Hello Everyone! I hope everyone is well this week. We’ve been inside for the past few days because of the snow, but I was able to get our for a haircut yesterday afternoon. It was pretty to watch it snow for over two straight days. Fortunately, it was a light snow and we have about 6″. While it was snowing, we put some picture shelves and a curtain rod up in my studio. I did get a quilt on the rod and am slowly deciding what’s going on the shelves and the walls. I also finished stitching Button Up by Prairie Schooler last Friday and fully finished it.
Button Up was such a fun stitch! With every little block, I remembered playing in the snow as a kid and how much fun we had. The original chart has 9 squares, but I left the cardinal out and will plan on stitching it by itself as a little ornament. I got the idea to stitch it 4 x 2 from Helen D on Flosstube (@eastcoast.crafter on Instagram). I really liked how she finished hers, too.
I made mine as a small pillow with fiberfill and a two piece back. I added the bottom boarder just so you can see the bottom of the pillow when it’s being displayed.
My little guy went out to play in the snow this morning!
Then he had to come in and get warm!
Button Up is stitched with all DMC, mostly the called for colors, on 32 ct “Snow Day” Lugana hand dyed by Misty of Luminous Fiber Arts.
Last week, I watched Barb on Lost in Floss, Flosstube, and she was going to be doing Finish It February (#finishitfebruarysal on IG). I decided to join her and picked these four projects to work on this month. The idea is try to finish up a few things without starting anything new. I’m sure I can finish one, but I will at least make progress on all four.
- Top left: Stitchville by Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms
- Top right: Home Grown by It’s Sew Emma (Fat Quarter Shop)
- Bottom Left: Let’s Talk Winter by Hands On Design
- Bottom Right: Salute to Abigail by Blackbird Designs
I’ve already made a little progress on Stitchville. I think I’ll be able to finish this by the end of the week. After changing the hoop around a few times to finish up a strand of thread, I decided to try to stitch in hand without the hoop. I didn’t have any problems and I’ll continue to stitch like that so I can easily move around.
I made some progress on Winter Rose Manor, too. My plan is to try to work some on this on the weekends. I’m not ready to put it away and I would like to continue to stitch on it until it’s finished, I just know there is too much left to finish it in February, even if that’s all I stitched on.
I’m still stitching Scenic Farm every morning and finally made it to one of the buildings. As I was pulling the strands of floss for that bottom row of purple, I noticed the directions called for 2 strands of one color and 1 strand of another. I looked at the symbol for some of the other blends that I had done in the trees and they called for 2 or 3 strands of one color and 1 strand of another. Oh, no! I only used 1 strand of each color!
For this blend that the arrow is pointing at, it calls for 3 strands plus 1 strand. That’s 4 strands on 36 ct linen. Even stitching on 18 ct Aida, which came with the kit, that would be a lot. I went back over it with one extra strand and I think that will be enough. These are half stitches and that extra strand definitely has better coverage, but I think it’s enough coverage. I don’t need 4 strands. I will go back over all those tree stitches with another strand of thread. (SIGH) At least it should go pretty fast.
Well, that’s all I’ve got today. I plan on sewing some quilt blocks this week and finish getting my walls dressed up. I hope you have a great rest of your week and thanks for stopping by!
You have come so far with your Scenic Farm – so sorry that you have to redo parts of it. Love, love your cute pillow and the beautiful winter scenes. Have fun decorating your sewing room. Wow, to the amount of snow you got. It must look beautiful though.
Those instructions will trip you up EVERY time!
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