Wondering where I've been?
I used a pencil to draw the grid on the fabric but I noticed two things...there were areas where I made the pencil mark too thick (so it still showed after I stitched the border) and in some places the floss picked up the pencil and it looked dingy. So today after I finished stitching the last of the grid, I soaked the cloth in a little cold water with some baby shampoo. Then I took a bar of ivory soap and rubbed it over the areas where I could see pencil. I gave it a good rinse and then rolled it in a big fluffy towel. After it was mostly dry but still a little damp, I ran a hot iron over it to press out any wrinkles.
A few of you asked where I'd gotten the fabric from. We have an upscale fabric store here in suburban DC called G Street Fabrics and that's where I got it. I think if you do a search online for 100% pure linen you can find it...or maybe you have an upscale fabric store in your 'hood. Another thought is that you could buy the inexpensive Osnaburg fabric and dye it. It's linen and all natural so it should take regular rit dye well. The fabric has natural imperfections (like darker threads interwoven) and dyeing it would probably turn out really nice. Let me know if you give it a try.
Another question was how often I'll be stitching squares. I don't think I'll do just one a day. Instead I think I'll stitch when I have time and do a few at a time. My goal is to do at least 5 a week...
So now here I am, ready to stitch the first square...trying not to feel nervous. The first stitch is the hardest.