Monday, 31 August 2009

Blackbird Designs Cross-Stitch

I’ve changed direction for a while! Although I had told myself that I probably wouldn’t tackle cross-stitch again because it’s so challenging to the old eyesight these days, I wasn’t prepared for just how much I would be attracted to Blackbird Designs – equally their collection of fabric (particularly the ‘Harvest Home’ range!) as well as their cross-stitch creations. So, I’ve backtracked and bought a pattern for just a small piece and here’s how I’m getting on so far. This one is called ‘Buttons & Pins’.

Working on linen makes it a tougher project, but having used linen in the past, I’m afraid I can’t go back to Aida – it simply doesn’t look the same. And it’s not too bad if I can work on it in the daylight – but under electric light in the evenings is more challenging! It’s been a Bank Holiday here today, so I’ve been able to get a few hours in on it – things always take longer than you think though don't they – if I repeat that to myself often enough, I might just get it into my head ....... this morning I said to myself “oh I’ll probably have this finished by this evening. Dream on Julia!!!!


Nina said...

:) This is a very cute and lovely pattern - I also started and almost finished but I don't know where is mine... Maybe somewhere in my stash :)
Yours is absolutely fabulous!

The sewing room said...

It looks lovely Julia, somthing i have never done but i do like the end product,my DIL did me one with children playing on the beach and i love it . Have a good week hugs Pat

Handmade by Vivi said...

Gorgeous Julia!!
It is exactly the same as the maganize!

Karen said...

Blackbird Designs sure puts out some very good stitchery patterns. Enjoyed seeing your project.

Simone said...

Hello Julia! I think you are getting on very well with your cross-stitch. I have been working on some of my cross-stitch projects for years!!!

Solstitches said...

You're making great progress on this lovely design. I started this one myself a while ago but went wrong on the border which threw the whole thing out.
I consigned it to the bin but don't rule out starting over when I get over myself!


Catherine said...

This is really pretty! I will have to look out for these patterns.

Diane said...

Hi Julia, You mentioned on my blog that you were visiting Haworth soon.. If you get chance, go to a shop called "The Souk" its an amazing Aladdins Cave!! Enjoy your visit.

Cami said...

Well Julia, now you're doing cross-stitching! I just don't know how you do it all! I used to love doing this before my "bifocal" days. Your work is so neat and fabulous. Everything you make, gives me the feeling of "comfort." Hugs, Cami