I am working on a decorative dishtowel. When the project is complete, there will be a total of three dessert motifs across the band, (unless I can fit five). The dishtowel can be sourced on 123Stitch, and is a large dishtowel made of 100% cotton. The manufacturer is Dohler, and I believe the towels are available in red, yellow and blue. There are actually a nice selection of towels available on 123stitch. I am impressed by the quality of this particular one.
The pattern for this can be found in a small paperback book, Cross Stitch Motif Series 6, by Maria Diaz. Ms. Diaz has a tremendous eye for color. Her designs are so beautiful. As in most cases, this photograph does not do the project justice. The book is available at Amazon.com along with Ms. Diaz's other books. (While I believe in shopping locally, the closest LNS is 2 1/2 hours away. I am still shocked by the closure of Nordic Needle, so I am trying to do my part to help keep 123stitch thriving. So I check there first and when I am not in luck there, I check Amazon.)
I actually saw a similar project completed by another stitcher several months ago on one of the Facebook cross stitch sites. I recall that she had stitched the desserts on a yellow gingham towel. I wish that I could recall which site and stitcher so that I could give proper credit. This is a super fun stitch and the colors are rich and interesting. I stayed up a little too late last night watching the Olympics and stitching. I usually go to bed around 9pm, and Liesl likes to go to bed at the same time. She was giving me the hairy eyeball last night for making her stay up late, too. LOL
I need to find a good cross stitch inventory app for my IPhone. I tried to start this project last Sunday evening. The first color the pattern called for was 436. I still store a set of DMC floss on bobbins in one of the old Tracker boxes from Walmart. (It has a handle and is easy to bring along when I travel.) I went into the box, and there was no 436. I had 435 and 437, but no 436. Several years ago, my local Walmart got rid of its craft section and so I bought a lot of DMC in random colors for 10 cents a skein. So I have some back stock of DMC. I looked in the drawer where I store it, there were lots of 433, 435, and 437, but alas, no 436. Luckily, there is a Michaels on my way home from work, so I ran in on Monday night, and made my huge purchase of one skein of DMC 436. Several of the colors called for in the pattern, are in my stash in very limited quantities, so I need to keep better track.
I hope you have a great week ahead, and that you have all of the floss you need to complete your projects!