Thursday, April 15, 2010


I've got the bug.... The stitching (x-stitching ) bug.

After much encouragement from Debra (threadgatherer) and Kaaren (thepaintedquilt) Why not give my hand a try.

Brenda from our quilt guild had an open house last year to celebrate their new home. It is just beautiful. I should have taken a picture of it. Two storey Saltbox, brick Very stately and grandure. Well I remember seeing many framed x-stitch in her home.

A light bulb went off. Must call Brenda. So today I visited. Oh how lovely. Just how I remembered it. I did take my camera this time but only took some of her framed works of art. Some more, and more,more,more,Well are these the most beautiful works of art? There were many more that graced her walls. The next time I visit I will share more of her beautiful home.

Well Brenda brought out her vast collection of patterns and I chose this one.
Brenda said that I should not have any problem, just count ....
Yesterday I picked up 18 count white aida cloth 15x18 and tea dyed it. It shrunk to 17x14.

The pattern finished measures 8x8 so I have plenty of fabric.
Well we will see. So off to Michaels to pick up my dmc thread in the colours suggested in the pattern.

It is getting late, so maybe first thing tomorrow I will start. Or maybe not. We will see.

Like I said I've got the bug.... Wish me luck. I will keep you posted on my stitching journey.

Happy stitches..



  1. You chose a nice pattern! It has nice colours, too. I'm looking forward to see the result.
    Good luck and happy stitching, Cisca

  2. I hope you enjoy your new venture as much as I do mine.

    I just might start a new one today as well. It's cold, rainy and windy so there's my excuse...not that I need one. *wink*

    Have fun!

  3. Linda, I'm so excited that you're going to start stitching!!! I love the sampler pattern you picked out and am so happy that you actually tea stained your fabric before starting. I can't wait to see your first stitches - I'm so excited!!! I have a funny feeling that you're absolutely going to love stitching!!!

  4. Brenda's work is very inspiring! I am not surprised that it has encouraged you to pick up the needle. I was trying to pick a favourite but each one has a quality to challenge the other. Have fun.

  5. Brenda's cross sticth are delightful and her home must look beautiful adorned with them. By all means give cross stitch a try. I used to do a lot but my eyes don't co-operate these days. Happy Stitching, Ann :-)

  6. Wow, Brenda's cross-stitch is fabulous! I did a lot of cross-stitch in the 80's and 90's, not a whole lot lately but I love it still. Have fun with your new project!!