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    Hi! I'm Traci. I'm a nursing student and CNA who loves quilting, knitting, cross stitch, and the great outdoors. In my pre-scrubs life, I owned Real Photography, and you can still see my old wedding and portrait photography site here .

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Death by 32 count linen | Christmas sampler

christmas counted cross stitch

This 32 count linen is going to be the death of me.  I am a Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery addict.  I love their patterns and am soooo excited about the National Parks sampler.  But before I start on that, I need to finish up this Christmas sampler.  I have worked on linen before, but in the past it was 28 or 24 count linen that had pretty even threads.  This gorgeous sparkle 32 count linen from Picture This Plus is proving to be a much harder medium to work with.  I have the hardest time identifying my two threads, especially if I need to count any blank spaces.  This tiny section of work represents many many hours!

I’ve tried to solve the problem in a couple of ways–I got some reading glasses, but they didn’t seem to help, so I tried this magnifying glass with a light.  It’s problematic because I like to sit on the sofa while I stitch and there’s no good place to put it that doesn’t collapse down.  It was also awkward to work under.  I think lighting is the biggest help–working on it outside in daylight is the best, and in our dark living room at night the worst.

Wish me luck!

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