So on Friday I may have been overly ambitious and said that I finished the cross-stitch I started at the beginning of the Olympics Game. It had been a while, there were a few posts about it in August - and since there has been nothing. Yes, I did get bored of trying to cross-stitch the linen fabric and count the threads. I picked it up a couple of weeks ago and was determined to finish it, once and for all - and frame it.
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As the title may have suggested, the cross-stitch has been (sort of) finished but is still unframed. It took a while for Mr MiH and I to agree on where the cross-stitch will be hung and the frame size we wanted. We bought a frame, and it is a little bigger than the body of the cross-stitch (nearly as big as the linen fabric), and I do not want as much linen fabric showing.
So I will be extending the bottom line of the cross-stitch on both the left and right hand-sides.
I will add a few more flying birdies - I find them so cute that this should not be a problem.
Pattern: Momenti di Vita by Renato Parolin (you can find a list of his patterns here)
Anchor Colours: I totally disregarded the colours recommended on the chart - I mainly used Black (403), Bright Orange (333) and Bright Blue (164) - and bits of yellow (beaks); brown (squirrels) and cream (rabbits) I had from previous projects.
Fabric: Linen cross-stitch fabric (32 count) in Natural Light (similar here).
Modifications: Although I will add some birdies, there will be handful compared to the chart, I did not make as many rabbits and squirrels, and did not had any hearts. This is a 'simplified' version of the chart. Because of the linen fabric,
bad counting, the trees are much more oval than on the chart (as in there were supposed to be round). However the linen fabric was very forgiving in the end, and I can actually live with the mistakes I made.
Result: I really like it, it is quite modern now and also retro thanks the colour work. It was really hard work to cross-stitch on linen and the never ending tree trunks. I am not sure I like the squirrel and rabbit charts as much as the rest.
And all I will need to do is work out how you actually frame a cross-stitch or a piece of fabric. We have done a lot of hanging frames recently so it may be time for me to share with you bits and pieces of what we have been up to.
As we are on cross-stitching, and now that Elaine who blogs at Dashasel Sews has received it, I can show you the burlap pincushion I made for her as part of our private swap. I will share my pattern with you at some point next week - just need to put it down on paper. Here is a sneak peak...
|It was very hard to send this little project... |