Flowers in Blue – A Saturday Stitching Post

imageWhen I first started stitching in the 1980’s, one of the things that I worked on was designs featuring the color blue. Blue had always been a favorite color. I had bought my first home earlier in the year and I was using blue as the featured color in my study.

I bought a couple of chart books that featured flowers. The books are Southern Gardens, Collections I & II by Angie Austin Newton and Mary Alice Mathis, published by Canterbury Designs, Inc. They were copyright in 1981 and 1982. The books feature a collection of individual flowers, a total of 22 designs between the two books. Because at the time I was working on blue pieces I selected the morning glory and the Canterbury bells to stitch.

imageTrue to what has evolved in my stitching life, the favorite part for me is stitching. Watching the designs emerge on fabric gives me a great sense of accomplishment. When I finish one design I am always eager to start the next. Taking a finished piece and framing it or incorporating it into a completed project for display purposes often is postponed and frequently never accomplished. In this instance the two flower designs were finished but they never did get framed. They have languished in a drawer with other unfinished designs.


I periodically go through my finished work, and formulate plans for them.More than 30 years have passed since I worked these designs. One of my goals for this year has been to frame or in other way finish off several pieces. For these two flower pieces I am considering placing them in a double frame. Another idea is to stitch a few more floral pieces and then make a quilted wall hanging to display several designs. That idea would be more time-consuming and less likely to be completed as it requires stitching more pieces. I could also make a couple of pillows incorporating the cross stitch pieces.

Realistically I may not reach my goal this year. It may have to await my retirement.

Project Details: Both designs stitched on 14 ct. Aida using DMC floss. 2 strands of floss were used for cross stitching and for backstitching the words. One strand of floss was used for backstitching the flowers and leaves.

9 thoughts on “Flowers in Blue – A Saturday Stitching Post

  1. susieshy45 June 6, 2015 / 9:08 am

    how d’you manage threading the needle ? That is my biggest hassle.


    • Good Woman June 6, 2015 / 9:14 am

      Are you asking specifically about cross stitch needles or needles in general? For cross stitch, the type of needle used is called a tapestry needle which has an elongated eye. I find that my snipping the end of the floss to make sure it has a clean end helps to get it through the needle. Some needles (not for cross stitch) have very tiny eyes and threading them can be a challenge. They actually sell tiny gadgets called needle threaders that can help. They are relatively inexpensive. With my life time of sewing and many years of cross stitching I generally do not have any problem with needle threading.

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      • susieshy45 June 6, 2015 / 9:50 pm

        Helen, you won’t believe it- I have almost stopped sewing because I cannot see my way to thread a needle, now that I am 45. And even my sewing machine lies idle for the same reason.

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        • Good Woman June 7, 2015 / 7:36 am

          I would have a really hard time if I could no longer sew or stitch because it has been a big part of my life. I have made concessions to these aging eyes. I now have a magnifier that I use almost all the time when I am cross stitching. I think it would help with needle threading. But if I were you I would also look into the needle threaders that I mentioned. They generally have a fine wire loop that you stick through the eye of the needle. It then opens up and you stick the thread through this loop and then pull it back through the needle. It can work for sewing machine needles as well as hand needles. Good luck!

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  2. luckyjc007 June 6, 2015 / 3:31 pm

    You must have a lot of patience….mine is very short when it comes to tiny stitches and counting them. I was going to try one of those one time until I found out there was no pattern stamped on the material! I like your ideas, especially the quilted wall idea.

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    • Good Woman June 7, 2015 / 7:38 am

      I don’t know that I am overly patient, but I just love stitching. Perhaps my patience in other areas has grown because of cross stitching. I do not like stamped embroidery at all, but counted cross stitch just seems to suit me well. Thanks for your comments.


    • Good Woman June 17, 2015 / 8:51 pm

      I will do that, if I manage to get them framed. I am thinking of possibilities.

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