It’s three weeks since I last showed you my etui box, I’d just made a mistake on the number 2, the last number of this side. I blamed jet lag, which when I saw the mistakes close up I think was a fair assessment! I’d even changed from cross-stitch over one thread to cross-stitch over two threads!! It certainly bear no resemblance to a number two…
It had to come out! I did appreciate those of you who argued that it put memories in the stitching…but it had to come out! I remember Faby Reilly saying cross-stitch over one thread is nigh on imossible to undo, it’s certainly not for the faint-hearted! It was lucky I only had one number to undo!!
I stitched the number again…it was so straight forward, what was the issue!!! Apart from lack of sleep and messed up body clocks!
Above another row of long armed cross-stitch was a pretty border from two variegated threads. I did ponder about using the same thread top and bottom row, maybe starting with a different colour in the thread. In the end I decided to use a lighter thread for the top row and I was glad I did as I like the effect.
The last (top) row is like an embossed cross-stitch. In the instructions three colours are used, one for the base cross, one for the square and one for the little crosses inbetween. I decided to use the same thread for the cross and the square, just started with a different colourway, I like the effect.
Having completed one side of my etui, I decided to also stitch the spring square for the centre pincushion box whilst I had my chosen threads to hand. This didn’t take long at all as it’s only little.
The next side I’m going to stitch is summer. I’m choosing my own colours with this project, just thinking of what colours I associate with the season. I was originally thinking of heathery purples and greens, but having looked at the pattern again which has dragonflies, frogs and waterlilies on, I had to think again. It will be stitched on a gentle green linen, these are the colours I’ve chosen so far.
For anyone who is new to this project, it is designed by Betsy Morgan and published in the Classic Inspirations magasine. I’m using my own choice of threads (DMC) rather than those selected by the designer.
This stitch-a-long is organised by Avis, we post every three weeks, so if you would like to join in please send her a message. There are quite a few of us now, all doing different projects, so please follow the links to see what everyone else has been stitching;
Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina,
Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret,
Heidi, Connie, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Timothy
Everyone is in different time scales, so if there isn’t a post when you first look, check later in the day. If you fancy joining us for the SAL, just send a message to Avis.