Saturday, November 27, 2010

A Right Spirit

I began a cross stitch for my nephew last year before he was born. Growing up I had a verse in my bedroom that my mother stitched for me, "A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance. ~ Proverbs 15:13"

I knew I wanted to do a verse for my nephew. I found a wonderful resource for cross stitch patterns and charts at Wyndham Needleworks. My favorite patterns are from La-D-Da. I bought about a dozen patterns and my first was A Right Spirit.

The pattern says that the model was stitched on 36 count "Nightingale" linen by Birds of a Feather using one strand of embriodery floss over two threads of fabric. I used 28 count evenweave fabric using one strand of floss over just one thread. Mine ended up being a little bit smaller than the model, but I think the finished work would have been too big if I had skipped over two threads on the 28 count fabric. I am happy with how it turned out.

I love the colors in this work. The gorgeous mix of greens in the leaves is so pretty. The rich browns, reds, and oranges are lovely. I improvised on the alphabet at the top. I stitched in my nephew's name and birth date.

There are a few mistakes in the finished work, but Daniel and Susan said they couldn't find them, so I'm not going to tell you what they are! Since this is only my second large work to finish (after many smaller works as a child), I am going to call this one a success!


The Clem Family said...

Good job, Lisa! I love is nice to know I am not the only one! :) I just finished Brody's christmas stocking and on the backstitch portion of mine. I will have to post pictures once I finish and get someone to sew the backs on them for me.

Leah Maria said...

Love it! I know Mark Grayson will love it. Homemade gifts are the best and have so much love in them!

Lisa Blair said...

Jenny - Thanks! If you like cross stitching, you should check out some of those patterns at Wyndham Needleworks. They are so pretty! I look forward to seeing Brody's stocking!

Leah - Thanks, hon! I almost gave up on this one a few times when I made mistakes. I took it to get framed on Saturday, and can you believe the frame lady pointed out where I was off a stitch or two? The nerve!!!

Leah Maria said...

No way! I think every piece I have made has some mistake in it, but I always work around them rather than take them out. Now, my Dad would take them out, even if he found them several stitches later; most of his pieces you cannot tell the back from the front. Makes me sick! :)
My theory is a mistake means it's one of a kind!