Stitching Saturday: The Land Baby by John Collier(1899) Pt 2

I know it doesn’t look like much, but it took me some time to do this bit. It’s 40 stitches from top to bottom and 135 stitches from left to right. This is the top of the left hand side of the pattern. It’s been split in left and right sides of the original painting, and I’ve begun with the left side.

My plan, now that I have it done left to right, is to start working down the left side of the piece until I get to the bottom. I’ll be doing it in blocks of 40 stitches wide and tall.

This is being done on 16ct white Aida using 2 strands of DMC Moline floss.

I am missing colors, and I’m waiting for them to come in the mail. I had to order them because the local shops don’t have much variety of colors in their floss.

This is going to be an ongoing project.

This is Mimi Queen of Fluff sleeping on the small start on the Mystery Sampler Stitch-A-Long being hosted by Fox and Rabbit. I can show you this part of it, but you’ll have to wait to see the rest of it. 🙂

I am working the outer frame right now. I’m using DMC 415 and Artiste Metallic Silver – one strand of each. It’s slow going because I’m using short strands of thread and double checking my counting. Frogging metallic thread is not the best thing to do.

That’s it for my stitching progress this week. I hope to have more to show you next week – if I’m able to get the floss I’m still missing.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!


2 thoughts on “Stitching Saturday: The Land Baby by John Collier(1899) Pt 2

  1. I still admire that you’ve undertaken stitching of The Land Baby. Good going, I’m looking forward to seeing your progress on this one.
    I’ve decided to follow your example and work on the outer border of the F&R MSAL. There are definitely a lot of stitches to count, so I’m working on a ‘marker’ line just outside the pattern area first–I run scrap thread through the fabric so it is visible every 10 or 20 squares. It helps so much when I want to double-check my status against the chart, and speeds up my actual cross-stitching!


  2. I’m actually enjoying working on The Land Baby though there are a lot of color changes. It’s keeping me from being bored, and it takes out the need for detailing.

    With The F&R MSAL, I’ve used a light marking pencil to mark off the outer frame, and I’m counting as best I can. This said, I did end up goofing up one of the arrows so, I need to be more careful. Also, if you haven’t seen it yet, on the arrows – you work 30 of them facing to the right and then, it flips so the next 30 face to the left. This is on the top horizontal line. I’m on that page of the pattern and saw it.

    Also, if you haven’t done so, you should join the FB group for the MSAL, those folks are interesting and very supportive. I’ve seen some amazing Talavera samplers from them. 🙂

    The Flosstube videos from F&R are fun to watch too though it makes me drool seeing some of the samplers and other stitching patterns they show on there. Their linen is amazing too though a bit out of my price range.

    I can’t wait to see what you’ve done on this year’s MSAL. Even if it’s just the frame, I’m sure you’ve done some lovely work.


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