Can it be the 3rd Monday or November already? It is! In the USA it is Thanksgiving this Thursday. After Thanksgiving I spend the rest of the year attempting to apply the brakes as we rush towards Christmas, hoping to maintain a sense of peace and calm through Advent. But with the kids’ excitement, and end of year activities (Oldest son’s birthday, piano recitals and school concerts and church events and decorating, baking, present preparing, and guests) that is very difficult! But for now, my shopping for Thanksgiving dinner is done and tomorrow I will start prepping for the feast. Today I can think about stitching!
I have been kitting kitting kitting for next year. Earlier this year I discovered a trick that was helpful to me. While kitting, since it involves measuring and cutting linen and figuring out how to start the project, I just went ahead and put the first few stitches in place. When I was ready to get going with the project in earnest, I knew right where to start without having to remeasure the linen and refigure my start plan. It saved a lot of time and made me feel very productive! I had started to do that with some of next year’s projects when I heard about “Naughty November” hosted by Rachel the Ten Hour Stitcher. I guess that means it is naughty to make a new start on something so close to the end of the year! But is it naughty if you are simply doing prep for the coming year? No! Still I will join in with other stitchers who are starting new projects every Monday this month, and will share with you the 3 I’ve started so far. They are all samplers and I just put their first thread or two (or three…) to mark the start and make it easy to pick them up next year!
ABC Sampler from Jeannette Douglas
This is that middle line. I want to start in the middle because then I don’t have to wait till I have the whole alphabet in to start the bands. I can do letters on days I don’t have the brain power to do specialty stitches!
Jane Plenderleath from Needlework Press
So…I started in the bottom right corner for this one because 1) I want to get to that house as soon as possible! and 2) I like to stitch overdyed thread using the sewing method from right to left so that just made sense. (um…I just realized, on ABC you see me going from left to right…but I’m actually stitching that line upside down in order to stitch like I just described and that’s ok! I stitch upside down about 25% of the time. Maybe I should explain my methods some day. I am used to doing this and rarely make mistakes in reading the chart because of it, because I usually flip the chart too.)
Luz Gonzalez from Samplers Remembered
This is the top left corner. The directions said to do the black lettering first. Once that is done, I will know how wide this will be and can cut off the right edge of the linen because I think it is probably 6-7 inches too wide but just exactly the right height. Also I may start those bargello and satin stitch areas anyway…they are SO tempting!
I just cannot wait to get back and work on each and every one of these. If I finish all 3 in 2022 I will be thrilled beyond measure.
And I will pick one more to start over Thanksgiving weekend. Hmm…I think it will be one of my HATS. Or a small. Or…Hmm. See you next week!