Thursday, June 19, 2014
Stitch Along with Blackbird Designs
I've been enjoying working on this stitch along pattern from Blackbird Designs. The pattern is available on their blog and is a free download. The pattern is based on an antique sampler Alma purchased recently. You can see the orginal here. You will see why I was so excited to start this little jewel. I have never done a stitch along, in fact I have not done cross stitch (of any significance) in 20+ years. However, I love samplers... I love Blackbird Designs.. so I joined in! Are you beginning to realize it doesn't take much for me to jump into projects! LOL
The four-sided stitches were new to me and a bit challenging. Not because they are hard to do, they just take a lot of time compared to a cross stitch. I am working this on 28 ct. linen, over two threads, with cotton floss.
I find it this to be very relaxing and a nice change of pace from my quilting projects... not that they are being ignored! It also is easier on my hands.
Here is my current progress on this little sampler. I started this the first week in May. I took the suggestion of Carol over at The Polka Dot Chicken and used a smyrna stitch for the larger alphabet rather than the eyelet stitch the pattern called for. You can't see it in this photo, but I liked the raised stitches.
I am looking forward to moving onto the floral border and the numbers. I also want to personalize it in some way - just haven't decided what that would be... a different color thread?, a different stitch? Any suggestions from all you stitchers out there? I am sure you are much more experienced with cross stitch patterns than I am!