This is block two of the Save the Stitches blackwork sampler from Blackwork Journey. Five blocks have been released so far. The bulk of it is black (DMC 310); I substituted red (DMC E815) for gold, blue (DMC E334) for silver, and purple (DMC E3837) for copper. The red beads are Mill Hill antique glass beads (03049) and the purple bead is a Mill Hill antique glass bead (03505). I’m still not sure I like my metallic choices; the purple and blue don’t show up as well as I might like.
17 Feb 2014 2 Comments
This is block one of the Save the Stitches blackwork sampler from Blackwork Journey. She’s releasing it block by block; I think the overview and block one were released in January, and blocks two and three were released in February. The bulk of it is black (DMC 310); I substituted red (DMC E815) for gold, blue (DMC E334) for silver, and purple (DMC E3837) for copper. The red beads are Mill Hill antique glass beads (03049). I wanted to use a deeper blue, but it didn’t show up against the black. I also thought about using the same color thread with the metallics, but I didn’t think there was enough contrast (and I’m not sure about the purple; it doesn’t show up as well as I might like and didn’t really show up in the picture). It’s on 14 count Aida, because I had a large piece of it at hand; I didn’t realize that this was best suited to over two on a higher count fabric. If I stick with this, it will be my largest project to date. I think I’m going to post it block by block so I can feel like I’m making progress.
02 Feb 2014 Leave a comment
I didn’t work as much on my WIPs this month as I would have liked; I did three bookmarks instead. I worked a little on Teresa Wentzler’s Celestial Dragon:
18 Jan 2014 Leave a comment
This is a William de Morgan-inspired motif from Cross Stitch Art Nouveau by Barbara Hammet, turned into a bookmark.
14 Jan 2014 Leave a comment
This is for my nephew, who is a big fan of the game. The pattern came from Happy Bobbin and consists of creeper, pig, sheep, cow, and zombie heads; it’s rearranged a little to make a bookmark. It is tiny (five 8×8 blocks plus the text) and didn’t take long at all to make. I was planning on doing the text vertically as well, but realized it would fit better horizontally (six high vs mostly three wide to center under eight stitches). If I’d realized that on the front end, I might have done the heads the other way.
09 Jan 2014 Leave a comment
This is a Charles Rennie Mackintosh-inspired motif from Cross Stitch Art Nouveau by Barbara Hammet (not to be confused with her Art Nouveau Cross Stitch). I wanted to actually finish something, and it seemed about the right size for a bookmark. It’s mostly as charted; there were a couple of blank places in the brown lines that looked like they needed stitches, and there was a green leaf alone on the right side that I didn’t do.