Cross Stitch, The Cross-Eyed Cricket

Cross Stitch XII

Good evening. How have you been? Can you believe it’s almost Amercian Thanksgiving? Crazy, right? Anyone watching Christmas movies yet?

The four of us have been plodding along, day to day. School has kept the dames busy. The husband either WFH or goes into work. I come up with OMAD’s (Barefoot Contessa’s Mac ‘n Cheese & fried rice) and have been occupying my time with baking (pumpkin pie & cookies), a refreshed a-line bob with layers and highlights, and even a little knitting while I wait for my fabric order to arrive from Georgia. I recently watched Holidate; it had some good, funny moments and at other times it was over the top and silly.

I’ve also slipped in some cross stitch. Speaking of…on a tangent, did any of you shop The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery’s sale? They had a 30% off PDF sale. I bought two patterns:

  1. Once Upon a Time Sampler and
  2. Autumn Sampler.

I’m tempted to start another cross stitch just to have variety in that department, LOL ^__^.

Here’s where I am so far on The Cross-Eyed Cricket’s Autumn piece:

All five apples are done. I’m currently working on their leaves.

You can see each apple has three colors in it. I stitched each apple individually. I would try to stitch the lighter red first and then the golden accent next so I would have thread to weave under on the back for that single “x”.

This design is very detailed. This is why I may want another piece to work on that has quicker gratification in smaller parts. Once Upon a Time is comprised of little squares of fairy tales.

Okie doke. I was going to try to get to sewing today, but I’m a little pooped. I’m going to take inventory on what colors we have in stock for OUAT and then I’ll knit or cross stitch while watching Netflix.

Have a good evening. Thanks for dropping by. TTYS.

16 thoughts on “Cross Stitch XII”

  1. The Once Upon a Time sampler looks like fun. I could see taking each square and making little ornaments or bowl pillows too. Your autumn is pretty and the colors really come alive in it.

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  2. Well if those apples are not making you happy, Im sorry. But, they look really really good. Allison is really close to watching ELF . I’lll hold off until after Thanksgiving!
    We did manage to find our turkey today , so we are ready. We are planning games with Al and Will and Will’s family via zoom.

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    1. We may buy hopefully a small turkey. One year I made one and it wasn’t cooked all the way even tho let it sit for at least an hour to room temperature.

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  3. Well if those apples are not making you happy, Im sorry. But, they look really really good. Allison is really close to watching ELF . I’lll hold off until after Thanksgiving!
    We did manage to find our turkey today , so we are ready. We are planning games with Al and Will and Will’s family via zoom.

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  4. I hope my last comment went through. Not sure.
    Love your apples although they troubled you. They look great.
    and Al is trying to hold of watching ELF . ITs’ Covid …all rules out the window I say

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  5. Ha Ha! Funny you should mention Christmas movies. I’ve been seeing some and toying with the idea of watching some. I always tell myself, starting in December I’m going to start watching them, but for some reason December comes and goes and I almost never watch then. Don’t know what’s up with that. Maybe I should take your cue and start now!

    Love your close-up of your stitching, Stef. I can’t quite see the three different colors, but your description sounds fascinating. I’ve been giving thought to how to bring more dimension to solid color flosses. Combining colors isn’t new to me, but you seem to describing a new level of that. I’ll be watching this project with interest – and anything else you may share about this idea.

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      1. I suspected it was the designer’s intention/instructions that the x’s in the apples were made with combined colors, but still… it seems like a whole new level of combining floss colors. Sounds like a lot of work, but a very cool effect. I’m glad you shared it.

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