Fresh Blooms Project Idea: Love the Spring (Shakespeare's Peddler)

I thought we'd start our Fresh Blooms project series with a timely celebration of spring - check out our version of Love the Spring by Shakespeare's Peddler:

This sampler makes use of most of the threads included in the Fresh Blooms box: Aunt Marie's Violet (Classic Colorworks), Buttercup (WDW), Carnation (Petite Mulberry Collection - Dragonflylotus Designs), Colorwash 558 and DMC 3053. Stitched on 40 count Bashful linen from Picture This Plus, we used one strand of thread throughout, with the exception of the Colorwash, which needed 2 strands for adequate coverage.

Love the Spring is an older chart from Shakespeare's Peddler, but is still listed on several online needlework shops including Silver Needle. With a stitch count of 97x169, this chart would not fit on Fat 16ths from the Big Picture box, but would be a great choice for those who selected a Fat 8th, or for Detail Oriented Box subscribers. 

Check back next week when we give you a quick project idea for the bamboo hexagon frame!

Christmas Cabin Project Idea: Nikyscreations' A B Christmas tree

Since this was a Christmas-themed box, of course I had to select something ornament-sized for our first project! This was an easy stitch that only took a few hours to complete.

Chart Source: Nikyscreations A B Christmas (Candy Cane Stitchers FB group); Materials Source: Christmas Cabin Mini-Box

Chart Source: Nikyscreations A B Christmas (Candy Cane Stitchers FB group); Materials Source: Christmas Cabin Mini-Box

To get this chart, you'll need to join the Candy Cane Stitchers group on Facebook. All the previous releases can be found in the Files section of the group once your membership request is accepted. And while you are over on Facebook, be sure to check out the Star-Spangled Stitchers and Pumpkin Seed Stitchers groups - run by the same admin team, they feature monthly free charts with patriotic and Halloween themes respectively.

To stitch this project you'll need (all found in the Christmas Cabin box):

  • Conifer fabric from Picture This Plus - there are no partial stitches in this chart, so you can use Aida, lugana or linen. Our model was stitched on 14 count Aida
  • DMC 6-strand cotton floss, #B5200
  • Classic Colorworks silk floss, Tulip
  • Dragonflylotus Designs Mulberry Collection floss, Walnut

The substitution I used for this chart is pretty straight-forward - the only color change I made was switching the green tree for a white one. If you wanted to use additional colors in your project, you could always stitch the various birds in alternating colors.

Even straight-forward projects offer opportunities for personalization, however. Take a look at my two red birds. While stitching the bird on the left, I just worked back and forth, row by row, and let the color variation fall where it may. After seeing what I ended up with (lovely, but nothing real exciting), I purposefully stitched the right side bird by following the curve of the bird's breast with the lighter part of the thread, and then filling in the rest with the darker sections. While it's not a huge difference, I do really love how that right-side bird turned out!

Have you started stitching with your Christmas Cabin box yet? We'd love to see your projects! Leave us a comment here, and when you post photos to social media be sure to use the #SBChristmasCabin and #StitchyBox hashtags!

Check back next week, when we'll talk about ideas for the quilting fabric you found in your box, and the initials E. P and P.