This post may not mean anything to you if you don't do some type of stitching. But if you are a stitcher like me, you'll understand my happiness at this. I have long been planning the start of my first Heaven and Earth Design. (HAED for short in the stitching world.) These designs are quite large and beautiful. I put a lot of thought into choosing my fabric for it, number of skeins I would need of each color (100 different colors in my design) and I used a fabric calculator again and again to make sure I knew just how much fabric to order.
The design I am stitching is Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim by Dean Morrissey. I decided to use Congress Cloth for my fabric. It is a 22 count evenweave. If you don't know what that means, it basically means it is a material for cross stitching with very, very tiny squares. I'm quite certain I will need to use my magnifier (and lots of light) to do this project! The HAED are known for showing much more intricate detail in the finished product with a smaller thread count. Once I decided on my pattern and fabric, I had to make sure I had all the skeins of floss I would need. I made a copy of the list, checked off what I already had, and headed to Hobby Lobby for the rest. I needed a lot of DMC 310 for this project, so I decided to just go ahead and order an entire cone of it! I have been asked over and over again where you can buy whole cones of DMC thread and the answer is 123Stitch.
Here is a picture of my cone of 310.
As I said, if you're not a stitcher, you won't understand how exciting it is to have this cone. But to someone who does any kind of needlework, I'm sure you "get" my excitement, lol! I shared this picture last night on a couple of social media sites and the next thing I knew, it had been snagged and posted on Pinterest by someone, lol. If I had known it was going to end up there, I would have cleared off the table before taking the picture, lol! The cloth you see behind the cone is my Congress Cloth that the design will be stitched on. I will be starting this piece very soon, within the next week. I just need to finish up my current charity square. I can't wait to get started!