Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Aren't stitching friends the best people

Due to a request, several in fact I've gone back to a bigger text size in an effort not to strain eyesight needed for stitching excellence, in the over 21 and a bit age group (how much of a bit is your secret).

Yesterday started out with a visit to the physiotherapist (not a happy place to be) and morphed into a lovely day spent with friends. We talked stitching, chatted about our DH's and ate good food and drank great coffee. Let me tell you, no doctors prescription ever feels as good as a day with stitching friends. Don't you agree?

Although there is still not much needlepoint going on in this household I have been able to start a little cross stitch. Fortunately I won a box of 12 balls of 3 ply Valdani threads at the last Embroiderers' Guild of South Australia Summer school in January 2011. To my delight I found that they were 90% of the colours needed to stitch 'Quaker Diamonds' by Rosewood Manor. In my stash was some 32 count Zweigart mottled linen, just the right size and with a slight greenish tinge which works well with the antique shades of cotton. The original is stitched on 28 count linen, so I have taken the thread down to 2 ply and kept the remaining ply to stitch another design on 35 count linen at a later stage.

The Valdani cotton has a nice matte finish and the shading is very subtle. Many thanks to Coni at Spinster Stitcher blog for introducing me to the Rosewood Manor designs.

I have delved into the stitched pieces archives and come up with the following finish for your inspiration.

Lots of us are stitching the SOTM (stitch of the month) from the ANG site by Ro Pace, so here is another one of Ro Pace's designs.

This pattern was offered in full in Issue July/August 2008 of Needlepoint Now. It is possible to buy back issues of there magazines from there website, if you would like the pattern.

'Three of a Kind' by Ro Pace

Happy stitching, bye for now, Carol

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