July is such a fun month...picnics, the beach and fireworks! We have two new patriotic stitches to share. One is an ornament and the other is framed.
RJ - I stitched a sweet pattern called Glory by Shepherd's Bush for my new July ornament. A child holding the American flag steals my heart every time! This stitch went very quick and was enjoyable to finish too. I stitched Freedom to make the stitch abit longer. I added pretty cotton lace and some vintage buttons. I tried my best to do a herringbone embroidery stitch between the fabrics but I must admit I was not satisfied with my first attempt as it got bigger and bigger as I stitched across the fabric. But after a second try, I liked it a lot! I finished it with pleated ribbon for a hanger, a star ribbon bow and a cute little wavy flag charm. It has become one of my very favorite small ornaments.
|Plumbago from our garden accompanies the Glory ornament|
|I added crocheted lace, vintage buttons, a herringbone stitch and a cute little wavy flag charm.|
|I wanted to show you a closeup of the really cute fabrics Mary sent me...they were perfect!|
|Found the star ribbon in Hobby Lobby and the charm on Etsy|
by Shepherd's Bush
32 ct. lambswool linen
over dyed threads I liked
fabrics from Mary
Mary - Red, White and Bloom is by Country Cottage Needleworks and my new July stitch. I used the called for thread and linen. I framed it myself with a rustic Michael's frame that I thought worked well with the cocoa linen. Framing 30 count linen, is not easy. It was difficult trying to get the threads to lay evenly and became quite a challenge!
Although I love how this cross stitch turned out, I became bored while stitching it. I'm not sure why but maybe I like to change colors more often. I'd love to hear if this happens to anyone else.
|I made a holiday arrangement to go with my new stitch.|
|Linen color is accurate in this photo|
|Red, White and Bloom|
By Country Cottage Needleworks
30 ct. Weeks cocoa linen
called for threads
Have a great week friends. Our next post will be our big project to start the month of August. We have some nice projects planned. As always thanks so much for stopping by. Mary and RJ
From every mountain side, let freedom ring
Samuel F. Smith