Chubby Taras · DMC · Margaret Sherry · The Grey Tail · Zweigart

watching chubby Taras grow

So far this year I’ve been busy working on many Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery projects (no change from 2015 here 😀), but after months and months of selecting colours, waiting for good daylight to do so, using the right length & variegation, etc. I felt the need to transition to some easy breezy solid stitching for a while.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love had dyed needlework madly, but one can have too much even of the best things (read too much chocolate during the Easter holidays) 😜.

It wasn’t hard to choose a project involving solid DMCs from my list (after all, that’s the upside of having a WIP/KUP for every kind of stitching/season/etc. 😉), so I put Cute Kitty back on my frame and had a real good time with it.

A little recap for those of you who were not around a year ago when I started this, or for those who forgot (and that’s only fair considering how much I have going on at all times!).

I started this piece last May after spotting it finished by another stitcher, Carla Eldridge, who posted a picture of her finish during one of Jo‘s blog hops. It reminded me immediately of my cat, Taras, but with a much wider waistline 😜, so I renamed the project Chubby Taras but its actually name is Cute Kitty and it was designed by Margaret Sherry for the magazine The World of Cross Stitching issue #188.

Once I saw Carla’s stitching I hunted it down straight away and I was lucky enough to find a local shop that still had this issue in stock, so I grabbed it together with the two DMC threads I was missing (there’s always that odd skein one has to buy no matter how giant the stash, uh?), a piece of plain Zweigart linen – and off I was! 😀

I worked on it as far as completing the cat and started on the flower bunch (a miserable length of green, nothing more really), and then I got distracted by some other piece and let  this darling one linger on the dowels for almost a year.

Well, enough is enough, so with further ado here is a collection of work in progress shots I kept after each day of stitching so that you can watch it grow 😊; it seems rather silly now that I’m almost done with it to show the entire progress series, but let’s be honest, for some crazy reason stitchers love watching progress shots! 😀

WIP - Margaret Sherry - Cute Kitty

WIP - Margaret Sherry - Cute Kitty

WIP - Margaret Sherry - Cute Kitty

WIP - Margaret Sherry - Cute Kitty

WIP - Margaret Sherry - Cute Kitty

WIP - Margaret Sherry - Cute Kitty

WIP - Margaret Sherry - Cute Kitty

This last one was taken yesterday, with any luck I’ll be done with the actual stitching by tomorrow (a bunch of daisies and white on white ahead, but I have series 5 of Downton Abbey to keep me company!) and then I’ll finally be able to start on the backstitching, which as anyone familiar with Margaret Sherry designs knows, is A LOT. That being said, I should be able to cross this one off the list by the end of the week, just in time for a WIPorn re-start that has been sitting there for about 6 years, imagine that! 😀

I forgot to mention in the recap, this is Cute Kitty exactly as Margaret Sherry charted it: same DMC colours, same fabric colour, no change in stitch types, placements, etc. – the only liberty I took was to use a high count of linen (40ct., as usual) instead of the big holes they usually go for in magazines. I find it looks even cuter and much more detailed this way; once I took the magazine out to check on a few things, I noticed that the picture on the cover wasn’t even half as cute as the WIP I had in front of me – but then again that’s another weird thing about needlework: the model on the cover hardly ever does justice to the actual stitching. 😱

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I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend! See you soon!

Lots of love and happy xxx,



19 thoughts on “watching chubby Taras grow

    1. that’s so nice of you, thank you!
      Taras literally ATE the catnip I planted for him last year.. but before he did all sorts of things around the vase, he was HILARIOUS!! 😂😂😂
      give your girl many many scratches from me ❤️❤️❤️


    1. LOVE IT! I can’t wait to see it finished 🙂 I have often thought of getting the I’m not Fat, I’m Fluffy chart by her and doing it for Bean – except none of Margaret Sherry’s cats are grumpy, and Bean IS.


      1. thank you! I can’t wait to!! 😆
        I love that design too, but I guess you could do it no matter Bean’s character – after all Taras isn’t fat and he’d be more likely to EAT the flowers rather than offering them politely .. 😜😂😂😂


    2. oh, thank you! ☺️❤️
      I had forgotten about that kit too! we always have so many things keeping our hands busy! 😬😀
      but give Barca lots of cuddles from me, she’s such a lovely lady ❤️❤️❤️


  1. Looks great! As much fun as carefully planning the perfect project is, sometimes it’s fun to just follow a plan (or even go with a kit, for me at least) and don’t think too much ^_^


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