ELEFANTZ ”
    She has a free stitch-along with quilting. I thought you might like it.
    Sorry if I copied and pasted the site wrong
    Have a great 4th with your family!!!

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