Good afternoon! Just a little cross stitch update … nothing earth-shattering, but still fun nevertheless.
For the first time, I decided to order during the Picture This Plus Christmas in July sale. I had such a difficult time deciding what to order – there are so many choices and so many beautifully colored fabrics. How I ended up deciding was to just let what I call my creative intuition take over and order which fabrics seemed to speak to me. Erin at Fairy Tales and French Knots calls this her “Crafty Brain” – I love that she named it. I really believe it is creative intuition – perhaps I should name mine as she did.
Here are the colors I ordered. I was very satisfied with each piece; in fact, I’ve already cut into one and am using it in a new design slated for a 2018 release.
From left to right: Huntress (Lugana 28 ct.), Arbor (Belfast 32 ct.), Relic (Belfast 32-ct.)
From left to right: Willow (Lugana 32 ct.), Moss (Lugana 32 ct.), Pickled (Belfast 32-ct.)
The dark jewel-toned colors always call to me, although I know they are not as easy to stitch on. If you recall from an earlier post, I purchased “Dusk” in 40-ct. Still laughing at myself for that one.
In other cross stitching news … I had the idea to cross stitch a bunch of coffee-themed pieces and hang/display them around what I guess could be called my coffee nook. I love coffee and have for years. I patronize a local coffee roaster, where I buy whole beans and then grind them myself. I enjoy a few cups a day – it’s just one of those small pleasures in life for me. Anyway, I moved all my coffee apparatus on to a moveable cart which sits up next to a wall in the kitchen. It looks bare and needs some decorative touches. So the idea was born to cross stitch some things to add a bit of flair to the area. I purchased several patterns and will get going on them as time allows. Unfortunately, I just don’t have a lot of time to stitch other things besides my own designs. I wish that weren’t the case sometimes because there are so many patterns out there I would love to bring to life. So to start, I’ve been working on Primrose Needleworks’s “Coffee Crossword”. Here’s the chart and my progress so far. I’m sorry, but I don’t know which linen I am using – I did not use the called-for linen, just a piece I had in my stash. This pattern was charted for a combination of DMC/Gentle Arts threads but I’m just using DMC. I realized after taking this picture that I am missing a dark brown – hmm … I guess it’s around somewhere? Since I mostly stitch in hand, I move my stitching all over the house and even outside, so sometimes flosses get left behind in one location.
I also couldn’t resist purchasing this pattern. I know it’s one of three, but I only have number two. I absolutely love this scene and can see me in it, but that’s probably because I love being near the water. I also love her Funky Flowers series, and am kicking myself because I didn’t get them when they were released. I see them around from time to time, but they seem to be a bit hard to find.
What’s new with you? New fabrics? New starts? Please share!