It’s three weeks since I last showed you my Tall Year Square Etui, it’s a design by Betsy Morgan which I’ve been working on for what seems like ages! Well I finally feel I’m almost there!! Three weeks ago I was just finishing the lid…
I’ve made a concerted effort to get the stitching finished and I’m almost there. I completed the lid, each quarter is a different season, they are not all exactly the same colours as the sides but I think they blend well together.
I back-stitched round every piece, that’s four sides and four pin cube sides. I found that my counting at the beginning wasn’t perfect so spring and summer are an odd thread out here and there, some I’ve left, some I filled in where a line was a stitch too short and some shouldn’t make a difference, like a side being one thread taller! I found the charts very difficult to read at first as they are written completely differently to a standard cross-stitch chart. Usually each square represents one stitch and the symbol is in the middle, with these charts each line is a thread of linen with the stitchlines drawn in colour. It clearly took me two seasons to get used to how to read them! I think the summer stitching below is the most off, but at least the frogs now have their googly eyes 🙂
As I back-stitched each season I also stitched the inside pockets, these were fairly simple to do with nun stitch top and bottom and the pretty border stitch all round. A couple of these still have a little more stitching to do but I have to wait until I’ve interfaced the back of them for extra stabilising.
I’m stitching the base at the moment, I was briefly tempted to leave it plain, as it’s underneath anyway. Luckily I thought better of it, as I rather like it now. Betsy suggested just picking our favourite colours for the base, so that’s what I’ve done. I can put my initials and the date in the triangles too. Once that is complete I just have the pincube top to stitch which is only little so it shouldn’t take long.
Then comes the scary bit of constructing it all! I’ve bought my buttons and various interfacings and interlinings, I’ve had a read through the instructions, fingers crossed it all comes together 🙂
This stitch along is organised by Avis, we post our progress every three weeks which is a great motivator! If you would like to join us just drop her a line. 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, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare
I’ll also be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, a celebration of all things hand-stitched.