A blog trying to focus on all the nice things in life, those moments when everything turns out right. Finding the perfect fabric for that chart you love, the ideal sampler quote, just the right picture in all the 1000s of magazines you own. Meeting people who share your interests and obsessions and totally understand why you NEED that chart when you already have enough to last until you're 104
I finished and framed the ABC Sampler for my friend's baby this week and here it is:
The design was in Cross Stitcher magazine issue 249. The original design was by an illustrator Elissa Hudson and was charted by an anonymous person for the magazine (I couldn't see a credit anyway!). I stitched it on 32count white evenweave using the recommended DMC. I moved several of the letters and motifs around so I could fit in the baby's name and that of his big sister. This was a lovely quirky stitch, being able to do one or two letters a session made progress seem rather fast. There was a thick plain turquoise border all around but it would have taken at least a week to stitch if not more and frankly - life's too short to stitch straight lines in one colour!
I have given the sampler to baby's Mum and she loved it, as did Big Sis. Baby not so sure LOL. But he is only 17 weeks old.
This is the new start:
When Madame Muriel arrived she came bearing gifts, one of which was this delightful Blackbird Designs chart. I'm stitching it on 28count evenweave which I've tea-dyed. I'm using the DMC conversion they gave but may change the colours of some of the scattered flowers so they show up more on this fabric.
I also stitched another one of my back-stitch only flower cards. This is July's Delphinium or Larkspur:
Question - which name would you use? Delphinium or Larkspur? Either name is right but which is more widely used? Delphiniums always remind me of the AA Milne poem about the Dormouse and the Doctor.