I hope this post finds everyone well and enjoying the winter days of January. Four new releases this month – perhaps you’ll find something new to stitch!
Stitched on 40-count white linen using DMC threads, this is a nod to kitchen retro. The stitch count is 69 x 82, with a finished (stitched) size of about 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″. As always, don’t let the 40-count intimidate you. If you don’t enjoy stitching on it, choose another count. You can use a cross stitch calculator to figure out the size of the piece on a different count linen. My sister Val finished it as a flat-fold and I believe she got the little charms from that big box store which exists in about every town in America now. I am in love with the fabric she chose (which came from the fabric big box store).
Next up … Friendship …
This piece was stitched on 32-count Zweigart linen (Lambswool), using DMC threads, with a stitch count of 98 x 158. The infinity sign at the bottom could possibly be enlarged and personalized inside with your and your friend’s initials. I know there are free alphabet charts online. Just an idea for you. I wanted to keep it generic for the model. Stitch count on this one is 98 x 158.
Snowflake … I’ve seen enough of these around here this week!
This one was stitched on 32-count Zweigart linen (Dark Cobblestone) using DMC threads. This linen is a beautiful color … not sure why it didn’t catch my eye before. Stitch count is 117 x 82.
And rounding out the grouping is Tiny Shamrock Sampler.
Val finished it as an ornament – since it was stitched on 40-count linen, it was small enough to do so. Stitch count is 83 x 73, the linen is Lakeside Linen (Flagstone), and it was stitched with Classic Colorworks silk floss. This is the third of my tiny samplers, the first two being Tiny Daffodil Sampler and Tiny Pansy Sampler. You can check out the gallery of my website to see them – they were released a year or so ago. I do have three other tiny samplers already designed, waiting to be stitched.
I did make a note on the chart about this, but since this piece is stitched (for the most part) with variegated silks, a DMC conversion was a little tricky. I found comparable alternatives except for the pot of gold. The silk used was “Enchanted Forest” and there is no DMC alternative. I noted on the chart that since it’s a very deep dark green, you could use black (310), or if you wanted a lighter look, you could opt for DMC 3371.