As we await our first true snowfall of the year, I am pleased to introduce you to my newest cross stitch charts. They will be released this Friday, just as the snow starts to fly. As I shared before, I am moving to quarterly releases this year so expect the next grouping of designs sometime in March, if all goes according to plan.
My first release is the Rose Queen Sampler. This piece is stitched on 32-count opalescent linen from Zweigart using two threads from The Gentle Art (Buckeye Scarlet and Cast Iron Skillet), with a stitch count of 107 x 99. If you want to stitch this chart, you will need two skeins of each floss. Before designing this little sampler, I had in mind to design a piece that only used red and black and also had something to do with roses. I love roses but sadly, cannot grow them. I have tried several times but they always end up dying. For me, they are just too much work and the constant spraying to keep the beatles away really turns me off. Years ago, we lived in a trailer home on a 20-acre property. The couple who rented to us lived in the main farmhouse, a beautiful home built in the 1700s. The wife’s name was Rose and, appropriately enough, she loved roses. When I say she loved roses, I truly mean it. She had over 100 rose bushes around her home, from hybrid teas to grandifloras and floribundas to climbing roses. They were stunning but she worked constantly to keep them that way. I loved coming home from work in the late spring to find a huge vase of gorgeous cut roses on our front stoop. Roses filled her house all through the spring and summer…it was a very special place. Also in my rose memories is a rose bush my mother had when I was a child. It was next to our house and was a deep, dark red rose. I believe it was called ‘Abe Lincoln’ and I loved taking a rose to my teacher when the bush started to bloom. That was the rose I had in mind when designing this pattern. I wanted a saturated red for the roses, which is why I went with Buckeye Scarlet. However, all Buckeye Scarlets are NOT created equal! Many of them do not contain the deep red I was searching for. It took a while but I finally found two skeins with the dark red, which was exactly what I had in mind.
The framing was done by the wonderful women at the Framer’s Nook at Stitch ‘N Stuff in Reading, Pennsylvania.
The next piece is called True Love and is stitched on 40-count Lakeside Linen (‘Flagstone’), using Classic Colorworks silk (icing and strawberry shortcake), with a stitch count of 74 x 76. I was designing another piece when I came up with the doily-type pattern that is used in True Love. It wasn’t working for the original piece so I pulled it out and saved it. When I opened it later, the words ‘true love’ popped into my mind so I designed them and inserted them, along with a little color in the border, which reminds me of a ribbon running through the lace. Framing was also done by the Framer’s Nook.
The last piece for this month is called More Love More Prayer. The quote is by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and is a beautifully-stated reminder to be in constant prayer for those we love. It was stitched on 32-count linen (‘cream’ by Zweigart), using threads from The Gentle Art, Weeks Dye Works and DMC with a stitch count of 90 x 78.
Right now, I am furiously stitching away so I can get the next pieces in to the framer. I have stitched and ripped, stitched and ripped and stitched and ripped again a border for the one piece and it is driving me crazy! First, I didn’t like the design of the border and then I didn’t like the floss color I had chosen. As much as I originally loved the piece, I am so ready to be done and move on. I hope your stitching experiences have been much more pleasant. What are you working on these days?