Saturday, April 23, 2011

Latest Cross-Stitch Project

As I've mentioned on previous blogs and on twitter, I love to cross-stitch. I started around age 15, when I fell down some stairs on holiday and fractured my ankle at a very weird angle in 3 places - I was laid up for 12 weeks, and was bored stupid. My mum was always into embroidery and tapestry, and she was a member of a book club at the time that used to send her a craft-related book every month. She received a cross-stitch book, and had no interest in it, so gave it to me - I was hooked instantly. I'll do everything from large projects to bookmarks, card toppers, etc - and my favourite designs to do are mythical, fantasy, native American Indian, and scenery. This is a picture of the latest design that caught my eye, from Cross Stitch Gold magazine issue 83.

"Country Gent"
This is a design by Collette Bispham, a designer for Coats Crafts UK. This design is for Anchor, and I just fell in love with it. It's sad and hopeful at the same time - there's an elderly gent, in worn clothes and a cap, walking with the aid of a stick. His trusty dog is beside him, and they're on a tiny, weathered footpath - are they going for a walk into the town? Are they just standing there, thinking about how times have changed, or contemplating whether or not to continue on down the path? It's designs like these that I LOVE, ones where you can come to your own conclusions as to what's going on.

The design is actually more difficult to stitch than I first thought - as usual, when I like something, I go bald-headed into it without thinking it through. There are so many different shades of brown, cream and grey, that the background (done in half cross-stitch) is annoying at times - and you have to change over quite often. Also (as usual), it never matters to me whether or not I have the exact thread colour in stock - I just use what I feel like. My design is going to be a lot darker, but that's not a problem for me, the darker the better :) Here's what I've done so far:

It was dusk when I took this, but it's starting to take shape!
I'll pop a pic up when I finish it - which may be Halloween at this rate, if the weather continues to be so good - I can't sit in cross-stitching when it's sunny, makes me feel guilty!! S xx

1 comment:

  1. Hello love! Are you on Twitter? I am the designer of this piece, found your comments really interesting. Tweet me @mrsbisp as I would love to know if you completed it?!!
    I left Coats last month, by the way. Collette :-)


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