I was talking to Liz at the Stitchery Nook and she asked if I was planning any stitch-alongs for 2023 or if I was going to keep going with them.
I looked around a little bit. I found a few things I liked. But then I thought I should probably ask all of you.
What are you thinking? Do you like stitch-alongs? Do you like big projects? Do you like seasonal projects? Do you like pillows? Do like to frame things?
This is your chance to chime in with your thoughts. Feel free to suggest charts or designers. Right now, I was tossing around some thoughts. Maybe a couple of smaller projects for early in the year and then do a bigger one in the Fall??
For some smaller projects, I liked any of these from With They Needle and Thread.
Then I got an idea that maybe we should be a year-long stitch-along and stitch something like Garden Club from Blackbird Designs.
This is a series of 12 small charts…but that might get a little expensive for some.
This is an individual chart…
There are eleven more charts and they can all be stitched together into one big piece like this if you want. People have used different layouts. This is more horizontal…
…and this vertical. You can read more about the Garden Club series HERE.
If we did this, people could jump into the stitch along and make it their own. You could pick three and stitch them in a row or column. You could stitch individual ones of your choosing and frame them or make them into pillows or you could stitch the whole thing with a goal of stitching one each month.
I also didn’t know if we wanted to continue trying new things.
Do we want to learn to do a strawberry finish?
Do we want to learn to do an oval finish?
Do we want to learn to make a drum?
I proposed this question in the stitch along group Facebook page and this piece was suggested…
That’s kind of big but not too big.
This was also suggested…
This one isn’t really big either but might be pretty big for a person who is starting cross stitch.
The other thing with both of these is that they are religious…and I know that doesn’t appeal to everyone either.
SO…I’m asking that you all take some time. Look through some of the online websites from designers and cross-stitch shops and share your thoughts on what you would like to do for a stitch-along. If you don’t want to take the time to find a chart, could you leave a comment that says you prefer a stitch a small piece…want to be challenged with some over-one stitching…want to try a sampler…
Whatever your preference is, I’d love some input. Obviously, I can’t please everyone with whatever I pick but I’d at least like to please some of you.
None of these would start until the new year.