Hello lovelies. How have you been? I have a little still left to do on The Big Project but the bulk is now finished, which means I can think straight again. This one has really taken it out of me, but I have to say I am so excited to see it all come together. Normally I am sick of the sight of projects by the time they are finished, but now that everything has left my house I feel somewhat bereft. I want to make duplicates of it all just so that I can keep looking at it. I think that means this one is going to be extra good. There is a while to wait before I can tell you more about it, but rest assured there is some exciting stuff on the way.
Now that that's done and dusted (well, almost) I can show you something else I have been working on. A veritable feast of new stitches has been occupying my hands for the past year or so and it is finally time to send them out into the world to meet you all. Cross stitch will always be my first love, but lately I have been craving a little variety, and this hop, skip and jump away from my usual fare has successfully scratched that itch.
Almost all of these stitches actually have their roots in cross stitch, but with a little variation you can get some really beautiful textures and patterns. I expecially love the herringbone stitches. So pretty. And one of the best things about them is that they are so much faster to complete than traditional cross stitch, so you feel as though you have actually achieved something when you are only a few minutes in. That makes them a winner in my book.
I have plans to release quite a few new patterns using these different techniques later in the year, and they are scattered liberally throughout The Big Project too, so by autumn I fully intend to have won you over to them.
If you would like to get a head start so that you are ready and waiting to tackle everything in The Big Project and the new patterns when they arrive, then I am going to be running a new day-long counted embroidery course at the Fluff-a-Torium in June. You can come along and learn a whole bunch of new counted stitches and then turn them into a cute little purse like this:
I have been using this one for my petty cash, which until now was housed in one of those little plastic coin bags from the bank that caused me to die of embarassment every time I got it out in a shop. Now I am all about showing it off. Goodbye ugly plastic bag, hello pretty hand stitched purse-let.