I’ve had Consider the Lilies by Heartstring Samplery for a while. Several of my friends have stitched it or are stitching it. I’ve wanted to do it for months but am trying to stick to my stitching plan. It’s big! It may be the largest thing I’ve started. It’s 435 x 363. Stitched on 40 count, it’s going to be right at 18 x 22. IF (and that’s a very BIG IF), I bumped it up to 46 count, it would be about 16″ x 19″. I have a few . . maybe three, maybe four . . pieces of 46 count linen. The piece would need to be 22″ x 25″ and I doubt I have anything that big in 46 count. I don’t want to start ordering 46 count because when I spread the floss out, it might be that none of what I order would work and I doubt I want a huge stash of 46 count linen.
I’ll stick with 40 count but I’m not quite ready to start pulling out fabrics yet but . . this is going to be my New Year’s Day start. First planned start for 2023. One can never start planning too soon!
What made me decide to make this my first stitch of 2023 is that Victoria Clayton announced on Facebook last week that she had put together a packet for the silk floss for Consider the Lilies. That did it . . I didn’t have the floss yet for this project but I so love Victoria Clayton’s silks.
I don’t even know how many bobbins there are but there are a lot. There are 9 colors that required two skeins each. There is a lot of stitching on this piece but it’s so pretty.
This is how I keep them when I’m stitching. I tape the conversion notes to the cover and then I can find what I need quickly. I put all the extra skeins in a small bag and put that in a project bag.
I have plenty of time to choose fabric but I’m happy that I have already decided on my New Year’s Day stitch for next year!