Here in the UK it’s Mothering Sunday on 26th March and three days later it’s my mothers birthday as well. I’m always in a bit of a quandary as what do you get someone in their 80’s, I thought I’d got it sussed when I suggested a day out at the quilt show in Harrogate, she loved the idea, but unfortunately she was poorly on the day and couldn’t come…so I was back to square one!
On facebook a couple of weeks ago a very pretty card designed by Faby Reilly popped up. I’ve stitched a couple of her designs now and I’ve patterns for a few more in my to-do pile. I clicked over to her site and decided the Lavender card would be perfect for my mum, even better, if I don’t quite get it finished for Mother’s Day, she can have it for her birthday instead!
I then noticed the co-ordinating lavender bag and sachet, so I ordered both patterns with the idea of giving her the lavender bag on Mothers Day and then the sachet on a padded coathanger for her birthday. I was even given a lovely bag of lavender in my goodie bag at the #sewdowndewsbury day, so I’m all organised!
I’m about half way through the card. It’s a lovely design with a nice variety of stitches, as well as cross-stitch there’s diamond eyelet stitch, tied oblong stitch, french knots and petite stitches. I did get slightly perplexed by the ‘petite stitches’, as I wasn’t sure if it was tiny cross-stitches or what I would call petitpoint, which is like a half cross-stitch. I know if I had messaged Faby she would have replied pretty quickly, but of course I was too impatient for that so I studied the photo on the website closely and decided it was mini cross-stitches…and when I say mini, I mean MINI! The linen I’m using is 32 count, so I get 16 standard cross-stitches to an inch, the mini ones are over a single thread, so that’s 32 to the inch! You do have to be careful too when it’s just over one thread not to pull the thread firmly as it is very easy for the thread to slip into the hole next door! The petite stitches are growing nicely and they do give a lovely effect, I just need really good light!
For the beady eyed amongst you, yes there is a slight colour difference half way through ‘for’ I’ve spent ages trying to suss out what colour I’ve used for the first half, one thing is for sure, I’m not unpicking it!
I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, why not follow the link and see what everyone has been hand-stitching.