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I haven't stitched on my Americana project since last September, hence no posting here by me. I do keep thinking of getting back to it and also of starting the America, Land that We Love sampler that Kaye's doing.
However, I stitched this square for the Travel theme for WOCS (World of Charity Stitching) and realized that it probably qualified as Americana. I mean what's more American than the Statue of Liberty?
It's from an older Cross Stitch Crazy magazine. It's the New York City Scape designed by Satsuma Street. It's stitched on 14-count white Aida with the called for DMC. Since it was meant to be stitched on black Aida, I made a couple of changes to make the stitching show up better on the white.
.... as I now have two Americana projects on the go...
Last evening for FNwF and Friday Frolics, I randomly chose this UFO, the gorgeous Thirteen Colonies by LHN. Now, I last stitched on this way back in January, 2012!!!!!! You can read all about it on my Kitten Stitching blog here.
Now, when I picked it up last night, the stitching was like this....
Yay! I finished the little grey house - although you may notice that I am frogging the browny colour on the right - I realised that I had used the wrong floss colour, all those years ago - aagghh!
I am certain that Thirteen Colonies was a gift from dear Gracie from Needles, pins and dragonflies and she generous gifted me not only the pattern but the fabric and the floss as well - thank you, dear Gracie. So sorry to have neglected it for so long but it is back in the rotation now - please look for another update post on this next week on Kitten Stitching for Gifted Gorgeousness and I am going to add it to my 'Merica Monday rotation for this SAL blog to make sure that it does not get forgotten again.
... and, of course, I am still stitching on America, Land that we love by Jean Farish. I am currently stitching "Colorado". For some reason, I am finding this block a bit of a struggle, not quite sure why!
Not sure that I am happy with the long stitching on the teepee poles or the colour - they look like they are on fire!
I think that I am going to change them - what do you all think?
State motto: Eureka (you gotta love that as a motto!)
31st State to join the Union - September 9th, 1850.
I now have FIVE states out of FIFTY stitched - 10% of the way there - yay!
... and, of course, stitching this State makes me think of the Mamas and the Papas....
California, a western U.S. state, stretches from the Mexican border along the Pacific for nearly 900 miles. It's known for its dramatic terrain encompassing cliff-lined beaches, redwood forest, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Central Valley farmland and the arid Mojave Desert. Its cities include sprawling Los Angeles, seat of the Hollywood entertainment industry, and hilly San Francisco, home to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Finally dug it out again! Made some progress. Had to finish my part on a crazy quilt RR. So I didn't get to stitch on it as much as I'd have liked to. Maybe I can work on it some more this next week-end.
I am making some good progress on my American Sampler now, America, Land that we love, I have now finished four states - only 46 to go!
State motto: Ditat Deus (God enriches)
48th State to join the Union - February 14, 1912 (last of the contiguous (on the one land mass) states to join)
Isn't the scenery amazing? The Grand Canyon is definitely on my travel list.
State Motto: Regnant Populus (the people rule)
25th state to join the union - June 15, 1836
Arkansas is a southeastern U.S. state bordering the Mississippi River. It's known for its abundant parkland and recreational areas, with terrain encompassing mountains, caves, rivers and hot springs. The rugged Ozarks region in its northwest has hiking trails and limestone caves such as Blanchard Springs Caverns. Its capital, Little Rock, hosts the Clinton Presidential Center, housing Bill Clinton’s presidential archives and exhibits.
I am so enjoying stitching on this every Monday, however I would like to pick up the pace a little as it would be wonderful to finish this sampler by the end of the year.
"Alaska, northwest of Canada, is the largest and most sparsely populated U.S. state. It's known for its dramatic, diverse terrain of wide-open spaces, mountains and forests, with abundant wildlife and many small towns. It’s a destination for outdoor activities including skiing, mountain biking and kayaking. Massive Denali National Park, home to Denali (fka Mt. McKinley), North America’s highest peak, is a site of animal-viewing tours."