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Stitching Away at the Sampler

Hello everyone, I hope you have had a great week crafting at what makes you happy, I have and I am still stitching away at my turtle’s pace on the Lord’s Prayer Sampler. I’m sure turtles must have better eye sight than I do LOL. But its about making some sort of progress …right?   I had to look back in my posts and it was the end of May when I last posted about this cross stitch project, WOW it has been a while and other sewing projects have come and gone and its time I focused ( pardon the pun) on my cross stitch. To say I will have it finished before the end of this year, is a stretch. I’m content just to be working on it again 🙂 This is stage 6 and part of stage 7 or from here on out I will dub my cross stitch as “Current Progress”  yes  I think that will keep me going 🙂  The sampler is half way finished now…whew …but I did say I would not put it away in a drawer, I will finish it.!

I’ve included a couple of photos. The first one is where I last left off in May and the other photo of what I have accomplished in the last couple of weeks. Its up up and away to the top of the pillars and oh my the next step is a big one.

Stage 5 of Lords Prayer Sampler

Stage 5 of Lords Prayer Sampler


Sampler in Progress

Sampler in Progress



I hope you all have a wonderful week , stay warm and happy crafting




November 22, 2014 · 5:00 AM

Cross Stitch Sampler – Part 5

Hi there, well its been a long time coming. I have the next stage of the Lord’s Prayer Sampler Stitched. I’ve been plodding along at one thing or another and its these past few days that I have made really good progress on my cross stitch. We have a few renos in the works and one of them is /was, part of the roof. We’ve had roofers here tearing off old roof and installing new, which made it very difficult to work upstairs in my sewing room with so much noise over my head lol And rather than being chased out of the house for 3 days I decided to bring my pallet of threads down stairs to the living room , where it was quieter and work on cross stitch there. I don’t usually work on my needlework in the living room unless it’s knitting. But it was sunny and easy to see what I was doing. 😉  And as you can see Roxie wasn’t sure about all the noise and she didn’t stray too far from my side :D….By the time I’m writing this the commotion is over and the house it back to normal. For now anyway lol.

Thread Pallette

Thread Pallette

This section of the sampler wasn’t as colourful as the last 2 sections and it seems like less of a “hoora” now that its done lol Although I found the backstitching on this section quite detailed and it shows more of the fish in the column.

Stage 5 of Lords Prayer Sampler

Stage 5 of Lords Prayer Sampler

addition of left corner

addition of left corner

I won’t give a date on the next part of the sampler since we have decided that we must to get at some much needed yard work and another reno, and work does come before play…right ? lol ….but in between my work I will be stitching on what I had planned for stage 6 and 7 and have already put some stitches in prior to this post. Slow and steady and onward and upward 🙂

Happy stitching and have a great weekend ……Izz 🙂


May 29, 2014 · 2:51 PM

Cross Stitch SAL Stage 3

Stage 3 of Lord's Prayer Sampler

Stage 3 of Lord’s Prayer Sampler

Hello everyone, Stage 3 of our SAL is here with Avis at Sewing Beside the Sea and Claire at claire93. Nothing makes the time fly by as fast as keeping the mind and hands busy 🙂 Avis and Claire have been working on their cross stitch of  Cirque des Cercles, while I have been working on The Lord’s Prayer Sampler.  I’m really excited about Stage 3. Not only does it have a few pretty flowers in it , but it also means I will be turning a corner in my work, literally 🙂  Now it is really taking shape and looking better. I only picked out 2 or 3 mistakes this time YEAH! and finished it up as of 4 PM Saturday. Now onto Stage 4 and I believe that will be for April the 6th.?? I’m sure Claire and Avis will confirm that ..:)

Thank you so much for dropping by…happy stitching

Izz 🙂


March 16, 2014 · 2:00 AM

Cross Stitch Sampler and a SAL

Hi everyone..I hope you have had a great time sewing or knitting or which ever craft you are indulging in. For me, it’s all of the above with a couple extras thrown in. I posted about getting back into cross stitch a few days ago and had started a little practise piece  That is now finished and it wasn’t as hard on the eyes as I thought it might be, once I got going on it that is   🙂 I had started it a week ago and only worked on it here and there.  When I was finished the piece, I gave it a good shot with the steam iron on the back and trimmed the adia cloth even around the design. Then stitched it on a piece of off white heritage cotton so the white adia cloth would pop out.

ink circle completed

ink circle completed

Now I’m ready for the sampler kit that I mentioned in my “Inspired” post .

Lord's Prayer Sampler

Lord’s Prayer Sampler

I haven’t put needle and thread to the cloth yet…but soon 😉 I’m excited that I’ve been invited to participate in a SAL with Claire and Avis as they work on their projects, Cirque des Cercles . It will great fun working along on our projects together. I’ve always said, It’s all about the timing !  As you can see there is a lot of detail in the columns around the verse. (The picture is from the kit’s packaging) The chart itself which you can see in the background is quite big and it will be easy to read, something I am very happy about 🙂  The finished sample will be 11.25″ X 14.5″  That’s 196 X154 count on white 14 count adia cloth. Well my fingers are twitching to be stitching and I must go 😀

Thanks for dropping by, have a great day of crafting and stay warm…Izz


January 13, 2014 · 7:28 PM


Hello everyone. I hope you’ve had a warm and cozy day in the sewing room. I’ve have ! 🙂 I have also been inspired by the beautiful cross stitch projects I have seen by fellow bloggers, Sewing Beside the Sea and Claire93’s Blog . Cross stitch is something that I haven’t picked up in years, although I still have a number of books and leaflets that I tell myself “some day”. I especially like samplers, and have made a few over the years. A lot of the pieces I have stitched have gone as gifts. Which got me thinking about the kit that I bought…3 or 4 years ago. Wow has it been that long?  Well this seems like a good winter to get those kinds of to dos off my list. So I decided to check out the link for Ink Circles and found a great freebie when you sign up. This will be perfect to practise on, to see if I still have the eyes (so to speak) for doing cross stitch.

practise cross stitch

practise cross stitch

Well I’m finding out that it’s going to take me a long time to finish the kit but I really want to do this. I am happy about the morning light that comes into the sewing room, that’s going to be the best time for me to work on this particular craft. I’m going along quite slowly, compared to the pace I used to keep, but then overall I don’t move like I used to in any aspect  🙂 lol.

Here is the sneak peek at what I am about to tackle, wish me luck ! 🙂 when I finish my little sample/practise piece I will be able to put in a couple of hours each morning on the kit. I have quite a few projects on the go as it is, but what’s one more EH? 🙂

sneak peek

sneak peek

I got so excited about the whole idea of getting back into cross stitch I made a new pin cushion to mark the event. Yes I know, it’s an obsession 🙂


I think this should be a good year for getting unfinished projects done and getting at the things I’ve been wanting to do.

So from snowy cold Alberta, Canada…Thanks for dropping by and happy crafting…….Izz


January 8, 2014 · 3:46 PM