Between wood splitting sessions this weekend, I was able to make a bit of progress on my botanical crossstitch sampler. I am really hoping to finish the stitching this summer so that I can spend time this fall working on the quilted bit that will surround the piece.
I have started to make a bit of headway with my latest piece. All of the outlining has been completed and pattern work started. All of the areas around the central images will be filled with some traditional backgrounds in black, and the images will be done in dull colors and open patterns, and the skin of the women will be cross stitched with natural skin tones. I think I will attempt to do a shaded background on the center square (never tried this before so we will see how it works out).
Do you have any thoughts or feedback on this project?
Finished my first blackwork sampler yesterday. Many of the stitches used in the piece can be found on the Byrd’s Nest, Imaginesque, and Blackwork Journey sites if you would like to try them out.After working on the project off and on for the past four months I put aside two days to finish the sampler, knowing it I didn’t finish it soon it would end up in the UFO pile. I really enjoyed the complexity and geometry of the patterns but don’t think I take on another sampler. Instead I will take the skills learned from this project and create something closer to the types of designs I normally create — that is when a few of my started projects are finished 🙂
When the winter weather keeps us in the house for longer periods of time the blackwork sampler will be integrated into a quilt top I am making for a family member.
What are some of the projects that you have been working on this summer?
The Angelic Music needlepoint piece was stitched on a 16 point canvas with silk and ivory, metallic threads and glass beads. The piece was finished with gold matting and cherry frame.
If I were to do the piece again I would make the bells 3-Dl and use a different stitch on the scarf.