This was my first completed cross stitch, a gift I made for my mother at 16 (I believe there may have been a cat cross stitch where a line of felines were meowing at the moon, but I was 10 and it is long gone!). Watching flosstube tutorials for my Chatelaine prompted me to tell my origin story, as so many do, and low and behold I discovered specialty stitches!
A little bump of confidence is exactly what I needed for my first Mandala!
While I was praising the Mother as my inspiration to finish a project before I start another, she was well on her way to breaking her own guideline! (I secretly love that she did, for I was just looking at this designer yesterday!) Here is her new start Happy Spooky Halloween by clouds Factory, stitched on "tropical" Opal Lugana.
Happy World Cross Stitch Day to all stitchers near and far, I hope your needles were threaded and frogs far away!
I am determined to finish Tall Seasons before starting the Chatelaine I just kitted up yesterday, and finished my goal for the day, the final tree! The pouring rain provided the perfect backdrop for tonight's stitching.
The Mother was in town for work this week and brought Damask Roses at my suggestion that we resume our SAL, but she is much further than I remembered so I may need a head start!
The one over one skin on Ms. Freedom is time consuming, but well worth the final product!
While we did not throw a single stitch we were able to go to Stitcher's Paradise where she helped me choose fabric for my first Chatelaine! For World Cross Stitch Day I treated myself to a half a yard of divine fabric, delicate silks and delicious treasure braids, now if I can only develop the courage to start it! The Maiden
Many, many years ago I began this project by The Sunflower Seed. It is in fact, one of the earliest to appear on this blog. It was abandoned like so many other UFOs, until I came across it a week ago and realized it was the spitting image of my dream Home.
The Crone and I often talked late into the night of the significance of the projects we choose (usually with a cup of Tevana in hand), how they represent the "tapestry of life." Now that I can see the purpose behind this project so many years later it is time to finish it, and hopefully bring into reality not only this house but a project for it's walls!
When I was a young stitcher I went through a silk phase, and in my insanity converted all the DMC in this project to Splendor's. I cringed when I found the receipt for this purchase folded at the bottom of a bag, an astounding $185.00 was spent on a project I worked on for 7 days!
Despite the expense, I adore this project for the balance it holds and loved adding the N-S-E-W to the bottom.
The Summer home has joined Fall, only 2 more houses to go!