The first part of a sixteen part cross stitch called Marquoir ABC Bleu & Rouge was made available on Saturday. So of course I downloaded it as soon as I got out of bed and started on it later that day. It's another beautiful (free!) project offered by Carinne and Gigi, two of the designers of Quaker à 6 Mains (on my to do list of course). It will be divided into sixteen parts that will be offered over the course of the next 16 months. The design size will be 491 by 665 stitches! Yikes! Here is the link to Carrinne's blog and website with all the details: http://users.skynet.be/bk236098/CARINNE/. It's in French but not to hard to figure out and there is a link to a blog which has an English tranlation.
I'm doing mine in blue and red (I could not resist a blue and red piece) using one strand of Needle Necessities Floss Overdyed in 115 - Midnight Skies and 153 Razzle Dazzle Red on my very own hand-dyed linen! The linen started out as 32 count but it did shrink during the dying process - I think it's around a 34-35 count now. I'll measure it at some point to find out for sure. I'm stitching it one over two threads. I do wish the blue was a little more variegated on the light side but I think it will turn out ok. The red is perfect - just what I wanted.
I think this project will replace the French Alphabet Sampler I have on my wish list. I don't have kids and I'm not even married so why do I need a personalized sampler about me with my information on it? And this decision will also save me over $200+ in chart, floss and linen costs not to mention framing costs. And I really like the way the Marquior is looking. I almost finished the first page! Part one came out in two pages. I think this will be my weekend project and I'll continue to work on Village of Hawk Run Hollow in the evenings.
Here is my progress on Garden of Life. I have to admit while I really like this piece it is kinda boring me a bit to stitch. So much counting to get the top portion completed. But I'm a finisher so I'll continue to work on it. Hopefully I'll be done with it this week so I can move onto another project.
The boss is in the office all week so I'll be busy. But then he is gone for two weeks and I'll be bored. I wish there was a middle ground.