I have been enjoying working on my Chatelaine, Frosty Knotgarden:
The progress is slower now! There is actually white filled in around the right branch but you can’t really tell. In fact there are 2 shades of white. I’m not sure how necessary that was for the integrity of the design! Ah, well maybe it will be richer in the end. I finally made a grime guard for this one as it will be a long project. If you want to make one, there are good directions here. I also got the bead set for Valentine’s Day, and the rest of the specialty flosses, so I think I have everything I need to complete it now. Except time!
Speaking of Valentine’s Day, last week I started this, All You Need is Love, a freebie from The Drawn Thread:
I was inspired by all the versions of it I saw on Facebook! I discovered that thanks to some marvelous stash-enhancing purchases recently, I had most of the colors that were called for and only needed to sub 2. So I am using mostly the Gloriana silks that are indicated, with Thread Gatherer silks filling in the gaps. I simply love silks. I am stitching on 32 ct Lilac Zweigart linen. Hey, if I get it done today, I can turn it in for my Smalls SAL tomorrow! (everyone watch as Mary’s day gets derailed…)
And finally I finished the stitching on my Lorna Bateman Floral Beauty:
Oh it’s so pretty! And I learned a great deal. There are some things that are not done correctly (the twist and twirl roses-the darkest ones) and the pink “foxgloves” at the bottom should be puffier. But it was my first try and I think it looks good anyway. I definitely see more ribbon embroidery in the future. Now to mount it on the pincushion!
See you tomorrow for the Smalls SAL check in!