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Temperature Cross Stitch

Temperature Cross Stitch Progress

Not much progress on this – how do people find time to get everything done?

I have been recording the temperature everyday, so I just need to marshal my forces and get on with it.

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Temperature Cross Stitch

Working on January

The temperature cross stitch has started – not up to date yet, but it is easy going. I think one of the maximums (maxima?) is the wrong shade of yellow, but I am not unpicking, so let’s hope this doesn’t (in a hundred years) become a significant historical document.

I think I need to put a key on – otherwise the actual temperature data will be lost. Thoughts?

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Temperature Cross Stitch

I am going to do a Temperature cross stitch. I have been diligently recording the daily maxima and minima.

In the image above are the flosses I’m planning to use – cold at the top (anything below 0 – very unlikely in Perth) and hot at the bottom (above 44 – I hope that doesn’t happen or not very often).

Each day will be a 4 by 4 square with the upper left corner the minumum and the bottom right the maximum. Like this

I think I will have a black line between days and months, but I am not certain of that yet.

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Halloween Cat Cross Stitch

Halloween Cat – from Satsuma Street

I seem to have my system working now – the ‘double decker’ hoop (so I can work two handed) from here, and the magnifying light (which I bought from an electronic hobby store).

This is coming together nicely – although I am very slow. It’s about the process though and not the final product.

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My Lady’s Quaker Finished

My Lady’s Quaker is Finished!

I finished! This project languished because I struggled to see the stitchers clearly. I got new glasses and while that helped it didn’t solve the problem. However, I bought this magnifier and it has made a huge difference.

The pattern is My Lady’s Quaker from Jardin Prive. I did it on a 32 count Belfast linen (from Zweigart). The black is standard DMC 310 and the red is a variegated DMC 115.

I started it in February 2018, so 18 months to finish it (although it’s about the process).

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My Lady’s Quaker

My Lady’s Quaker

I just have to finish the motif on the bottom right corner and then I am on to the alphabets – one upper case and one lower case.

Working on it in hand means I do actually work on it, but I don’t think my stitches are as well-formed.

The pattern is from Jardin Prive. As I have two more of her designs in my stash, I am quite keen to get this one finished (and I have been working on it for a year!).

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My Lady’s Quaker

image of my lady's quaker cross stitch
Progress on My Lady’s Quaker by Jardin Prive

I have become quite monogamous on this cross stitch.

The motif in the upper-right corner created a lot of difficulty for me. I think I stitched it three times before I could get the outer border to join correctly. The blue marking lines helped enormously. I have put more in to make the last few motifs easier and then it is on to the alphabets.

I’m back to stitching in hand and it just seems to work a bit better for me. I don’t think my stitches are better (in fact I think my tension is probably a bit off), but I am far more likely to pick it up and work on it.

I got a bit carried away with buying new charts last year and now I feel a bit anxious about the amount of unstitched charts I have.

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Gingerbread House Cross Stitch

The bottom and back of my Gingerbread House

I started working on this house late last year to use as a model for my girls, but soon realised it was going to take a long time and that they wouldn’t have the patience to finish it. I wondered if even I had the patience (dedication) to finish it, but when I added the back stitch the design popped and now I feel quite motivated (I doubt it will be finished this year).

The design is from the 2016 Family Circle Christmas Special – you might still be able to find the pattern here.

I bought the plastic canvas from Spotlight and I am using 6 strands of DMC floss, 2 for the backstitching.

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So many mistakes

My Lady’s Quaker

I kept making mistakes on this quaker motif…

Finished version from Jardin Prive

The one in the top right corner.

I have put in some tacking lines – I hope this fixes my counting issues.

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My Lady’s Quaker

My Lady’s Quaker

As someone who prides themselves, on my ability to do maths – this cross stitch has humbled me. The motif in the top right I must have stitched at least twice.

The pattern is My Lady’s Quaker from Jardin Prive – 32 count Belfast linen, DMC threads (Black and a Variegated Red)

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