I started another cross-stitch small a couple of weeks ago. As I was ahead with my monthly Snowflower ones I decided to have a bit of a break from them and do something that’s been in my to do pile for a while.
I love Faby Reilly designs, I’ve stitched quite a few of her designs now, they’re just so pretty and a bit different, I like the way she uses different stitches and beads to embellish and her back-stitching just lifts the design.
When we finished the Lizzie Stitching Wallet stitch-a-long we all got a discount code and amongst other things I bought the pattern for a poppy humbug.
Isn’t it gorgeous!
I’m stitching it on a soft green linen which I think I bought by accident as it’s 28 count, whereas most of mine is 32 count. It does make it a nice size to stitch. The colour doesn’t show up at all in the photo below so you just have to imagine a nice soft green!
I started in the middle, but as soon as I had finished the cross-stitch on the first poppy I stitched the back-stitch round the outside with the markings every 5 stitches, it does make it so much easier with this kind of project as I didn’t need to count across from one poppy to the next. It will be used for whip-stitching it together at the end.
The poppies are growing pretty quickly, I’ve just started back-stitching one so I’m not left with all the back-stitching at the end. I’m also stitching the lettering every so often, mainly when I’ve got good light as it’s cross-stitch over one thread – tiny! It took me a while to work out the words, when the centre seam is stitched it will say Poppy across the bottom, but the word going up took a little more working out. It’s coquelicot, I reached for my big French dictionary from the shelf and discovered it is french for poppy. I rather like having both words on the design.
Hopefully I will have it finished and on display when the poppies come into flower in our garden.