Archive for August, 2011

August 8, 2011

11,682 miles, 21,000 stitches and a free pattern

Well, here I am, back on the outskirts of London. This was home for me for over 20 years, but right now I’m  feeling very far away from home. To be honest it’s all a bit of a shock to my system – it’s so busy, noisy, fast and  I feel  out-of-place. Maybe things will settle down, but in the meantime I am staying in quite a lot, spending time with my lovely husband and kids, and enjoying connecting once again with our extended family.

Anyway, new place so maybe a new craft?  I was really inspired after flicking through this book recently. Tapestry/needlepoint embroidery is something that my mum has always done so now I’m finally having a proper go at it too.

Here is my first attempt – thanks Mum for lending me some supplies! And thanks Kath Kidson for this lovely little design.

Once that was done, I had the idea of trying to convert one of my own repeating fabric designs. Here is the progress so far.

The design is approx 12 inches square, with 21,000 stitches, so I will be here for some time!  Though I’ve worked out that if I stitch the cream flower outlines and the little dotties first, I can fill in the background and inside the flowers later on without having to follow the chart. (Should really be using a frame but I haven’t got around to that yet.)

If you would like to join me in this project, feel free to download the chart below and get yourself some supplies. I’m using a cushion sized piece of  12 count needlepoint canvas, and three colours of Patons Diploma Gold Double Knitting  Wool – Cream for the flower outlines (06142), Delphinium (06171) inside each flower and Violet  for the background (06242 ). I think it’s meant to be stitched using proper (Anchor) tapestry wools but they were a bit over my budget.  One shaded square on the chart equals one stitch. 

You can sew this design in any number of colour combinations so feel free to adapt it as you wish. If you don’t fancy all 21,000 stitches, you could do a small section and make a mini tapestry for a pin cushion or a greetings card. Like this…..

 Please note that this design is for personal use only. Any questions, just ask.

Have fun! I’d love to know what you are up to so please leave a comment.