What a difference a round makes! The mess on the left will look like the tidiness on the left as I progress with this latest round (a round is the term for a layer of tatting on top of a completed motif. I am currently working on the fourth round of five.).
This is the second time I get this far with this particular doily. There are a few mistakes, but none that are motif breaking, unlike the first time I tried to stitch this.
If you’re anything like me, you have a fabric stash. You may also have a thread stash, a glitter stash, a bead stash, a notion stash, a hoop stash, a craft book stash… It just depends how much of a hoarder you are when it comes to craft supplies.
My favourite thing is rediscovering a piece of fabric or notion, and finally, a year after purchasing it, finding a perfect use for it.
I purchased this piece of fabric at Darrell Thomas Textiles, a fabulous Ottawa shop that carries gorgeous gorgeous fabric and about half a million different types of buttons. A few times a year, they have remnant and sample sales, and I always make a point to go. I don’t think I’ve ever left empty handed!
I tried to use this fabric for hand embroidery a few times, but nothing ever worked. It’s a bit too busy and a bit too loosely woven.
It’s perfect for cross stitch over two threads. I’m not sure why I never saw it, but as soon as it did, I knew I wanted to do something black and bold on there. I dug around the Tantes Zolder patterns and found this pretty one with a bee. Perfect!
Do you ever “lose” something in your stash only to find it again when it’s the perfect time to use it?
I am apparently in a creepy crawly mood. These beetles are super fun. Look at those little legs! I am not sure what type of fabric this is, but it’s small. I am tempted to say 16 or 18ct Aida.
Here is a pretty paperdoll dress! I am using a different shade of green for the tight little lines, and I still haven’t decided if I am going to make her arms green or not. I’ve been working on this one for about two days now.
This it the third dress I stitch like this. I will show them all when I am done this one.
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!
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.