I am making a set of four cross stitch pieces as part of the treasure hunt component of the project - one for each location. Each one will have a quotation about either temperance or utopia on it. I finished the first one last night. I suspect the others will go more quickly because I needed to make every mistake with this first one - it has been at least 30 years since the last time I did a cross stitch piece so I am a little out of practice.
Once I got over the initial "I can't do this!" stage (and put on my glasses), it went surprisingly fast and was surprisingly satisfying. I know I still did all sorts of no-no's, like I think you are supposed to always cross each stitch in the same direction or something...anyway...I didn't do that. But I begin to see why you might want to do that, so that's a good thing, right?
The little kit that I made up so I could carry the project around with me is lighter than my knitting project, so it was fun to bring it along. One morning I went over to Colette's farm in McIvers to use her washing machine. I was washing the cotton piece to go under the cutwork silk piece of her shroud. Full confession: I also did a load of darks. The morning was glorious and the farm was sparkling. It was so quiet, yet so alive. So full of Colette's energy yet she was so noticeably absent.
|Beats sitting in a laundromat.|
|Looking in one of the barns.|
|With a flash - can you see it?|
So here it is: my first ever cross stitch. I know, I know, it really needs some decorative work around the edges but I think I will do the text first on all the pieces and see how much time I have left for extras. I still need to do whatever finishing one does with cross stitch - wash and iron it? And I am not sure if I will frame them or what exactly. It's all still a bit fluid, if you know what I mean.
And what of the low's that I spoke of earlier? Stay tuned.