It’s three weeks since I last showed my Tall Year Square Etui, it’s a pattern by Betsy Morgan from issue 93 of Classic Inspirations. This is where I was three weeks ago…I must admit over recent weeks I’ve been concentrating on my Sunshine quilt (as there is a dead line for that one, called a wedding!!) and also my Down the Rabbit Hole quilt as I’m on the final stretch now and I just want to get it finished.
OK, excuses over, I’ve stitched some very tiny, cute bunnies! These are stitched in cross-stitch over a SINGLE thread of linen, they are rather small stitches to say the least! I think if I was starting this again I would have used 28 count linen instead of 32, it would be a little easier on the eyes! I’m not finding the charts easy to follow yet, I’m sure it’s just getting my eye in but they are drawn with each line being a single thread of linen, rather than one square as two rows (or one standard cross-stitch. The bunny on the right is slightly plumper than he should be, but that’s just imitating nature!! To give you an idea of scale the embroidered area is just over 2.5″ across!
The flower in the middle is in satin stitch, I think it looks a bit like a forget-me-not flower. The leaves were meant to be satin stitch with a backstich vein,but I decided to use fly stitch instead, I’m pleased with the effect.
Last night I started the next section, this has a back-stitched flower border on either side of a floral motif, when I came to take the photo I realised I’d started one thread too high on the right and it’s very obvious, so it looks like I’ve a bit of unpicking to do!All these threads bar one are DMC variegated flosses, I’ve got quite a collection now. The pattern uses Gloriana silk thread which I’m sure is beautiful to use but it way out of my budget. I was a bit concerned that using just variegated threads could be a bit too much but so far each time I’ve thought I’d use a plain colour it hasn’t looked right and I’ve reverted to variegated. I am trying to keep to a limited palette though, spring time colours of green, blue and yellow with a touch of pink/purple.
This Stitch-a-long is organised by Avis, we all choose are own projects and post about our progress every three weeks. If you would like to join us please contact Avis at the link below. There’s lots of amazing needlework so please follow the links to see what everyone else is stitching.