Saturday, February 27, 2010

New Cross Stitch Projects

After dropping my brother off to pick up his car, my mom and I stopped at one of the SLC stitchery shops. I happily added to my floss stash, as well as picked up three designs that I’ve added to my to-do list.

I love this design on 32-count Vintage Autumn Gold linen by Lakeside Linens. It is stitched with only two colors -- Splendor silk in black and Needlepoint silk in Chinese Red.


And this sewing roll design will be fabulous. It is from an Australian designer, The Cat’s Whiskers, and has fabulous finishing instructions (which I definitely need). The above projects use a type of floss I'm not familiar with -- Dinky-Dyes.  I'll be substituting either silk or a comparable overdyed floss.

Lastly, this Homespun Elegance design – Home Is Where You Hang Your Needlework. It too is stitched with only two floss colors – Crescent’s Belle Soie Silk colors Red Fox and Espresso. But because the floss is variegated, it looks like there are many more colors than just two. It also has finishing instructions for the pinkeep and needlecase/scissor fob. The model is stitched on 30-count Mink linen by R&R Reproductions, but I think I’ll use a linen that is a bit lighter (but still overdyed).

Oh, and we also went to a great bakery called Nothing Bundt Cakes. I bought 3 mini bundt cakes (red velvet, pecan praline, and white chocolate raspberry), as well as a dozen bundt-bite-size cakes to take to my parents for Sunday dinner tomorrow. Both of my brothers' wives are out of town (one with her sisters to a girls getaway to the jewelry show in Las Vegas and one with her daughter at a volleyball tournament in Denver). So my mom is going to do a PX Ranch pot roast (from my brother's ranch) and the rest of us will get together for dinner. I'll also roast some carrots to munch on. (I  LOVE roasted veggies -- and carrots become so sweet when roasted.)

And look what came in the mail today from  As soon as this note is posted, I'm gonna dig into these new books!

I'm also thinking I can probably finish my Blackbird Designs Loose Feathers project "Their Song" tonight or tomorrow.  Hmmm, wonder which cross stitch project will be next?


Linda said...

Those designs are really cool!! Wish we had more variety near us. BTW, the last picture didn't show up. Would love to see it.
And, I'll be over for dinner tomorrow!!

LiahonaGirl said...

You're welcome for dinner, but I'm assuming the 1200 or so miles between us might make that difficult. I wonder why the last pic isn't showing up -- it shows up on both of my computers. The pic is of two books by Kathleen Tracy -- Prairie Children and Their Quilts and Remembering Adelia (also about small, reproduction quilts).


Deb said...

You picked out some great new projects. I don't think that I've seen them before on any of the sites. I just saw the Prairie Children quilt book at the shop and almost picked it up. I didn't, but it's always there for next time.

Jo said...

Nancy, I'm surprised you haven't heard of my lovely silk thread because many stores stock it now. Having said that, I'd like to send you the threads you need to stitch Fruits of the Harvest, and have you try out my silk.

Just send me an e-mail - and we'll organise to get them in the mail to you.


LiahonaGirl said...

Jo -- Thanks so much for letting me know. I'll definitely check out Dinky Dyes.

Berit said...

Feels like each picture is better than the last in this blog!!

I love the "A" block, though I admit that I thought it was an "H" at first!!

Dinky Dyes are some really lovely silks; I have their "Wave Dancer" band sampler and it's really fun to work on--It has Jellyfish!

I was *shocked* to see that the final design only has 2 colours of BS!! Wow; what a stunner! I'm assuming that the "companion" scissor pillow is done in different fibers, though. Do you know what they are?

LiahonaGirl said...

Berit: They are fabulous designs, aren't they? The Homespun Elegance scissor pillow is done entirely with one floss -- The Thread Gatherer's Vintage Brown Silk ' n' Colors. There is such a great variation in the color value that it looks like several different threads were used.

I sOOOO love stitching with silk. Jo from Dinkey-Dyes very graciously offered to send some of her threads for the Cat Whisker's design. I can't wait to see them and try them out -- I feel kinda dumb that I hadn't run across them before. Probably because I haven't done a lot of stitching over the past couple of years.

Happy stitching!

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