New cross-stitch start: The Feather Fairy!


I am starting a new cross-stitch pattern. It is the feather fairy from Mirabilia patterns. I LOVE Mirabilia patterns, and I’ve had this one for several years but never started it. That seems to be a trend for me. I decided that after all of the issues I had with my last large cross-stitch (I had to rip out half of it and redo it because it was off) I decided to create a grid on my linen to mimic the chart. This was an idea my mother-in-law taught me when I first started cross-stitching.


So basically all you do is find the center of your fabric and start with plain sewing thread that is in a color that you can see on the linen. I used red Coats and Clark thread. I like to use 32 count linen but it can be hard to see when you are stitching over two. With the grid, it makes it so much easier to count and stay on track. Yes it takes a little time to make the grid, but it saves so much time in the end when you don’t have to rip out stitches. When you make the grid, I use the thread and stitch over and under every 4 threads.


Then it is super easy to find your starting point and check your position with your cart. Another thing I do is I make a copy of my chart so that I can cross out or highlight areas that I have completed.

This is super helpful to make sure you stay on track. I hope these tips are helpful if you are having trouble with counted-cross stitching. Happy Friday!



Happy Summer!

To celebrate the first day of summer, I went out into my garden and cut some fresh roses for my master bedroom.  Aren’t they lovely?  The pink roses smell divine.  While I was out there, this robin decided she was thirsty and grabbed a drink from the bird bath/watering hole.


I also started working on this project yesterday.  Her name is Lilly of the Woods ‘The Dreaming Fairy’ from Mirabilia Designs, of course.  She is stitched on 32 count Laurel linen from Wichelt. The second picture is of the photo  from the chart package.  As with the last fairy I just finished, I started this pattern several years ago and then put it away and it never got finished.  So, now it’s time to finish her.  If you look closely at the photo of the photo, you can see that this fairy also has a large amount of beads and metallic thread.  Some of which I already have, but a lot of which I don’t.  So, I will be heading to the stitchery store next week to pick those up.  Until next time…Hugs to all!  E

Adia Garden Fairy – Complete!

This fairy is finally finished.  I think I started her 6 years ago and at one point got so frustrated with mistakes that I tore almost all of the stitches out and put her away.  However, now she is finished.  I have never done a pattern with so many beads and crystal treasures.  The result is beautiful.  She will be for sale at my Etsy shop tonight.

The wings are outlined and over-stitched in Kreinik metallic thread.  The beads are all attached individually with matching colored thread.

The garland that she holds is completely beaded with gold, peach, and clear beads.  The crystal treasures are flowers, leaves, and prisms that all glisten and sparkle in the light.

I am so happy to have finished this one.  Now…which one next?…