I picked some small cross stitch projects and have enjoyed both of these tremendously... the threads and designs sure can make a person smile and keep their minds on good thoughts!
I do enjoy Americana stitches... this latest is called "America" and it is a design from Nan Lewis of Threadwork Primitives. I stitched this with some Gentle Art threads on linen and backed it with a red and cream fabric.
32 count linen
Gentle Art Threads
7052-Schoolhouse Red, 7054-Chalk, 7055-Uniform Blue
I have a few designs of hers and look forward to stitching them all! Visit Nan's blog and check out her latest releases!
This next piece is called "Pumpkin Row". I purchased this as a kit from Country Sampler Quilt Shop a couple of years ago... and finally got the courage to finish it up! What took the "courage"? Some "new to me stitches" that's what... this piece was both fun to do and a little bit of a learning curve too! It included the regular cross stitch, the smyrna stitch and some backstitching for accents. Then came the fob. Making the twisted chord and overcast stitching the front of the fob to the back of the fob was another new to me technique. It all worked out pretty well I think... though the overcasting the front and back together should go a bit quicker and neater next time! ;-)
Chessie & Me
32 count linen
Various Anchor, Weeks Dye Works and DMC threads
You can click on the pictures to enlarge. The other side of the fob has the crow stitched on it. The crow, leaves, pumpkin stems and squash blossoms were all done with the smyrna stitch. A real fun stitch! Visit Chessie & Me blog to see what they have been up to!
That's about it for now... thanks for taking the time to enjoy some stitches with me!