Winter Feed

Snowy Night | Cross Stitch

I used to stitch a lot of Mill Hill buttoned and beaded kits, mainly for gifts at Christmas.  I loved how the beads buttons would add so much life to the stitching, giving it an extra layer of beauty.

While I got away from them for a few years, I've recently picked up a few of their newer kits.  I stopped using the perforated paper, and instead use 32 ct fabric that I have on hand.  Luckily, for this wintery scene, I had a leftover piece of (what I think is) Dusk from PtP.  It was almost an exact match for the perforated paper that came with the kit!

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I know we're all desperate for spring, warmer weather, and sunshine, so this winter scene probably makes most of you want to run for the hills.  I started this while it was still frigid out, and messed up BAD with the colors.  Since this is a kit, they give you all the thread, but they're not numbered.  I told myself I should go into my DMC stash and match the threads so I knew the difference between "very, very dark", "very dark", and "dark" blue.  But.....I didn't, and had almost half of this stitched before I realized my mistake.  I had to rip it all out and start over, this time, making the effort to match up the colors with my stash.

And that's my story about how I finished a winter piece in spring.

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The beads always take longer than I anticipate.  I think because you have to stop at each half stitch and attach a bead, rather than just keep right on moving down the line with stitching.

Well worth the effort, though.

All of these are tiny beads, attached with a cross stitch so they lay upright on the fabric as opposed to on an angle.

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Looking at this, I can almost hear the church bells in the background as the snow falls over the town, the moonlight glistening on the snow.  A quiet night with hot cocoa or tea warm in your mug as you settle in with stitching or a good book :)

I have a frame for this piece, so hopefully I can set aside some time to frame this prior to next winter.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Happy stitching!

Sig


I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm | Cross Stitch

I'm absolutely one of those stitchers who stitches Christmas all year round.  I don't have too many winter-themed pieces, however, so I've been starting to stock up on those.  I want to remain festive after Christmas, but don't necessarily need to keep all my Christmas pieces out through February.

Although, I have been known to keep my Christmas tree up at work year-round...

Ahem.

I don't remember where I saw this graph, but I fell in love with it and had to have it.  It's a Heartstring Samplery graph, and was modeled after traditional Blackwork embroidery.  The stitched model is done in black with red hearts, but I chose to make it softer for winter, and used dark blue and a rosey color instead.

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I stitched this on 40 count Pewter from Picture This Plus, which was perfection for this piece.  The graph calls for WDW threads, but since I went with different colors, I decided to use NPI silks instead.  Silks are glorious to work with (albeit expensive! so they're a treat), and these particular colors turned out fabulous on this fabric.

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Some of these patterns have such intricate details, almost like lace, that it took much longer to stitch than I anticipated.

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Worth all the work, however.  I love this piece, and can't wait to have it framed.

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I hope you guys have a great weekend, and are staying safe and warm! 

Sig