It’s official! I’ve finished the Twelve Days of Christmas sampler designed by the ladies of Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery! Okay, I technically finished it yesterday but couldn’t sit at my computer long enough to post about it without a cat climbing on the keyboard.
I started this particular design around 8 November when my fabric and floss arrived. I started the grid and border as soon as I had the materials, but after a week of stitching (grid and half the border complete) I took a break when the Christmas on Gingerbread Lane patterns were released. The Pumpkins released the blocks for this sampler in three sets starting 28 November, but I didn’t pick up this project again until after I’d finished Gingerbread Lane (26 December).
Twelve Days is stitched on 28-count cashel linen in Crystal Ale from Picture This Plus. Floss is Cosmo. For the most part, this is a fairly straightforward pattern. It doesn’t involve any fancy stitches, just regular cross stitch, but the border is not very beginner-friendly. The border is intricate enough that it is a little difficult to count, and I had to backtrack a few times. There are a few spots where I just said “screw it” and kept going (compare the border under “elv” with the bit under “tm.” Something is clearly amiss in one of those sections). If you have never crossed a stitch (so to speak) in your life, I would not recommend this pattern. If you want to use another one of the Pumpkins designs as a start, try one of the seasonal samplers stitched on aida instead of linen. I haven’t done any of those patterns, but they look much more straightforward than this one. This is a big project, and I could see newbies getting frustrated with that border. So, in summary, difficult to count, but not difficult to stitch.
I’ve already moved on to the Once Upon a Time sampler; my materials turned up yesterday morning, and it seems that was all I needed to get moving again (I wasn’t allowed to start a new project until I finished this). I still have the increasingly questionable goal of finishing the January block for OUaT before February is released on Saturday.
If you want to join in, OUaT is being released in 12 parts throughout 2014, and there is a very active stitch-a-long group on Facebook. Just search for “Frosted Pumpkin Stitch-A-Long Group.” And by active I mean we have 800 people; clearly, the Pumpkins are doing something right when it comes to social media.
ALSO, since this is the first project I’ve finished since embarking this bloggerific adventure, I’d like to direct your attention over to the Finishes page, which you’ll also find linked up in the header next to the mostly useless “About” button. There isn’t much there yet, pretty much just the picture you’re already looking at on this page, but come hell or high water that list will grow.
And just because, here’s a picture of a sleeping cat: