Tidings of Great Joy | Cross Stitch

Welcome fall!  I feel like yesterday it was March and I was losing my mind at work, and next Thursday it's Thanksgiving already.  This Thursday, they're calling for snow in the forecast.  I say no thank you and good day.  Snow is inappropriate for this time of year.  I better not hear that word for at least another month, preferably two. Kthxbye.

Anyway, since last we spoke, I've been to Italy and back (I may post about that soon - we were there for two weeks and had a wonderful time), and actually finished a stitched piece, Tidings of Great Joy.  I don't do religious pieces (i.e. ones that have verses), but this one kept drawing me to it every time I was at my LNS, so I finally got it in the early summer and started stitching it immediately.

You all know I love me some Christmas.  I mean, I've had my Christmas tree up at work all year (don't judge me!) - not lit or with decorations, but it's up - and just absolutely love this time of year.  I used to get so agitated that everything was Christmas everywhere starting 1 November, but the past few years, I'm totally over it.  I want to savor every minute of the spices on the stove making the house smell Christmassy, the tree, lights, and festivities.  I stitch Christmas all year, too, with at least one piece going at all times.

Tidings of Great Joy #LaDDa #crossstitch #christmas

While I was stitching this, I couldn't help but hear Linus in my head, reciting this on the stage in "Charlie Brown Christmas".

Tidings of Great Joy #LaDDa #crosstitch #christmas

I made some changes, but they're minimal.  I stitched this on 36 count WDW Confederate Grey, and switched the berries and vine from the called-for colors to GAST Currant and Blue Spruce.  Hands down, they are my favorite Christmas red and green to stitch with.  Ever since I stitched Songs of the Season, I've been obsessed.

Tidings of Great Joy #LaDDa #crossstitch #christmas

The special thing about this piece is that this traveled with me across the Atlantic, and I even put a few stitches in on the plane and in Italy.  It's a transatlantic piece!  I think that's pretty cool ;-)

What are you guys working on? It's been such a long time since I've checked in with you all!  I'd love to hear about your projects!

 


Be Ye Thankful | Cross Stitch

Hello friends!  It's finally warming up to feel more like summer, and I'm loving every second.  

The past two weeks I've taken a break from Christmas stitching (my favorite kind of stitching, no matter the time of year), and worked on CE Cricket "Be Ye Thankful".  I was feeling the need to work with fall colors, and this one was perfect.

Be Ye Thankful CE Cricket #crossstitch #thanksgiving #beyethankful

CE Cricket has some of my most favorite fall and Halloween designs.  I have so many of hers in my "I swear I'm stitching you next" pile.

Be Ye Thankful CE Cricket #crossstitch #cecricket #thanksgiving #beyethankful

I love this font! Something about it is so simple and perfect.


Be Ye Thankful CE Cricket #crossstitch #cecricket #thanksgiving #beyethankful

I love the little elements she scatters throughout, incorporating them into the words.  The pumpkins are just like those in Sleepy Hollow.  Love love love.Be Ye Thankful CE Cricket #crossstitch #cecricket #thanksgiving #beyethankful

I stitched this using the called-for Sampler Threads (they really do make a difference - especially Black Crow instead of just plain ol' DMC 310...it has a blue twinge to it....which is kinda cool) and the DMC.  I stitched this on 36 count WDW Confederate Grey, which, if you know me by now, you know I cannot stand the weave of WDW fabric....it's too flimsy....but I love Confederate Grey, so I suck it up.  I also find that this fabric goes so well with autumn colors, and really makes them pop.  As always, I highly recommend doing a thread pull before you start a project, and see what fabric makes your colors stand out!  Make it your own :-)

That's it for today, my lovely people.  I hope your weekend is filled with love, laughter, and lots good coffee.


April Showers

I don't know about you guys, but there is a serious case of cabin fever in our house.  Winter will not let go.  Yesterday, we had G O R G E O U S summer-like weather, and today, it's chilly and rainy.  Perfect stitching weather, although I really am anxious for more nice days to get out of the house and do stuff out in the sunshine.  I think I might break out my "Faith" and put some stitches in that lovely companion to "Joy", or possibly start a new small project, since I have so many large ones going right now.

We took advantage of the weather yesterday and went over to the city for the Cherry Blossom Festival.  We saw the beginning of the parade. and then wandered over to the vendor section.  Truth be told....we were not impressed.  The food looked good, but the other vendors were just, blah.  So, we left there and ventured up to the Hill.  I'd never seen the Supreme Court building, so we stopped there, and unbeknownst to us, the Library of Congress is right next door!  Oh, to have access to those research hooks.

Library of Congress
Library of Congress Reading Room
Library of  Congress Thomas Jefferson Library

If you ever have the opportunity to visit DC, make sure you visit the Library of Congress.  It is absolutely stunning inside and out.

Onto stitching!

I promised pics of my Raven Queen all dolled up in her new frame, so here they are!

  Raven Queen #ravenqueen #crossstitch #mirabilia

I am so happy with how this frame turned out.  Since it's not solid, it brings out the grey fabric and the castle spires and lines in the background.  She is easily my favorite of the queens that I've done to date.   

Raven Queen #ravenqueen #crossstitch #mirabilia

I used all the called-for threads and beads, but not the fabric (naturally).  I used Picture This Plus "Storm" in 32 count. 

Raven Queen #ravenqueen #crossstitch #mirabilia

As always, I encourage all of you to make all your work "yours" by switching fabric (my absolute favorite thing to do) or the threads.  Often times, you'll find that this enhances the piece in ways you didn't even consider! My "Skeleton Crew" is a perfect example.  My former LNS still gets requests for the changes I made to that piece.

I'm off to bake some bread, stitch, and read.  A nice, quiet Sunday.  I wish the same for all of you, my lovely people!!

 


News!

Hello friends.

Good Lord it's been a while.  Fall came and went.  Christmas came and went.  New Year's came and went.  And now Easter is fast approaching, which means spring has to be right around the corner, right?

It does't seem like it with yet another Nor'easter looming for Sunday night...

Anyways, I wanted to pop in and say that I am, in fact, still alive, albeit barely.  Work has been busy and somewhat stressful, so although I've been making time to stitch, I haven't made the time to blog.  I hope to change that in the coming months.

Also, as you may or may not have noticed, I changed the name of my lil' ol' blog to something a little more "me", if you will.  I'm often with cross stitch in hand and coffee is never far away, so I thought the name "Coffee and Cross Stitch" was a little more suitable.  I committed to it so much, in fact, I bought the domain name (!).  So, update your favorites to coffeeandcrossstitch.com, where we'll talk about coffee, dogs, daughters, you know....no big whoop. 

I do hope to have some new content here soon - I got my Raven Queen framed and she's back home in all her glory, so I want to share her with you all.  The frame turned out amazinnnngggggggg.  I've been working feverishly on Snow Queen, and I'm down to the home stretch, so look for updates on my Instagram until I can get some pics up here.

That's it for the moment.  I hope this post finds you all well, and I will talk to you guys soon!!

 


Land of Liberty | Cross Stitch

Well, friends.  Here we are in August!  I can hardly believe it.  We've had some blistering hot days, but the past few days have been less humid with cooler days coming next week.  Summer so far has been busy; the weekends have been packed with activities, with work keeping the weekdays busy.  I am looking forward to vacation at the end of the summer, that's for sure!

This weekend looks like it's going to be beautiful, so I plan on heading out and enjoying the sunshine.  Perhaps a stroll through Georgetown is in order.  It's been a while since I've taken in the architecture of the city.

I've been doing a bit of stitching; more lately than the past few months, so I've actually gotten a few pieces completed.  

One is "Land of Liberty" by With Thy Needle and Thread.

Land of Liberty #WithThyNeedleandThread #crossstitch #patriotic

I stitched this on 40 ct. Almond from Silkweaver.  I think it helps bring out the red, white, and blue in the flags and Uncle Sam's outfit.

I didn't like the color on the chart for the lettering - Heirloom Gold - so I switched it for Apple Cider.  Much better, I think.  I also changed the color of the pup - I used Hickory Sticks...so he kinda looks like Toto from The Wizard of Oz.  

Land of Liberty #WithThyNeedleandThread #crossstitch #patriotic

There's never a bad time to be stitching patriotic-themed pieces, and I have quite a few more in my stash.  I'm still muscling through Shores of Hawk Run, and I've got a cute Country Cottage Needleworks Christmas piece I'm almost finished with, and Snow Queen that's been untouched for months (I found out the shaded areas don't actually overlap, so I need to copy one side and match it up...), so God only knows what I'll get myself into once I'm finished one of these in my WIP pile!!