Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Spring Cat Cross Stitch Completed!

When I wasn't working on Firefly cross stitches this is the major project that has been keeping me busy for the past few months. It is called Spring Cat and was designed by Sherrie Stepp-Aweau. I started working on this in February and managed to get it finished by June. Not a bad stretch of time I would say.

It's a birthday/Christmas gift for my Mom which we were able to give to her on the weekend. I did all the stitching and the boyfriend, who is both wise and witty, helped cover the costs of getting it professionally stretched and framed. Needless to say my Mom was very happy with it. Her cat, who happens to look like the kitty in the picture, was also intrigued. He stared into it's eyes for a good solid minute, started to quiver and even frizzed his tail at it. Once it's hung on the wall I'm sure my Mom's either going to encounter him meowing at it and trying to make friends or hissing and spitting at it.

I stitched this on a black 18 count aida cloth, and thankfully most of the black space in the picture is just the fabric showing through, which cuts down the number of stitches I had to make. The border with its many open spaces was truly a lot of fun as it seemed to go by very quickly...Look I'm done one side...Look I'm done another. There's also a minimum amount of backstitching which makes me very happy. The finishing off backstitching always makes a picture pop and look wonderful, but it's my least favourite part of any design.

I have the pattern in a leaflet from Cross My Heart that also includes the Summer Cat. Unfortunately I'm fairly certain the pattern is out of print now, even though you can find a couple of the designer's other cat patterns at PatternsOnline. I managed to snag the last copy from my local cross stitch store and all the supplies I needed to make this, only a few months before it went out of business.

12 comments:

Chantelle said...

I love this!

Great work -- and this pattern is definitely going to be added to my list of must-haves.

Real Life Reslers said...

That is beatiful! I admire people that have the patience for a project like this. Your effort was certainly worth it! I'm sure your mom is tickled pink.

Crochet by Catherine said...

Beautiful!

Ms Snarky Pants said...

So pretty! I love the darker frame.

Pai Momona said...

So how do I get the pattern??

amber said...

Pia, I'm not sure. It is out of print right now. You may find some cross stitch stores still have copies, or you may want to keep an eye on Ebay and see if it pops up for sale there.

Pai Momona said...

Hi Amber,
If you have the original pattern would you please let me know which company published the "Summer Cat"? I'll contact them directly.
I found an "Fall Cat" & " Winter Cat" online but no Summer or Spring from the same series.

Thank you.

amber said...

Hi Pai, the version of the pattern I have is a leaflet published by Cross My Heart and the pattern designer was Sherrie Stepp-Aweau. Who knows, maybe you could find out through the designer why the Spring cat is no longer available even though her other patterns in the series are sold online.

Also, I just did a quick check on ebay and did find a copy of the book for sale there Spring and Summer Cats.

Hope that helps you in your search! Let me know how it goes.

aRORa said...

Just saw this and fell in love with the pattern. Was able to find ONE available on e-bay so I snatched it up!

amber said...

Congratulations aRORa! I really liked stitching this one. Hope you enjoy it too!

Sharon said...

I would love to know how to be able to get a copy of this pattern. I have wanted a copy for years, ever since I saw it at my own local shop.

Anonymous said...

That is awesome. Can I ask what size frame and mat you used? Thanks.