Thursday, May 14, 2020

Floss Update - AKA Cross Stitch

I hope all the Mom’s in blogland had a nice Mother’s Day last Sunday.  My daughter was home…we social distanced as best as we could.  I felt since we’ve all been isolated in our respective homes that it was worth the risk.  It was rainy most of the day but we still had a nice time.

Today’s post is all about cross stitch and I hope you enjoy it…

A Previous Finish

Pattern Name: Quilter’s Cottage
Designer: Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet Co for It’s Sew Emma Stitchery
Fabric: 10 Count Aida, Vintage Burlap
Stitch count: 99 x 140
Finished Size: 10” x 14”
Floss: 6 strands of called for Aurifloss (yes 6!) over 1 square
Start date: 2/14/19  End date: 4/4/19
Current status is “FFO” (Fully Finished Object)

This was my third cross stitch start. It was a SAL hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop.  I purchased the recommended frame from Amazon.  The glass was broken when the package arrived and I was given a total refund and told to keep or discard the remaining parts.  Honestly, I wasn’t planning to use the glass anyway so it ended up being free.

I put a thin piece of batting behind the stitching and mounted it all on sticky board and popped it in the frame.  It now hangs in my craft room.

FO (Finished Object - stitched but not fully finished

Pattern Name: Wee One: Quilting Bird
Designer: Heart in Hand
Fabric: 18 Count Aida, hand dyed by Fortnight Fabrics
Stitch count: 42 x 79
Finished Size: 2.3” x 4.4”
Floss: Called for Classic Colorworks and DMC (2 x 1)
Start date: 4/4/20  End date: 4/7/20

This was my 26th cross stitch start.  I want to fully finish this piece into a small pillow.  Lori Holt has a new YouTube channel and her first video is a tutorial on how to make small pillows with your cross stitch.  I just need to gather a few supplies and then I’ll be ready.


Feels Like Home

Last week’s status

 This week’s progress

Finished part one.  I’ll begin part 2 this evening, after all, part 3 releases tomorrow 😊

New Starts

Memorial Day by Hands on Design.  I’m stitching from stash on this one and will share my floss conversions once I finish it.  The fabric is 16 count white aida.
My progress so far.  It looks wonky but I promise, it isn't.

Chalk Full: Bloom – a collaboration between Hands on Design and Priscilla Blain.  Priscilla draws the designs in chalk and Cathy Haberman of HOD then turns those drawings into cross stitch charts.

This series is offered as a club kit from the Fat Quarter Shop.  The kit includes the chart, floss and fabric. Each design consists of a “jar” and a “small” chart.  We get a new release every other month.  Bloom is next to last in the series so I will share previous finishes over the next few months as the ‘seasons’ change (so to speak).  These designs are stitched using hand dyed floss on 14 count black aida.

This is my start on the ‘small’

My recent haul…

Memorial Day (chart only)

Chalk Full: Bloom kit

Coral Beach and Robin's Egg Blue

Hand dyed fabric from fionascraftcottage on Etsy.  This fabric is amazing and it was quick shipping.

This last piece of haul leads into the next category of my cross stitch posts which will be…

Flosstube Favorites

Fiona is also a new stitchy friend.  We’ve joined a virtual stitching group on Zoom that meet up on Monday and Thursday evenings.

Photo provided by Fiona

This is Fiona and her ‘real life’ stitching buddy, Marley.

Fiona and her family live in Washington state.  She homeschools her two daughters and has even convinced her husband to cross stitch a piece. You can visit Fiona on her YouTube channel Fiona’s Craft Cottage.  She is also on Instagram at fionas.craft.cottage.  She has some amazing finishes.

Photo provided by Fiona

More of Fiona’s beautiful fabric

That is my floss update this week.  Have I convinced any of my quilty friends to join me yet… down here in this rabbit hole?  Let me know if you have…I enjoy company 😊

Until next time, stay safe!


A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Lovely stuff you have there - but no - I'm not going to join you down in your rabbit hole - at least not yet. I try not to say "never" - 'cause you never know - ;))

Karen said...

You have really gotten the cross stitch bug. The Lori Holt house design is also a quilt pattern which I thought I might do. But I have decided I have way too many Lori Holt fabrics and patterns already waiting.

I have been watching Fat Quarter Shop floss tube programs and have seen the stitch along that the blue bird is from. So tempting. The blue bird part of the design is so sweet.

moosecraft said...

All beautiful stitches! I was tempted by the feels like home one....but, I have enough! ;-) Do you find stitching on black cloth difficult to see the holes? How do you like the q-snaps as opposed to a hoop? Thank you for sharing more flosstubes... just what I needed! lol! ;-)

Vicki in MN said...

I love how the new Cross stitch is incorporating little quilts in the design. Yeh maybe some day I will do it again, but not right now. It would be a good winter project for me;)

Sam I Am...... said...

Awesome post!!! I need to be as organized and give all the information like you did about each piece. You have some beautiful pieces and your Final finishes are so lovely. We have the same taste in projects I think. I subscribed to Fiona's podcast and like her fabric! It is so inspiring to see your stitching projects! Plus, I am going to try and FF one today that has been done since last year! There are more like that too! Shame on me! Great job on all of it!

Needled Mom said...

You're really accomplishing a lot with the cross stitch. It looks beautiful too.

Art and Sand said...

So pretty!

Decades ago when I did a lot of cross stitch, one company came out with a cross stitch vintage Santa pattern each year. They were only about 5'x7' and pretty quick. I bought the pattern each year and must have done one each Christmas. I made them into little pillows - added a ruffle to make them look a little bigger. They are up in the attic and now I'm thinking that I should take the pillows apart and make a quilt with the cross stitch Santas on some of the squares.

Cheryll said...

All your stitchery projects are gorgeous. Good luck working on them... xox