A new beginning

26 Feb

Hi friends,

Well I still want to get 16 projects done this year, but my next project is going to be on the larger side. Sadly I lost my dog last week, and it made me re-think my plans for the year as far as cross stitching goes. I, of course, always wanted to stitch a photo of my dog but never got around to it. Now I won’t put that off any longer, as I think the stitching of him will be very good for me. There are several other animals that have been in my life that have also passed on that I want to stitch. SO! This year will be the year to do all my animal projects! This first one I have started on is not of my dog- as I still need to convert a photo of him– But it is of the very first cat I ever owned, and who passed away some years ago. Her name was Evie. I had adopted her from a friend, and then later on gave her to another friend, (Evie’s all time favorite person and my roommate at the time) When i heard of her passing I knew I just had to stitch a project in remembrance.

Its about a 9 page pattern. I converted a photo of this special kitty several years ago, at the time she died, but never got around to stitching it! Here is the originl photo:



How cute is she?!!

And here is the pattern I converted it into: both in color and symbols:

        Evie Rest in peace 8 13 13 ABC


And here is two day’s worth of work: ( just over 900 stitches!) you can mostly see the outline of the pattern’s page I am working from. Although I do make a few “hooks” that extend into the neighboring pattern pages, so I can fit them together neatly like puzzle pieces! With a large pattern like this its hard to see what you are looking at, and if I was off by one row or even one stitch, it can ruin the counting for the entire project.12795434_10207746358192362_1411786485805746614_n


And below: This is my highlighting method to help me keep track of where I am. on small patterns I don’t bother, but with big patterns I need that extra little help! I make a photo copy of every large pattern too- ( before I start in with coloring!) this way if I make a mistake or would like to stitch the project again I have a clean copy still.


That’s it for now- I will keep posting updates on this project, so stay tuned!

Thanks so much for checking out my blog! I have some new readers and some great long time fans, and I am happy to share my adventures in cross stitch with you all!



Posted by on February 26, 2016 in Uncategorized


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4 responses to “A new beginning

  1. WonderfulWolf

    March 17, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about your loss. But what a beautiful and touching idea to remember your pets by. It’s so personal and will mean so much more as you’re putting in the work for the outcome. Can’t wait to see how she’ll look. I’ve never cross-stitched anything as complicated as that (piece of) pattern looks though!

    • moonlightshadowcourt

      July 20, 2018 at 6:47 pm

      Thank you. Its sad to lose a beloved pet! But stitching can help bring me closure. Yes- it was, ( still is) a complicated pattern. I had to put it down due to issues with over working my hands, however when I build up strength in them again I will return to it.

  2. Marian Tucker

    September 27, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Wow that is going to be so nice when finished. Is there a software program you use to transfer a picture into a cross stitch pattern? Thanks

    • moonlightshadowcourt

      September 27, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      HI Marian! Great question. For this image of EVIE I did use a computer program. Lots of people like some of the more expensive and more complicated programs, but I like this one: This program is great because you can convert any digital photos automatically. Its simple and easy. I believe its free for 30 days, if you want to give it a try. I love this software!


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