Mychal's Prayer | Cross Stitch

Hello!  Happy Thursday! Man, what a state we're all in, huh?  I've been teleworking for what feels like decades.  Although I am fortunate in that I have the ability to work from home, it has absolutely taken its toll.  There's something to be said for getting up and going to work each day.   This is an entirely different kind of exhaustion.

Anyways...onto more fun things, like stitching!  I chose to start (and finish!) Mychal's Prayer from Silver Creek Samplers a couple weeks ago, since I was in a patriotic mood.  I took out my remaining piece of 32 ct PtP Heroic and got to work.  I used all the called-for threads - of which, you'll need 2 skeins of Ruby Slippers and 2 skeins of Picket Fence, if you choose to stitch this using the overdyed threads.  I used what was in my stash first, but quickly ran out since I didn't have a full skein of either, and had to place an order with my LNS for additional thread.  So, to be on the safe side, I recommend getting two of each, just in case..

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I love this angel - she reminds me of the Jim Shore angels.

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I also love how the words alternate between red and white, as the stripes on the American flag, with the blue square in the corner.  And Sam the Eagle!

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This was a cool piece to stitch, and took me longer than I anticipated.  I'm glad I got this one - I would pick it up almost every time I was in my LNS, and finally one day, I just bought it.  

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The designer's inspiration for this sampler was a prayer said by Father Mychal, a Franciscan friar and Catholic priest.  Here is what the designer wrote regarding Father Mychal:

    "Mychal Judge (11 May 1933 - 11 September 2001) was a Franciscan friar and Catholic priest who served as a chaplain to the New York City Fire Department.  While serving in that capacity, he was killed, becoming the first certified fatality of the September 11, 2001 attacks.  The inspiration for this sampler came from a prayer said by Father Mychal: 'Lord, take me where you want me to go, let me meet who you want me to meet, tell me what to say, and keep me out of your way.' "

Stay safe out there, friends.  I think we're in this quarantine mode for a long time to go yet...


Mrs. Claus's Cookie Shop | Cross Stitch

Happy April!  Yesterday was a rainy, gloomy day, and today isn't looking much better.  Here's hoping April showers bring those May flowers!  I could use some color and cheer these days.

Speaking of cheer, one thing that does make me happy is stitching all things Christmas.  I can't help myself.  I love Christmas and all the nostalgia.

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I picked up Mrs. Claus's Cookie Shop from Country Cottage as something quick to stitch, plus I loved the bright red and white on the border and the awnings.  It looks just like a candy cane :-)

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With all that's going on right now, the sudden change to teleworking every day, stores closed, shelter at home orders, it's all a lot for us to handle.  So, stitching something cheerful was what I needed.  Also, cookies.  Because, yum.  Btw - I saw online that the Girl Scouts extended their online ordering for their cookie sales! Is that true???  I miss Thin Mints....I used to put them in the freezer....they were so good cold...

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I stitched this on 36 count Antique Ivory, which I think helped bring out that vibrant red.

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Isn't that little cookie button so cute?! 

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I hope you're all doing something each day that brings you cheer during these trying times.  Stay safe and healthy, friends.

 


Basketful of Summertime | Cross Stitch

I don't know about where you guys are, but the end of last week gave us a little taste of summer, and now I want it.  Bring me all the warmth and flowers and sunshine and poolside reading time.

This lovely piece is Basketful of Summertime by With Thy Needle and Thread.  This is yet another piece that was in timeout for a considerable amount of time.  I screwed up the basket somehow, and couldn't figure out where I'd made the mistake, so I packed it up and it sat on the end table for MONTHS.  A few weekends ago, I decided to see if I could finally find the mistake, and I did!  It wasn't as dire of a situation as I thought at the time, so I pulled out all the threads again and finished her up.

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I stitched this on 35 ct WDW Confederate Grey.  This fabric is my nemesis because it's so limp and makes stitches crooked (annoyinggggg), but I love the color.

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How cute is that little dog with the flag?!  Adorbs.

I haven't decided how I'll finish it...but it will likely be a small.  I went rummaging through my sewing fabrics the other day and found some good patriotic fabric to use as backing, so now I just need to get out my sewing machine and hop to it.  Look for the finished product here sometime in the next century.  ha.

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That's it for today!  Here's to warmer, sunnier days ahead!


Quaker Christmas | Cross Stitch

It's been ages since I picked up my Quaker Christmas piece, "Faith", and I finished it last weekend.  This is the second of a three-part series, "Joy", "Faith", and "Peace".  I thought it was a perfect time to share this piece, given that we're all kinda anxious right now, not knowing when we can stop carrying Lysol wipes and hand sanitizer everywhere.  The news is exhausting - anyone else shut it off and only catch updates here and there?  It's all a bit much. 

I finished "Joy" a few years ago (did I even tell you guys about that one?  I can't find a post about it...), and started "Faith" over two years ago now (where does time go?!).  I was making steady progress for a while, until I realized a miscount on the giant star in the top right corner, and put her in timeout after I ripped it out and stitched it again. 

I didn't realize how long it'd been since I worked on it, until I scrolled through my posts to see when I'd started it: December 2017.  Quite long enough to be in the WIP pile, thankyouverymuch.  Although...not quite as long as Shores of Hawk Run Hollow...but that's neither here nor there...

Ahem.

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I stitched this on 40 count fabric that I had in my stash.  I'm sure it's one of those ginormous pieces I've had since forever when I was part of a fabric of the month club...so it's Silkweaver...I just don't know what the color is :-|.  My stitch club members from back in PA are still laughing at all that fabric I had on hand...and still have on hand....ugh.  haha.

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There are so many gorgeous motifs in this piece, that I don't think I could pick a favorite.  I wasn't sure how I felt about the three wise men being stitched in such contrasting colors to the motifs surrounding them, but they grew on me.


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Those snowflakes...took.....forevvvvvverrrrrrrrr to stitch.  Forever.  They're everywhere.

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I have one more to go in this series:  Peace.  For now, though, I'm gonna take a break from the Quaker style and move to something different.  Not sure quite what...but I'm not sure I want to start another sampler just yet.  Maybe I'll move to an autumn or Halloween piece (like the Little Bits that I started last week!), or possibly patriotic.  I found a remnant of PtP Heroic that I used for a Blue Ribbon Designs piece (I really need to start taking stuff to be framed...once shops are open again...) that I might use for a patriotic piece I've been itching to start.  We'll see...

Happy stitching everyone!   I hope you're out there making beautiful things or reading your favorite novels, or whatever makes you happy :-).


Miss Christmas Eve | Cross Stitch

You all know by now how much I love stitching Mirabilia pieces.  I love them.  The detail is incredible, and they never disappoint. 

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As usual, when I start a Mirabilia piece, it's hard to put down.  I swore I wouldn't start anything new (HAHAHA) until I was done at least one piece, but last March (I honestly can't believe it's been a year since I started this piece), I couldn't stand it any longer and had to start Miss Christmas Eve.  I hoped to be done by this Christmas (no easy feat when you have 6 or 7 projects going at once....all the time....), and actually met that goal!  I only now just got around to posting her in all her glory.

The greens that make up the evergreens in her dress (like a Christmas tree!) drove me a bit batty.  It took me a while to see the difference in the reds and realize that they were giant bows.  I felt like I was in that Seinfeld episode where they're all talking about those illusion pictures (remember those?  back in the 90's?!), and everyone saw them....except Elaine's boss, Mr. Pitt.  Drove him nuts.

Then, all of the sudden, I saw the reds as huge bows and now I get it. 

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As usual, the beading makes this piece, along with the straight stitches around her face and on her gloves.  I think my favorites to put on were the gold beads.  They were squared off rather than round, and they were the perfect shiny gold.  I didn't care for the bugle beads.  They don't lay right (I didn't like them much in Snow Queen, either, quite frankly...), so they end up looking all crooked, like I wasn't paying attention as I stitched them on.  Ugh.

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Unfortunately, what you can't really tell from these pics, is that the fabric is a crystal fabric.  I stitched this on 32 count Crystal Legacy by Picture this Plus.  I love using the crystal fabrics for winter and Christmas pieces.  It gives the piece that extra oomph :-).

I haven't decided which Mirabilia will be my next...I have quite a few in my stash to choose from...and I'm already itching to start another.  Maybe I'll do one of the Red Ladies...or possibly the Dressmaker's Daughter....

I hope you're all staying healthy, and may our needles and thread (or other creative ventures!) keep our anxieties at bay through this tumultuous time.  May a vaccine be found quickly for this crazy virus!

I'd love to hear what you're all working on, whatever creative thing it is.  Be it reading, painting, embroidery, quilting, you name it!