Work in Progress Wednesday

Have you given much thought to the fact that in God’s eyes you are a work in progress?  He is shaping, refining, restoring, adding new, and constantly changing us.  His greatest desire is that we become the one we were created to be.  His plan (Jeremiah 29:11) is more than we can imagine, but He knows every step, every decision, every minute of every day of our lives.

Don't be afraid

I’ve been busy working on my counted cross stitch Christmas Santas again.  The two you see here will be part of a set of twelve.  (I had started the one that’s most finished, forgot about it, and started the other. That’s why there are two in progress.)  6 are finished and I hope to use all of them this year.  Stitching on perforated paper has been a great experience. Don’t hesitate to give it a try.  2 Santas

 

51ZH54d0IeL._SX398_BO1,204,203,200_I have created an entire book of Christmas Card Charts that would look awesome on perforated paper.  The charts work up easily and can be stitched throughout the year.  When Christmas comes you’ll have some really beautiful card/gifts for those awesome people in your life.

 

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

 

 

Thursday Threads

Stitches and Needles and Threads, oh, my!  It made me smile when I thought of it and I could see Dorothy with her basket of projects skipping on the Yellow Brick Road.  Yep, I’m still smiling.

I was recently watching a You Tube video on gridding and the stitcher who made it commented that her reason for gridding is it makes the finished project more achievable with fewer mistakes and less frogging.  After thinking about that for a while, I thought perhaps she’s on to something.  How many times have I put down a project because it was becoming overwhelming to get the counting right?  So, I’ve done a bit of research into gridding and I hope it’s as helpful to you as it was to me.

cross stitch grid linesGridding your cross stitch fabric is simply dividing your cloth into 10 x 10 count squares and stitching lines into the fabric to make them visible as you are stitching.  This video is really short and sweet and shows what you need to know. Just click on the picture to watch it.

61sTrwVpczL._SL1200_Of course, the next question would be, what type of ‘thread’ should I be using  to make the grid lines.  Although you can use regular dressmaker’s thread in any color you want it can be difficult to remove when you finish the project.  I recommend Easy Count Guideline Thread.  It’s not cotton so your stitches are far less likely to get caught in it. (If you click on the picture it will take you to Amazon. Really great price!)

Stitch Along CollageI’ve been busy working on another of the Designer Stitch Along smalls.  Obviously, it’s not finished.  These Designer pieces have been so much fun to work on.  I’m loving it.

 

This next picture is the finished portion of the Sampler Round Robin.   I’m ready to mail it to the next stitcher and get busy on the piece I get next.  WooHoo!

Round Robin Sept. Blocks

Blessings to you and yours!

Keep On Stitching!

Marie

A Crafty Woman

As you can see I am changing A Satisfied Spirit up a bit to reflect more of the daily life of this Believer.  I love to Cross Stitch and so from time to time you will see short articles about that craft on this site.  I hope you enjoy these changes!

The Proverbs 31 Woman is a  crafter and creates things to make her home more ‘homey’ and support her household.

In her hand she holds the distaff
    and grasps the spindle with her fingers. vs 19

She makes coverings for her bed;
    she is clothed in fine linen and purple.  vs 22

She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes.  vs 24

 

I am part of a group on Facebook call The Sampler Life.  Each month we receive a new chart from a different designer. I’m a couple of months behind but here is the one I just finished.

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Blessings to all and keep on stitching!

Marie