I went with my first instinct and used the 28 ct ivory linen. I am using the recommended DMC floss. So far, I have stitched the bottom border. the tile like band just above it and a bit of the left side of the booth. I am loving the colors as I work my way from left to right across the bottom third of the design. Since I stitch with over dyed silks and cottons so very often, I sometimes forget the pure joy of crisp solid color.
Next, I finally set up my recent needlepoint class piece [from July] on the stitching stand so I could get back to work on it. I'd like to finish at least one class project in the same year I started it. A quick glance at my sidebar on class pieces would prove that this would be a major accomplishment for me
Before September whizzes past, I wanted to get the PS Year Round for the month stitched. Like the others in the series, I stitched this on 40 ct natural linen in Belle Soie silks instead of the charted DMC. In this case: Poison Apple, Scarecrow, and Collards
And I cut some more denim strips from old jeans. I figure when I have four balls as large as the first two, I should be able to start work on a braided rag rug. I also had some old slipcovers in colors that will work with the denim that I can use in the ratio of two denim strips to one slipcover strip to add a little interest and variation.
Another scrap project I'd like to work on soon is a woolen penny rug. I've got an old coat and some remnants left over from a cape I made, the first a solid dark green and the second a tweedy medium green in the same bluish green color way. I won't actually make a full sized rug but I am fairly sure I have enough for a table runner. Anyway, I cut up the coat [which has given me good service for a little over 30 years - LL Bean sure makes products that last] and ran it through the washer on gentle cycle using Woolite. It has a slightly felted appearance now which is perfect for my purposes.
And, finally, I selected a winner of the giveaway ten days ago, Bette, and e-mailed her. But she never responded so I selected a new winner, Carolyn [Stitchinowl]. I will e-mail her tomorrow morning.