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.
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.
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?