Sunday, August 19, 2012

September Cottage Progress

Here is my progress for the month so far, which considering it's been blazing hot is pretty I am not keen for stitching in the heat and we've had a solid week and half of temps over 100F but it's finally starting to cool down a bit. I think the rechart on the cottage came out the way I'd hoped and the colors are working well together. The original design is adorable but I like this better as a school. Now I have to cross stitch the bell, beaks and oh gosh I guess I should get back to stitching. Hope you have a lovely (not to hot) summer day!

Monday, August 6, 2012

A Quick Little Finish and September Cottage Floss Toss

While I was waiting for September Cottage to come in the mail I took a trip to my LNS and found Lizzie Kate Cross Stitcher in Residence and couldn't pass it up. I used left over thread from the cottages and various other projects to finish it. I even used half of a small piece of Lugana so it was all from bits.
I used GA Morning Glory for the top lettering, WDW Americana for the bottom lettering, various bits for the house and trees and the border is Anchor 1315. I can't wait to get this framed and hung up in the kitchen area, I think it'll look quite cute.

On to September Cottage! I made changes to the colors, here is the original floss toss below,

I didn't care for the almost peach color of the lighter red so I switched them out. Here is my floss toss below.

I went with School House Red (how could you not..hehe) and DMC 814 for the darker side of the schoolhouse, along with swapping the 3031 for 3371 which is a much darker brown for the blackbirds and the barrel ties etc. The biggest change I think will be the cottage itself in that the school house didn't look like a school house to me. Nothing against the original design, it's really cute, it's just I actually went to a little red school house in kindergarten in Missouri and I guess in my minds eye it looks better with the real little bell tower up there. So I charted up one and hopefully it will come out. I can't wait to get started on this and I am really  excited to see October's cottage.