Frosted Pumpkin Stitch-a-Long Finished!

Yippee!! I actually managed to finish the Frosted Pumpkin Story Time Stitch-a-Long before the end of the year!

The final piece is a scene from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Cross stitch Scrooge from A Christmas Carol

Much though Scrooge is gosh darn cute, I sadly, must admit that I wish the final square in this piece hadn’t been Christmas themed. But at least it has a reason to be there since A Christmas Carol is a great story. I guess I’ll just have to learn to love it.

Here’s the finished piece:

Frosted Pumpkin Story Time Cross Stitch

The only books featured that I haven’t actually read are The Phantom of the Opera and A Christmas Carol. I guess those will have to be the start of my reading list for next year.

The final piece is about 7 3/4 by 10 1/2 inches stitched over two threads on 28 count, hand dyed lugana from Picture This Plus (the colour is called Storm).

It really was a joy to stitch with each month’s installment easily completed in just a few evenings. Next year’s stitch-a-long is travel themed. I haven’t decided yet if I’ll join in or not. I’m sure I’d enjoy stitching it, the problem is always what to do with it when it’s done, and how many samplers I really want to frame and put on my wall! I also bought the pattern for the 2014 sampler which was fairy tale themed, so I may start into that one instead. Or just focus on some of the WIPs and kits I already have taking up room in the craft cupboard. Too many choices, but it’s such a wonderful problem to have 🙂

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Frosted Pumpkin Stitch-a-Long Sept. – Nov.

I have been so caught up in posting about Creativ Festival projects that I have quite a back log now of other projects that need some blog love!

First up is the Frosted Pumpkin Story Time Sampler, which, apparently, I haven’t given an update on since August. So here are the characters from September, October, and November, which happen to be based on three of my very favourite books: Black Beauty, Anne of Green Gables, and Little Women.

Cross stitch scenes from Black Beauty, Anne of Green Gables, and Little Women

I think my favourite detail is Jo’s crooked smirk.

It’s hard to believe there is only one month left to go in this stitch-a-long. And harder still to believe that I’ve actually made it all the way through!

Frosted Pumpkin Stitch-a-Long August

Well, this is a little embarrassing. I think I finished stitching the August installment of the Frosted Pumpkin Story Time Sampler in the first week of August, but it has taken until now to make it to the blog. Better late than never?

August’s scene features the Phantom and Christine from The Phantom of the Opera.

The Phantom of the Opera cross stitch

The Phantom of the Opera was the first large-scale, musical production I ever saw. I actually saw it twice in Toronto when I was a kid (I believe both in the same year – once with my family and once as a school trip), so it can be credited with helping inspire my love of musical theatre. Sadly, since I’ve now seen many, many more shows, it actually ranks among my least favourite overall. I don’t know why, but the music and the story just do not speak to me.

I also remember reading an adaptation of the novel while I was in elementary school but really don’t remember much about it. I’m guessing it was a version aimed at children and likely had very little in common with the original text. Since I have (so far) read all of the stories in this sampler, and since English translations of the original novel are readily available online, I’m trying to convince myself to read the original. But, I’ve clearly been trying for almost two months and it hasn’t happened yet, so I may decide that the children’s adaptation counts and I’m off the hook! This one is obviously in my “stitching it is way more fun than reading it” pile!

Frosted Pumpkin Stitch-a-Long July

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?

Cross stitch Lady of Shallot

Frosted Pumpkin Stitch-a-Long May

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:

Frosted Pumpkin Story Time Sampler

And the close up images for each month:

January – Alice in Wonderland

Cross stitch of Alice in Wonderland

February – The Secret Garden

Cross stitch of The Secret Garden

March – Sherlock Holmes

Cross stitch of Sherlock Holmes

April – The Wizard of Oz

Cross stitch of The Wizard of Oz

May – Charlotte’s Web

Cross stitch of 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.