Monday, April 25, 2011

Needle and Threads

are making for busy hands.  As much as I love crocheting doilies I find I am equally loving cross stitch.  Such sweet, wonderful designs I am finding to make ornaments or small pillows.  Makes for an easy take along anywhere.

I want to pick up a small, table top size, Christmas tree this fall to seasonally decorate throughout the year.  Whether it will be green or white I haven't decided yet ... I have seen white ones on a few blogs and they have been beautifully adorned for Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter ... etc.  I think cross stitch ornaments for the little tree would be so special.  With that in mind, I came upon this pattern ... Quaker Holly at The Workbasket - Free.  You an see the completed design at their site.  The center of the flowers have french knots but I am thinking  maybe of putting beads there instead.

Right now I'm using 14 count cloth.  I really would like to make ornaments using a 28 or 32 count.  Hoping that eventually I can do that.  I so admire the work I have seen with those count cloths, they are just so beautiful..   

These are a few more designs I have found  and am on the look out for friendship type saying and charts.  A few people that I would like to make something special for.  Any ideas? 

Keeping In Stitches ...


  1. I don't think I could do cross stitch. I would get bored really quick and my hands would hurt I think from holding the needle. I'm really bad at sewing and the thread getting all tangled up. Sounds like disaster for me. :o) I've seen a lot of pretty patterns. Check out Herrshners web site, I got a catalog not long ago with a lot of cross stitch patterns in it. xoxo

  2. The joy of working with ones hands..the pleasure and calmness it brings, whether it be lovely embroidery, crochet, painting, knitting
    etc...a simple joy just creating beauty..

  3. Thank you for the Quaker Holly pattern. I love anything quaker and Christmas. :)

    I think anything you make for someone would be treasured because it was made by your hands with love. :)

    I almost feel that I must apologize to your crochet hooks for getting you back into cross stitch....but you are like me, you love crocheting and stitching, too. :)

    Blessings to you and yours always.

  4. I have been spending more time stitching than hooking lately also. At work I have a hour and a half, sometimes 2 hour break (naptime for the kiddies) and its easier to take my cross stitch in with me to work on than a large bag of yarn. Happy stitching and/or hooking!

  5. Such a lovely idea and so beautiful to look at always. Thankyou Glor for leaving me such lovely comments and being my very first follower. I was so chuffed. Happy stitching. Melanie x

  6. Nice, very nice. I like most all things needlecrafted..not that I do them all ..I like handmade things..

  7. In my last two years of high school I worked for a lady who had turned her garage into a nursery and she is actually the one who taught me how to cross-stitch. Her name was Elenora. I love to cross-stitch and used to do big patterns with lots of detail and backstitching. I have so little patience now, that I just want to do quick and easy projects. In fact, if I can just use one color on a pattern, I'm a happy camper. :) I can see you are moving right along on this pattern. I need to organize everything I have -- copies of patterns collected over nearly 30 years just like yarn can be found in every drawer, cupboard and trunk. Yikes! I really need to get organized. Have a great rest of the day. Tammy

  8. Such a sweet design, well done on your stitching! Have you looked at the site? The owner/author offers a weekly freebie, the link is on my blog sidebar, if you're interested.
    Thanks for your comments, they always cheer me up! :)