Bless This Mess – A Cross Stitch Project

imageToday on my Saturday Stitching Post (which I am considering naming this feature) I step away from the bigger pieces I have done and present a small project that I designed and stitched for my office.  My typical day at work consists of slogging through tons of paperwork.It has been a good day when I have less paperwork on my desk at the end of the day than I had at the start.  My desk looks very unorganized but amazingly enough I can almost always put my finger on anything I need.  I did this small design because the saying is very appropriate for my office.

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Hearts A Plenty – A Cross Stitch Project

imageToday I share a heart themed cross stitch that I made in 2011.  It is one of many pieces that I completed stitching, but never made into a project.  This one I intend to finish as a pillow. I love stitching and seeing a design emerge as it is translated on fabric.  When I put the last stitch in one project I always have a million ideas in my head for the next project I will do.  I also have several WIP’s (Works in Progress) that I could pick up.   I have a drawer full of projects that are completely stitched but that I have not framed or otherwise finished.  At one time I felt guilty about that, but then I think of all the people who write and never publish, or who paint and never display their paintings, or undertake some other creative process and enjoy the act of creating but don’t ever share their hard work with the masses.  The benefits of the actual creative process can be greater than the finished product.  I have plans for every piece that is finished.  And someday the plans will be implemented.image

In the Cross Stitch & Country Crafts magazine that published this design, the finished chart had been framed in a wooden tray with glass over it.  It was referred to as a tic-tac-toe board. Individual heart designs were also featured in a greeting card and on the top of a wooden box. Some individual hearts were stuffed and framed in lace and ribbon for decor pieces. Another option used a four heart section of the design to make a smaller pillow.

I have stitched for 30 years and have subscribed to many different cross stitch magazines during this time. I generally find my next project by searching through the magazines and charts that I have accumulated. Although I wish I could purchase more to support the struggling designers out there, I cannot justify it when I know that I already have just the designs I need.  The one chart that was a recent purchase was Dawn’s Break by Mystic Stitch featured in my post 93,100 Stitches of Love.

Project Details:  Medley of Hearts from Cross Stitch & Country Crafts, Jan/Feb 1991.  Stitched on rose 28 count even weave  over 2 with 2 strands of DMC floss.  Finished size 9 1/2 ” by 9″.  Design by Linda Gillum.

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Guardian Angel – a Good Woman Project

“These things I warmly wish for you: someone to love, some work to do, a bit o’ sun, a bit o’ cheer, and a guardian angel always near.”

                                                                                                 — Irish blessing

Diligent Protector
Diligent Protector
 Diligent Protector, framed
Diligent Protector, framed

I have a sister-in-law who has an extensive collection of angel memorabilia in her home.  We often stay at her house when we are traveling in the area.  In appreciation for the lodging, the great company and the great food, I stitched Diligent Protector for her for Christmas 2014.  Her birthday happens to be on December 24 and that is the day the picture was delivered to her house.

The design was part of a two part design collection in For the Love of Cross Stitch called Guardian Angels, which was adapted from antique post cards.  The design appeared in the March 1994 issue.

A guardian angel, just another thread of my life.

For my stitching friends – Project Detail:  Worked on  a 17″ x 2o” piece of white 25 count Laguna fabric over 2 fabric threads.  (112w x 147h).  Three strands of DMC floss were used for cross stitching and 1 strand for backstitching.  Needlework adaptation by Carol Emmer.  Frame was stained to match wood tones in the recipient’s home.  Outer mat was navy blue and inner mat was metallic gold.

One final thought, I clearly must improve my photography skills!

Sisterhood of the World

imageI  am humbled to be nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award by Amie Writes.  If you have not checked out her blog you need to.  She writes beautiful, touching prose!  I was particularly moved by her post Letting Go which inspired my post Grieving Woman.

Thank you very much for the nomination, Amie.  Because so much of blogging is about building a community I happily accept the award in large part to be able to share links to some blogs that I like but that are fairly new and to which I would be like to be able to send some traffic.

The rules of this award are as follows:  Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their site, put the award logo on your blog, answer the ten questions sent to you, make a list of ten questions for your nominees and nominate seven blogs.

The questions posed to me along with my answers:

1. Why did you start blogging?  I was looking for new, meaningful ways to engage my time once I retire so I thought I’d give this a try.  I think I am addicted already.

2. Which is your favorite among your blog posts? Why?  93,100 Stitches of Love.  It is the post that has generated the most views and it is about something near and dear to my heart.

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