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Christmas in July WIP | Cross Stitch

I'm sure I'm about to say what everyone else has been thinking....

What happened to July??????????????

One minute, it's Memorial Day weekend, the next minute, it's August.  How does that happen???

I love love LOVE summer, but please, slow down!  I need to enjoy every hot breeze, every ounce of humidity, because before we know it, it'll be freezing and I'll be a very unhappy camper.

Although I do like fall.  Yankee Candle's Autum Wreath candle might be the best candle in the entire universe, but it's only appropriate in October and November.  Sometimes in September when I'm too anxious to wait.


Anyway.  This post is supposed to be about Christmas.  And it is.  ByGone Stitches Quaker Christmas II, to be precise.

It's been a while since I did any work on this piece, but since it's July, and with all the Christmas in July hype (including National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation running for days on end...and I had to watch it at least would be blasphemous not to), I got it out of hiding, and decided to put some stitches in.  This piece is 100% addictive to work on, and once I pick it up, I just can't stop.  Nevermind the two baby gifts I have to finish this century.  This is what keeps me coming back to my needle and thread almost every night.

Awesome, right???  And this thing is BIG.  I'm stitching this on 40 count (yes, 40) cider from Silkweaver Fabrics, and it's still going to be about 14 inches high.  I don't have much more to go on the width, but as you can tell, there are a TON of quaker motifs all throughout the piece, which take FOREVS to stitch up.  It's deceiving how long it takes to do this piece because there's just SO MUCH DETAIL.  I find myself stitching like a madwoman trying to get the reds done so I can get to the next green song title, just to be stitching in a different color for a change.  That, and I then get to sing the Christmas carol as I stitch the title.  Totally normal.  Right?  Right.

Here's a few close-ups going from the bottom to the top of the piece ~~



I'm loving every second of working on this piece.  I love Christmas SO much, so I almost always have a Christmas piece going at all times of the year.

How about you guys?  Have you been working on any Christmas pieces this July??  I'd love to hear what you've all been working on!!  

Much love ~~~ 


Patriotic Finishes | Cross Stitch

Patriotic themes should not be limited to just around the major American holidays which make us feel more patriotic - Independence Day, Memorial Day, Veteran's Day - but should be a year-round theme.  

When I did these model finishes for The Strawberry Sampler, I felt kinda bad that I wasn't able to get them to the shop before the 4th of July for the patriotic display the gals has up in the front of the store.  The store owner quickly reminded me that patriotic is a year-round theme, and I should not feel bad I couldn't get them done sooner.

Emotional cross stitch finisher crisis averted.

With that, these are the finishes I did for the shop - all designs are done by Threadwork Primitives, a local Philly designer, which makes them even more special :-)

As always, I made some slight changes to the fibers and fabric, all of which are listed on my Floss & Fibers page in case you'd like to do the same.

I hope you're all having a wonderful summer so far!!  And don't forget, if you want to get a head start on your Christmas stitching, for the month of July, all Christmas is 20% at The Strawberry Sampler, so stop on  by or give a call to the shop to make sure you have everything you need!

Christmas in July Sale! | Cross Stitch

Hello friends!  It's been quite some time since I sat down here to write a post.  It's just say the least.

Anyways.  This is just a quick post to link up to my LNS's blog post from today.  It's their Christmas in July sale all month, so hop on over and check it out!  

If you're in the area,  stop by the shop ~~ I have a few pieces on loan there, and I have a few finishes that I just finished and should be up in the shop this weekend!  If not, check out the sale online, or call and talk to one of the lovely ladies that work there ~~  they'd be more than happy to help you with all your stitching needs as we all start getting ready for the holidays!

Much love ~~~