Last year, on one of our scouting trips to Cheyenne to find out if we'd like to move here, I discovered a little shop called Ewe Count which specializes in cross-stitch. I've never tried that but figured that it would be a nice thing to do in the evenings. Of course I couldn't begin with a true beginner's project, no could I?! I wanted something interesting and would learn as I went.
This is the pattern that I opted to get, Golden Watercolor Butterfly by Rosewood Manor, designed by Karen Kluba. The only thing is that I wasn't fond of the original pattern colors so with the help of Penny, the shop owner, I selected flosses that were my favorite shades of blues and aquas.
I started out eagerly but was a bit disappointed that it was looking wrong. Turns out that I was skipping a hole so that each cross-stitch square was surrounded by a thin line of linen. Oops! Luckily it didn't take too long to rip out all those stitches.
Round two began fairly well but then I realized that I hadn't centered the linen fabric and wouldn't have enough room for the design if I continued that way. Rip, rip, rip, out went those stitches.
Round three was off to a really good start and then I discovered that I started one line too high. This time I only had to rip out that line. That's when my friends told me that I should photocopy the pattern so that I can take a highlighter and mark off the stitches as I went. Duh! That would make it easier to pick up where I left off instead of the intense study every time I picked it up.
I noticed that the linen is leaning a bit towards the left side. Hopefully that will become straight once it's blocked and framed. Of course at the rate that I'm stitching that won't happen anytime soon. Think of this as one of my SLOW projects. It is nice to work on something while sitting next to Steve in the evenings. What slow projects are you working on?