Cross Stitch, The Cross-Eyed Cricket, The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery

Cross Stitch XIV: Fine Details & Fairytales

Hello. Thank you for the well wishes. I started wearing my compression sleeves again but there are still issues. I’m trying to knit every other day and stretch more; it’s an uphill battle.

The Fine Details

Because I’m trying to have more, crafting variety each week, I started stitching again after the arrival of the replacement of The Cross-Eyed Cricket’s Autumn design. On Super Bowl Sunday, my husband watched the pregame entertainment and the game outside in the living room; I kept him company on the couch.

I decided to go back and take care of the detailed stitching before moving on in the design.

The raven got its legs.

The cat can now see. Its eyes are comprised of green, three-fourths stitches + one-fourth black stitches.

All of these apples got their stems.


This may not look like much but I stitched 22 rows of this charcoal, 119 stitches.

A Teensy Start

I watch Youtube podcasts on and off every day. Stitch and Stuff with Kim and Sarah has been the main one. They have many a cross stitch going; a few of their cross stitch WIP’s are samplers made out of squares that have little designs in each of them. I really liked the idea of a big design broken up into smaller parts, so, ^__^ they’ve enabled me to start another.

The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery’s Once Upon a Time Sampler

It took time to wind up the new DMC flosses onto cardboard bobbins besides counting the squares to where I wanted to start. I’ve started in the uppermost, lefthand corner. This fabric is Aida, dyed to create an old, parchment-like paper color called Legacy. I look forward to seeing this design slowly reveal itself square by square and you know I love the kawaii aesthetic.

Off to find something to dust. I’ve been slowly preparing for Chinese New Year which starts Friday; it’ll be Year of the Ox. Last Friday I got my hair shagged out with curtain bangs and fun layers. Plus, there is an overall, subtle burgundy color that still lets my previous highlights peek through. The dames have their haircuts today.

Hope you’re having a good Hump Day. TTYS.

12 thoughts on “Cross Stitch XIV: Fine Details & Fairytales”

  1. What? No photo of the new do? Your cross stitch looks lovely. Quarter stitches are tough ones IMHO. Yours look really great. Kim and Sarah are so fun to watch. Always so upbeat. Have a great week and Happy New Year early.

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    1. I love that you watch Kim and Sarah. I’ll try to get a photo in soon. I’m too tired to slap on the make up and I’m still figuring out how to style it. Another week and it’ll grow in nicely.


  2. LEGACY IS my favorite tone for samplers and needle work. Your hair is going to be FAB for the New Year. Zach has a week off as his students celebrate the Year of the ox.
    Here’s to you feeling better and better Steph


    1. Interesting how in Mexico they have a week off for Chinese New Year. It’s not celebrated where we are living. In San Francisco, which is totally PC, makes sure each cultural holiday is celebrated in the school year.


  3. I’m sorry you’re still hurting. I’m glad for you that you’re able to manage some stitching. Love all the details on the cross stitch pieces. And I’m wanting to see pics of your new do, too. 🙂 I have no idea what curtain bangs are.


    1. Thank you for the virtual hug. Stitching can be hard on my elbows, wrists, and hands. I may have to look into a floor stand, but those see for big pieces of cross stitch fabric?


  4. The balance of our beloved crafting and the demands of our bodies! My word for 2021 is STRETCH! But must admit haven’t been faithful to it that much except when I really hurt. I watch Bob and Brad on You Tube then and do suggested stretches! Love all the details that go into the design and bring it to live. Happy Chinese New Year.


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