Lori Holt

Flea Market Flowers Cross Stitch

A Flea Market Flowers finish just in time for Spring! I’ve been working on this cross stitch off-and-on for a year and decided to focus on it this past month to get it done. It turned out bigger than I thought it would (11.5″ x 13″), but it’ll be a nice-sized piece to hang on my wall! I love the bright colors and variety of flowers. I used the called-for DMC colors that came in the Flea Market Flowers DMC Thread Pack from Fat Quarter Shop.

I framed it with the Craig Frames 16 x 16 Inch Rustic Copper Picture Frame on Amazon. I chose the copper color to go with the border around the flowers. It gives it just the look I was hoping for!

My approach with this one was to stitch out all of the brown borders first and then fill in the flowers. This was to make sure I didn’t get off a stitch before I put too much work into the flowers and would need to rip them out. It worked really well! No mistakes!

I love working with Lugana cross stitch fabric. So far 25-count is my favorite — small enough holes that give the look I like, but not too small to see when I’m stitching.

Finished Size: 11.5" x 13"
Pattern: Flea Market Flowers by Lori Holt
Fabric: Barley 25 Count Lugana by Lori Holt, stitched over 2 with called for DMC
Fat Quarter Shop, Lori Holt

Sew by Row Cross Stitch

It’s finished!! Sew by Row by Lori Holt is my first large cross-stitch project, finishing at 11″ x 14″. I love the fun, happy colors and, of course, all the sewing-related images. This looks perfect hung up in my sewing room! It took me about two months to stitch. Luckily I realized the best time to stitch was while waiting for my daughter during dance practices three nights a week.

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This was my first time stitching on something other than Aida cloth and something with a high fabric count (meaning smaller holes). I used Lori Holt’s Cloud 25 Count Lugana cloth and really loved the feel of it and how nice it was to stitch with. It didn’t take me too long to get used to stitching over 2, which was also a first for me. I don’t think I will go back to Aida! I tried out Pat’s Favorite Needles Size 26, which were so much better than the cheap needles I was using before. I finished my piece with the Craig Frames Jasper Picture Frame, 11 x 14 Inch, Country French Teal on Amazon, framing it myself using Sticky Board from Fat Quarter Shop.

You can say I’m hooked on cross stitching now! I’ve already got another project started! As I put away my supplies for Sew by Row, I realized I now have enough floss leftover to be considered a “collection” and purchased this great ArtBin Floss Finder storage case on Amazon. Good thing it has some room to grow!

Happy stitching!

Finished Size: 11" x 14"
Pattern: Sew by Row Cross Stitch by Lori Holt
Fabric: Cloud 25 Count Lugana by Lori Holt, stitched over 2 with called for DMC