This is a Dale Burdett cross stitch booklet from way back when…1983. There is a story behind this project.
I picked up this pattern booklet in about 1985/86 and started working on the Calico Cats shadow box pattern…
I got the entire shadow box done, plus several of the cats, then it sat. I was working, got married, had a baby; all those great things. And this project sat by the wayside. Cross stitch has always been my favorite thing to do (until I started quilting), and this project has always been in the back of my mind. I started and finished several other smaller cross stitch projects in the meantime, but never got back to this. About ten years ago, during some major purge here, I got rid of the project and pattern. I knew I wouldn’t touch it again.
Then, about 5 years ago, I found the pattern again in a thrift store. I could not pass it up. I still had lots of cross stitch cloth and floss, so I started this project again. Then it sat. It has always stayed in the front of my sewing room closet so I see it nearly every day, but I just haven’t picked it back up until yesterday. Finally!
This is where is stands as of today…
I had decided to just do the shadow box part as I go along with the cats this time. When I picked it up, I had already started working on the second cat, so that’s what I worked on yesterday. I will sit down with this again today and hopefully finish out the one color on the cat, and move on to the second color. I think I will encourage myself to complete one cat per month. That’s not too much to ask of myself! I really, really, enjoy cross stitching and I’m sorry I have let it lapse for such a long time. But hopefully now I will keep it in the fore front of my crafting projects.
Other than that, I am still quilting the Collage Cat, and Thursday and Friday I knitted my first mitten!
I prefer crochet because it is quicker for me to do, and I haven’t knitted in several years. But this pattern was so cute, so I decided to give it a go. I am so happy with how it turned out. This is not quite completed (I have to do some embellishment), and it’s a Christmas gift, so once Christmas has passed I will show off the finished mittens. It was also great to know I can knit a mitten in just a couple of days. I plan on finishing the second one this upcoming week. Who knows – maybe I will do socks next!
Linking up with:
Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy’s Quilts
MondayMaking at Love Laugh Quilt