Hello Everyone and welcome back for a Works In Progress Wednesday. I was able to do some stitching on and off while on our trip last week. It’s always a pleasure to work on something in a campground where there is plenty of natural light. I also take one of my Ott lights with me so I have nice bright light in the camper.
I tried to keep up my morning stitch routine when possible and put in a couple of strands everyday on Scenic Farm. On Monday, I finished up all the sky in the third section I’m working on. There were a lot of stitches to be stitched! I counted the 10 x 10 blocks on the chart, and there were over 2000 half stitches. I have to say, I’m glad to be moving on to the trees and the top of the house.
I also worked on Gathering Berries by Misty of Luminous Fiber Arts using her hand dyed Sparrow 32 ct linen. I’m stitching it with CCW Belle Soie Cranberry silk. I like stitching with the silk, but it is a little slippier than I’m used to. I switched to a smaller eye needle so my thread wouldn’t slip through as much. I stitched a lot on this while riding in the truck because the fabric is easy to work on and there are no color changes.
On the day of our big hike, I began working on the small in Let’s Talk Spring by Hands on Design while we were sitting outside in some bright sun. I’m stitching it on 32 ct Charcoal Lugana, 2 over 2 using the called for DMC. I worked on it for a day while we camping and once since we’ve been home. These little designs are so cute. I made the one from Autumn, but have not started the Winter one yet. I’m going to work on it this week and hopefully get it finished before spring is over.
I showed you the finished Spring Green Saltbox last week and told you I wasn’t really happy with the darker red. I decided to take out all the red and re-stitch it.
Here it is finished and I’m so much happier with it. I didn’t go too light, but lighter. I used DMC 3328 which is a pretty watermelon color, very nice for late spring and early summer. I finished it as another simple small pillow and you can find the stitching details here. It’s a freebie by Melisa at Pinker n Punkin Quilting & Stitching.
My basket of smalls is getting full and I love it on the coffee table where I can see it all the time. By the way, Melisa just released another house, a patriotic saltbox freebie. I already have it downloaded!
Speaking of patriotic stitches…
… I have also been working on Salute to Abigail since we’ve been home. I’m going to finish stitching the bottom vine to make sure it matches before adding the berries. I’m also going to finish the blues and white before continuing with the red.
As I mentioned several updates ago, I’m almost out of CCW Cupid. I do have a skein of variegated DMC 115. I wrapped Cupid around the DMC and you cannot tell the difference. I believe that there is a darker red in the 115, but I can cut that out as I go if needed. All of the places I will be using the red are small motifs so I can work with the colors I need.
Here is the picture from the book, Sweet Land of Liberty by Blackbird Designs, as a reminder of what the final piece will look like.
If you watch Flosstube, then you’ve probably already heard that Brenda and Laura of Brenda and the Serial Starter are going to have a Blackbird Designs SAL starting the first weekend of May and then the first weekend of every month on Instagram. You can follow along or stitch along with #bbdweekendsal. I’m going to participate and just work on Abigail this weekend. I hope to get a lot done.
It’s Apple Blossom Festival time in Winchester, VA, so we have a few social events to go to later in the week. Most will be outside, but also, most of the people I will be around have been fully vaccinated. My husband and I go for our second shot next week, so I’m looking forward to being fully vaccinated. My son and daughter have both had their first shots now, so things are looking up for our family. I hope that if you haven’t been vaccinated, you will soon have your chance. I’m ready to do normal things again!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of your week.