Thursday, January 24, 2013

january finish


Have you seen the Word Play stitcheries from Country Stitches?  They came out last year and there is one to correspond with every month of the year.  They are awesome!  (have I mentioned before that I love seasonal things!?)  I just finished the January one....and there's still some days in January left to enjoy it!  Yeah for that!!  Who knows, it may just stay up into February if we get some more snow.
These are stitched on Abecedarian Linen with one strand over two threads....makes my eyes go crossed if I don't sit in direct sunlight when I'm stitching.  But I like the primitive, natural look of the finished piece so much, that all the eye strain was worth it! I finished it off with a piece of cotton on the back and used two rusty safety pins to attach a hanger made from linen tape.
The only thing I would change if I were doing this piece again is to switch from the white floss that the pattern calls for to something that is a bit brighter and pops more on the fabric.  The Shaker White that the pattern calls for is subtle....maybe a bit too subtle.  (But not subtle enough for me to rip it out and re-do it!)
I tried using a lighted magnifier so I could stitch at night when I really have more 'free' time, but the magnifier took more getting used to than I had patience and it made me feel a bit granny-ish.  So, by the window I sat with my coffee and my stitching - just a bit in the mornings before the crowd got rolling.  It was a fun project to work on....I think I'd like to start one for the spring...maybe April or May?  Which one do you like the best?  


9 comments:

Plain and Joyful Living said...

I always admire you stitching.

From All Stitched Up said...

You did a beautiful job. I love April and October. I look forward to seeing what you do next. April would be fun to look forward to while we are freezing!

Christina said...

I love it! You do such beautiful work. I have SUCH a hard time with cross stitch; I just don't have the patience.

Evelyne said...

Gorgeous stitching. Which one to choose?? I love April and August. Also, that is a great shop!! Thanks for the link.

Debi said...

Beautiful!

Kristyn Knits said...

It looks awesome! Simply awesome! You're such a great starter and finisher. xoxo

Larissa said...

I love it! i really like the subtle white- makes it look wonderfully vintage.

christinelaennec said...

That is beautiful! I love the name "Abecedarian Linen" too -

steph said...

what a cute project---must check out some of the other months! I've been dabbling with some embroidery again after letting it go for years (can't put down the knitting needles long enough i guess)