I’ve had a lot going on this summer. I’m working part time and loving it–but I’ve also picked up an old hobby that I set down about 7 years ago–cross stitch.
I started cross stitching when I was 18, teaching myself. I was lucky enough to live near an awesome stitching store called “The Stitching Company” in Alma, Michigan.
The owner, Susan Greening Davis, taught classes there and I took several. All these years later, I found out that she is an award winning teacher, garnering an international teacher award from DMC. I think it’s kind of cool that I learned to heirloom frame my stitching from her!
I picked up a project last summer with the intent of completing it over the winter. I had only done a small portion. But when I was told to bring something to do to my little ticket booth for work, I decided to bring my project, and in about 5 weeks I had it done.
I think it took me a bit longer than normal because I was out of practice. Of course having bifocals and working with 18 ct. Aida weren’t factors at all, were they? *snort* yeah. So now I’m back in the saddle. I have that project finished, and I’m currently working on two more. I have friends that are having babies and so I thought, what the heck…I’ll whip up a few baby samplers. I’m really enjoying it, and I’m picking up speed. Before you know it I will be back where I was years ago.
Keeping a visual list of things I would like to make is a snap thanks to our friend Pinterest. Click here to view my Cross Stitch board on Pinterest. You might get a few ideas for things you’d like to stitch up yourself.
Anyway, I thought I’d show you the finished product from Project #1. It turned out wonderfully, although I have to say I wasn’t too impressed with the way the lace was designed. It looks very disjointed to me–I would have called for a different stitching technique, like long stitch or something to make it smoother.
I’ve got to go down to Gaylord now and hit Hobby Lobby to order a custom made 7 by 7 inch frame for this. I think I’m going to frame it in a white Victorian style frame, it should look really sharp that way.
I have a few more posts coming up that will also show you what I’ve been up to this summer, and why I’ve dreadfully neglected my blog. Living life isn’t always conducive to writing about it, ya know?
Happy stitching (if you do that kind of thing) and Happy happy if you don’t!