Monday, January 2, 2017

Out with the old....

 Time got away from me before year end
so I start 2017 reflecting on my
last finishes for the year....

"O is for Owl" was this month's stitch
for the Prairie Schooler Alphabet. 
Like the last two, this one had a lot of
stitches in brown but I persevered
and got it down before year end.

PS "O is for Owl" stitched on 40ct linen with DMC

Here are the last three stitched.  "N" and "O"
really tested my patience so I'm glad they are done.

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I had a few days left in before we turned the
calendar page and I decided to focus on a finish
from one of my Crazy January Challenges. 
I have put a few stitches in this one here and
there and decided this one deserved my attention.

BBD "Quaker Garden"
stitched on PTP 40ct Legacy
with overdyed threads

This was finished on New Year's Eve with
the help of some all day football
and a little time to spare.
I did change the color scheme slightly
using WDW Caper instead of Palomino. 
My ivory thread is a little lost on the
fabric but I am very happy with the
way this one stitched up.

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I think I have counted 10 WIPS I will be
carrying over to 2017.  As always,
I like the Crazy January Challenge
of starting 15 new projects the first 1
5 days of the month.  My least favorite
part of the cross stitch process is the
gathering of supplies and the initial stitches
in a design.  I guess I am always second
guessing my fabric or thread choices
(yeah....I like to make a lot of changes so I
guess I bring it on myself!)
so once the first stitches are done I am
pretty much committed and can relax.
Once I have all started, I enjoy having some
many stitching options and can choose
as my mood suits.

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I hope to be back later to document my
lingering WIPS and their current status as
well as the projects I have slated to go. 
With so many WIPS, I am changing my
plan and will start a new project every
other day in January.  This will allow me
to have some extra time on each project. 
I also plan to devote at least a few stitches
each day to one of my WIPS.  By the end
of the month, I will have at least touch all
of my projects with either 1 stitch
or 100 stitches.  Wish me luck!

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I hope everyone had a great new year
filled with many stitches!


  1. Congratulations on your Owl and Quaker Garden finishes! Both are super looking. I look forward to seeing what projects you start in January along with which WIP you put stitches in. Happy New Year!

  2. Happy New Year! Love rhe Prairie Schooler! I am looking at stitching them!

  3. Wow! The Prairie Schooler piece is spectacular. Happy New Year!

  4. Well done on your two huge and beautiful finishes! And good luck with your January Challenge. I'm looking forward to seeing your new starts and WIPS.

  5. You have some lovely finishes. Looking forward to seeing your progress on your WIPs throughout the year.

  6. Your projects look so beautiful; just love them. I have stitched the Quaker Garden several years ago and it is such a nice one from BBD. Happy stitching on all your 2017 projects................

  7. The owl is pretty Karen. Happy new year

  8. I love that owl and admire you for persevering with that project. You really have some beautiful finishes for the past year!

    Thank you for sharing them and Happy New Year to you!

  9. Your PS alphabet animals are looking quite nice, even tho they tested your patience! I have Quaker Garden in my stash, speaking of patience! Look forward to seeing your plans for 2017! Hugs!

  10. Hi, Karen - Your stitching is gorgeous! I am about to start the Prairie Schooler ABC piece and wonder if you are doing 1 over 1 or 1 over 2? Also, what color linen did you choose? I so relate to the counting and measuring over and over to make sure there are no mistakes in the block placement! I think it will be nerve-wracking but I am dying to stitch this as one piece. :) Thanks for sharing your talents with us! :) - Kristina

    1. Hi Kristina,

      I am stitching 1 over 2. Even though it is 40 ct, I am very unhappy with the coverage especially with the 3371. I hope when I wash it the weave will tighten a little reducing what you can see of the linen. You will love it. This is one that is all about the outcome and not the process of stitching. I just want the finished product. have fun!


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