Oh my – I thought I would be done with the October Sampler stitch by now. I finished the bottom of it last night where I had been debating what words to put in that bottom section and when I got that all stitched and took it out of the hoop to admire — well shoot ! I still had the flowers in the upper and left border to add and the little vines in those sections. So I got to work and there’s a lot of stitches in those border fill ins. I just finished all the flowers late afternoon today and just have the vines left so should be finished tonight. Had to stop stitching to get a few other things done.
Yes, I will finish those vines tonight BUT….. I’m really wanting to start on something new and that Prairie Schooler Let It Snow is staring me in the face from the table. So all my plans as to what I want stitch and when may be adjusted…. maybe….
Especially since this was delivered to my door this afternoon. It’s my order from Colorado Cross Stitcher.
In that package was the fabric I wanted to try for Let it Snow, and then that’s that 2016 Prairie School Santa that came with it, needles, some Lady Dot mini pompom trim in navy, and the Threadworks Primitives Let it Snow chart (Let it Snow is a not uncommon name for charts), and also included was the cute little needle minder at the bottom with the shop logo on it.
I also received a second package – some fabrics I had ordered from an Etsy shop I had ordered from once before and I have mixed feelings about this order. The fabrics are very pretty but when I saw these I remembered in my prior order several months ago there were one or two fabrics of the four or five I had in that order that didn’t really look like the image on the website. Since I hadn’t ordered them for any specific project it didn’t really matter. Now I know that computer monitors can make it look different, some shops only show the fabric on one base and different bases of linen/aida take the dye differently so that can account for a difference in the actual fabric, but only one of three of this order looks like the images. One I think is because of the difference of how aida takes dye – it’s a much lighter version without as many darker shades running thru it. One was also marked the wrong stitch count so was not the count aida I had ordered. I didn’t have a project for the one that is not the count I ordered and just wanted it for some smalls so it will be fine since I really didn’t have a rhyme or reason for which color I got in which count.. I will use them all but I was really looking forward to one of the colorways which in the piece I got looks absolutely nothing like the original photo. These are all fat 1/8 cuts, Mary Mack – brownish solid and Alchemy lightest color are 14 count and the grayish fabric is 14 count. That grayish (has sort of green undertones to it) might need to be a halloween background or I was thinking of pulling some floss for the Prairie Schooler Let it Snow – I think that might look good on the greenish/gray fabric.
I love how this project turned out. The chart is one of the designs from The Prairie School “Acorns” chart that I modified just a bit to fit the size I needed and is stitched on 20 count aida. I got the pumpkin from LuckyLadyDecor -it’s the medium size one 5″ x 6″ overall so that front piece is about 3″ x 4″. I had some Lady Dot Creates (also an Etsy shop or sold thru many cross stitch shops and other etsy needlework shops) chenille in the color Motherlode which was the perfect match for this pumpkin.
The cross stitch looks tilted in the photo above but it’s just the angle I took the photo at. But this was a pretty quick project to final finish. I used a piece of chip board, traced from the paper template I had previously talked about creating, checked it against the wooden cutout and against my stitched piece – holding it behind the stitching and using my stitching light to illuminate it from the back so I could see the outline of the board to make sure it was the right size for the stitching. Traced the board onto the back of the stitching and cut out about 3/8 – 1/2″ outside that line and ran a basting stitch with heavy duty thread about 1/4″ from edge. Put a couple pieces of 2-sided acid free stitchery tape on one side of board. Placed that face down on a piece of Warm & Natural batting to adhere to the batting. Trimmed the batting even with the board. Centered stitching, cinched up the edges making sure it was centered and smooth around the edges and then laced up the back. Used Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue (I have a “Tacky Pack” that I got from Amazon that has 5 bottles of various kinds of Aleene’s glue – don’t know that any one is better than another but thought I’d see which I like best and much better than using hot glue). Put the pumpkin stitch side down on a towel and set a 5 lb. bag of sugar on top of it for about 15 minutes. Then just ran a line of glue around the edge (I had about 1/4″ of wood exposed around the stitched piece) and glued the chenille around it. Pretty darn easy to finish off.
I also finished the stitching on my Peregrine Pilgrim small – this design is a bonus chart included with Twin Peaks Primitives “The First Thanksgiving” chart. He turned out rather cute if I do say so myself. The stitched area (border to border) is 2-3/8″ x 3.5″. The fabric 14 ct Aida left over from October Sampler. I must say I got two other pieces of aida when I ordered this one from ToDyeForFabricsNMore and I love the feel of it and the way her dyed fabrics are mottled (overall mottling to keep it not looking solid but not just random splotches here and there). So may places have very little hand dyed Aida – much more linen – so it was nice to find a spot that has all kinds of color choices. Some are ready to ship and others are dyed after you order. No affiliation but a happy customer and I will definitely be getting more aida from that shop in the future – especially when I want different colors. Most she shows with the DMC floss skein on top of it to compare it to (and also dyes lugana and linen).
I want to do a pillow finish but think I will add a piece of fall fabric to the side of him, with some ribbon or rick rack trim to make it a bit larger.
I also want to try the actual acorn shape finish on a pillow so am thinking the squirrel design – fall season but not specific holiday. I do also like the cornucopia but I have these cute teeny tiny metal acorn charms that would look cute attached to the squirrel so I think that one will win out.