Last week, I purchased a few new cross stitch books (about 5/6) in my quest for new ideas and I spotted a design that instantly made me rush to my stash and pull out a piece of bay leaf, 16ct aida, 12" x 20". I then sorted out the threads and I had most of them, but the ones I didn't have I have chosen replacements for. I started on it but decided that 2 over 1 wasn't going to provide enough coverage...so I tried 4 over 1, still not good enough and unlikely to produce the effect that I wanted.In the end I decided on a 6 over 1. I eventually, after unpicking all the test stitches, started on it. I am pleased so far and hoping that it wont take me too long to stitch.
Oh! What? Did I not mention what it was? Silly me, doh!
It is a bell pull design by William Morris. If you like his designs you will understand why I needed the coverage, his patterns always look better fuller and carpet-esque!
The books I got were;
Cross Stitch Designs from India
Cross Stitch Teddies
Cross Stitch Sentiments & Sayings (Cross Stitch (David & Charles)) Joan Elliott
The Art of William Morris in Cross Stitch Barbara Hammet
Cross Stitch Splendid Florals Marc Saastad
All Yesterday X Stitch Coll p/b Faye Whittaker
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