Sunday, May 11, 2014

Stitching on Mother's Day

I hope everyone is having a lovely Mother's Day. I am awaiting the arrival of my dinner. My oldest son and his fiance are picking it up at Carraba's - yum!

In the meantime I'm indulging myself with watching the baseball game -- a good one today and doing a bit of cross stitching. First up I have my finished BBD Rosy Morning.


I went with Weeks Dirt Road for the alphabet instead of the pink it called for. I think this choice puts the spotlight on the house and the urn and those mutant birds.



And I am relaxing with my own personal Mother's Day tradition - starting a NEW project no matter how many I already have in progress. My choice this year is the new Blackbird Design SAL - you can see it here. Now I thought I had read that it would start today May 12.... see the mistake?? Today is May 11 - oops! I started this last evening after the stroke of midnight. I thought I was following the guidelines but I muddled that up - oh well.

I decided that this project would come from my stash. The linen is 28ct. R&R Old Parchment. It has a definite yellow-y tone.


My choice of linen dictated a change in floss colors. My palette is going to be GA Dried Thyme, Crescent Colors Honeycomb, Tennessee Red Clay, and Jakey Brown, Weeks Honeysuckle and a couple of other colors to be determined at a later date. It is going to be a very sweet sampler, in fact I'm going to call it my Honey sampler as two of the flosses have honey in their names and the whole thing will have a golden tone to it. Aren't I clever? LOL Anyway I started with the border in Dried Thyme. I like that there is a pattern but all four corners have a different turn. That means if I mess up it isn't going to show. When I put in that first line of stitching after the border I got the bright idea to do it as a decorative stitch.


I chose a long arm cross variation. The sampler calls for a 4 sided stitch and eyelet stitches so I thought adding another decorative stitch would be interesting. Years ago I actually taught classes about these kinds of decorative stitches at local needlepoint and cross stitch shops. When I lived in California I had a chance to take a class with Eileen Bennett of The Sampler House. She had lots of band samplers with beautiful decorative stitches. You can check her stuff out here.

Happy Mother's Day!

carol fun

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9 comments:

  1. Such beautiful colors you are using on your cross stitch. Happy Mother's day

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  2. I also like the weeks dirt road color. It goes so naturally. I love doing hand stitching on mother's day as there is no guilt that I should be doing something else.

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  3. Happy Mother's Day to you. It sounds like you are going to have a great dinner. I love the BBD finish. I like the alphabet color much better than the color that was called for. In fact I also like the colors you are choosing to do for the sew along better than the suggested ones. You have an ability to choose wonderful colors.

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  4. It sounds like a lovely Mother's Day.
    Love the BBD finish and the new start. What a great way to spend your day. I hope that dinner was yum!

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  5. Hope you enjoyed your Mother's Day stitching and not having to cook! I also started the SAL this weekend... just to see if I liked it. It's been so long since I cross stitched anything! And then I remembered the start date was May 12.. oh well. It was fun to work on yesterday!

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  6. Love your Mother's Day tradition of starting a new project! Hope you had a great slow stitching day!

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  7. Rosy Mornis so pretty. Love how the blue of the house is echoed in the vines and birds. Sounds like a nice mother's day! A fun new start.

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  8. Both your projects are looking beautiful. What a lovely way to spend Mother's Day.

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