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