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!