Sorry for the delay but here she is…finally! The Angel of Cross Stitch uses the full palette of DMC six strand embroidery floss, 454 colors! This will surely be a labor of love should you choose to stitch her. It is a wonderful way to dig into your stash and use the left over bits and pieces of floss you’ve been saving all these years. Originally designed in 1999 for the now gone Cross Stitcher magazine in the USA, I have given her an update by including the DMC colors that have been added since that time and deleting any discontinued colors. Even if you do not have all the colors, this design is flexible enough to substitute what you have for many of the stitches. I’ve refined some lines in the face and hands so she has a bit more delicate look than…
As per our Thursday tradition it’s ‘Throwback Thursday’. This week I wanted to share with you all the final picture I took of a wedding gift I made for my friends last month. (This was before I slowly ironed & framed it!) Surprise surprise it was another Joan Elliott (LOVE her) design called “Tandem Wedding”. It was an absolute pleasure to stitch. I’m not a fan of stitching in one colour for too long as it can get boring. This design however, had enough detail so I didn’t feel like I was stitching in one colour for too long.
I started this one in January this year & finished it towards the end of July.(Several breaks throughout to move between different WIPS as always hehe)
I’m not sure if you can see from the picture attached but rather than using french knots (I lost my patience with them), I decided to use seed beads. I was really happy with the final piece & certainly will look to use seed beads in future to add a twist to the design I am stitching.
Does any one have any projects they have tried to use seed beads rather than french knots?
Well, the best advice I can give if you want to give it a go is firstly, to make sure you use a solid service like a table when stitching, this ensures you don’t loose the beads & they go on straighter & firmer. Secondly, don’t just assume any needle will do! I spent ages going through my needle stash to find one thin enough to use to attach the beads. There are needles you can buy that are designed for beading.. I would suggest you have some of those ready to use! Finally, be patient! it is fiddly but persevere & you will love the results 🙂
Has anyone tried using sequins before? I’ve always imagined they would make a lovely alternative to french knots… let me know your thoughts!
What #TBT projects have you got to share? feel free to leave a link with your post in the comments so we can have a look 🙂
I hope you are all having a good day. This week I’ll be showing you one of the many projects I’m part way through. It’s the Autumn Goddess by Joan Elliott. I’ve had my eye on this chart for well over a year & got it a couple of months back. I started it in August & have only just put it down in the last few weeks so I can start a gift for my friend. I don’t have a picture to share of that one so here’s the Autumn Goddess!
Look at those eyes!!
As anyone stitching this beauty before? I would love to see how you’ve got on!
I’m aware I haven’t posted for a number of weeks- sorry for the radio silence. I’ve been on holiday & then settling back into work. I spent 2 amazing, sunny weeks in Morocco & had a fantastic time! (minus the snakes). I did however make the unfortunate mistake of not taking any cross stitch stuff away with me… So i spent 2 weeks missing my cross stitch & reading far too many books… it was lovely! 🙂
I have now been back in work for a week today & thought it was about time that I updated this wonderful blog on what I have been doing… which to be honest.. sadly isn’t that much.
I have decided that it was about time to pick up a WIP I started in January & start working on it again. It’s called ‘Tandem Wedding sampler’ & I’ve convinced myself the design is by Joan Elliott but I can’t find anywhere on the chart that tells me it’s her! Ok, I’m blind… its definitely Joan’s… I’m not surprised really as she is by far my favourite designer 🙂 so below is a picture I took on Monday afternoon, it’s mainly the groom I have been working on for the last few days. Work is busy at the moment so I’m not stitching as much as I would like… to be fair that may be an excuse… I was off all day yesterday & didn’t complete a single stitch… 😦
It says with the chart that this should take approx 40 hours to complete… it’s totally going to take me closer to 100 the rate I’m going. It’s for a friends wedding in August… so I still have time!
Have any of you completed a wedding sampler for friend of family member before? Please share your pictures or links below so I can take a look 🙂
Anyway, while I sulk & search for my stitching mojo I hope you are all having a productive week of stitching & I look forward to catching up on all the work you have been doing the last few weeks!