About 16 years ago I purchased a pattern, fabric and thread for a cross stitch project. For all those years it has been stored away in a paper bag. (Incidentally, it was 16 years ago I gave birth to my daughter.) About a month ago I finally decided to pull it out and start stitching.
There's 17 DMC floss colors used in the design. I love the colors. Muted and rich shades of reds, blues, greens, yellows and browns.
Here's the Belfast dirty linen, two colors of Wildflowers thread from The Caron Collection and the Rose Sampler pattern from Told in a Garden. Aren't those hand-dyed variegated threads great? The two with blue shades are named Charcoal. The one with the wonderfully deep tones is named Royal Jewels.
What drew me to this design was the old fashioned look of the sampler. I also had been wanting to do a project with variegated thread. The design is 242 stitches wide by 250 stitches high, which will measure 15 1/6" wide by 15 2/3" high on the 32 count linen stitched over two threads. My eyes tell me I should have worked on this project 16 years ago. Reading glasses and my [sigh] bifocal glasses don't do the trick. I had to buy one of those magnifiers you wear around your neck. I must admit it works great!
I've been stitching as I find time. Mainly in the evening or in bed before turning out the light. However, recently I've been doing a lot of reading and I've not been getting much stitching time in. So, it's going to take me awhile to complete it. At least I'm making progress!
This is what the finished design will look like. I'm planning on framing mine when it's finished. Do you have a long neglected project you're working on or need to get started?