Monday, September 5, 2011

One Stitch at a Time . . .


While Fall and Winter are generally the 'project months' for me (simply for the fact that there is more time for them then), the past few months I have enjoyed working on this cross-stitch as I have had time . . . while 'babysitting' the pressure canner, during our evenings together as a family, and other little moments scattered throughout the day.

This is one of the simplest cross-stitches I have done in a while (no quarter stitches!), and it has been enjoyable to work on. Especially now that you can kind of start to see what it is going to be. Since this photo was taken, I was able to get quite a bit more done on it, and it is just about finished now!
Is any one else working on any handwork projects?

28 comments:

  1. I love that pattern. I have things on the go all the time. I am a great 'starter' and have a number of things to finish. Right now I am concentrating on a cape for me. I have some Christmas gifts to sew. I think there is also a blanket that needs attention. I am trying to finish off a few things before the Australian summer kicks in. It is too hot and humid here to work on big heavy projects during summer.

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  2. That is beautiful. :) What a great use of your time! I am now working on embroidering a butterfly for my niece's room. Thank you for sharing, Sarah! :)

    Blessings in Christ,
    Mikailah

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  3. It looks beautiful so far! I hope you will show us the finished result once you completed the project.

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  4. That's really pretty, Sarah! I used to cross stitch all the time. One of my favorite projects I did was the hymn "The Old Rugged Cross" set in a beautiful background.

    I haven't cross stitched in years though. Sewing has taken up all the time I used to give to my cross stitch projects. :)

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  5. It looks beautiful, Sarah! :-)
    Oooo,I don't like the quarter stitches either.
    My shawl is almost done, and I'll have it posted soon. :-)

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  6. What a pretty design....lovely not to have any quarter stitches!
    I'm working on Christmas bags, child size, to put little gifts in.

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  7. What lovely cross-stitching work!

    Currently, I am taking a sewing class, which I absolutely LOVE! I truly want to be able to make my own skirts and dresses someday. But, I must start slow. So my first project will be to make a pillow. :)

    You have a sweet blog. :)

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  8. Very lovely Sarah! I think the detail is so pretty and it will look wonderful when framed.

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  9. That is so pretty Sarah. I love birds! I am working on a cross stitch project of a heart surrounded by flowers. Within the heart is me and my husbands name and wedding date and 2 gold rings. We will be celebrating our 23rd anniversary this Saturday!

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  10. Well now, here's a wonderful time management strategy, Sarah! Taking advantage of the bits and pieces of time here and there can be a very efficient way to accomplish a task!

    I, too, love to cross-stitch. Quite some time ago, I started a beautiful one of two Amish children running to the mailbox. There is a house, and quilts on a clothesline, and lots of wildflowers in the background. But unless I start taking advantage of the little moments here and there, it won't get done any time soon!

    ~ Betsy

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  11. Sarah,
    Your cross stich project is beautiful. What a great use of your spare moments! I generally have more time for projects in the Winter too. I am currently not working on any, but I usually start a few knitting projects in the Fall. Right now, in most of the spare time that I have I usually read. Currently I'm going through a book called the Church History by a man named Eusebius. It's great, and I am learning a lot from it.
    Thank you so much for your constant encouragement on my blog, it is such a blessing and always makes my day. The Lord has used you to sincerely bless me.
    Rachel

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  12. It sounds like you have a lot of projects in the works, Suze! It’s fun to have a variety of things to be working on. I can have the same tendency as you . . . to start a bunch of projects, but then have a hard time finishing them! That is one goal I have this winter is to accomplish all of the projects started last winter and that were set aside during the summer for much the same reason as you mentioned . . . it’s too hot and humid to work on things like hand quilting during that time of year. :) I hope finishing up your projects goes well for you and that you are able to get a lot accomplished before your summer arrives!

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  13. Thank you, Mikailah! The embroidery that you are working on sounds beautiful . . . I am sure your niece will love it! I hope that you will share it on your blog when you are finished with it as I would like to see it. :)

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  14. Thank you, Leah! And once it is finished and framed, I’ll try to remember to get a photo of it to share here.

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  15. Thank you, Miss Sarah! The cross-stitch you did sounds like it would have been lovely. And such a keepsake as well! I can understand sewing taking up the time that you used to spend on cross-stitch . . . just from what I have seen on your blog, you are a prolific seamstress! :)

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  16. Thank you, Miss Anne! How exciting that your shawl is almost finished. I am looking forward to seeing a photo of it!

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  17. I really liked it as well, Elizabeth. Ashley had given me this pattern, and it has been fun to work on! Your little bags sounds so nice . . . and what a great idea to make your own bags to put the gifts into!

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  18. Thank you, Madame Wildflower, for your sweet comment and welcome to my blog! How fun to be taking a sewing class! It sounds like you are really enjoying it and what a blessing that you are learning the skills to be able to eventually sew your own clothing. It’s a wise idea to start with a pillow first! Whenever I start out a new student with sewing, that is the first thing they always make . . . and then after that they always seem to quickly progress to more and more advanced things. I am sure you will do great with your sewing!

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  19. Thank you, Lisa! The cross-stitch that you are working on will be such a keepsake when you are finished. Not to mention, beautiful as well! And a very happy anniversary to you and your husband!! May the Lord bless you with many more wonderful years together.

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  20. I guess that would be true, Betsy! I hadn’t thought of that as a time management strategy before. :)

    The cross-stitch that you are working on sounds like it would be beautiful. Maybe you could share a photo of it on your family’s blog sometime? I would like to see it! Have fun as you continue to work on it!

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  21. That is so beautiful! I hope we will get to see the finished product!

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  22. Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Rachel! It warmed my heart to read . . . I am so glad that the things that are/were shared are a blessing to you, and likewise, I am always so encouraged when stopping by your blog as well. You radiate a love for the Lord and for your dear family!

    Like you, there isn’t much time for working on projects in the summer, which makes us anticipate fall and winter even more, doesn’t it? :) Have fun working on your knitting projects when you begin those!

    The book that you are reading on Church History sounds like it would be really interesting. That is a fascinating area of study!

    Thank you again for your comment!

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  23. Thank you, Miss Linda! And I hope to share a photo of it once it is all finished . . . which hopefully should be soon!

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  24. That looks like a very nice design. I'm still working on a big cross stitch project that I started maybe almost a year ago. I can't wait to show it to you when I finish it! I'm about half finished, so it may be next year by the time it's done. And it has lots of quarter stitches, which I don't enjoy doing.

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  25. Thank you, Joy! I am looking forward to seeing your cross-stitch project when you are able to complete it . . . it sounds like it would be really nice! Ah yes, quarter stitches . . . not fun to do, but they sure help to make a beautiful cross-stitch. Hope you enjoy working on yours over the coming months!

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  26. Oh how beautiful! I can't wait to see it finished. I haven't an cross stitch but I have been painting. :o) I will have to blog about it when I get back into blogging. :o)

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  27. Thank you, Nabila! And I would really like to see your painting sometime. :) I hope you do blog about it!

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