Patriotic Barn by Mary Charles
#MC-BN07 on13m, 8″x8″ design image
Welcome to my new ‘Sunday project’ post!
The plan: Almost any Sunday afternoon finds me curled up on my bed with one or two of the cats sleeping in the corner. It’s my unwinding day – I watch PBS or Netflix or pop in a DVD or read and chill out for hours. It’s my favorite part of my week. Today, I thought I would invite you over for to stitch and chat and eat chocolate and watch PBS with me!
Skill level – totally unimportant: I’m actually a pretty good stitcher, but I don’t get to stitch too much, since I often work 60+ hours/week with my Painted Pony Designs line. Because its been ages since I have taken a class, I’m weak in the ‘uber-powered’ decorative stitch techniques that are all the rage today. So, basically, we’re going to call me a rusty stitcher who has a lot of new techniques to learn. If you have a suggestion on stitches for this work-in-progress, speak up! I don’t mind at all if this becomes a community project.
What we are stitching: Mary Charles’ Patriotic Barn, 18m, image size 8×8. Who doesn’t love red barns, flags and fluffy sheep?! I’m thinking this will be finished as boxed stand up, but that could change. We’ll see.
The process: I sent this canvas to Needlepoint This! in Dallas, TX, who threaded it up for me. The shop is a thread hoarder’s dream! NPT This! is owned by mother/daughter Sherry and Bonnie Cody. I had planned to start the canvas during the slow times at Destination Dallas market in early September. Fortunately, I was way too busy to even take the project out of the bag! Since I had Sherry put the piece on stretcher bars, I need to go ahead and get this stitched. Thus, I’m gatering all my gal-pals for a Sunday Stitch-in. Okay, guys can come, too, but no showing up us girls with your perfect stitches!
The thread list: In case you want to stitch along with me, or I have a thread that you want to know more about, I’ll include the thread list below. Needlepoint This! was kind enough to include a list of what threads went where, so I’ll include that info, too;
Sky: Silk & Ivory #70 and #236
Stars: Glisten #G03
Flag: Silk Lame’ #SL97, #SL100, #SL101, #SL159
Flag Pole: Burmilana #3887
Barn: Silk & Ivory: #81, Planet Earth #Fury005
Roof: Threadworx #11214 (depending on the stitch I choose, I may add a second, lighter shade)
Fence: Elegance #E840
Sheep: Alpaca 18 #AL51, #AL89
Hay: Silk Road Straw Silk #0310 Amber Waves
*We’re also going to need some black, but let’s decide later what we can use out of our stashes.
Tree Trunks: use the rest of your skein of Burmilana #3441 that you used on the flag pole
Apple Tree: Threadworx #W77, Beads from & more, size 11 #141 Ruby
Yellow Tree: Planet Earth 6 ply Silk #1031 Sandstorm
Grass: Pepper Pot 100% Silk # 087 Watercress
Stone Wall: Burmilana #3306, #3845, #3887
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That’s our threads. Now, I’m going to pick out some stitches and get started.
Did someone say they brought chocolate?!