My sabbatical from cross stitch is having the required stimulus effect and heres a snapshot of the current piece.
Two small linen coasters - to use up leftover 32 count belfast linen from the Wessex needlecase. The thread is Shenandoah colour Waterlilies silk and is a delight to stitch with.
A New Zealand Embroiderer Olwyn Horwood is an active advocate of "traditional stitiching" and some years ago (in fact it was 1999) I did several classes with her producing some, as yet unused, doilies. Indeed I purchased her book but this is the first time I have stitched anything from it. Apart from some hesitancy with the diagonal four sided stitch (done over three threads to further complicate matters) this went together like a dream. As you can see I am now painstakingly doing the Scandanavian Stitch edging . But I'm enjoying the linen, the floss, the chart ie the whole package.
There have been several enquiries asking about the Wessex Stitchery book - It was published in 2000, so may very well be difficult to obtain now.
I have stitched several pieces based on this book - all but one have been given as gifts but THE ONE is on my lounge wall and gives me great pleasure as well as inciting curiosity in many guests.
I think that if I have read the instructions correctly this photo may even be clickable. Not too sure about that though - it all seemed immeasurably complicated.
Hope you have all had a good weekend and not wet and cold like mine.
I work for a large Government Department. Outside work I enjoy embroidery and stitch mainly traditional pieces of counted work always in Linen and generally with DMC or silks. My other love is reading and I visit the local library nearly every week. My elderly mother lives with me. She is increasingly deaf and quite blind and in this blog is known affectionately as the DBEM.