A few years ago, I did a round robin project with a group of internet-friends. This was the piece that I selected for the round robin, a kit entitled Lily of the Valley by The Drawn Thread. There are a few different drawn thread techniques in this one, but nothing too daunting. I love the silk threads in it. The round robin ended in 2010, but unfortunately the green silk fiber ran out before this was completed. I wrote to The Drawn Thread, and they happily sent me more. But by then I was preparing to move and all of my needlework ended up packed away for the next 3 years. I pulled everything out this spring, and I finished this piece. I’m so happy that I finally did. It hangs in our kitchen and cheers me every day.
I’ve had this set of holiday needlework designs by Lizzie Kate for years. I decided to start with the Halloween piece. It was quick and fun.
I have collected jesters and masks since I was a little girl. I don’t collect jesters really any more, but I still cherish this piece that I did when I was in college. It was a huge pain to stitch, with lots of blended colors (1 thread each of two different colors) and metallics throughout. It seemed like a constant battle with knots. But it is a stunning little piece. I believe this design came out of an old “Just Cross Stitch” magazine. The artist was Jeanne Christine.
After my needlework beginning in school, I asked my mother if I could do a piece of cross-stitch on my own. She took me to the “Old America Store”, a large format craft and home decor store in Richmond back then, and I picked out a cross-stitch book of baby animal designs. Mom wasn’t a cross-stitcher herself, so I really had no guidance. This was my first piece on my own. Things that I didn’t know when I started this piece: 1) cut your fabric well larger than the finished design size (hence this frame being right up to the needlework) and 2) all the Xs are supposed to go in the same direction.