Cross Stitch Crazy Continues
I am continuting to plug away at my 15 projects in the first 15 days of the year for the Cross Stitch Crazy 2016 Challenge. Okay, so plug away is probably not the best term to use. Let's say that I am gleefully stitching along instead. On Day Three, I started Kenny Kangaroo from Brooke Nolan of Brooke's Books. I can hardly believe that this series is free! She is one of my favorite designers - I have another of her designs coming up in my challenge rotation. The Animal Advent series has a stitch along group on Facebook. Just search for "Brooke's Books Animal Advent Stitch-A-Long" and request to be added to the group. I am stitching the Animal Advent series on Marbled Blue Aida from DMC that I received as a gift from my BFF Bobby last year for Christmas.
Day Four dawned on my Song of Solomon SAL project. I am stitching this one on evenweave that is a tan color with Threadworx floss. I am choosing colors as I go. And I am stitching the outer borders concurrently because I am so afraid I will miscount and goof up. In fact, the silly frog visited me three times just while I was stitching this part. I admit, I was trying to watch TV too. This project is not that complicated, but it is definitely going to be one that I need to play music instead of Justified when I am stitching and pay close attention. This design is from a Facebook group I am in called "Embroidery Motifs from Old Dutch Samplers" and it was created from motifs from - you guessed it - old Dutch samplers. There are quite a few of us stitching this design and each one is unique because most of us are choosing our own colors for the project. As you can see - I am using my beloved q snaps for this project. I am so glad that someone invented these for quilters and then we borrowed them for cross-stitch!
Finally, on Day Five, I started the second design in the Lucie Heaton Nativity series. I found these charts via my friend Irene who stitched them up for one of her grand kids. They were in a Cross Stitch Collection Christmas book, but you can also find a very similar version of these charts on Lucie Heaton's website. I am doing them on a dark blue which really makes them pop.
Today is Day Six and I will be sharing my progress on my sixth project on my Facebook page and also blogging about it here in a few days! I am not sure how much I will get done because today is Thrift store drop off day at the Barwick household. I finally convinced my DH to get rid of a few things and I am striking while the iron is hot and taking the stuff today before he has more time to think about it and change his mind. He has some hoarding tendencies so it is very difficult to convince him to give anything away.