It doesn’t seem three weeks since I last showed you my Tall Year Square etui, it’s a design by Betsy Morgan which was published in Classic Inspirations last year. Each side represents a season so I am choosing my threads according to how I picture the season.
It’s quite exciting to start winter as it is the last of the four sides I need to embroider, though I have just realised there’s more embroidery to do on the inside as well as the lid!
Winter is stitched on a beautiful Permin linen called rain, it’s a lovely soft duck egg blue. I’m using the variegated DMC threads so my next job was to choose a selection of colours. When I thought of winter I imagined snow and frost, evergreens and red berries, midnight blue skies on a frosty night, soft greens and browns of decaying foliage…so I’ve gone for a mixture of red and green, silvery grey/ivory, dark blue and brown, I’ve included a soft beige/green one too which I didn’t originally choose but it’s actually fairly similar to one of the ‘proper’ colours and it looks really pretty.
I’ve stitched nearly four of the bands. I love the coral red and green of the ‘flying geese’ border! The twining ribbons need one more colour adding, I want to include a red, but when I first stitched it it looked too much, so I thought I’d wait to see how the stitch colours balance out before I make a decision. The little bird is meant to be a cardinal. I do think they are beautiful birds and I would love to see one, however here in the UK the robin is seen as our Christmas / winter bird with his cheerful red breast, so I changed the cardinal into a robin, not quite so bright, but more like home!
This stitch-a-long is organised by Avis, everyone stitches their own project and shares every three weeks, it’s a great motivator! 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, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie
Also linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, follow the link for even more hand stitching!