When I tell DH that I've been thinking, usually he says Uh-oh. He wonders what crazy scheme I have a mind to do.
I get so many ideas from seeing what other stitchers are stitching. I don't even remember where I saw it, but somebody is working on a sampler called American Sampler that was in a Treasures magazine many years ago (Spring 1993).
She was working on one of the people and I thought, I like how that person looks. Usually, I hate the old timey embroidery of ugly misshapen people. I knew that I had that magazine. An idea occurred to me, what if I did a mash up of Sandy Orton designs for my casket? But first I had to find that particular Treasures issue. I began digging. I can't manage to throw away my old cross stitch magazines. After making a big mess, I found all my issues of Treasures. There are several samplers designed by Sandy (like I know her personally - not) that could be cut up to fit the areas on the casket.
Of course, along the way, I had to look at stuff and found several things that I know I want to stitch (as in that sweet little chick would be great in Claire's Easter basket!). So I scanned one of the samplers and want to print it out to see how part of it looks on the back of my casket.
Hey Sandy, if you're listening - design something to fit our caskets! I have several more of her designs to scan, print, cut up and see how they look. I am going on the assumption that I want to cross stitch on 32 count linen over 2.
So far I have 30 buttonholes stitched on Beautiful. Yeah! Almost half done. I get on a roll and want to finish the whole length of floss that I am using. One length makes about nine buttonholes.
I finished the R in Claire. It is my favorite one.
I have a start on the last three roses on Briar Rose. Yeah!
I tried making some cording with my sewing bird. I am still figuring out what the best way is. But I am happy with what I made. I tried 3 strands of #12 black pearl cotton. It was too small. I tried 6 strands and that was more the size I was looking for.