Sunday, 12 September 2010

Very Christmassy

My stitching is coming along nicely at the moment. Maybe because the nights are drawing in much earlier and it's so pleasant to cosy up and stitch. Snowmen is coming on a treat and I'm hoping it won't be too long before I start the beading task.

I have a new start this week. I found this little kit whilst rummaging for my needles and decided it should be stitched up right away. I don't think I'm going to add the blanket stitch or stitched stars to this piece, it looks a bit messy. I'll see what it looks like when I finish the actual reindeer, which shouldn't be too long actually!

I seem to be doing lots of Christmas pieces at the moment because I really want to decorate my room with cross stitch things when the season comes. Expect more winter design pieces in the months ahead :)

Thank you very much for your tips on evenweave/linen. I have now put in an order for a piece of 32ct white Jobelan - I'm hoping this was the right one to go for. I have a question though, if you stitch a design on evenweave 2 over 2, do you also complete the backstitch 2 over 2 as well? I'm afraid I'm a beginner in this department of stitching and need a bit of assistance :) I have chosen a pattern from a cross stitch book I borrowed from the library (Crafting Cross Stitch Cards by Sue Cook) to do my first piece of evenweave work on. I bought the threads required today and will hopefully be able to start by the end of this week, if the fabric arrives on time. I have also downloaded some of the Lizzie*Kate freebies which are very cute. I think they would look nice on evenweave too.
I hope you all had a lovely weekend,
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natalyK said...

Becka, backstitching would also be over 2. Number of threads depends on how you like the way it looks. Once you start on evenweave/linen you'll be hooked. Happy Stitching

Lynn said...

I'm so glad you're going to give evenweave a try. Once I got started I never wanted to go back to Aida again! Nataly is right, backstitching is done over 2 as well.

That little reindeer is just too cute!! I'm a big fan of snowmen as well so I'm really enjoying your current stitch.

Jen said...

As above. Backstitch over two threads of fabric with one or two strands of floss depending on how you want it to look. Jobelin is a good start as it's pretty even. With linen you get thin and thick strands in the fabric which can be a bit daunting at first.

Justflo said...

Lovely designs there, Bekca. When you get used to stitching on even-weave you'll find how much easier it is to do your half and quarter stitches. They look soooo much better.
I use Jobelan and Linen. As Jen says sometimes there is a thick or thin strand and if you're not careful you can mis-count...just a BEWARE caution NOT a put off. Another good thing about linens is the variation of colours and finishes they are mind blowing.

BeckySC said...

Bekca I love your snowman piece :) Thanks for emailing me about joining the Great Pumpkin Challenge 2010-I am so happy to have you :)