This stitch just moved along so quickly and it was so much fun. Those cardinals and the font of the words – love them. And I like that it’s a nice little compact stitch. On 14 ct. the stitched area is just under 5″ square so it will look great in the black Mill Hill standard 6″ square frame I have coming. And although, I generally don’t like backstitching – with two strands I like it so much better than one strand and I love the combination of backstitch and cross stitch to make the lettering. Yes, you guessed it, I love this one.
Now what do I stitch on? Actually I may start my St. Nicholas Day stitch if I can decide on a fabric. If I start it now, I may actually have the stitching finished ON St. Nicholas Day. We shall see. I’ll be stitching this.
I had ordered all the called for flosses, which are hand dyed and one was out of stock. I wouldn’t have any problem substituting another floss, but I did want it to be a hand dyed floss because its the darker blue of his robe and hat and I think that look was what drew me to him in the first place (although I do like his donkey friend too). Anyway, as I was moving some floss rings for projects I’ve completed that the floss needs to go back to the proper place in the stash, I had the floss from Owl Forest for the New Year Sampler I had finished and that one had the right shade of blue in it. I don’t know how variegated it will look when I stitch it but its a good color match I think so I’m going to go with that.
And check out this chart – I have had this in and out of my cart so many times over the last year or more. I love it but oh the color changes. But I love it and I love the colors. I usually don’t like brighter colored charts but this one I love. I love the border even tho I don’t usually like big, involved borders. I think it’s because, again like some others, it reminds me of a quilt border. Anyway, I finally ordered it and the floss and it will be a project for 2023. Judy might be ordering it too – have not gotten a final word on that but I sent her the photo to tempt her. 🙂
I have been watching Helen D’s flosstubes and her progress on this and she just finished it and it is stunning. That was the clincher that made me get it now. It’s called Cardinal Points, designed by Long Dog Samplers, in conjunction with GAST as it’s all GAST threads used in it.