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!  

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Little House Needleworks

I have been going through project bags to kit up a few for stitchmaynia this year and realized I have not photographed this piece.  It is Winter ABC's by Little House Needleworks.  It is part of a four piece series.  This one is my favorite!  Stitched on 16 count Icon Aida fabric by Picture This Plus.  I love everything thing about it.  Flosses include DMC (721, 645, 729) and Classic Colorworks:  Bamboo, Steamed Broccoli, Hickory Sticks, Licorice Red and Roasted Chestnut.   

The picture does not do it justice.  

Off to kit up the Spring ABC's.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Indigo Lane

This beautiful piece designed by Brenda Gervais aka With thy Needle & Thread.  I fell in love with this pattern after seeing it stitched on Flosstube.  Stitched on 18 count Aida Sterling by Picture This Plus.  Flosses are a combo of DMC (372, 613, 3032, 3756,931), Weeks Dyeworks (Gunmetal, Seagull, Navy, Light Khaki, Sandcastle, Pamlico), Classic Colorworks (Hazelnut and The Gentle Art ( Endive, Slate, Cornhusk).  
This piece is the inspiration for my living room.  

A Spring Finish

This adorable pattern is by Christiane Dahlbeck.  I have looked forward to stitching this piece for the past year.  This will be a cute addition to my decor.  Stitched on 14 count Aida colors I chose all in DMC 310, 435, 433, 3864, 989, 744, 519, 907, 776, 727, 904, and Blanc.  I made slight changes from the original- part on accident, part on purpose.

Friday, April 2, 2021

March 2021

Christiane Dahlbeck's design out of this book is one I have wanted to stitch for the past year.  It is in the same DMC threads as my previous post- I did add 2 more shades of green- 907 and 989.  I hope to pop this is a little frame for next March.  Aida fabric in white 16 count.

Spring Project

I don't think I posted this last year but I stitched this piece in 14 count ivory Aida in DMC.  The floss colors are 3864, 433, 435, 310, Blanc, 818, 500, 904, and 704.  704 is the bright green and I will say I really like this color.  The design book is in German and I picked colors that appear very close to the design.  I have several of Christiane Dahlbeck's books.  The patterns are sweet.  

Heart in Hand Stitching

Another adorable Heart in Hand design that I stitched this winter is in the Wee One collection entitled Valentine Bird.  I did make a few slight changes.  Cross-stitched I. 16 count ivory Aida with DMC flosses:. 223, 304, 610, 712, 729 and 841.  Heart motifs are so fun to stitch.  

Valentine Stitching

Heart in Hand has some of the best Valentine cross-stitch patterns.  This quick stitch is Bird in the hand Valentine's Day.  I used hand dyed Aida (coffee/tea dyed) 16 count.  The flosses are all DMC: 223, 712, 841, 838, 3716 and 3721.  I stitched two threads over one.  This will be cute as a small pillow for decorating next year.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Gingham Greetings

Stitching with the Housewives has some of the cutest patterns to stitch.  This ornament cross-stitched on 14 count Aida in DMC.  Floss colors include 3865, 729, 304, 935, 320, and 927.  
This piece stitched up quickly and will look adorable whether I finish it in a frame, an ornament or as a small pillow.  

Quick Projects

These cute patterns are from Erika Michael's Needleart Designs.  The pattern is Mistletoe Kisses.  I chose to use hand dyed with coffaa and tea Aida.  I used flosses that I had on hand in DMC Blanc, 321, 987.  These eventually will be finished into strawberries.  

Fun Stitch Along

Brenda Gervais of With Thy Needle and Thread posted over about a week a fun cross-stitch along in Dec.  I actually thought I posted this earlier ...Merry and Minty was the name of the SAL.  I used 16 count Aida in ivory.  DMC flosses were used Blanc, 712, 3779, 3778, 3830, 3777, 733, 732, 611, and 3021.  It is very likely I will stitch this again as a gift.  

Sunday, January 10, 2021

2020 Finishes

Brenda Gervais aka With thy Needle and Thread patterns are some of my favorites.  The first one I finished is entitled Candy Cane Wishes.  Stitched on 16 count Aida fabric color Jolly Green by Luminous Fiber Arts.  I utilized many DMC flosses.  Cute, huh?

The second and last piece finished for the year is Snow Birds.  Stitched on 14 count Aida vintage blue fabric color.  Mainly DMC colors from my stash utilized. This will look adorable when fully finished.  

I just really, really like both of these patterns.  I think you will as well.