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Crossing Stitches Is Soothing

Hello again! Two days in a row! Wow! Yesterday I told you I would share what I am cross stitching. Cross stitching is very calming to me. I usually save my cross stitch time for evenings. But there are days that I just can’t wait to start making little x’s so I will stitch in the morning. But whenever I sit down to stitch, it always helps me to relax and let go of what is going on around me. So, what am I stitching on?

20 year anniversary from Passione Ricamo

When I finished stitching Lady Mirabilia, I pulled this WIP out and have been working on it ever since. This is the 20 Year Anniversary Piece from Passione Ricamo. I have finished the Prosperity block, minus the beads which will be added when the entire piece is finished.

Prosperity

Then I went on to stitch the Calypso block and the Once Upon a Time blocks.

I have started the last block in this row, but just barely, so nothing really to show. And since I have been so good the last 10 months in not starting any new cross stitch projects, I decided to treat myself to a mystery SAL from Autumn Lane Stitchery. It is called Dark Queen of the Seas. It started on September 1 and once I started seeing all the cute fish popping up in the facebook group, I could resist no longer. So I purchased the pattern from Autumn Lane’s Etsy in September and ordered the fabric and beads and specialty threads from Under the Sea Fabrics. I was so excited to get this and get started, you know, with the hint about a mermaid. People were tagging me in the post, too because they knew I love mermaids. But, after purchasing the pattern, and reading the welcome letter and the details, I was disappointed. In the details were instructions that if you wanted to post on social media, use the hashtag Dark Queen of the Seas or hashtag It’s not a mermaid. What? How? Why? Oh I was so deflated. I probably would not have purchased the pattern if this info was up front. I did receive my products and started stitching on it this week. I purchased Opalescent fabric from Under the Sea Fabrics and after stitching half of a fish, decided no way. I love the look of Opalescent fabrics, but I just can’t stitch on them. I think it is the light reflection in the sparkles and then it makes it difficult for me to see the holes. So I ditched that fabric and picked up a fabric I was originally thinking of stitching it on, 16ct Aida Iris from Fabrics by Stephanie.

Dark Queen of the Seas start

I think it will look fine on this fabric. It is much lighter than the recommended fabric, but I think it will work fine. I had done a floss toss on this fabric when I first pulled it from my stash. I should have stuck with my original choice 😉

So I will continue stitching on it, even though it will be an Ursula type character and not a mermaid. The MSAL runs for a year, so a small section each month will give me a nice break from the 20 year anniversary piece. I have also ordered a special project bag that a lot of people have received and are using for this project. I can’t wait! I will share when I receive it.

I have received my September “Christmas Gift” project bag from Clevergirl Designs.

September Project bag front
September Project Bag back

A fun travel themed bag. And yesterday I received my October Bag..

October Project Bag front
October Project Bag back

Love the October bag!! So cool looking. And my little pumpkin that I crocheted last year.

So that is what I have been up to. What are you doing these days to relax?

8 thoughts on “Crossing Stitches Is Soothing

  1. The Mirabilia’s are so pretty.
    That’s disappointing, it DOES sound like it would’ve been a Mermaid.
    But I’m sure you will do it justice.
    I’m still stitching & finishing Fall pieces & enjoying them.
    Marilyn

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    1. The anniversary piece is actually from Passione Ricamo, not Mirabilia. I am disappointed that the Autumn Lane Design won’t be a mermaid, but I am curious as to what it will look like. I am glad to hear that you are still enjoying stitching your fall projects.

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  2. Boo on the lack of mermaids, but I hope you’ll still be entertained by the MSAL. The Passione Ricamo piece looks great so far, and – I’ll never tire of saying this, but – the project bags are delightful! (Your crocheted pumpkin makes an excellent prop.)

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    1. Thank you, Anita. I am disappointed about not stitching a mermaid on the MSAL, but I am sure I will enjoy the stitching and seeing what the end result is. I do love my project bags and the October one is pretty awesome. That little pumpkin I crocheted was MIA for a few weeks. I had just found it the day of the post and had to add it into the photo 😉

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  3. so sorry to hear the mystery SAL isn’t going to be a mermaid, but hope it keeps your interest throughout, now you’ve decided on fabric!
    those project pouches are lovely!

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