This little project was in the CrossStitcher Organiser Calendar 2010 my mom gave to me.  (Yes, “Organiser” is spelled correctly.  Apparently it’s a British publication, with British holidays and all.) It hung in my kitchen all that year.  I wanted to do the projects, but that meant I would have to take down the calendar whenever I worked on a project.  Knowing myself the way I do, I knew the calendar would never get back to the kitchen if I ever took it down!

I decided to start on the projects in 2011.  I gave myself the goal of completing each project within the month it was featured.

January…cross-stitching part of the project completed.  I still need to track down some white quarter-inch quarter-round trim to complete the rest of the project.

February…entire project completed.  It is now in the guest room at my parents’ house.  Hooray!

March…skipped this one because I could never find the beads required.  Sigh.

April…completed and framed.  Still don’t know who the recipient will be.

May…here we go!  The poppies project.

Having read the supplies lists and followed the directions for a few of these projects already, I skimmed through this one, ready to get started.  I purchased the colors of floss I didn’t already own.  I asked my daughter if I could have some of her “little black beads” when I was ready to put the finishing touches on it.  (She agreed.)  I read “28 count…” in the supplies list.  WHAT?!  28-count?  Are they crazy or something?  (For you cross-stitch rookies, “28-count” indicates that this will be stitched on a fabric that is woven to accommodate 28 stitches PER INCH.)  I typically work on 14- or 18-count, depending on how large or small I’d like the finished product to be.  28-count might kill me!  I did have some 22-count on hand, from my college days, when my eyes were younger.  I could handle that.  Right?

June…I didn’t complete this one within the month.  Oh well.

July…Still not complete, because my 40+-year-old eyes only like to work on it in bright natural daylight.

August…Still going, and feeling like the Energizer bunny…

September…the Little Engine That Could…

October…the Little Engine That Might?

November…I was determined to finish it.  Stitching, beading, and making it into a pillow.  And I did it!



And look at the cute little buttons I had in my stash!  Aren’t they perfect?



Here is a close-up so you can see the details.  The seed beads were bigger than the cross-stitches!  The top-stitching you see on the purple fabric is about a 2.5 on my sewing machine, a fairly small stitch length.


I don’t want to say “never again!” but I can say that I do not foresee any other projects in my future that involve 22-count cloth.  Oh, and by the way, that “28-count” in the supplies list that I skimmed over…  It was actually 28-count evenweave cloth, on which cross-stitches are worked over TWO threads in each direction (vertical and  horizontal).  28 divided by 2…you mean I could’ve worked this on 14-COUNT?!

(Photos by my daughter.  Background is her groovy turquoise corduroy dish chair.)