Let’s see how many I can get done on this list. I started this last night and finished it this morning.
Included on this list are:
- Elizabeth Eyles – 1799
- Forever & Ever
- G. Leger – 1898
- Grateful, Thankful & Blessed
- Newcastle Bouquet
- For The Love of Nature
Elizabeth Eyles – 1799
This will be a January 1 start and it’s a stitch along for Laura of Brenda & The Serial Starter’s Big Birthday.
I’m using Victoria Clayton’s silks and the fabric is 36 count Bramble by Picture This Plus.
Forever & Ever
I will start this one on Vince’s birthday. This one calls for 20+ floss colors. I had to sub a couple – I didn’t have Weeks Dye Works Peach or Cinnabar, nor could I find Classic Colorworks Jakey Brown. I just used it on something else so maybe I’ll find a skein of it or I’ll come up with a substitute.
The fabric is 40 count Baby Sheep by XJuDesigns.
G. Leger – 1898
This will be my Valentine’s Day start. I’m not real sure about the fabric and still may change my mind. This fabric is 40 Count Rocky Mountain by XJuDesigns.
This is another color fabric I might use. This one is also 40 Count, Baby Sheep by XJuDesigns.
For now, I’ll just stick both fabrics in the kit and decide when it’s time to stitch. The floss is Victoria Clayton silks.
Grateful, Thankful & Blessed:
This is my start for Nicole’s birthday. Here’s how weird fabric can be. It’s all hand dyed and there are so many factors that come into play, I don’t know how they ever get any of it to look the same from one batch to the next. The called for fabric is Picture This Plus Wren, 36 count.
The one on the right is 36 count. The one on the left is newer and is 40 count.
Here are the flosses on the 36 count. Or, should I say “Here is the floss on the 36 count”? I think the second one is correct but I don’t even know.
Here’s the floss on the 40 count. I’m thinking the 40 count is better. Again, I’ll stick both in the package and make a decision when it’s time to start stitching
I have all the called for floss on this one and actually have the called for linen but it’s the old Weeks linen and to me, it feels very thin and flimsy so I’m not going to use it for such a large project.
This fabric is XJuDesign’s Aged Hazelnut, 40 count.
The fabric shown below is Lakeside’s Vintage Sand Dune, which I also like. It is more gold than it looks in the photo below
Again, I’ll keep both fabrics in the bag and decide when it’s time to start stitching.
For the Love of Nature:
This one will be for Chad’s birthday start.
I have all the called for floss but I changed the crimson to cayenne. I had pulled most of the floss for this a while back and I’m not sure why I changed to cayenne instead of crimson. I’ll look at crimson and see – maybe there was a reason for the change.
The fabric is XJuDesign’s 36 count and the only color is “September, 2021” as it’s from the fabric club.
This leaves just four or five more and I will have all the projects kitted that are for birthday starts and other special date starts (listed in the sidebar). All of those need DMC and that’s in the bedroom where Vince was sleeping as I was doing most of this kitting late last night or into the early morning hours.
—I am almost finished with the Newcastle Bouquet (hooray!), I used the recommended fabric and flosses. I agree with you about the weeks linen, the piece I have is thin too. Some of the strands of thread aren’t the same gauge (?) as the surrounding ones. There are some fat and some skinny, overall it is consistent, but then there are patch of the thin strands. I don’t think it is noticeable in the finished piece, because the stitches are so small. This linen doesn’t play nicely enough to stitch in hand, I originally had it on a scroll frame, and switched to a hoop to get the stitches looking regular. I’m pretty sure that this will be the last 40 count project for me, at least of this size. I did enjoy stitching the design, my tips for it would be not to leave the border for last, and make sure you have enough red, I used two skeins of the cayenne and one and a half of the red licorice.
Thanks for those tips. I’ll probably use that thin Weeks Straw for ornaments or something small that I can finish quickly so I don’t pull my hair out. I’ll make note on the reds to be sure I have plenty on hand.
Cindy F says
All looking good there! I have Newcastle Bouquet and For the Love of Nature but have put those on the back burner until I decide what count fabric to use with them. I haven’t ventured out from 18 count Aida so I really need to do a small project on larger count to see if my eyes can handle it. I have the magnified light on a rolling stand but I haven’t used it much as it was giving me a little bit of a headache…similar to when I would get new glasses. I probably need to just use it more. I’ve been using the magnified clip on light and that works well with 18 count when I need extra help seeing at night.