As of last night, here’s the progress I’ve made on Thy Love Divine by Samplers Across the Sea.
There are two things I’m doing with this one that I’ve not done before. First, I’m using silk thread (Soie d’Alger). I have to say . . I’ll never use only silk for my stitching but if I woke up tomorrow and had all the money I’d ever want, I’d use only silk from this day forward. It feels so good. I’ve stitched everything shown above and have no had one problem with the thread tangling or making a weird mess on the back. It is a dream to work with . . not so much of a dream that I’m willing to part with the amount of cash it would take to use only silk but it is nice!
Second, I’m stitching in hand – not in a frame, not in a hoop. This is a small piece so it’s easier than it would be with a larger piece but I think my stitches look nicer and I find it more relaxing.
I’m using this fabric from Cross Stitching Supplies and I’m loving it. It’s a 40 count Zwiegart linen. The color is Cream. It’s less expensive than most of the hand dyed linen. It feels really good. Not stiff. Not limp. No slubs at all, though I’m sure since it’s linen, occasionally there may be slubs. I can see this being one of my favorite linens to use.
Yesterday I stitched 203 stitches, which isn’t bad considering how much time we spent in town and I took a nap. As of last night, I am 4.15% finished. Not very far! My goal every day is to get 500 stitches done. Rarely does it happen. I don’t think we’re going anywhere today. I’m sure I’ll cook. I’m sure I’ll unpack a box or two but hopefully, I’ll get some cross stitching time.