I was recently thinking about my friend Renee and how we used to go over the Just Cross Stitch Annual Christmas Ornament issue as she would choose designs to stitch for holiday gifts. I bought a copy of this year's issue and found a design to stitch in Renee's memory. I'm not much of a cross stitcher, but I enjoyed this project
The "one more stitch" motif seems appropriate.
While I had the brown linen handy, I began test stitching a design for Susan Johnson. I'm loving it. The circle will be about 6" when I'm done. I'm using a 24 count linen with DMC coton a broider size 20. (Thanks to Jenny--it's wonderful to stitch with!)
I also got out the paints and painted the backgrounds for the Catherine Jordan trees through the Shining Needle Society. I'm not terribly controlled about these things. Paint always gets away from me. I was pleased to find that I could dip the undried fabric in water and the color would rinse out and I could start over. The seasons I selected are: left side, bottom to top is summer, spring, autumn, and winter. The right side is a second autumn. They're drying now. With everything, they got quite saturated. Next I'll press them to set the colors and then I can begin stitching.
And here's my drip/blotting cloth. I always try to use fabric under my painting because I end up with an interesting piece of painted fabric.