A lot of cross-stitchers do new starts on special days like birthdays and holidays or anniversaries. I like the idea but with my birthday, Christmas, and New Year all in a space of two weeks’ time, I am not going to make three new starts.
I am just going to make one new start…a New Year start. Last year I started my Anniversaries of the Heart and finished that in November. Whatever I start on New Year’s day, I’m committing to finishing before the next new year. So it’s hard to make a decision as I have so many things I’d love to start.
I thought I’d show you a few of the charts I have and maybe you could help me figure out which I want to stitch the most.
Ever since finishing Anniversaries of the Heart, I’ve gotten so I somehow like the pieces I stitch to meaningful to my family. I’d rather stitch something that might someday be an heirloom vs something to sit out at a holiday or get passed on to Goodwill.
Here are some projects I have thought about and wondered if I should kit up for my New Year, New Start.
This is Barbara Ana Designs Love Never Fails. I would stitch this Kramer and I. I’d put our anniversary in the spot where it says 1853.
I’ve liked this one for a long time…
There is also Teresa Kogut’s Faith Hope Peace Love. I even made the tiniest of starts of this. I had trouble with the white showing on my fabric but think I have a way to work around that.
I bought this immediately when the chart came out. I loved it.
This is the piece I am leaning towards… the most. This is a Barbara Ana Design, All Creatures Great and Small. I have loved this. I bought it before I had any idea I could even stitch on 40 count linen. It was my goal to someday be able to stitch. I made a tiny start on it but not so much I wouldn’t call it a new start.
Here is a closer picture of it…
Several other cross stitchers have just finished this and so many have whined a little about it. There is a lot of stitching in it. Their whining makes me nervous.
This is a Teresa Kogut piece called Pet All the Dogs. I loved this one when it came out and immediately bought the chart too. I have loved having the big house on the Heaven and Nature piece that I am currently stitching on to act as a fill-in piece. I take it with me when I am going to the doctor’s office or stitch on it when I don’t have to concentrate on what I’m stitching. This would be a good fill-in piece.
I was given a gift certificate and bought the For the Birds charts. There are nine of these. I planned to stitch one each month putting all the charts onto one big piece as I did for Anniversaries of the Heart. Each block would represent a grandchild.
This one is also high on my list to want to start. This is Little Birds by Blackbird Designs. This one is really big. It would be the biggest piece I’ve stitched.
See the area where my finger is. I think I would move the stars and butterflies a bit and then put the initials and maybe the birth year of our five kids. I think I could do that easy enough and it would be a family sampler.
A kind blog reader sent this chart, A Saviour’s Praise by Shakespeare’s Peddler. It uses Anchor floss and it is now available to JoAnns on a spool vs in a skein. I’ve tried three JoAnn’s in my area and none have the floss on a spool. I did find out that the Cedar Rapids store has it so I think next time I visit Buck I will get the floss. I was going to buy it online but discovered you have to buy two spools of each color as the minimum. UGH.
So..this one I don’t think I could have the floss in time to stitch.
I bought this kit and it’s my birthday gift to myself. I love it. I’ve never stitched on black so am a little nervous. The second I saw it, I knew I wanted it. I’d keep it out all year even though it’s Christmasy. There are several places I have for simple fill-in stitching with this one.
This is a Blackbird Design project called We Live in Hope. I want to personalize this one for my grandparents who came from Sweden. I’ll change some words and things around to personalize it for them…but might include Kramers grandparents who came from Germany too. I love that they all set out in a boat, heading across the ocean for something they thought might be better. I love the words, “we live in hope”.
This is also a Blackbird Design that I’d love to stitch called Oh Joyous Day.
This I might change to be a birth sampler for myself.
I’ve already decided that I am going to stitch this soon…I don’t know quite when but this one is kitted and ready to go. If it’s kitted, that means I’m serious. This one is small and shouldn’t take long. I really want to stitch it though. It describes perfectly how I feel about myself.
Last up, I’ve made the decision to start this as a Sunday stitch. It’s The Apostle’s Creed by Heartstring Samplery. I really like it and it’s very fitting for my house. I won’t start it until the new year though. Then every Sunday, I’ll pick it up and stitch on it. That makes for slow stitching but I like the idea.
I did a big push to finish Anniversaries of the Heart and am now doing the same for Heaven and Nature. I’ve put aside stitching a Blackbird Design the first weekend each month. I hope to go back to that in the new year but I’m unsure of which one to stitch.
If I’m going to have linen and floss to start one of these, I need to make a decision on which one soon. Any suggestions?? I’d love to hear your input.