Don’t let me confuse myself again! Who am I kidding? I stay confused. 🙂
The name of this sampler is New Year Sampler and I don’t have a clue why because it’s obviously Christmas. Denise and I decided to start it on Christmas Eve and invite friends to join us so I accidentally started calling it Christmas Eve Sampler. I really do want to stick with New Year Sampler just to avoid confusing others but . . well, I’m sure I’ll have everyone confused before this piece is finished.
If anyone wants to join us, the pdf can be purchased through Owl Forest Embroidery. According to my conversion (check for yourself please), it’s about 8.18 USD. Also, make sure the link goes to the English version unless you just want to challenge yourself with the Russian version. 🙂
So, today I will start this chart. The first thing I always do is puot the numbers in a cross stitch calculator. While I won’t worry so much about having the recommended 2 extra inches for each side border and 2 extra inches for finishing (I’m good with 1-1/2 to 2″ on all sides but I do my own finishing). I’m using XJuDesigns fabric and hers is always cut very straight so I’ll be happy with a 15″ x 18″ piece of fabric. Got that.
Here’s where I will tell you that the easy way to start a new project is to order a complete kit – floss, fabric and chart. I never liked working from quilt kits and I”m the same with cross stitching. I spend a lot of time finding the linen I love and that I think would work for the project. Then I will pull the called for floss and see if any of those colors need to e changed. My way may not be the way you choose to do it but for me, it’s part of the planning process and I love that as much as the stitching.
There are a two bobbins of one of the greens and two of one of the golds. The flesh color in the front left . . I doubted that was going to work with any of the fabrics I chose so I pulled a deeper peach (back of third row) just in case.
Next was to choose the fabric. I have the called far fabric but it looks so flat to me.
It isn’t nearly as dark as it looks in this picture but I don’t love it for this project.
There were several fabrics that I wanted to use but ruled out for various reasons.
This is the floss on Wren by Picture This Plus (40 count). I think that’s what I’m going to use. It has just a bit of variation in the color and I believe that’s something I need . . always! 🙂
The light peach (left) is probably not going to work unless it’s surrounded by other colors but just surrounded by the fabric, it isn’t going to show up so I’ll use the “Mystery” color on the right in places where it will stand alone on the fabric.
OK . . all set. Ready to get started as soon as I get a minute. Chad and Nicole are coming today. I have no idea when but I’ll be cleaning the house, baking a cake and getting everything ready for tomorrow. Once the get here, get Addie and leave, I hope to be able to make a few stitches before bedtime.