Sunday, May 18, 2014

Enjoying some slow stitching on Sunday

Hello there -- hope today is a good day for you. The weather here is warming up and I do appreciate it after the last cold rainy days we've had. I really thought Spring was here but you couldn't have proved it by last night's temperatures. I was outside in my polka dot pajamas (did you really think I would have any other kind? LOL) and my son's polar fleece jacket hauling in my hanging baskets of petunias, and some dahlias I hadn't gotten in the ground into my garage as they were warning we could have frost -- FROST!!! It is almost the end of May, talk about endless winter. Sheesh!

Anyway the last couple of evenings and this afternoon have provided some quality stitching time and I've made a lot of progress on the Blackbird Design SAL Sampler.


As you can see I've changed the colors and some of the stitches too.  Hmmm... the border and 4 sided stitch look grey here when in fact they are GA Dried Thyme - a green.   I got started on the alphabet with the 4 sided stitch and remembered why it isn't one of my favorites -- it just takes too long to get anywhere! I had determined before I threaded up my first needles on this piece that I would NOT do those eyelet stitches. I dislike them for the same reason - they take too much time. So I went with Smyrna crosses over 4 threads. Quick, easy and I love the big bump they make.

Now these pictures show a lot more contrast between the thread color of the Smyrna crosses and the linen than in real life. I'm going for the low contrast look - subtle. Which is kinda funny since I don't often do subtle, but this just seems like a sweet little sampler.

I'm linking up with Kathy's Quilts Slow Stitching on Sunday. Check out what everyone else is doing.

Happy stitching-
carol fun

10 comments:

  1. It looks so pretty....wish I had time to join the SAL.

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  2. That sampler is looking great. I love the way the Smyrna cross stitches look. I once put them on a pumpkin and they were just perfect. I agree, way to late in May for a frost!!!!!

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  3. Ah I'm glad I'm not the only one! I did the four sided A and knew I was going to change the other four sided stitches. That alphabet will be enough for me! Love the idea of the Smyrna!

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  4. Love your progress on this piece and your interpretation of it!
    Crazy weather!!!

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  5. Cute! I am working on some cross stitch too!

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  7. wow - you're just zooming along on this. I'm changing some stitches, too, but I started in the middle, and that large alpha is taking forever.

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  8. Beautiful progress! I am not nearly as far along as you are! Looks great and you are giving me some food for thought since I have never done eyelet or four-sided stitches. Hmmm... need to think about this! Thanks!

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