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



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

  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.

  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.

  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!

  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!

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

  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.

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


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