Here is a quick look at the finished Redwork Village I first talked about a few weeks ago. I actually finished it quite quickly, but then took forever to wash and iron it. Ironing is not my favourite thing. I always say the only thing I iron is embroidery! (I don’t even fold fitted sheets. Got things to do, things to stitch!).
What I love about using a non-permanent tracing method (I use Mona Lisa Chaco paper, both in white and in blue) is that I can decide to change the design as I go. I simplified quite a few of the roofs just because I was on vacation and I could. If I had used an iron-on transfer, I couldn’t have done that without it being messy.
Then again, if I was using an iron-on, I wouldn’t have had to wash away the remaining blue lines. Oh well!
This beautiful owl comes from the advanced chapter in the book Story Land Cross Stitch, by Sophie Simpson, also known as What Delilah Did. Her patterns have always had a certain charm to them, and the book has all that and more.
There are three levels of difficulty in the book, and each pattern comes with a short little fable to inspire you and keep you thinking while you stitch.
The charts were super clear and the owl was very easy (if very long) to stitch. Luckily, I stitched him the first few weeks my daughter started daycare, so I had more time than usual, and needed plenty to keep me busy!
I changed the colour pallet from the original book, but it still looks great. Most of her patterns are simple enough that you could get away with quite a bit of tweaking and still end up with a charming piece in the end.
I really recommend her book, especially if you have been eyeing up her patterns for a while. For the price, it’s the best value What Delilah Did patterns you can get!
Quick picture of a WIP! Tantes Zolder, which means Auntie’s Attic, was a website full of amazing cross stitch patterns. I say was because the site went down in 2012, apparently. It took quite a while to find these amazing patterns! I’ll write more about it in a later post, when I finish this piece.
Whenever I go on vacation, I like taking little, simple projects. It easier to take projects that only use a few colours when you might be stitching on planes and cars and random couches.
I found this pattern on Pinterest somewhere, which means that the link above is somewhat useless. Remember: pin responsibly and link to actual content pages, not just images.
I finished my secret project! My brother-in-law proposed to his girlfriend in a yurt (which is the Mongolian equivalent to a tipi), and since they just bought a house, I figured this would be a cute housewarming present. I’ve once again used the Circular Scroll Alphabet Sampler pattern from Kinkavel Crosses, which I used previously in my George RR Martin piece.
I’m quite happy with the final product, even if there are a few mistakes, but I am super happy to be done with the stupid fabric it was stitched on. Never have I worked with evenweave so uneven and so loose. It is gross. I am throwing out my leftover pieces as soon as I get back home. Working with this fabric was a nightmare, and my stitches had to be quite loose in order not to pull the fabric out of shape.
This was not a relaxing, easy piece of work. It’s also so thin that you can see all the thread traveling in the back, which isn’t as tidy as I would like it. The other issue I have with it is that it really needs to be backed onto a darker fabric to look right, and my poor brother-in-law will probably have to get it framed professionally because the fabric weft and warp is looser than any other fabric I’ve ever seen. It honestly feels like a sharp tug could turn the fabric square into a rhombus permanently.
The moral of this story is: take fabric out of the package if at all possible before you buy it, and don’t buy fabric for a special project five days before you get on a plane to another country.