Mom bought 3 kits from Dutch Treat Designs at CATS, and asked me to do them for her. I started one the other night and decided to pick it up again yesterday to get it finished for her. I've done one of their other designs, a freebie that my LNS kitted up as a tiny doily for a Christmas club a few years ago. It was pretty fun to stitch and this is the same.
The one we've chosen is a pilgrim one, with turkeys and a sailing ship. I got quite a bit accomplished last night because it's really easy to follow this chart. The one difference in theory between myself and the designer is that she says it's alright to not have the x's all facing the same direction, and I am too anal to allow that. So it takes a bit of chart movement and position, but I don't mind. Mom has said this would be good for the fair next year. I would like to enter it, but I hope it does better than the ones that were entered this year by someone else because those got no ribbons.
We went over to Stitching Post yesterday. It was First Sunday, so we got a 10% discount for bringing my tote bag. We didn't find much. I got the newest Loose Feathers design, a design for a workbasket, which could be pretty cute. And they were having a trunk show for the Workbasket, so I got a chart called "All God's Critters." Both designs are for over-dyed threads, but I don't think I am going to use them. I feel bad about spending money anyway, and now that I've gotten a part-time job , I don't know how much time I will have to stitch, so I can't see the point of buying expensive threads for these. And I do think that there is something to be admired in the way regular DMC looks. It looks very clean and simple, or at least I tell myself this to make myself feel better about using it.
But, I did cave and bought most of the supplies to do the Joan Elliott angel in UK Cross Stitcher this month. I am not that into angels, but she's really pretty. I could not find one of the braids and they were sold out of one of the colors of beads, but I got most of what I needed and I got a pretty piece of opalescent Jobelan to do her on. The magazine showed her on the new hand-dyed DMC aida, but I really don't think Aida is a good choice for this piece, so I thought the opalescent would make her look really wintry. I don't know when I will get her started, hopefully soon, because she is gorgeous. And I am not a fan of Joan Elliott or her angels!