Saturday, 18 February 2017

Bohemian Finish and a Halloween Start

Hi, everyone! I finished my Bohemian Paisley embroidery last Saturday. I tried to wash the fabric to get rid of the ink, but alas it is permanent. My next project is Potions, Brews, and Spells by Cherished Stitches. On Sunday I had ironed my fabric and stitched two numbers to get started so when Friday rolled around I wouldn't have to fuss with getting the fabric ready.

By the end of last night's stitching, I had stitched an entire row and was hoping to complete the queen stitch between the 'T' and 'Z' row, but I'm hopelessly confused on how to stitch the queen stitch despite the diagram at the back of the Just Cross Stitch magazine that has this pattern in it.

I think two factors are aiding one another to thwart me: the high stitch count (35ct....which is high for me as I usual stitch on 32ct or less) and the dark color of the fabric. Neither of the photos show the color exactly. It's 35ct dolphin by Week's Dye Works.

How do ladies/gents work on higher stitch counts than 35?!?!? It boggles my mind!

After stitching yesterday I realized that despite my Ott light, I need to invest in a magnifier because I am having a hard time seeing the stitches. Also in order for me to figure out the queen stitch, I need to pull out a scrap of linen with a lower stitch count and practice......a linen I can actually see! LOL

Anyway, I hope you guys had a good Friday Frolic :)

Until next time ^___^


Khristine Doiron said...

I love how the colors look in your paisley project! And your new project looks lovely too! Good luck with those queen stitches :)

Kaisievic said...

Rachel, best of luck with the Queen stitch - some of those specialty stitches are very tricky! A practice piece sounds like a grand idea.

Kaisievic said...

P.S. Great finish, too.

Mini said...

That's a lovely finish.

Brigitte said...

Great finish, Rachel. And I hope that you can get started on the Queen stitch more easily when you try it with a magnifier. I have been stitching with a magnifier for many years now and couldn't do without any longer. But I can tell you that a magnifier makes the difference, at least for me.

FlashinScissors said...

Hi Rachel,
Wonderful finish!
Have you seen Jo's post re Queen stitch ..... I knew somebody had mentioned that stitch recently!
Barbara x