Wednesday, April 30, 2014
I started stitching on the flower/fruit basket (a painted canvas) about 2 years ago. It has been my "car" project; I always have a needlepoint on the go that I stitch when in the car. My husband drives and I stitch. This way we have a very pleasant ride, mainly because I am distracted and don't criticize his lane choices, speed, passing, not hypermiling, etc. etc. Over the last few evenings all I had to complete was the fly, a leaf, and half of the background.
The "Good Morning" needlepoint is a Prairie Schooler design out of an old Just Cross Stitch Issue. Although intended as a cross stitch design, it is composed of full stitches so you can petit point, needlepoint, bead, rug hook, or even knit the pattern. I converted the threads to wool and choose an 11ct canvas. I started this project at the airport on our way to Germany. I then stitched on the trains and a little at my aunt's house. Once home all I needed to finish was the sun and background.
Now I can feel comfortable starting a new project, and I think I have figured it out. The charts from this designer, Orchidea (to be added to www.gittas.com this weekend), are also composed of only full stitches. I have decided to petit point this design. It's only 120 x 96 stitches, so on 22ct. canvas with 3 strands of floss it will be 5.5" x 4.4" in size.