Posted on Wednesday, May 16 2012 at 8am
Over the years I've stitched pretty things, nifty things, impressive things... but very rarely COOL things! I've been cross stitching since I was about 11 years old - starting off with Country Companions hedgehogs & mice, and graduating over the years to family gifts, seaside scenes & quick-stitch cards. But now I can add a project to my repetoire that is super cool - and I love the results! Here's a pic of my latest stitching project - proudly on display in the June issue of Cross Stitcher.
Occassionaly I stitch samples of new cross stitch charts so they can be photographed in Cross Stitcher - and this cheeky tash & pair of glasses are based on a cross stitch pattern from the latest issue by Mr X Stitch. These were one of the more unusual cross stitch projects I've ever worked on. On the plus side I love stitching on to evenweave and linen - so I enjoyed the satisfaying way the fabric fell as I stitched! Each design is made up entirely of plain stitches so this is a great project for beginners (no need to worry about half cross stitches or French knots!) but on the down side, large blocks of solid colour can get a bit repetitive. I got around this by stitching the outlines first, then filling in the gaps..
There was one ropey moment when I realised the pattern should be stitched in 3 strands but I'd started stitching for 2 hours in 2 strands (gaggghhh unpicking!), but I soon recovered. What do you think of the results?
You can get the pattern by popping to the shops and picking up a copy of Cross Stitcher! Or if you have an iPhone or iPad, get it via the nifty Apple Newstand Cross Stitcher app!