I started Cross Stitching when I was in college in 1987. There was a cross stitch store in the small city where I went to college, full of charts of teddy bears and hearts and 14 count aida in a rainbow of colors. Should I have studied more and cross stitched less?
After stitching for years on 14 count, I made the change to higher count linen. I loved my new stitching look and discarded all my left over 14 count cloth.
Recently someone gifted me a piece of 18 count. I was never a fan of 18 count, what was I going to do with it?
I had printed out Pamela's free chart "BELIEVE" (found HERE at Our Pioneer Homestead)
I used 3 strands of hand dyed floss, stitched over 2 threads and backed the pillow with felted wool. By stitching this way, the design measures approximately 5 1/2" by 15". This was a perfect use for the 18 count! Thank you Pam.
Back to my usual higher count linen for this Stacy Nash design - Netty's Sampler Pinkeep Drum.
This one still needs a bath in coffee to darken it a little bit.
October word play by With thy Needle and Thread stitched on 32 count linen.
I used hand-dyed floss on this pillow too - floss from Victorian Motto Sampler Shop - HERE
Here's the confession part -
1. There aren't enough hours in the day for me to keep up with my blog friend Marly of Samplers and Santas.
2. Her post showing off her Prairie Schooler Santas (found HERE) still has me drooling. You MUST click the link and see her wonderful tree.
3. I haven't stitched on 14 count in at least 15 years, remember I'm a cross stitch snob!
Using the Father Christmas Chart and 14 count I stitched my first 8 Santa's.
I actually enjoyed stitching on 14 count again. I think it might have something to do with the fact that I need bifocals....
The Santa's are now sitting in my UFO pile. I've come to the conclusion I wouldn't know what to do if I didn't have a UFO pile!