Have I talked about my New Year’s resolutions here? I don’t remember, but it doesn’t matter because I can say it now: I am going to finished all my cross stich projects I’ve ever started. The first one is Fantasy Sal, my first Sal bu Durene Jones pattern. I’ve completed the last part – Fairy and now I have to finisha border. Two pictures for you – finished part before and after backstitch’s done.
I really don’t like french knots, but when I see how they bring alive the embroidery…well, I guess I’m wrong. This is a bush before and after adding them.
The last part of Woodland Sal by Durene Jones pattern, organised by Lakesideneedlcraft is ready and it was sweet Hedgehog 🦔. There are two pictures in order to show how backstitch brings stitching to life.
Update on Woodland Sal – Otters are ready. They are so cute, aren’t they? Can’t wait to stitch the next part. But the main rule of each Sal is that you get each part separately, once a month, and you don’t know what will happen next. You can only guess – whether it’s going to be a fox or a wolf, or maybe… well, what animal will be next?
There was a beautiful sunny day on Sunday here, in Warsaw, and we had the impression that the summer had come back. It is an unexpected pleasure to get such a gift from nature in October. What’s more, I signed up for the workshop with Michalina Mruczek on this day, so the day was going to be wonderful. Michalina’s embroidery I admire on Instagram for a long time. The workshops took place in the centre of Warsaw, in Nowy Swiat street, in Zaradne, where I felt like at home. Coffee, tea, meringue – all this creates a very friendly workshop atmosphere. At the start, we got from Michalina Belfast linen fabric, a hoop, 3 needles, Instruction with examples of stitches, patterns for embroidery, mouline Anchor and hand-dyed mouline from Kasia Michalina explains all the secrets of embroidery very precisely and still shows everyone exactly how and what to do. My work – in pictures.
Here you can see how our class looked like before the workshops and pay attention – on the table are beautiful Michalina’s works! As I wrote in one of the previous posts, I have a kit from Michalina and I am going to use it! So, wait for the result 🙂
A new pattern at the shop now – this is Yellow Tit on the Taiwan Cherry Blossom – under this long name a beautiful exotic bird, sitting on a branch of a cherry blossom counted cross stitch chart hides.
I like to share with you a new cross stitch pattern created by Serafima Abramova – Mushroom House. Isn’t it cute?
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 🙂
Some time ago I bought cotton thread for my crocheted collars. The thread was excellent, thin, mercerized in off white colour with a beautiful shade of champagne. More about this collar. Collars crocheted from this thread were popular at our shop. I thought I’d just be happy, but after a while I run out of thread, so I began to look for it on the Internet. Luckily, I found it quite quickly and immediately ordered. Unfortunately, it turned out to be similar, but not the same. Whoever knits or crochets, can understand me easily – the first part of coloured thread ended and the next one was a little different shade. What is more, the new thread was a little bit thicker. In general, it was not suitable for collars and it took me a lot of time to figure out, what to do with it. And then I saw a beautiful motif pattern, which I decided to use for a tablecloth. Thus, this is the first picture of it.
Thread: Mercerized May Mini Crochet 100% Egipt Cotton, 280 m in 50 g shade 2 Lot 312396 and my favourite Clover hook No 2 1.5 mm