WIP Wednesday February 17, 2021

Hello Everyone! I hope you are staying warm. It seems like most of the country is snowy or icy and cold. We are expecting more snow tonight and tomorrow with up to 8″ or so. It was nice to see the sun yesterday afternoon, if briefly, for the first time in almost a week. It’s been two weeks since I’ve done a cross stitch works in progress update. Since then I have a finish and started working on my next Finish It February piece.

Stitchville by Thimble Blossoms

Stitchville is finished! It was at the top of the Finish It February list. It is even fully finished. It took me all of one morning, pulling out my Bonnie and Camille fabrics, just to decide what I wanted to do with it. I got a little lazy and didn’t want to mount it on multiple layers of mat board with the fabric behind it. I didn’t have a frame for it and I thought it looked good on it’s own, so I mounted it on a little wooden box that I got at JoAnn’s several years ago. It’s been waiting for something to go on it.

Stitchville measures just under 5″ square and is stitched with Camille’s Cosmos thread pack that I’ve had for many years now. I changed the color of the swoon block in the middle to match my red and green swoon 16 blocks. It’s stitched on 36 ct white linen, 2 over 2. I have to say, the last round of houses was sort of a beast to do. Lots of color changes. That tiny little swoon pillow is only 5″ square and from Carrie Nelson’s “Pin Pals” book. Stitchville will be permanently displayed in my sewing studio.

Up next is Scenic Farm. This is where I was last time…

…and here it is now.

I have a building! Or at least part of one. It was nice to get into some full crosses. If you recall from last time, I needed to add another strand of floss to the trees. I’ve tried to add a thread or two to it when I’m stitching in the morning. Just a little left to do now. It’s back in the hoop so I can finish up the bottom of the center of the piece. I have more snow and ground to add before moving to a new section.

After finishing Stitchville, I picked up Let’s Talk Winter by Hands on Design, the next in line for Finish It February. I’m stitching on 32 ct Charcoal Lugana and it’s going fairly well. This is the first time stitching on a non Aida dark fabric in a long time. I have had to up my magnification on it a few times, and other times, the regular lens is okay. I usually work on it at night so I guess it just depends on how tired my eyes are. And I have had to re-stitch a few times, too. I’m going to continue working on it until I finish it, hopefully before the end of February. If I finish it, I’ll pull out Salute to Abigail next.

We’re hoping it will be a sunny, if not warm, weekend so we can go for a ride. I’m glad I have a place to swim because walking has been hit or miss. It’s not the cold, but the wind does get to us. I hope you have a great rest of your week and thanks for stopping by.

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9 Responses to WIP Wednesday February 17, 2021

  1. Little Quiltsong says:

    Oh – I so enjoyed seeing your progress and finish with these lovely stitcheries! Love how you framed Stitchville – it looks just perfect this way and doesn’t take away from the beautiful design. You have also come so far with Scenic Farm – so exciting. Enjoy your stitching and stay warm.

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  2. Hi, Brenda. Thanks for sharing another finish! Your work is gorgeous and I am continually amazed at how much you get accomplished!
    I am trying to get myself together to take up cross stitching – nothing too elaborate for sure.
    I have a question – do you always use a hoop? When do you use one? I have been watching some YouTubes and many people are not using hoops. Just a little confused on this.
    Thanks, Linda

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    • Brenda says:

      Thanks for you kind words, Linda. I almost always use a hoop and you gave me an idea for a blog post. I have used several different styles over the many years I’ve been stitching. As soon as I can find my older ones, I share my thoughts on them.

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  3. Sheila O Buchanan says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your lovely work with us, you are certainly an inspiration. I am an avid counted cross stitcher but I drifted off to quilting, teaching adult ladies to sew, teaching teenagers to sew, embroidery machine work, etc. I have picked back up my counted cross stitch and find it so relaxing. My eyes will NOT let me do the small work you do anymore. I am having to stick with 18, 14 or 11. As I said, I have picked this back up and am working on a piece I found I had started several years back. After seeing your work my question for you is, do you do yours in sections or do you do all the stitches for one color of thread before moving to another one? Right now I am finishing all the stitches for one color but wonder if it would be better to section my pattern off and do one section before going to another. Which do you prefer and why? Again, thanks.

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    • Brenda says:

      Thank you Sheila! It depends on each project on whether I color complete, but I will only do that in a section at a time. My counting is not the best, so I try not to count over too many threads to get to the next stitch for a color. With smaller projects it’s not much of an issue, but with samplers and larger projects, I try to go to the next group of stitches, even if I need to change the color. I find I make less mistakes that way. I always try to finish up all the stitching inside my hoop before moving on, too. I hope this helps.

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  4. Lydia says:

    I may have to give the darker linen a try, I do like how the white pops on it. I’m maybe 1/2 way through my Salute to Abigail and a hoping it’ll be finished by the end of February. It’s been a fun stitch.

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