Friday, August 07, 2015

Simple things

Recently, I started a little Sweetheart Tree tiny sampler.  There is some over one stitching and some backstitching, and beading.  Oddly, the over one stitching didn't phase me at all, but when I got to the backstitching I sort of hit a mental block and had to set it aside.  It sat with just the center alphabet completed for a few weeks.  I worked on some other, simpler things in the meantime.  Anyways, tonight, I finally picked it back up again and decided to tackle the backstitching.  As you can see I didn't get too far, but it is a start.  (sorry for the blurry picture)

Tiny Spring Violet Sampler
Sweetheart Tree

I've been learning a lot of new stuff at work (I recently changed departments) and I haven't felt like exerting myself to work on anything too difficult.  So, while this cute little Sweetheart Tree pattern languished in the background I made up this cute little strawberry from the Covered Buttons kit by Jeanette Douglas.

Covered Buttons
Jeanette Douglas

This little kit is the cutest thing.  It includes the threads to make three little buttons and one button form. I still have a lamb and a flower to make and since I'm not sure which one I'll make into the button, I haven't finished the strawberry yet.

After I finished the strawberry, I still didn't feel like backstitching, so I looked for something that had no backstitching.  The first thing that caught my eye was an Assisi pattern in a recent Just Cross Stitch issue called Seville.  This pattern is exactly what I needed.  No colour changes, no backstitching.. just plain cross stitch that allows for some much needed meditative stitching.  It's quite a large design, but it's stitching up quite quickly considering the amount of time I've been able to put towards it.

Seville
JCS June 2015

It's being stitched on a piece of cream 36 count linen that has been in my stash for years.  I decided that it was time to use it up. For some reason I had a  bunch of this yellow DMC thread in my stash too, so, I decided to use it as well... I have no idea why I had so much of it in my stash, but I did.   I hope the yellow will be enough of a contrast,,,,

So, for now, I'm slowly working away on these and hopefully, eventually, I'll have the mindset to do something a bit more complicated.

Enjoy your weekend!!

Karen

3 comments:

Margaret said...

Lovely stitching
I like the idea of stitched covered buttons - might try that!
Hope the change at work continues to go well and the stress eases.

Aurelia Eglantine said...

Wow, that alphabet is teeny tiny! The backstitching does look very fiddly. The strawberry is adorable though, especially the flower and the little vines :) And your Assisi start looks very intriguing, it's a style I've never stitched and I look forward to seeing how it works up!

Good luck with your new department at work :)

Kate said...

Very pretty! Sweethart Tree projects are fun, yours is just adorable