Forever Love by Stitchworks

A Project A Day – Counted embroidery work is my main hobby and I have a huge stitching stash. Some of these projects are huge and take years to stitch, and while others are quick projects, I often spend months without stitching at all. So while I have hundreds in my stash, only a half-dozen ever see attention any given year.  To address this imbalance in 2012 I will each day write about one project languishing in my stash.

Forever Love by Stitchworks

Copyright The Stitchworks, Ltd 2011.

The Stitchworks

Forever Love by The Stitchworks

Chart: Chart is clear, easy to read and as this is a small design, the chart is on one page.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches, partial stitches and back stitch.

Materials: DMC cottons, Gentle Arts cottons, Weeks Dye Works cottons, Kreinik metallics and includes a plastic or bone button. Stitched 25ct White Lugana.

Designer’s Notes: None.

Why I was attracted to this design: Good question.  I usually violently oppose anything cutesy or pink.  I was the girl whose favourite dress was black with red bobbles (it was the 70s) and hated pastels and most of all pink. But I like this.  It’s simple and elegant without being frilly or over-the-top. Also it appeals to the romantic in me.  She’s kept locked away by the cynic most of the time by she does escape occasionally.

So why haven’t I stitched it?  I bought this early last year on a whim as soon as it was released but I didn’t own a skerrick or 25ct fabric.  Also I was trying to stick to the rotation of projects I was stitching at the time.  Fast forward to December 2011 I find a piece of 25ct white or off white fabric in my stash (from the ubiquitous Needle Delights Closing Down Sale) and I give it to a friend for Christmas completely forgetting which design I bought it for.  These things happen.  And if I wasn’t writing this project for this blog, I never would have connected the two.

Also I think I had vague notions of including more hand-dyed threads.  Only two of the balloons are in hand-dyed threads, one Thread Gatherer and one Weeks and the white hearts inside the balloons are in Kreinik metallics – the rest are straight DMC.

Where can you buy it? This can be bought via your LNS, ONS or direct from Stitchworks for $8US

Discussion questions: How would you think this would look on a sky blue and white mottled background? So it looks like balloons in a sky? It has a button on it and I usually use the exact size called for when the charts come with charms or buttons.  In this case do you think that is essential or could I get away with a 28ct? What other colours would you use to replace the DMC? Has anyone else stitched this? Do you like or dislike this design?  Why?

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6 Responses to Forever Love by Stitchworks

  1. Connie W says:

    I think this design would look great on a sky blue and white fabric – and there wouldn’t be much difference in size on 28 ct. As far as colors for replacing the DMC, hey, they’re balloons! Pick a color, any color. . . lol

    • Mel says:

      Found a perfect mottled light blue in my stash … unfortunately its a 32ct. Might be just a tad too small with that button ….

  2. Sisu says:

    Use the 32 count and just stitch the ballon behind the button a tad bigger if the button looks too big.

  3. Laura says:

    Very sweet! I like this one, but I like most things with hearts as part of the pattern. Have you settled on something to stitch this one?

    • Mel says:

      Still dithering on whether to use the perfect 32ct I have or to buy a 25ct as recommended. That button bothers me.

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