I was able to get in copious amounts of stitching time this weekend and was able to get a lot more done on Strawberry Shortcake. I am so loving stitching on the 40 count! You get used to the small holes just like with any other piece of fabric. I even signed up for a fabric of the month club for Lakeside Linens 40 count through Traditional Stitches in Canada.
I also took The Daughter to The Stitching Post on Sunday to get her supplies for her next project. It is a set of butterflies in the latest issue of UK's Cross Stitcher magazine. If you click on this link and look on the left-hand side it shows the cover of the magazine and some of the butterflies are pictured.
And of course I picked up some stash of my own! 4 Country Cottage Needleworks patterns: Sheep In The Meadow, Pumpkin Harvest, Snowflake Serenade, and Bunny Hop.
The Daughter recently completed a project and we framed it yesterday in a wooden hoop. She changed all of the floss colors to her own liking and she did not want to stitch the cat's face that was in the pattern, so I found a button for her to use instead.
I am hoping she sticks with cross stitching, but right now it is sporadic. I remember learning from a friend in 6th grade and not really picking it up seriously until I was married at 23. Only time will tell! But the good thing about the butterflies is that, one, she loves butterflies, and, two, they are all whole stitches, so no backstitch, quarter stitch, french knots, or specialty stitches. And it is about the only thing we have in common, so it is nice to share this with her.
It is all about finding what works for each of us, and then the hobby becomes that much more enjoyable.
In peace, love, and stitches,