Finished Cloudberry Picture

I’ve done it! Complete cross-stitching and framed in a hoop.

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Now I can say, that it was an adventure and a challenge for me. Cross stitching wasn’t a big problem, I know the author of the pattern and I was aware of the fact, that Serafima Abramova uses a lot of blends in her projects. That’s ok, but I haven’t back stitched with two threads before. One thread is ok, but two? What is more, it was a light green thread. So when I started back-stitching, I noticed, that it doesn’t look nice for me. And since I’m a perfectionist, I couldn’t leave it like this. After consulting with the author of the pattern and my cross-stitching colleagues from a Facebook group, I tried some different methods and decided to do this backstitch with couching. I did it for the first time and I understood, that I need either stands or the third hand to do it correctly. Can you imagine, what it looked like? But because I’m still very stubborn, I made it.  Everything else was simple. Although I was afraid that the red color might stain the fabric during washing, I almost completely dried out the picture and only then I ironed it carefully and it turned out that ironing the natural linen is much harder than evenweave. I was also a little afraid of sewing white felt to the back of the picture, but everything went well and in the end, I’m satisfied with the result of my work. I hope that the customer will also be satisfied with this cross-stitched picture.

Woodland Sal

Not so long ago I started one more Sal, although I promised myself that I would not start any new work until I had finished all the work I had started. But how could I help myself when Kate Worthington announced she was organizing a new Woodland Sal by  Durene Jones pattern? And so, I can show you two parts of this Sal anyway: an Owl and a Rare.

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The thread I used is DMC as always but the fabric was speciał created for this Sal.  I use evenweave 32 count.

Marigold Postcard

Our last order was Marigold Postcard, which has gone today to Northern Irelan. It is a “Thank you” card from a granddaughter named Marigold to her Grandmother and Grandfather, so there is a nice inscription on it.

I’d like to share with you some more pictures about making a postcard. After I’ve stitched the flower and inscription, I washed it (in cold water with delicate detergent, using, for example, my shampoo for colored hair) and left to dry, but not to the end, because after some time I ironed stitching on the left side. Ironing straightens up crosses, they become more beautiful and equal. Then I fasten simple white paper on the back of embroidery with the help of Double Sided Tape. Next, I cut a passe-partout with my new scalpel and fasten embroidery to it (with the same Tape).  That’s almost all 🙂

Irish Crochet

Lately I am passionate about Irish crochet and instead of finishing a collar, I constantly crochet different elements, such as these white flowers or colourful leaves. DMC white and  variegated thread 20, Clover hook number 0,75.