WIP Wednesday & Yarn Along

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Sunflowers

Christmas Alphabet cross-stitch

 

Today’s bit of work is blocking the last main panel for my secret project. Don’t get me wrong; there’s still a lot of crochet left to be done on that (like the borders on the last 2 panels, and joining the panels together, and the final border and picots all the way around everything…) but it’s still a milestone, and it feels good that i’m plugging along.

I’m moving through Wendell Berry at a glacial pace. His writing is a bit more dense than anything I’ve attempted recently, so I have to read pages at least twice, sometimes 3 times, before I’m satisfied I’ve understood what he’s trying to say. Needless to say, that doesn’t make for great bedtime reading, so I’ve been sneaking in a few pages of Stephanie Plum #13 right before bed 🙂

The sunflowers were a spontaneous purchase at the grocery store the other day, and they are just brightening the heck up outta my living room! I love em.

And drumroll… guess what I finished! My winter alphabet! And in plenty of time to get it framed before Christmas! *throws confetti* I reckon it needs a good ironing, but I’m not really experienced with finishing cross-stitch projects. Can I just use an iron on it like normal? Or is there a better way to give projects a good pressing?

 

I hope you’ll join me on Ginny’s blog & share what you’re working on and reading!

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2 Comments

  1. The alphabet sampler is beautiful! You’ve been working hard! To press a cross stitched piece, I always laid it face down on a terry cloth towel (which was laid across my ironing board), and applied heat from the back. This keeps the thread from being flattened by the iron. Might want to google this though. My cross stitching days are a couple decades behind me and who knows what wonderful ideas have been thought of since. ;^)

    1. Thanks Becki! And thanks for the tips! How hot did you have the iron, ususally?
      I’ll probably google it as well, but I knew in this group of crafty ladies, someone was bound to know how to do it 🙂

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