Scenic Farm

Hello Everyone! Today is all about one piece, I have my framed Scenic Farm back and want to share the final pictures and statistics about it.

I first saw Scenic Farm, a Dimensions kit designed by Mildred Sands Krate, on a Country Stitchers video when Deb began to stitch it, either in 2019 or 2020. At that time, it was out of print. But after showing it on the video, there was so much interest in it, that Dimensions re-released it. As soon as it was released in 2020, I bought the kit.

I started my stitching journey for Scenic Farm on January 1, 2021. I changed the kit 18 ct Aida to 36 ct Antique White linen and used all the kit threads. The floss was so neat back then!

Here it is and I love it! I had it framed at Michaels and I spent at least 45 minutes with the framer and he did an excellent job. He called on the day he said it would be finished and told me the frame came in, but the inset covered about a 1/4″ of the stitching. He knew that I was very addiment that the framing should not cover any stitching, but be next to the stitching without any gaps. When he called, he had already reordered everything but wanted to let me know why it wasn’t ready on time. Very pleased with the service I got. I did have it framed with museum glass to keep the reflections low.

Now for a few stats:

  • Date Started: 1-1-21
  • Date Stitching Complete: 11-18-21
  • Date Fully Finished: 12-9-21
  • Days Stitched: 236

Let’s talk about that last number a little. When I started, for the first three months, I stitched on Scenic Farm everyday except three. In April, September, October and November, I averaged about 15 days a month, and in June, I took most of the month off and only worked on it for 7 days. In May, July and August, I averaged over 25 days in those months. That’s a lot of stitching and I’m proud of myself that I kept at it.

If you’ve followed along with me on this journey, you’ve seen my progress every week, but I would like to highlight just a few things about the stitching. You can see that there is lots of backstitching, but it does bring out the details in the design. Also, most of the colors are blended, needing at least two strands. The sky is a tent stitch (half stitch) and stitched with two strands. The background brown trees is also a tent stitch, but using four strands. There are some other places that where stitched with the tent stitch using three strands. Using the tent stitch did make those sections go so much faster than using a full cross. Instead of using a French knot for some of the leaves in the tree, I used the colonial knot, which I think lays a little better.

I still have not hung it on a wall yet. I want to put it somewhere where I can see it all the time. I’m going to wait until my Christmas decorations come down to have a better idea of where it should go. For now, it’s on the guest bed and I can see it from the hallway everyday.

I would like to thank all of you for sharing this journey with me, especially Sigi and Lydia, who always had kind and encouraging words for me every week. At this point, I don’t have any major plans for starting a new large project for the new year. What I may do is take one of the larger pieces that I have going and work on that as my morning stitch until it’s finished.

I hope to be back one more time before Christmas with a few more finished Christmas smalls (haven’t fully finished them yet), but in case I’m not, I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday Season.

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21 Responses to Scenic Farm

  1. J says:

    Beautiful!

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    • Carol in Texas says:

      Brenda, congratulations! What a finish! I’ve never done a kit….your comment about the floss was interesting. But finishing this is quite an achievement. I know you will enjoy the beautifully finished piece. I’m a great starter, not such a great finisher! So I am especially admiring of your persistence! Merry Christmas! Carol in Texas

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  2. Little Quiltsong says:

    You are so sweet to mention me in your blog. It is you, who has inspired me, with your dedication in finishing this beautiful, beautiful piece. Love the frame and matte that you chose – the piece just shines within – so intricate and special. Just love it! It totally reminds me of the scenes that surround us, when we venture out of our little town and drive into the city. I’m always so glad to come home again :)! Enjoy your lovely, lovely finished cross-stitch. I know it will find a special place in your home!

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    • Brenda says:

      Thank you so much Sigi! We went on a drive earlier this week and I saw a farm that was so similar. Unfortunately, we had a car behind us so I couldn’t take a picture. Of course, there was no snow for us, but I’m sure you have a lot. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

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  3. Mary V Griffin says:

    Brenda, It is just too beautiful for words! You are so great at this! I have purchased this because you inspired me but mine may never get started or finished! Thanks for inspiring me to want to cross stitch and learn to quilt! After the holidays, I hope to really get to work! Thank you again for your dedication to posting for us and the awesome work you do! I hope to be good at this one day! Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I will work Christmas day but hope to see all my girls! We love you!

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    • Brenda says:

      Thanks so much Mary! It would be great if we could find some time to get together and stitch a little since I’m back in the home state. We’re only 3 hours away or so, lol. Happy Christmas to you and your family, too.

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  4. lindafarineau5121 says:

    Brenda, your work is gorgeous! And that word does not even does this project justice. I greatly admire your discipline and faithfulness to your projects in getting them finished.
    Merry 1st Christmas in your new home! Looking forward to seeing the projects you will be tackling in 2022.

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  5. Elizabeth Porter says:

    Your art piece is just gorgeous!

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  6. Rita says:

    Beautiful!!

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  7. Helen says:

    It’s lovely, and beautiful choice of frame. Always nice to have something so beautiful to show for all that effort

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  8. Lydia says:

    It is stunning! So great that you found a framer that give great service. Can’t wait to see what you plan for your next magnum opus!

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  9. Carol A Remmick says:

    You did a fantastic job

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