Friday, July 23, 2021

Blackbird Designs

I spend a weekend a month cross-stitching a Blackbird Designs patterns.  Stitched on coffee/tea dyed Aida 16 count.  Flosses were changed bto reflect the chart photograph.  DMC 3768, 3774, 223, 224, 840, 3857, 221, 3011, 830, and 3752.

May Word Play

At the beginning of the year I made a list of things to accomplish in my creative life- one of them is this piece.  I made some changes and used a variety of odds and ends flosses and live the result.  Sorry I did not iron it.  I have stitched nearly half if the monthly patterns in this set.  A safe guess is that another one will show up next year.  

June Cross-Stitch

Stitching with the Housewives has done it again!  Another cute pattern!  I just love the vintage trucks and one in pink!  This piece is stitched on 14 count chalkboard black Aida.  Flosses include DMC 904, 907, 3822, Blanc, 224, 304 and good old 310.  There is a mistake or two I chose to leave them in the design.  

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Sweet Strawberries

Blackbird Designs Summer Come Again pattern is just what the warm weather called for.  This quick stitching project makes my mouth water just thinking about the strawberries I have in the kitchen.  This piece stitched on 16 count coffee/tea dyed Aida with two strands over one.  I changed the. Basket a bit but kept the remaining pattern fairly true to designed.  I used all DMC flosses 347, 3828, 934, 815, 610, 167, 169, 3011, and 712.  

Keep on Keepin' on

Another quick cross-stitch pattern is one in a series of Heart in Hand, part of the square dance series.  I completed the August piece.  I stitched on 16 count coffee/tea dyed Aida, 2 threads over one.  I picked colors from my stash and went to stitching.  I am stitching them in order and eventually I will start September.  Flosses include weeks Dyeworks Schneckley and Pecan, DMC 310, Blanc, 3031, 975, 3821, 728 and 976.  

A Little Blackbird Designs

Yes, I did it again I changed the pattern a wee bit.  I decided to make it smaller and not include the border.  It should finish about a 5' x 5" frame this way.  I plan to display it in my wall in the living room.  I used two threads on 16 count coffee/ tea dyed Aida in primarily the DMC flosses 931, 935, 3021, 739, 831, 937, 642, 932, 3790, 930, 3348 and 647.  I really like that the ladies of Blackbird Designs do list the DMC flosses not just fancy flosses.  

Summer Stitching

This adorable pattern by Stitching with the Housewives stitched up quickly.  We grow tomatoes in the garden each year and I thought this piece would work well in a summer display.  I used chalkboard black 14 count Aida, 310, Blanc, DMC 347, 322, 3346, 907 and Classic Colorworks Queen Bee.  I did vary from the pattern just slightly as I am known to do.  I just love it!