Wednesday, January 27, 2016

February New Start and Finish

Cotton Samples 05 (Tree of Hope) - Chatelaine

I cannot believe I have already finished the Chatelaine I started in January.  Granted it is a smallish  project, but still.  I really enjoyed it and it seemed to possess me.  It took about 60 hours total to stitch and bead.   I added beads simply because I had them and changed the stitching around the border just because.  I also left off the gold all the way around the outside.  Have not yet decided if I will leave it this way or continue working around the border to give it a little more heaviness which I think it needs.  I am going to go through my other Chatelaines for an idea I think.  Martina's designs are so incredible and inspiring.  I wish I could take a better photo.  It is on 28 count cashel linen in "Dawn".

Lavender Fields, John Clayton, World of Cross Stitch Issue 228

My February start will be Lavender Fields.  It is a pattern from World of Cross Stitch Magazine by Heritage Crafts and John Clayton.   I am doing it on 18 count  white  Aida since it is full coverage and all DMC.....that would make it easier as a travel piece.  Since Blanco is the Lavender Capital of Texas I will be donating this for an auction to raise money for the local area.  It looks to be kind of confetti heavy so I hope go have it done well before the Lavender Festival in June.  This is just straight forward cross stitch, no beading, no fancy border.  Hope I don't get bored with it!

I am still planning for 2016.  I really want to finish some of my WIPs this year, especially Books Reading Books and Gardens of London.  I am still putting time in on Knot Garden and the Mini Mandala from Chatelaine but they do not get the attention they really need for finishing.

The Needlepoint projects will get more attention once we start traveling again in early April.

I may add another start to February or pick up a project I have taken out of rotation.  Have not decided yet.

Thanks for visiting.

More as it happens.


  1. Congrats on your finish, it looks stunning they way you did it :) Great fabric choice as well.
    Your new start is a great design as well, looking forward to seeing your progress on this as well as whatever else you decide to work on :)