Sunday, July 24, 2016

Let's Talk Stitching

I'm happy to say that I've been stitching more lately, having a little more time after completing some other projects. My problem is that I keep coming up with more projects to do! But isn't that what crafters do?

Back to stitching, I finally completed my first square for the Rainbows For Peace And Comfort group.
You can see my original post explaining what this group is all about HERE. In addition, if you're interested in learning more, you can go to this Facebook page. Thank you to Loretta at Stitching the Night Away for the free pattern. I did change it up though. In the chart, the letters are white (the color of the fabric), and the background is in the rainbow colors.

I'm going to stitch at least three more squares. I started with one of the Rainbow Butterflies (from the Etsy shop called ClimbingGoatDesigns), but was stitching it on evenweave. The group asks that the squares be stitched on Aida. Then we were told that evenweave is ok. So in my state of confusion, I decided to buy some Aida and stitch this design on it. Now I know why I don't stitch on Aida. This cloth was particularly stiff to the point of being scratchy. And even though I was using a small petite needle, I had to work to pull it through which left my thumbs pretty achy. I already have thumb joint issues, so this wasn't an easy, quick stitch.

So now that I've finished this square, I'm going to go back to evenweave. I want to stitch more squares and contribute to this worthwhile project! Do you have a favorite or not-so-favorite fabric for cross stitch?

At a recent stitch day with my stitch group, the Sisters In Stitches, I decided to work on a WIP which you have seen in past posts - Kaleidoscope by Sheena Rogers Designs.
I made a lot of progress on this. As you can see, I completed the inner flower motif and am now working on the outside section. And it was a pleasure working on the buttery-soft Jobelan I chose for this project! Also, I noticed that I could stitch a lot faster on this fabric because I wasn't having a tug-of-war with the needle!

My birthday was several months ago, but I never posted about the little gift I bought for myself - a set of DMC Coloris floss! It's their brand new line of variegated floss and is a little different from their traditional variegated colors.
They're a blend of different color combinations and would work beautifully in designs using one floss color. I think that this Ink Circles design, Flower Power, would look good stitched with one of these flosses. What do you think?
I just bought this chart and may be stitching it with Coloris thread.
There are 24 different color blends, everything from Christmasy, one that looks autumnal, a red, white, and blue combo, several springtime looks, deeper color blends, and more. The pack also included some charts that would be appropriate for these variegated threads. Use this link to see more about Coloris threads.

I hope you enjoyed my all-stitching post. I'll keep you updated on my progress in the stitching world. Thanks for stopping by. If you're not already a follower, please consider becoming one. And I love getting comments, so please tell me what you think about my blog!


  1. Hi Cathy,

    Your stitching is wonderful and I think it's awesome you are stitching for such a good cause! Flower Power would be perfect done in Coloris - I clicked on the photo of the skeins you posted trying to choose which one(s) might be best - and I couldn't decide! They really came up with some neat floss! Which one would you choose?

  2. Great projects.
    I think the Coloris would look great on that design.

  3. Look forward to seeing which Coloris thread you select for Flower Power! Your Love block turned out great.

  4. Pretty, pretty stitching. I still do not have the slightest urge to stitch.

  5. I haven't seen the Coloris line in the shops yet. Looks like it's time for a trip over there! :)

  6. I think Coloris would be perfect for this design, and I'll be interested to see how it turns out with whichever colour you choose! I love the Sheena Rogers design you're stitching too.

  7. Those New colors from DMC to seem perfect for a One Color Design. I just may have to get them myself. Your Love is perfect for the wonderful cause you are stitching for and your Kaleidoscope is beautiful too

  8. What a fantastic new chart!!
    I can't wait to see your progress.

  9. Your work is so pretty. I've never down counted cross stitch. I admire it. I just don't have the patience for it! Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog about the pig. I think I remember my mother saying it was Shawnee. Had forgotten till you mentioned it. It was bought at Leonard Brothers in Fort Worth,Texas. Leonard is now Dillards.
    Anyway. The pigs are not marked in anyway. I've tried and never found a similar one anywhere around here. You may have it's only living 'sista'!
    We must be related now so I'm following you. HeHe. Have a good day.

    1. I think mine is a boy. He has shamrocks painted on him,as is the name "Smiley". We grew up in the Midwest, and I have no idea where this cookie jar was purchased. Thanks for following!

  10. Beautiful piece :) Thanks for stopping by~

  11. Lovely stitches. Love the birthday thread haul and pretty Flower Power, hope to see it started soon:)