After having finished a very large, long-term project prior to Christmas, I needed my next cross stitch project to be fairly easy and a quick stitch. I had visited my daughter in her current home in Nashville over Christmas, and I decided to stitch something for her that would match her color scheme. For a long time I have thought about stitching a saying that has been part of our conversations innumerable times over the years. I often followed her “I love you” with “I love you more.”
I started the project in January by charting the design. That simply means that I got out graph paper and drew the design that I wanted to use. Then it was a matter of picking out the floss colors and fabric. For me it is absolutely thrilling to make those first stitches in a project and gradually see the design unfold.
Ordinarily something like this would take me less than a month, but somewhere in there I started blogging which consumed a lot of the time that I would have spent stitching. My early goal had been to have it completed for her February birthday, but I missed that deadline. It seemed like a perfect gift for Easter.
I don’t think the colors in the photo are true to the actual project. The main color is a beautiful shade of teal with outline colors of gray and a bright peach. The fabric is very white.
I had originally intended to stitch a border around the design and also thought about stitching a patterned background, but in this case I think simplicity was the best option.
I have tried to recycle frames that I have gathered over the years, and this particular frame is something I have had for a long time. My very cooperative sister added a fresh coat of gray paint to this frame, and although this picture does not show it she added a stripe of teal on the side of the frame.
I had packaged and shipped this early in the week before Easter, and I had intended to post it last week Saturday, but my daughter decided to wait to open it until Easter morning. I didn’t want to publish the post before she had opened it in the event she checked out my blog.
She loved the gift including the stitching and the frame.
An expression of love, just another thread of my life.