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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Prairie Schooler Spring Ornament

Finally I have finished the last of my Prairie Schooler seasonal ornaments.  This one is Spring.
The chart came from an issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine a few years ago.  I don't have the exact issue number because I tore the page out and kept it while passing on the rest of the magazine to my DIL.  I did completely changed the color scheme because I just thought it wasn't at all Spring-like.  And after all the snow we've had here this winter, I needed something REALLY Springy!  It is stitched on 28 ct. Busy Bee from R&R.  I used the light and dark portions of Gentle Art's Vintage Lace as well as Poinsettia on the houses.  I used GA Tropical Ocean on the windows, doors and blue bird.  Then I used GA Sunflower for the word.  I used two greens, one medium and one light and I didn't keep track of the names.  GA Nutmeg was used on the house roofs and Sarsparilla on the trees and branches.  Regarding the trees - on the chart they were just green blobs.  I changed one to be light green with pink (done with the Vintage Lace) becoming a cherry tree in bloom.  Then on the other I used my other green and did a four square of GA Chalk (white).  Then, I went into the center of the four square and did a cross stitch over top in the sunflower - making it a suedo-dogwood tree.  Finally, on the word - SPRING.  I tried to do a doily or lace effect with white.  I only used one strand of floss and think that's why this experiment failed (in my opinion).  It may also have something to do with the size of the word.  But, I haven't completely given up on the idea. I'm not 100% sold on the colors of the silk ribbon, but it's what I have on hand for now and may eventually change.   I have a friend who said it made her think of Miami Beach.  It reminds me of the pretty painted houses I saw in Ireland.


  1. I love it! The changes that you made are so nice... definitely more Spring-y.

  2. That's very pretty Katherine.
    Love the colours you chose and that yummy piece of silk ribbon too



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