I really have not been doing too much on this cross stitch lately. The reasons:
Been seeing a lot of clients within the last few weeks-more than usual
cleaning my house, shopping, cooking
walking my dog-since the weather is unusually warm for an area that should have snow constantly.
today, not feeling the greatest
I hope those are realistic and understandable reasons why I just did not get much stitched.
For the tea, I opted for Peppermint Tea-in a bag. I just did not feel like brewing loose tea today, since I did not think the flavors would settle right in my stomach.
Below is a picture of outside of my window-(beautiful blue sky) weird normally this time of the year it would be snowing/possibly a snowstorm that keeps you nestled inside with hot tea.
About the Cross stitch:
So here is what I accomplished. It looks like the same as the prior post, but seriously please trust me, it is just another column of almost the same colors! I am getting closer to finishing the top row.
It is really looking sharp. I am proud of myself. I just wonder when I get to start the second row?! Guess I need to stop having excuses of not stitching and get myself back on track! (no pun intended-get it Derby track)-okay that was a long shot. Humor is dry.
Finding the time to stitch this weekend was difficult. I was too exhausted on Friday to stitch. Saturday I did some stitching, but became too tired and mentally exhausted. Sunday I had to clean my house which took too much time away from my stitching. Then I got a headache that never seized. I was able to stitch but I was not focused on it.
So here’s what it now looks like.
Here’s the whole image of what is stitched so far.
Here’s the tea of my choice for yesterday….
I started out with Wild Berry by Simple Loose Leaf.
It is a green tea with blueberries and raspberries. (I read somewhere that raspberries can cause headaches for some people.) Perhaps that’s why I got a headache? Or the combination of mentally exhausted and being fatigue and having raspberries.
Later in the day I made myself some chamomile tea, by Bigelow. I wasn’t feeling the greatest so I spent more time sipping my tea and having some crackers than stitching.
Not a very productive stitching weekend. But there’s a weekend coming up very soon.
I still have some of my Christmas decorations on display. I love angels and old time Santa Clauses. Therefore why put them away quickly if I enjoy them?!
As I write this post the tea of choice is called Dark Lagoon Herbal, by Simple Loose Leaf. I
Cross Stitch Facts
I thought to give a lesson about cross stitching for this post.
Cross stitch existed before the Middle Ages. It has been found in China, India and then Europe as trade increased as well as migrations and invasions. In Egypt a sampler was found around the 6th century. Even cloth dating from 3000-5000 BC had traces of cross stitch on it.
Cross stitching became an upper-class hobby during the middle ages. It actually began in the rural areas first. Cross stitch ornaments was a sign of wealth and social status.
Cross stitch pattern books have been around since the 17th century. The choice of colors was left to the stitcher as the pattern had black dots indicating areas to stitch.
Samplers were used by school aged children to learn the Bible verse and moral values and to learn the alphabet.
In the 1960’s was when the modern day cross stitching began with the mass production of patterns.
Sampler designed by my mom, Stitched by me.
That’s my little lesson about cross stitch…back to making time in my current busy schedule to cross stitch Derby. Hoping I won’t be so tired tomorrow after work to work on it.
This cross stitch was done a few years ago. I finally bought a frame for it. This cross stitch is from a Victorian cross stitch book I have that depict different scenes.
This scene, titled Going To Church, was my favorite to stitch. It is so delicate and I could only imagine life during those times going to church in a carriage and horse. I always picture those times calm and less chaotic.
This cross stitch is fromPaula Vaughan A Mother’s Love. I have finished a few others which I will share in another post.
Most of the time I have a few creative projects started at once. Lately I have been cross stitching a small ornament in the evening to relax after a long work day. I bought this cross stitch kit at a craft store around the holidays. I normally don’t buy kits, because it has never been my favorite. No particular reason on why it is not my favorite other than I like to work on cross stitch fabric.
Here are the photos of what has been completed…
I will update in future posts the completed heart cross stitch kit.
This is the current cross stitch I have been working on. It is for my brother-n-law. It is about 36″ x 22″. This is the largest I have cross stitched, definitely with the most colors of floss used on it. I am put together on this post the past year’s cross stitching look back and the progress of the Derby.