I really didn’t need a new cross stitch project since I already have two on the go, but the Frosted Pumpkin A Very Merry Christmas Town mystery stitch-a-long is simply too adorable to resist. I ordered the aida kit and it arrived in the mail late last week.
The kit came with 1/8 yard of 14-count hand dyed aida (there’s a 28-count linen version available as well), ten colours of DMC floss, two colours of The Gentle Art floss, metallic gold Kreinik braid, and a six-pack of size 26 tapestry needles.
I’m super excited to try the floss from A Gentle Art as it isn’t a brand I’ve used before. The BOHIN needles are new to me as well. Most of mine are John James or DMC since that’s what seems to be available at the stores I shop in. I am, however, already giving the metallic braid the evil eye. I can’t stand working with the DMC metallics, so we’ll see how the Kreinik compares.
The hand dyed crystal aida from Picture this Plus in Arctic is some of the prettiest fabric I’ve seen. The muted shades of blue and the opalescent thread woven through the fabric really do evoke thoughts of a beautiful winter day.
I jumped right into stitching but don’t have much to show yet. The second instalment of the pattern arrives on Aug. 26, so I better stop typing and start stitching!
July’s instalment of the Frosted Pumpkin story time stitch-a-long is from the ballad The Lady of Shalott by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. I’ll sheepishly admit that I’d never read it. I’m a huge fan of the painting by John William Waterhouse, on which this cross stitch is clearly based, and even got to see the painting at the Tate Britain in London many years ago. But poetry just isn’t my thing. That being said, since it’s the first story in this stitch-a-long that I hadn’t read, I sat down and read it. Three times. Poetry still isn’t my thing.
But cross stitch sure is! Isn’t she adorable?
I’ve been so busy with other projects that I almost didn’t get June’s instalment of the Frosted Pumpkin Stitch-a-Long finished in time. But I just managed to sneak it in before the end of the month.
Here’s Peter Pan:
I’ve never joined a stitch-a-long before, and now this year I’ve somehow joined two! But how could I possibly resist the adorableness that is Amanda and Ashleigh’s Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery?
The Story Time Sampler releases a new kawaii-style motif from a classic children’s book each month for the year. I was a little late getting started on this one but am finally caught up.
Here’s where it’s at so far:
And the close up images for each month:
January – Alice in Wonderland
February – The Secret Garden
March – Sherlock Holmes
April – The Wizard of Oz
May – Charlotte’s Web
This is one of the most fun to stitch projects I’ve ever done, and once you get past the first month, which includes all the frames and the banner, each month’s installment only takes a few nights to stitch. Meaning it’s a delightful distraction from whatever else I’m working on.