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!