In the cross-stitch world, there is a project called New Year, New Start. Meaning you start a project on New Year’s day and your hope is to finish it sometime during that year. I’ve been thinking about what I might want to start. Hmm..
Here in the family we recently celebrated my grandson Carver and my grandson Ander’s birthdays. That got me thinking that I really don’t have a cross stitch piece commemorating my grandkids. Wouldn’t it be great to come up with a piece that I could stitch and do that?! That led me to this chart which I already have. It’s Crowns & Shields from Blackbird Designs.
If you look at it closely it’s a combo of motifs all together with initials included in them. My thought was that I could stitch on this throughout the year. I could start with some pieces that don’t have initials in them, then as each grandchild’s birthday came around, I would stitch their motif with their initials. I think somehow I would put the last name Kramer on it…or put mine and my husband’s initials on it as well. The idea really started growing on me.
But then came all the decision work.
The piece is stitched up in two different colorways with two different finishing options.
The first is done in all red. Admittedly, I am not a fan of the pink linen…I would do it on a nice neutral linen.
The other option is this…
This was stitched in all different colors and then made into a pillow.
I’ve thought about it enough to know that I would like to frame the piece and not make a pillow. But I can’t decide if I like the red version or the colored version better. I really like both.
In the book is also this piece. This is stitched in three colors. Mostly a black along with two other colors as accents.
In the book, they made it into this drum. I like that too but there’s not enough room for all of the grandkids. I could stitch the other one and use these colors instead though. I kind of like that idea.
There is plenty of space to put all 10 grandkids onto the top piece. I love that! But…I’m so confused about which colorway I’d like to stitch this. Come on blog readers…you know my style and my decorating. Which way do you think would look best for my house and my aesthetic?
So…I’m leaning towards stitching this as my New Year/New Start. I think it would be a perfect addition to my cross-stitch walls and I love that it commemorates the grandkids.
Anyone want to stitch along??