Category Archives: Counted Cross-stitch

Filling my Days

Like most of you I have plenty of time on my hands staying at home. Weaving, spinning, reading, counted cross stitch, e-mails, text messages, cooking and TV fill my days. Occasionally housework or yard work does too.

These 2 scarves were woven on the same painted warp yarn using different colored weft yarns. The pattern becomes lost in the multiple colored warp yarns for both scarves. The border pattern stands out better on the scarf with the royal blue weft yarn. One is not able to see the “Gone with the Wind “ pattern, a small 4 harness overshot by Bertha Hayes.

At the top of this post is a scarf being woven using the same pattern as the 2 with painted warps. Here the pattern is clearly visible. The contrast of the silver gray 10/2 bamboo warp and the black 10/2 bamboo weft with a white 16/2 bamboo tabby yarn allows this to occur. The strong contrast in colors makes the pattern stand out.

2 beaded counted cross stitch kits from Mill Hill. I’ve started a larger kit from them that won’t go as quickly, an “Autumn Basket”. To support a small business I’ve ordered 2 additional kits from Silver Needle in Tulsa, Ok.

In the last post “Revisiting Rep Weave” I showed this warp on the loom partially woven. One of the projects done on that warp was a wall hanging for a show that The Contemporary Handweavers of Houston was having that has been postponed due to Covid-19. To weave the above runner I removed some of that warp to have a proper width for a table runner.

Green beans planted behind bushes along the fence. The squirrels seem to like those tender plants. I planted another section between bushes along the back of the yard.

Like many of you I’ve been baking. The remaining Pineapple Upside Down Cake. I had not had this cake for years but had fond memories of my mother making.

Change the Color

Jewel on the loomSo I skipped threading the heddles and sleying the reed, by tying on a new warp to the last warp on the loom. From earthy Autumn to Jewel tones the warp has changed. These colors just made me feel happy as I wove. There will be 5 Cottolin (cotton and linen blend yarn) towels.

Jewel False Satin Towels

One of the towels will be for me and the remaining four are for sale in the Gallery at the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston, Guild House . The color in the photo on the loom is better than of the finished towels. Funny how different light sources affect the captured image.

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This Santa ornament was added to our Christmas tree this year. It was made from a Mill Hill beaded counted cross stitch kit. The kits contain everything one needs to complete the project. The beads add sparkle to the piece. I’ve started stitching a new ornament for next year.  The tree is decorated for Christmas and awaiting packages to be placed beneath.

Looking to 2015

Holiday Delivery

Holiday Delivery

December has been a month of preparation for the coming holidays, so little time was spent on crafts. Family, food and holiday events filled the month. The Mill Hill beaded cross stitch continues to be worked on in the evenings. At least the overall design can now be seen.

Lost cross

Lost cross

I’m  setting up my loom to weave some companion fabric for a handwoven Shibori yardage completed earlier this year. Even an experienced weaver makes silly errors. I swear I checked more than once to be sure the cross was properly placed on the lea sticks. I corrected my mistake the best I could . The real test will be when the warp is wound on the back beam.(I setup front to back) so now to begin the threading.

January brings a workshop with Diane Totten. The loom is yet to be setup. All the yarns have been purchased so next weeks agenda will be choosing a weave structure and setting up my Baby Mac.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! May this coming year let you explore your craft to its fullest.

Decorations on the Tree

X-Mas 2014Decorating the Christmas tree is a lot of work. Though I must admit that it’s one of my favorite things to do after Thanksgiving. The ornaments each bring back so many memories, of friends, family and places from bygone times. The ornaments found on our tree were purchased, gifted or made by family and friends. These are some of my favorite handmade ornaments:

Wheat weaving

Wheat weaving

Handwoven Star

Handwoven Star

Heart made in Girl Scouts  by my daughter years ago

Heart made in Girl Scouts by my daughter years ago


These are just a few of the hand-made ornaments on our Christmas Tree. What favorite hand-made ornaments are on your tree?

Happy Thanksgiving

Pumpkin Shadow weave towels with beaded counted cross stitch (Fall Leaves designed by Mill Hill)

Pumpkin Shadow weave towels with beaded counted cross stitch (Fall Leaves designed by Mill Hill)

Hope you have  a gastronomic holiday full of wonderful food, friendship and love  this Thanksgiving weekend. I am thankful for my loving family, friends and health. Thank you for taking the time to read  and interact with me on my blog.

Holiday Decorations

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

For a change of pace I dabble in other fiber arts, quilting, beaded counted cross-stitch, and needlepoint. Some projects are kits, others not. These are often used to decorate our home.