The Witch's Ride

The Witch's Ride

Friday, January 11, 2013

Cross Stitch Plus

Thanks so much to those of you commenting on our project.  Just a quick update, we are taking our time with the colors.  We have matched all but two.  There is a very very light blue and a light putty color. They are giving us trouble. We are going to a few local places that have floss this weekend.  There is a shop in Issaquah,Eastern part of King County(Seattle is in King County),that does carry threads. We might have to make a trip over there.  Also, to come close to the linen, we need 25 ct.  I usually do a higher count.  The Lakeside Linens has a good match in Pecan Butter but they don't come in 25 ct., any suggestions?? If I can't find a good match, I can do the Pecan Butter in 28 ct.  It would be a bit smaller than the original.

 Look what I found in the garden this week!  A very pretty surprise.  All of my other hellebores  bloom later.



This is one reson the NW stays pretty in the winter.  Green everywhere!

 While the SBA has been busy with the antique sampler, I have been stitching France F.  Now if France were here, she would say," That is NOT my sampler."  When I chose the colors, I eliminated some of hers.  I  was in the midst of that sinus thing and just did what came easy.  She used colors I usually don't use and I was not in a risk taking mood.  I like the way it looks but do feel a bit guilty.









Here was my first attempt at stitching on 40 count.  It did stress my eyes a bit.  However, it was very bright stiff linen. The linen looks to be a  softer color in the picture . It was a bright white. Plus, I did not like the stiffness.  So I will try 40 ct. again. 
I hope you all have a great week-end!  On Sunday we will be watching football.  GO SEAHAWKS!

20 comments:

  1. France looks great! Love your BOAF, too. Have you tried a Zweigart based piece of 40 ct? They are usually nice and soft.

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  2. Very pretty! I think the colors are lovely, Barb~~~

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  3. I love that tiny Love sampler you've stitched on 40ct. What is the name of this one? I've been looking for an anniversary sampler I can stitch for my husband and I's anniversary, but I can't find one I like. I am thinking of just making my own, but have no idea where to start. I love colors in your France sampler.

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  4. oooooo love what colours you have chosen , they work wonderfully together :) well done on the 40 count , even weave is a bit softer and the key is good lighting to working on it :) love mouse xxxxx

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  5. i have to go to the lower gardens and check my hellabores. i bet there is something going on with them. especially since it is going to be 70 degrees here this weekend..ugh!

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  6. It will be a long time before we see flowers again in Maine so it's neat to see yours. And your stitched pieces are wonderful!

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  7. We are currently under a blizzard, no green, no flowers anywhere! Glad you shared yours :) !!

    Love the stitching, such talent!

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  8. Beautiful blooms!
    I have the Sheepish pattern and I always thought I'd change the colors when and if I got around to stitching it. They seem a bit too light for me. Your conversion looks awesome!

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  9. Love France and the BOAF is adorable. I love 40ct linen

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  10. France is looking lovely, and I love the colors you have chosen. Such a pretty flower!

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  11. Hmm. 40 count. Don't know if I'll be able to handle it. Don't feel guilty about changing colors. It's YOUR sampler of HER design. She may have liked your colors better!

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  12. I loved looking at your cross stitch samplers! I've 'painted' some samplers, but have only cross stitched one. I have it hanging in my kitchen/dining room area. How wonderful that you are going to be able to reproduce that wonderful old sampler!

    Thanks so much for visiting my Nana's Hutch post.

    And I've always wanted to visit the northwest. I think I would really like it. I hear the winters are milder and the summers less hot/less humid that those we have here in New England!

    Donna

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  13. I love the colours too. France would have said 'Good on ya girl - I chose my colours and you chose yours'. Well.......she might have said that! Irene xxx

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  14. France F. is so pretty! And I don't think you should feel guilty about the color changes - they are lovely! Cute piece on the 40ct too. :)

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  15. Poor Seahawks! They almost made it. What a pretty hellebore!

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  16. Congrats on your first 40ct attempt there is linen from Zwigart and Permin the permin is stiff and icky!

    The sampler looks good too.

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  17. I LOVE your color changes on the sampler -- very pretty! And it makes it uniquely your own. I haven't tried 40ct yet. I have a piece in my stash, just waiting for the right project.

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  18. Try 40 ct. Newcastle linen, Barb--I just love it! I find that I actually stitch faster on 40 ct. because I only have to use one thread so there is no worry about the threads getting twisted. I love your little "LOVE" finish :) And France is looking very pretty with your color choices :)

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  19. I love the colors. A softer 40 ct. Is really not too bad. I feared that count too, but the right linen makes all the difference.

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  20. The sampler looks pretty nice.
    I love your header. Great picture. And the hellebore... wonderful. We have a song about this flower here in Germany, you can hear it thru X-mas-time.
    Have a great week-end.
    Hugs from Germany

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