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Marian Parsonscrafts, cross stitch patterns

Remember that linen tea towel I started cross-stitching back in June?  When I was at the beach?  Well, I finished it when I sat outside for a few hours, watching my boys at football camp, but I just got around to ironing the “hoop impression” out of it this week.

Yeah, that pretty much sums up what happens to things in my world when they just aren’t a priority.

Here’s the pattern I created based on an antique monogram I found.  I was at the beach (without a printer, graph paper, etc), so I had to improvise with my pattern…

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I stitched the monogram on an antique linen tea towel that already had a simple border stitched on it.  I love it when half the work is already done for me!

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I was a little sloppy on this one!  I worked on it when I wasn’t giving it my full attention and some of my stitches went awry, but I think I recovered and made something passable.  It’s not going to win any neat stitches award, but, you know, it’s done.

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Since my hand-drawn version isn’t very easy to decode, here is the proper pattern for the “P”…

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I hope my imperfect stitching encourages you.  If you’re nervous about how your needlework might turn out, don’t be.  It’s just cross-stitch.  You are not a machine and it doesn’t have to be perfect.  I think it’s the imperfections that makes handmade things endearing.

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Speaking of cross-stitch,  one of my Lucketts customers and workshop attendees is a cross-stitch pattern designer and she brought me some gorgeous goodies when she attended the workshop…

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…some linen and the prettiest floss (of course, in my favorite color!)

I haven’t had a lot of time for stitching lately, but I’m already looking forward to my next project.  I’ve managed to lasso Kriste into this, though!  Mwah-ha-ha!  (Well, back into it, since she used to cross-stitch.)  She just bought some antique linen from me last week and told me of her plans for monogramming them and sewing them into pillows.

I can’t wait to see how they turned out.

If you’re picking up cross-stitching, you can find more monogram patterns HERE.

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