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It is too difficult to take my cross stitch with me to work. I have a job that is extremely flexible with my work hours and if I am not seeing a client I don’t have to “look busy.” Sometimes I will have 2 hours to wait until my next client comes in. I usually watch something on Netflix on my laptop maybe I have to finish some documentation, other times, I am caught up and need something to do. I could read, but reading was never an interest.
I have been working on a crochet blanket for probably 3 years. This is the year I claim will be the year I finish some projects. This is one that is on the top of my list. I don’t love crochet, in fact I find it incredibly boring. Most likely I won’t start another one for a long time, if I even decide to. I prefer the cross stitching needle between my fingers than the crochet needle.
Below is the blanket I am crocheting. This blanket will be long and wide enough to wrap up in on a cold night. It is about half-way finished.
I hope you enjoyed looking at my other stitching. I definitely plan to get back to my cross stitch soon.
Today I was able to work on the Derby Cross stitch. It is unusual for me to have time during the week. I did not have to get to work until later in the day, which allowed me to relax for most of the day. Even though tiredness came over me, I knew sleep was not going happen. Below is the current photo of Derby.
I am getting towards the end of the first row. I am on page 7, 4th column. The sky color is getting darker at this point. It is nice to see another blue color!
That was a good amount stitched for today. I also was walking my dog, finishing laundry and made lunch in between the stitches.
I made myself tea.
Here is the tea from Simple Loose Leaf: Namring Estate Darjeeling
From the brochure to describe this tea:
The description is Darjeeling tea is from Darjeeling district in West Bengal India. This tea is a black tea. It has a slight spiciness. The brochure from Simple Loose leaf wrote: “that the spiciness is described as Muscatel. “
It was a nice tea to drink. This is on my favorite list.
Until this weekend, which I hope I can find a solid time of stitching and this time, without a headache as last few weekends had.
I really have not been doing too much on this cross stitch lately. The reasons:
Been seeing a lot of clients within the last few weeks-more than usual
cleaning my house, shopping, cooking
walking my dog-since the weather is unusually warm for an area that should have snow constantly.
today, not feeling the greatest
I hope those are realistic and understandable reasons why I just did not get much stitched.
For the tea, I opted for Peppermint Tea-in a bag. I just did not feel like brewing loose tea today, since I did not think the flavors would settle right in my stomach.
Below is a picture of outside of my window-(beautiful blue sky) weird normally this time of the year it would be snowing/possibly a snowstorm that keeps you nestled inside with hot tea.
About the Cross stitch:
So here is what I accomplished. It looks like the same as the prior post, but seriously please trust me, it is just another column of almost the same colors! I am getting closer to finishing the top row.
It is really looking sharp. I am proud of myself. I just wonder when I get to start the second row?! Guess I need to stop having excuses of not stitching and get myself back on track! (no pun intended-get it Derby track)-okay that was a long shot. Humor is dry.
This is the most current doodle I have completed. It began with a doodle using a black gel pen. After I felt the doodle scribble was completed, I began coloring in shapes with markers and colored gel pens.
I worked on this drawing for over a week. Most of the evening, prior to sleep, I will draw or color. I usually spend about 30 mins to 1 hour on the coloring, or when I am too tired to stay awake. It is relaxing and calming to do after a day of work.
This is the completed Crown in a doodle drawing. I kept the negative spaces in this drawing, which makes it look unique.
Finding the time to stitch this weekend was difficult. I was too exhausted on Friday to stitch. Saturday I did some stitching, but became too tired and mentally exhausted. Sunday I had to clean my house which took too much time away from my stitching. Then I got a headache that never seized. I was able to stitch but I was not focused on it.
So here’s what it now looks like.
Here’s the whole image of what is stitched so far.
Here’s the tea of my choice for yesterday….
I started out with Wild Berry by Simple Loose Leaf.
It is a green tea with blueberries and raspberries. (I read somewhere that raspberries can cause headaches for some people.) Perhaps that’s why I got a headache? Or the combination of mentally exhausted and being fatigue and having raspberries.
Later in the day I made myself some chamomile tea, by Bigelow. I wasn’t feeling the greatest so I spent more time sipping my tea and having some crackers than stitching.
Not a very productive stitching weekend. But there’s a weekend coming up very soon.
I still have some of my Christmas decorations on display. I love angels and old time Santa Clauses. Therefore why put them away quickly if I enjoy them?!
As I write this post the tea of choice is called Dark Lagoon Herbal, by Simple Loose Leaf. I
Cross Stitch Facts
I thought to give a lesson about cross stitching for this post.
Cross stitch existed before the Middle Ages. It has been found in China, India and then Europe as trade increased as well as migrations and invasions. In Egypt a sampler was found around the 6th century. Even cloth dating from 3000-5000 BC had traces of cross stitch on it.
Cross stitching became an upper-class hobby during the middle ages. It actually began in the rural areas first. Cross stitch ornaments was a sign of wealth and social status.
Cross stitch pattern books have been around since the 17th century. The choice of colors was left to the stitcher as the pattern had black dots indicating areas to stitch.
Samplers were used by school aged children to learn the Bible verse and moral values and to learn the alphabet.
In the 1960’s was when the modern day cross stitching began with the mass production of patterns.
Sampler designed by my mom, Stitched by me.
That’s my little lesson about cross stitch…back to making time in my current busy schedule to cross stitch Derby. Hoping I won’t be so tired tomorrow after work to work on it.