Sunday, March 3, 2013

Apples I Love Them Cross stitch project and other things

So, I haven't been blogging about food, even though this is supposed to be a food blog, because I've been on this low carb program and haven't really been all that excited about food in general lately.

Instead, I think I'll update everyone on the projects I've been working on, and upcoming ones as well.  And, if I stumble upon a really good low carb recipe, I'll be sure to pass it along. 

I've been working on this design by Jeremiah Junction called, Apples I Love Them.  This is a birthday project for my mom, for their new kitchen that they're in the process of re-doing.  While I think the design is cute and folksy, and right up my mom's alley, the pattern itself had so many errors and flaws, it was unbelievable.  I was constantly checking the picture on the front to make sure I had the colors correct!  Unreal!

I used a 28 ct. ecru linen, and had planned to hand dye it a bit to add some depth and age, but completely forgot and started stitching it the same day I got the fabric!  Oh well.  Perhaps next time.

Without wording and outlining...and obviously without ironing =)

It only took me about 2 weeks to get this done, which is really quick for me.  Also, I've never been able to find my iron since I moved last March (ok, yes, that means I've been without an iron for over a year.  Say what you will!).  And, I was taking the picture on  R's train table, because it's right in front of the window.
With words and outlining
Anyway, I'm happy with the outcome of it, even it I had a few troubles.  I have several projects on my list for this year, which is why I probably hurried through this one so quickly.  Next up on my agenda is probably the hardest pattern I've ever done.  It's called Heirloom Nativity Sampler, from Victoria Sampler, and I'm doing 2 of them at the same time. 

Some of the stitches in the pattern I've never even heard of, but I've done woven bars with dove's eyes before, so I don't think I'll have too much trouble with some of the other complicated stitches.  I just hope I don't snip the wrong thread in the cut outs.  That's the worst!

I'll update with pictures as I go along....if I remember.  =)

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy stitching and low-carb eating!

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