Sunday, May 24, 2015

Summer Stitching Stash Blast {link-up}

Welcome to a new link-up: Summer Stitching Stash Blast! It is a link-up for needlework and sewing projects.

I am not a craft blogger, but I do like to make things with my hands. I opened one of my craft cabinets several weeks ago and found four unfinished cross stitch projects and the materials for two embroidery projects. I want to finish all of them sooner rather than later, but I knew I would need a reason to sit and finish them, so I decided to host a link-up through the summer.

I love seeing other people's projects, so please consider joining the link-up. And tell your stitching friends!

The rules:

- Write a blog post showcasing your current and recently completed needlework and sewing projects. If you would like to combine your stitching post with another topic, such as a daybook, weekend happenings, book review or what your wore to church, that is cool with me.

- Any post that is not about needlework, sewing, or stitching in some form will be removed from the link-up, as will any post that is offensive. (I do not see that happening, but I need to say it.)

- Please place a link to the most current Summer Stitching Stash Blast in your post so other stitchers can find the link-up.

- Show the other bloggers some love by visiting them and leaving a comment. We all know how hard it is sometimes to finish a project. A little encouragement may be just what she needs to complete her project.

In case you are still feeling unsure if your current project qualifies for this link-up, here is a picture of the cover of my old Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework: 

Even though it isn't technically handwork, I think sewing with a machine totally counts for this link-up because it uses a needle. And I want to learn how to use my machine. Seeing your sewing projects may just give me the kick in the pants I need to figure it out.

Every Sunday I will post a new link-up. The Summer Stitching Stash Blast will run for sixteen weeks. The final link-up will post on September 6th. 

Time to show you my project! 

Here is what I found when I opened my cabinet:

I started three of these projects within the last sixteen months, but the one with the fall leaves is about fifteen years old. I am determined to finish it, but it will probably be the last one I get to this summer. I decided to complete the Dainty Spring Pillow project first because the colors make me happy, and there are a few weeks of Spring left. 

I found this pattern in the March 2014 issue of Cross-Stitch & Needlework magazine. It gave suggestions for color variations, but the project called for 32-count Belfast Linen by Zweigart and DMC Color Variations floss. I decided to use a 16-count white Aida that I had in my stash. When I went shopping to select my DMC Color Variations floss, none of them felt quite right so I picked two: #4040 Water Lilies and #4050 Roaming Pastures. 

The cross-stitch is worked in two strands, so I use one strand of each color variation. I am not sure if I will make it into a pillow, as I mentioned above, I am not very handy with a sewing machine. But maybe this summer will be the perfect time to learn. 

So that is what I am working on this week and probably the next several weeks. 

What are you working on? Link-up below! 

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