Hands to work, hearts to God: 1 – a small cross stitch project from Little House Needleworks

I’ve been hunting for a nice cross stitch version of the phrase ‘Hands to work, hearts to God’ for ages. Recently, I came across this one from Little House Needleworks. It’s a chart (not a full kit), and I bought mine from Peakside Needleworks in the UK. It’s about seven inches square when completed.

Hands to work hearts to God stand up cross stitch

As this is a small chart, I thought I’d raid my stash for suitable colours, as I wouldn’t need much of anything to be able to complete this. I used mainly Silk ‘n’ Colors and Cascade House threads. I chose Zweigart 28 count ‘Platinum’ shade for the fabric.

Hands to work hearts to God stand up cross stitch

This is how I work from a black and white symbol chart. I colour in the squares in very obvious colours (not necessarily realistic ones) so that it is easy to see shade differences between colours that are next to each other. I also stick pieces of the actual thread next to each symbol on the colour key, as a reminder of which thread to use, as well as writing the thread name on (especially when I am substituting colours).

Hands to work hearts to God stand up cross stitch

It’s a lovely early American ‘naive’ design, which doesn’t take long to stitch. Those little black and white blobs are surprisingly effective sheep!

Hands to work hearts to God stand up cross stitch

This took just a week – and it’s ALMOST complete! Just a little bit more of the bottom border to do.

Hands to work hearts to God stand up cross stitch

So, the next bit to do is to mount it – and this time, I want to make a ‘stand-up’ rather than frame it.

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2 thoughts on “Hands to work, hearts to God: 1 – a small cross stitch project from Little House Needleworks”

  1. I just love your blog. We have the same taste in sewing, only you sew much, much faster than me. Whenever I need inspiration I just pour through your archives. Thanks so much for showing step by step instructions.

    1. Thank you! I’m so glad you like the blog 🙂 I do stitch fast – and I can’t be without at least one project on the go. As soon as I finish one, I literally start another one within the hour.

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