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


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

  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!!!!!

  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!

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

  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.

  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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