Hello Everyone! I have a fully finished cross-stitch project to share today. But first, have a look at my beautiful azaleas and pretty bluebells and Lenten Roses.
Most of the azaleas were about 3 to 4 feet tall when we moved into this house 20 years ago. They’ve been trimmed significantly twice and probably need another good trim. We’ve had so much rain this year that they are in full bloom and beautiful.
I finished Welcome Summer by The Drawn Thread last week. It was a fun stitch with enough variety of stitches to keep it interesting.
I just love that bee skeep with the long stitches and the geraniums.
The linen is 32 count Star Sapphire by Wichelt that I purchased from my local Quilt Shop, Tiny Stitches. The shop carries a nice selection of cross-stitch products, too. The called for threads were all Dinky Dyes Silk. I substituted all my threads with The Gentle Art Simply Shaker, Classic Colorworks, Weeks Dye Works and DMC. If you are interested in the threads I used, you can email me and I will send you a copy of my conversions.
I used a combination of Vonna’s and Priscilla’s method for finishing. I used Vonna’s mounting technique for the cross-stitch and fabric covered mat board and Priscilla’s finishing technique of adding the finished piece onto another item. In my case, I used a plaque that I purchased from Michael’s. Check out both of their blog and Flosstube channels for inspiring finishing techniques.
I couldn’t find a specific tutorial for using the magnets and washers, but from watching Priscilla and other flosstubers on YouTube, I think this is the way she does it.
Welcome Summer is currently sitting on a tea table in my foyer. I can also hang it, but haven’t found a place yet, because most of my wall space is covered with quilts or pictures. I have four other Welcome charts by The Drawn Thread that I will exchange for the seasons. I will start working on the Autumn one soon.
Currently, I’m working on Home of a Needleworker Squared and I think I will finish it before moving on to Farmhouse Christmas again. It’s stitching up quickly.
I also finished Step 4 for the Sew Your Stash Along. I really like the stars made with Sweetwater’s Project Red fabric from a layer cake. I have started Step 5 and will hopefully finish that by the end of the month.
I’ll be back on Saturday to show you the Cabin Collection for The Art of Home Club. I’m so excited that I finally get to share it. Jacquelynne took some great pictures, too. Thanks for stopping by!