I am stitching Snapperville as a stitch-a-long with my sister Joy. We both love the designs and the free border chart. We don't care for the verse, but now we have a solution for that. I'm getting ahead of myself! Here are the scans of our progress so far, first Joy's then mine.
This side-by-side comparison is so interesting! We are both stitching with the recommended fabric and fibers. Joy is using the English/traditional method of cross stitching, crossing each stitch as she goes. I am using the Danish method, stitching the first "leg" of the cross in a row then coming back and crossing with the top "leg". Another difference is that Joy is stitching in horizontal rows, while I am stitching some motifs vertically. The trees, barn and moon are all stitched vertically. One more difference, on Barnyard Joy changed the horse's mane, tail and hoof color to Onyx. Her skeins of Maple Syrup and Bark were too similar.
Joy and I have been wracking our brains, trying to come up with something different for the verse. Janice from my local stitching group came to our rescue! She shared her idea for an alternate verse for this project:
"North or South - East or West - Farm or Town - Home is Best"
Isn't that brilliant? We love it! Thanks, Janice! You are our hero!
In other stitching news, Miss Mary Mack continues to languish in the stitching basket. She remains the same size, a head-and-foot-free blob. If you think you are behind with this SAL, you are not - even if you haven't started yet! This is Stitch-A-Thon weekend at Friends Gather. My project is Part 18 of Terre de France. It is now well into Saturday evening and the project hasn't been out of the bag. Such a meager goal, to get half of it stitched this weekend...and it isn't looking good!
Other than finishing Snapperville Barnyard on the 11th, the only thing I've stitched is an old Homespun Elegance kit called Strawberry Pincushion and Emery. This was a MIOM project, started in August. Little by little I'm making progress.
I love the colors. Individually they don't look like strawberry colors, but when used together they are perfect. I finished stitching the Fruit Pincushion and Emery kit almost a year ago. More great use of color. Here is a scan.
I think Sandra Sullivan is a genius. I love these kits. The copyright date on the Strawberry kit is 1992. I do not see them on Homespun Elegance's website, but maybe they are still available. Maybe there are more. Wouldn't an acorn kit be awesome? I think I'll check with my local shop...
So why am I this far behind with stitching and blogging? Because we are moving! We have a contract on a house and plan to move at the end of March. I've been busy packing, filling out paperwork, making phone calls, and a zillion things that are not stitching. I keep telling myself there will be plenty of time for stitching later. Of course there will be!
Thanks to everyone for your kind comments! I appreciate hearing from you!