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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Saturday Stitching

Time to look into my stitching world this week...

My new stitchy friend, Brenda, made this grime guard for me. It is hard to tell but the fabric displays Old World Santas.  I do not usually use a grime guard but my Christmas Quaker two has so much extra fabric that I needed one for this project.

I typically start in the upper left portion of the chart. When it is not a big piece, this works but from now on, I will start in the middle of a big project. It makes it much easier to handle. I could barely tuck all the extra aida in the grime guard. And I have to say, Aida is not as easy to roll and tuck as an even weave or linen.  I am really enjoying this project. I am sure it will be years before I complete it but it will be worth all the effort.

I completed another small and added it to my waiting for fall basket.  A pumpkin Pie, not I!! It is embellished with a rusty jingle bell.  I used jute and some chenille to wrap around the piece. Rather than stuffing it I folded the cross stitch over a batting covered piece of corrugated board. I covered the back with a complimentary fabric, glued them together and added the jute and chenille to cover the space between the two boards.  I still fuss over my corners. They never turn out as good as Vonna's.

I got a start on Live Within Your Harvest by Hands on Design. I love these sunflowers.( These flowers were stitched with fancy floss and  think it really works here.)  I am hoping to finish this one into a drum...fingers crossed I will be able to do it. Marlene, at Cross Stitch Peddler, recommended I use a stiffer linen for this piece. It should help it to stand up without lumps and bumps. I am thinking of filling it with crushed walnut shells or sawdust.

And finally, another fall piece that I stitched on Saturday and Sunday.

This is Windown Winking Cheerful Lights Warm the Cold November Nights. It is the smaller design on Prairie Schooler's November. I must admit, after I took this photo I realized that I had November in the wrong place so I had to frog that and start over. I did complete the whole inner hexagon over the weekend.  I think this will be done soon. I am doing just a Fall Rotation right now so I can finish these up and move on to Christmas Stitching.

There is a lot of discussion about stitching on Aida vs even weave or linen. Some stitchers see Aida as old fashioned and only for beginners. Well I happen to think that the Prairie Schooler pieces look better on Aida. When Prairie Schooler began designing, back in the olden days of cross stitch, Aida was about the only fabric readily available for stitchers.   I distinctly remember a conversation I had with a fellow stitcher back in the late 80s. She ONLY stitched on Linen, she informed me. Well being a bit younger and very intimidated by this lady who stitched beautifully, I did not admit that Linen terrified me.  And it did at that time. I hated the slubs and the uneven weave of linen. When I had tried stitching on a piece, I got "off" on my count and ended up just tossing the piece. Now I do enjoy stitching on even weave and even linen every now and then. The Live Within Your Harvest is on linen but it is a nice even piece of linen...I did not see any slubs on it.  All this to encourage you to stitch on the fabric that makes you comfortable.  As Marlene tells me over and over...it is your piece and you need to make sure you love the stitching experience. So what if you cannot justify the expense of Fancy Floss. I used DMC for years and it is still my go to for most of my projects.  And if you enjoy stitching something more whimsical, go for it. Not everyone loves samplers and those big pieces that can take years to complete.  I am all over the place with my stitching, my fabric and my flosses. But I totally enjoy all the things I stitch! Remember the Batty Bakery from last week? I once said I did not understand the love people had for Frosted Pumpkin Designs. They just did not appeal to me.  However when I saw that sassy little witch whipping up cupcakes, I knew I wanted to stitch her up and I loved every minute of that stitching process.   You are never to old to grow and to change, in stitching as well as in life.

9 comments:

Ramblings of a Retired Lady said...

I dont 'stitch' but enjoy seeing your projects. Have a nice Saturday.

Sandy said...

Well said. You have spoiled us with the Saturday Stitching post. I get up trying to get Hubby and the dogs settled so I can look:)
I have been working on some Halloween pieces. I have some sawdust that I am going to stuff one with IF I ever get in the sewing room and then I want to try the walnut shells. I always want to try it all at least once to see if it is for me.

Mrs.T said...


Arlene, thanks so much for the encouraging words!!!! (As well as the pretty projects -- I especially love the "Windows Winking Cheerful Lights"!)

I so appreciate your thoughts on Aida and DMC. I like using them and always will. I think it is possible to be a "stitching snob" -- and so I very much appreciate your words of wisdom and encouragement regarding using materials you are comfortable with and stitching projects you enjoy, Very well said!

Robin in Virginia said...

I love your stitches in your waiting for fall basket. Well done! You are off to a good start on the Christmas Quaker along with your PS November 'small' square. Arlene, I think your last paragraph was right on the money about stitching what you want/how you want, and using the supplies you want. Enjoy your weekend and your stitching!

Visits With Mary said...

Always enjoy seeing your stitchings. I've never used a grime guard either, but I do think great idea.

Terri D said...

I always look forward to seeing your projects!! Your work is always beautiful!

Gina said...

Arlene, I have no idea what a grime guard is. But I'm happy you have one! xo

Have you ever considered starting a little business selling your handiwork?

Carol said...

Stitching is supposed to be relaxing and enjoyable not a competition :) I say stitch on what makes you happy and ignore those who look down on Aida and DMC. I love working with DMC--you always know what you're getting :)

RJ said...

Fantastic stitching Arlene. I love all of your projects. I especially like the sunflower stitch and look forward to seeing it finished. I think you did a great job with the flat finishes. Don't be hard on yourself. I'm with you stitch on whatever you love the most with whatever you want to add to it. RJ