Category Archives: 2016

Flower of the Month: January

Happy New Year, everyone. It’s the second to last installment of the flower of the month series, with January’s carnation. The patterns from the series are from Ellen Maurer-Stroh, who has some great free patterns.

photograph of cross stitch square for January showing two pink carnation blossoms

Carnations are a species of Dianthus. Here in the United States, it is often associated with Mother’s Day and with weddings, and it is the traditional flower for first anniversaries.

Carnations naturally come in white, pink, and red; but they have also been genetically engineered to be blue and purple. When I was growing up, our grocery store used to sell (and they probably still do) single carnation flowers in all different colors. I loved picking one out and getting to take it home!

Like the other squares, I added the month name in the border (with DMC 3052), using the chart I posted.

The stitching is done in two strands on 18 count antique white aida cloth.

Next month (the last month!): the violet.


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Finished Project: Silver & Gold Hoop Art

I made some more sparkly embroidery hoop art along the lines of the Get Schwifty hoop from last year. One is inspired by the X-Files, and the other by a lyric from Twenty One Pilots’ song “Stressed Out.”

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Both of the new hoops are available in the PDX-Stitch Etsy shop, and I made another Get Schwifty hoop if you missed buying this first one. Get yours now!

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