East Asian Inspirations

I’ve completed this stitching at last! It was 2019 year Sal arranged by Lakesideneedlecraft by Lucie Heaton pattern. It was a real adventure, especially backstitch, which made me crazy sometimes, but each cross and french knot, and even couching were worth it! If you ask me, which part is my favourite, I don’t know the answer. Each part became a favourite as it was finished. Well, maybe a big Wave, or a Crane, or maybe a Carp, and so on, and so on…there is no answer! It was an excellent pattern, thank you, Lucie!

Stitched on Murano Pearl Evenweave 32 count, DMC thread. Techniques used: whole cross stitch, french knots, backstitch, couching.

East Asian Inspirations Sal

The 12th part of this Sal is completed, now only boarder left 🙂 Two pictures to your attention: first one without back stitch and the second one with back stitch and Frebch knots. I know, they are not ideal, but they are.

East Asian Inspirations Sal

I wasn’t here for some times just because my daughter came back home for Christmas, so we spent some lovely days together. I hope your Christmas was full of joy and that you got a lot of gifts you’ve been dreaming about 🙂

I still have a break at work so I can return to my cross stitching I’ve put down due to the lack of time. Firstly, I’ve completed 10th part of East Asian Inspirations Sal – a Fish, which I suppose, is a Carp – a symbol of luck and successe in Chinese culture.

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Then I’ve completed 11th part of the Sal – beautiful and delicate landscape. Here I’d like to show you how back stitch brings stitching to life: on the first photo you can see only ome colourful spots, and on the second – specific details: flowers and birds. This is the magic of back stitch.

After that I decided to change back stitch on the 9th part – on a Dragon, because white back stitch on navy coloured thread looks like separate pieces, not the steam that comes out of the dragon’s mouth, or whatever everyone can imagine here. East Asian Dragon is a symbol of power, strenght and good luck for people who are worthly of it. I have to rip or “frogg” all the back stitch and stitch it agan with “couching technique”,  in which one strand of thread is laid across the surface of the stitched area and fastened in place with small stitches of the same thread. So using this technique you need two needles with one strand of thread in each of them, and, of course, two hands. You can find a lot of films on Youtube about couching https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X4LC8FGAsM

Here is the result :

I think it was worth changing. What is your opinion on this image?

Now the biggest part of the Sal is ready, only last – 12th part and a border left. I’m going to stitch them on other days off, but I’m not sure I complete it this year, so the story to be continued.

East Asian Inspirations Sal

Update on this beautiful Sal by Lucie Heaton pattern. Now I’ve got seven parts made, today I started on the 8th. In the previous, 7 part, we stitched a beautiful sea wave according to the famous Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter, and printmaker of the Edo period Katsushika Hokusai. The artist is best known as the author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji which includes the internationally iconic print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa Lucie’s interpretation looks like this:

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And the whole picture now looks like this:

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Today I’ve started part 8th, so wait for more information 🙂

East Asian Inspirations Sal

Some time ago Kate Worthington announced new SAL by Lucie Heaton pattern and I sign in for it, because I really like Lucie’s projects. I cross stitched a lot of her mice, but this new project was a surprise. It was created in beautiful shades of blue color and consists of 12 parts, so the project will keep me happy for a long time.

I use Murano 32 count evenweave, pearl colour for this project and DMC thread, as always. I always buy evenweave at my favourite Internet shop HobbyStudio from Elbląg city, this store has never let mi down before.

I get the pattern on the 1st of each month, keep up to date, the next part of the Sal is coming soon.