Cross stitchers all around are getting ready for Sampler September. It’s a month many set aside to work primarily on samplers. I’m a sampler girl on a regular basis so dedicating time to stitch on samplers isn’t really necessary for me…but that doesn’t stop me from participating. For me, I’m starting a new sampler.
The sampler is Christmas Garden by Blackbird Designs. I have long admired this. Then Olivia at Pumpkin Hollow Quilts on Flosstube stitched it this year and that sealed the deal for me. I knew I wanted to stitch it. I didn’t have a specific time or date to start it but knew I would be stitching it.
I bought the book that the chart is in. It’s this one…Home for the Holidays.
There are other great charts in the book as well.
Fast forward to the retreat at the end of July. Some of us were talking about projects that we’d like to start stitching. Someone mentioned Christmas Garden and I said, “YES!! Count me in!”. I immediately went down to the shop and bought the floss I needed.
It’s hard to believe but… the chart is stitched with only 4 different colors.
One of the colors is Calico Kitty. It variegates from red to brown.
I am drawn to the chart because of the red colors so I decided to pull four other reds, Classic Colorworks Used Bring and Barn Door, and Weeks Dye Works Baked Apple and Brick. I will use this occasionally when it calls for Calico Kitty and instead I want more of a red flower. It’s easier than trying to use only the red portion of a variegated color.
Next up it was time to consider linen. Kayla liked this linen. It’s Fog by Picture this Plus. I liked this too. The colors would all pop nicely.
This was Eureka by Fox and Rabbit. I love the linen but not for this. I was afraid the Fool’s Gold wouldn’t show up the best on this…and it’s kind of yellow.
I passed on these two…Picture this Plus Sand and Fawn.
This was Heartland from Picture this Plus. I liked this…
I ended up pulling out the color Fool’s Gold and then ended up not knowing how the floss would show up.
After trial and error, these were the options.
That got eliminated.
These are the two still in contention…Fog by Picture this Plus and Flannel Flower by Fox and Rabbit.
I am going to check the hashtag #ChristmasGarden tonight and see what others used. That’s a great way to quickly see what others used. I don’t think either linen is bad so no matter what I pick will be just fine.
Any opinions from all of you?? Anyone what to stitch along??
I am stitching this one slowly with the hope of having it done by the next time we retreaters get together in July of 2023. I love a slow stitch!!
One more thing I forgot to add. I’m debating on the words Christmas Garden. I’ve been thinking about stitching “Johnson Family” and stitching it for my side of the family.