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Cross Stitch Screen Door

I’m working on the screen door for our tiny home. I wanted it to be eye catching but not garish. I decided to go with cross stitch. 2 out of the three panel sections will have normal mosquito screen, but one panel will be cross stitched with one of my favorite quilt patterns.

I started by tracing the design onto some butcher paper using a diamond template. I taped the screen down over it and traced the pattern using a sharpie.

I made sure to mark which spaces would be a different color so I wouldn’t get confused – because I do get confused easily when it comes to unclear patterns.

I’ve only just begun to stitch but I think it is already pretty stunning. I’m working over a metal screen and really like how the design is coming through. I can’t decide if I want to fill in the negative spaces like I had originally planned or if leaving them open will be more interesting – I’d like to see the shadows it creates playing across the floor.

What do you think? Fill it in or leave it open?

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WC Mercantile

Yes, there is such a thing as Fiber’s heaven. I wouldn’t have guessed it would be in Navasota Texas, but hey, it’s not my place to decide where fiber’s heaven belongs.

This is WC Mercantile, a fibers store that caters to .. all things fibers. They have silk, cotton, all kinds of wool in raw form for spinners, all different weights for knitters and crocheters, and by the lb for weavers. They have spinning wheels, knitting needles, mx dyes, wool and cotton cards, it was too much to take in all at once.This table of hand dyed silk was hard to pass up.
Scrappy fabric strips are popular now and were offered in an abundance of colors and prints.

They even offer kits – this one includes everything to weave a scarf. The yarn was dyed by the owner’s mom. I ended up purchasing 3 cones of a fine merino/silk blend for weaving.

They schedule classes – an upcoming event I wish I could attend is a weaving workshop taught by Laura Fry. The workshop will focus on how to work efficiently and with good posture. It is happening September 21-23. Their website (linked above) has more information about the event.

It is extremely encouraging to find places like WC Mercantile – seeing the craft that I love so much be promoted and have a space provided for its growth is heart warming.

All in all, the place was great. It has great atmosphere, a comfortable setting with couches and work tables for exploring a new stitch or project. The prices were very reasonable for the quality of the products offered. And the owner was very knowledgeable about everything in her store and was very patient with all of my questions.