Monday, August 18, 2014

Random Monday

It's mid-August and time to start working on worrying about stitched Christmas gifts.  I thought this year I might make sets of tea towels, stitched with botanical charts, herbs for the most part.  I am also in need of something a little easier on the eyes than my two current projects.  So tea towels with 14 ct Aida inserts are the perfect interim projects when the sampler and the stocking get a little wearisome.  In any case, I pulled some tea towels out of stash and a few herbal charts and started on one today. The charts I am using are from a Cross My Heart booklet called A Sampling of Herbs.   The chart I am using is actually a sampler with 12 blocks, each featuring a different herb.  I am using six of  the single blocks for the tea towels.  I didn't care for the charted border, a sketchy pseudo Greek back-stitched cross and reverse cross sort of affair.  So I stitched it as a solid border using two blues from the rest of the piece.  And since these will be tea towels, I replaced all the gold beads with floss.  I still need to stitch two more sprigs of rosemary to complete this towel

At least, this is a productive sort of startitis since I'll have a few Christmas gifts as a result.  I tend to get antsy when my rotation slips down to 2 or 3 pieces.  And it is currently at 1. what with my steadfast concentration of the The English Band Sampler.  Here's a photo of my progress on the sampler over the past few days.  As you can see, I am still working on pansies.  I want to stitch all the floral motifs in the left section of the band before finishing the spiral border.

I know I have to get back working on Piper's stocking if I am to have it done this year but the mere thought of facing all that pink is daunting.


Linda said...

Great new start and idea Regina. Are you at the bottom of the sampler now?


Julie said...

mmmm you've reminded my I have a couple of those aida banded towels somewhere..must be in that stitchers safe place!

Go on, pull out the stocking, I need to get started on my daughters if she's to have it this year.

Vickie said...

Those will make great gifts! I love the pansies very much.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow you had your rotation down to 1 piece??!!! The tea towels will be lovely gifts.

I love your sampler!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Nice to see someone organised enough to start their Christmas stitching in good time.
Hope it will help with the larger sampler's progress too.