I’ve started a new cross-stitch this week, this is the one I originally fell for when I discovered Jardin Privee. I saw Sampler Aux Bouquets on Hilda‘s blog, as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to stitch it, I love the colours, Nathalie’s designs seem so simple but beautiful. It’s quite a big project, it will be about 90cm long when I’ve finished it. It is actually a set of three samplers joined together, so in the unlikely event of me getting bored, I can always do a shorter version! This is the finished design.
I’m starting at the right hand side, mainly because my favourite part is the alphabet in different colours. When I was in York last week I called into Viking Loom which is a gem of a shop tucked behing York Minster on Low Petergate. They sell all sorts, quilting fabrics, cross-stitch stuff, beading…The staff are really helpful and friendly, we chatted away about various fabric shops we knew of. I bought some beautiful Belfast linen, 32 count, it’s lovely to stitch on. It was great to see someone cutting the linen in the traditional way along a pulled thread, it reminded me of when I was a child and we used to go into a shop called Chalks in Leeds.
I started in the bottom corner and then made a bee-line for the top corner, mainly so I could confidently cut the linen to the size I needed without worrying that I would cut it too short. This is Bouquet Sampler 3 which I have started on.
It seems to be progressing fairly quickly at the moment so it will be interesting to see how long it takes!