I wanted to make a wedding anniversary card and when this design popped up on facebook I immediately clicked over to the webpage and bought it. It’s perfect!
It’s a design called Sweet Roses by Faby Reilly, I discovered her designs just before Christmas last year, I made a Mistletoe Humbug to hang on our Christmas tree. I love her designs, they’re straight forward to make but very effective. There’s several designs in the Sweet Roses range so you can even make a present to go with the card!
As usual, despite a box full of DMC threads, I had a few to buy, but I used some Belfast linen that was left over from another project, once I started it really didn’t take very long. If I was that organised it would probably be one of those designs that’s easier to do with a needle threaded in each colour so you can quickly swop from col0ur to colour.
One thing I like with Faby’s designs is that she doesn’t faff about with half and quarter cross-stitches, it’s all whole stitches, leaving the back-stitch to give shape to the image.. The eye follows the back-stitch rather than seeing the cross-stitch below. I managed to get a photo just before I back-stitched the last two roses…
I finished it this evening, I just need to make it into a card now, on her website she has excellent tutorials on making up all her designs, including cards, so I’ll be popping over there for inspiration. I’m tempted to make one for Mother’s Day now as well, there’s a very pretty lavender one.
I really like the quote on this design, I’m planning another cross-stitch and embroidery project and I’m very tempted to incorporate this into it, so watch this space…
I’m linking up with Kathy’s quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, why not have a look what everyone else is hand-stitching.