Saturday, August 2, 2014

August YOTA Medieval Lady

Hello again!  I am trying to be better about blogging more regularly.  Here is my on time YOTA post.  You can find out more and see what everyone else has been up to here:

After my last YOTA finish Chi Omega pillow.  I started to get excited because I realized that my original long list of WIPs is getting really short! In fact I am down to three  (not counting my current design I haven't shared yet and Christ at Hearts Door which is still too frustrating to even think about stitching)!! They are Girl with a Pearl Earring, Mom and Baby Turtle, and this YOTA piece Medieval Lady.

I started this design I am guessing sometime in 2004 or 2005.  I found it in Cross Stitch Gold Magazine Issue 27 and it is designed by Karen Brittan.  This was my very first project I did that didn't come in kit form.  Its so old that it the stitches are going in both directions instead of all going in the same direction.  It's also quite a bit dirty as it sat in Qsnaps at my mom's house for at least a few years and got covered in lots of dust.

Anyways here is the overall before photo...

As you can see I got quite a bit done before I abandoned it for some reason I can't even remember.

Here is the bottom of the Lady's skirt before...

And here is where I am now...

Here is a close up of her buttons before...

And after the red backstitching.

I also did a bit of work on the border, the Celtic braid column and finished the Greyhound's jeweled collar.


And currently...

So overall, here is where I am on the design now!

I was able to get another good start on her and I am looking forward to working on her!  All of the bright colors and some half crosses should help keep me motivated to finish her.  In fact I really hope I can finish her before the end of this year!  There is still quite a bit of work left but I am definately a little more than half way done with my Medieval Lady.

I can't wait to see what everyone else has been working on.  Also does anyone have any washing suggestions?  I've never washed a stitched piece before because I've never had to and the process seems a bit intimidating to me. I worry that it will get ruined but I can't leave her the way she is.  Any ideas would be appreciated.

Happy Stitching!


  1. Lovely work on a beautiful.piece, I look forward to seeing your progress on this. o have a washed a few pieces in the past but only ones that have been stitched with DMC. I haven't done peacock yet as I am afraid the colours will run but I will do it eventually. When washing the others I used a very mild detergent in a bowl of luke warm water and very gently hand washed the piece.

    1. Thank you! These are DMC threads so that makes me feel better. When you say detergent do you mean something like woolite or can you recommend a good brand?

  2. Great progress and well done for going back to it! I used to stitch some very ambitious projects when I was a beginner...See I didn't know they were too difficult!

    1. Thank you Justine! All of my early stitching projects were about "biting off more than I could chew" so to speak. I'll have to share the story of my first project one of these days :)

  3. Great progress! She's going to look wonderful when you're done. I think you can definitely finish her up this year :D

    1. Thank you Sarah! I hope I can meet my goal and thank you for your kind words of support :)