Friday, April 1, 2016

Winter Project Link Party


Welcome to April's Winter Project Link Party! I hope you will want to join in and share the projects you've been working on this past winter. This will be the last installment of our link party, now that we've entered spring. I've really enjoyed hosting this link party and seeing what all of you have been working on these last few months. I really hope you'll be interested in joining in with the party again next fall. We can talk about that more as it gets closer; I'll want to see how much interest there is as we head into fall. Thank you for participating this past winter!

Right now, I'm working on my Retro Kitchen sampler, a cross-stitch design that is intended for my kitchen, which has a fair amount of retro-style decor already. I'm really enjoying this sampler. I'm quite happy to have a simple project. This time of year will only become increasingly hectic, as the school year begins to wind down, and all the end-of-year activities ramp up. I find cross-stitch very relaxing and it's always nice to have a soothing project to turn to when life gets a little stressful. Of course, it's enjoyable when life is calmer as well.


Here's what I've done so far. I'm almost finished. I did the orange dish at the top right most recently. I made a small color change with the flowers on it, substituting cream-colored floss for the suggested dark orange (the same color as the tea kettle to the left of the dish). I didn't like the way the shades of orange played together, especially with the tiny bit of lime green in the center of each flower. The combination just didn't sing for me, so I found one that did. I like this better, and it echoes the flowers on the center canister. I like that too.


These are the last two motifs remaining to stitch on my sampler - a kitchen scale, at left, and a covered Dutch oven. They will go at the bottom of the sampler, underneath the blue bowl and vine-decorated carafe you see in the previous photo. I'm not in a hurry to finish, but I am starting to think about framing and displaying my sampler. I think I'll frame this one myself, with a white frame to match other white-framed art in my kitchen. I plan to hang it in a corner of the breakfast nook, to one side of the big window there. On the other side of the window, I will eventually hang some other stitching I haven't started yet - a teapot and a coffeepot, both whimsically old-fashioned. I'm becoming a devotee of modern cross-stitch designs; I love that there are people out there creating such interesting, unusual looks in cross-stitch today. It makes an old craft feel very fresh, not at all fussy or boring.

How about you? What are you working on right now? Join in with the party and share your current projects! Please read the rules carefully and make sure you link back to this post in yours to help spread the word about the last link party of the series. The more, the merrier; let's go out with a bang!


22 comments:

  1. Your sampler looks really good. I am glad it has soothed you. I liked your last post too about being different. It is a phrase I trot out all the time... 'well, everyone is different.' I like that my children ask about these things it is fascinating. Jo x

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  2. Hi Jennifer! Your project is adorable! I love it.
    I haven't cross stitched for a very long time.

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  3. Hi Jennifer. I love your retro kitchen sampler and I think your colour substitution was a good move too. I can't wait to see it in situ. I haven't done any cross stitch for years, although the girls quite often have a small kit in their Christmas stockings. You've quite inspired me to have another go myself. Happy stitching. xx

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  4. I do love the design of your cross stitch and love the changes you have made they look great. It is good to have a project you can pick up and put down easily isn't it, I like to have one of those on the go too. I have really enjoyed being part of your Linky party and would love to join in again later in the year :).

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  5. It's lovely Jennifer, a really great design. It reminds me of the ceramics of my childhood. It will look perfect in your kitchen. I've really enjoyed following your winter making, and I'll look forward to seeing it finished and also the next one. It's really nice to have a project or two ready to start isn't it. CJ xx

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  6. It's looking really good and I like how you've changed the colours according to what you think will work best together, I'm always afraid to stray from what I've been advised to use, I really should make my own judgement more. I shall be linking in a day or two, thank you for hosting this link party.

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  7. Your sampler is beautiful, and how nice to have a calming project to work on during a busy period of life. I look forward to seeing it all done and hanging in your kitchen.

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  8. I really like this cross stitch pattern, the retro kitchenalia is very appealing, and I like your colour palette too. X

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  9. Your kitchen cross stitch is coming along really nicely, Jennifer. :o)

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  10. The cross stitch is really coming along! Love all that retro stuff. I hope you show us the finished and framed project. As still have not done anything worthy of mention with the crafting. I do hope to rectify that, but for now I have my hands full with other things going on. Have a great weekend,
    Wendy

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  11. I love your cross-stitch project. I was a little kid in the 50s! I joined the link party. Thanks for hosting. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  12. Your stitches are admirable, Jennifer! It has been eons, give or take a few, since I have worked on any cross-stitch projects, but my memory of them is that they were difficult, so I especially appreciate your wonderful work :) xx

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  13. I love all the wonderful design elements, a beautiful project.

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  14. The cross stitch is lovely. I'm afraid I don't have the patience for it!!

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  15. Thank you Jennifer for this last winter link-up. I really enjoyed sharing my crafting here. Your sampler is beautiful, I can see it hanging in your kitchen already. Have a lovely Sunday. x

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  16. Jennifer, your sampler is turning out beautifully. I have dishes in my kitchen that resemble some of these motifs. Your stitches are so even and look perfect. I like the color change you did, I think it sounds much more like what I would like too. I'm still making mittens but have added a couple of pairs of socks for Alex into the mix too. Happy Spring!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  17. I've enjoyed this link up even though I've not always added to it. I hope you bring it back again. Love the sampler your stitching is so neat. Hope you have a happy week xx

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  18. Yes, I'm with you 100% on the cross stitch love. This picture is going to be so wonderful when it's done and I can just imagine how much you're enjoying stitching it. Xx

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  19. The cross stitch is lovely Jennifer, I've managed to squeeze in right at the end and yes please do continue with the link party next winter thank you for hosting. :)xx

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  20. Thanks for organising the linkup, Jennifer, I've enjoyed joining in! Your cross stitch is looking great, the colours remind me of my 1970s childhood xx

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  21. Nice post, things explained in details. Thank You.
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    Fashions

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  22. Thanks for winter link-up and thanks for visit my blog and nice comments! I love cross stitch, your project is beautiful!

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