I actually laced my piece this time to put in the clock. I really was happy with how it turned out! I've tried stretchng and pinning before and always struggled with it. I would get one part done and then it would always seem like I would have to undo it and move the piece. With the lacing, you can adjust it a bit once it's laced and I found it much easier. I used this video that someone recently put on YouTube. Stretching & Lacing Needlework I plan on doing the other 3 seasonal samplers to swap in and out of the clock frame.
I haven't finished stitching my "August" ornament yet...running late this month on that but I did the "finishing" for a stocking I stitched last month - guess I can count that for August LOL. It's another of the BBD December stockings. The linen package said it was 30-ct which is what is called for but this one for some reason didn't quite fit into the stocking template I made for the other 2 I did....so I made the template a bit bigger. I also added a little cuff as I had the perfect fabric to match the piece. It's bigger than my other BBD stockings as you can see in the first photo, but I think I like it even better this way!
BBD "Merry December" stockings leaflet
Here's the ornament I've been stitching this month...not quite done yet. I decided to stitch it on some 28-ct Waterlily linen I had but it's turned out a bit big for an ornament in my opinion. (already about 4" square and not finished-finished) I may make it into a little pillow small instead. Although I like the color, the linen is kind of a loose weave which I'm not crazy about so I will need to find some matching green fabric to put underneath I think. I don't like seeing through the linen or sparse thread coverage. I just took this photo this evening so it was hard to get true colors. I should finish this up soon and then I can be starting some September projects.
I guess that's about all I've got to share today...it's still very hot here in our desert climate but hoping in a few more weeks we'll get some relief from summer. I saw a few grasshoppers on the driveway today and that usually means cooler temperatures are on the way. I want to get back to a couple samplers I'm stitching and see if I can make some progress on those soon. I have a lot going on in September but will be grabbing any time I can for stitching of course!