A little bit of NeedlepointThis lovely little pattern I found on the Danybrod blog before she stopped offering freebie patterns because of some unscrupulous person taking liberties.
The original pattern is for a needlecase, and this was the pattern for the back. However, I have stitched this 1 over 1 on 22 ct evenweave which has made the design small enough to make a scissors fob with. I thought at a later date I will make the needlecase to go with it. Threads were DMC, and fine Spirelli metalic thread which I worked the crown in.
My WIP which is an old SAL
I have been wanting to do this pattern for a long time, as I kept seeing it made into beautiful haberdashery boxes, on the French blogs. I eventually tracked it down, and found that it was an old SAL called SAL Couture, and was originally designed by Fannyandco. I still have quite a few more squares, and embellishments to make before I have finished. I have also found that the simplest looking designs are more difficult to do than complicated looking ones as with this piece. I got in a real pickle with the box that has the little lady with a needle and thread in it, as it had cross-stitched lace all around the inside of the box. After frogging about 6 times, I gave up, and added a piece of old lace above the lady instead. As you will see when I have finished there will be other notions added to this lovely little sampler. If you wish to stitch the same, then click on the link, which takes you to a complimentary pattern page.
Designing my own stitchery blocks.....
A couple of weeks ago I got up really early while everyone was still in bed, and thought, I can design my own stitchery blocks.... you see I like Primitives......
Would you believe how hard it is to draw Primitive when you are able to paint and draw properly....... I sat there trying and trying, but it all came out very wobbly as if I had ,had a tipple or two. I then got to thinking, think like a child.... and I think it worked. I started off with these two stitcheries below which I took off my drawings with a lightbox, and an embroidery transfer pen.
Because of these I was on a roll, and I have designed a number of themed patterns which if I knew how to market them in large quantities or in a simple manner, then I would sell them like many other people do.