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My Lady’s Quaker

My Lady’s Quaker

I just have to finish the motif on the bottom right corner and then I am on to the alphabets – one upper case and one lower case.

Working on it in hand means I do actually work on it, but I don’t think my stitches are as well-formed.

The pattern is from Jardin Prive. As I have two more of her designs in my stash, I am quite keen to get this one finished (and I have been working on it for a year!).

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My Lady’s Quaker

image of my lady's quaker cross stitch
Progress on My Lady’s Quaker by Jardin Prive

I have become quite monogamous on this cross stitch.

The motif in the upper-right corner created a lot of difficulty for me. I think I stitched it three times before I could get the outer border to join correctly. The blue marking lines helped enormously. I have put more in to make the last few motifs easier and then it is on to the alphabets.

I’m back to stitching in hand and it just seems to work a bit better for me. I don’t think my stitches are better (in fact I think my tension is probably a bit off), but I am far more likely to pick it up and work on it.

I got a bit carried away with buying new charts last year and now I feel a bit anxious about the amount of unstitched charts I have.

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Gingerbread House Cross Stitch

The bottom and back of my Gingerbread House

I started working on this house late last year to use as a model for my girls, but soon realised it was going to take a long time and that they wouldn’t have the patience to finish it. I wondered if even I had the patience (dedication) to finish it, but when I added the back stitch the design popped and now I feel quite motivated (I doubt it will be finished this year).

The design is from the 2016 Family Circle Christmas Special – you might still be able to find the pattern here.

I bought the plastic canvas from Spotlight and I am using 6 strands of DMC floss, 2 for the backstitching.

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So many mistakes

My Lady’s Quaker

I kept making mistakes on this quaker motif…

Finished version from Jardin Prive

The one in the top right corner.

I have put in some tacking lines – I hope this fixes my counting issues.

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My Lady’s Quaker

My Lady’s Quaker

As someone who prides themselves, on my ability to do maths – this cross stitch has humbled me. The motif in the top right I must have stitched at least twice.

The pattern is My Lady’s Quaker from Jardin Prive – 32 count Belfast linen, DMC threads (Black and a Variegated Red)

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My Lady’s Quaker

Progress on My Lady’s Quaker

I have been looking at various different ways of cross stitching. I stitch in hand one stitch at a time. I have tried Q-Snaps, but they hurt my hands getting them on and off, and I do have hoops (this one  and while I do like this hoop – it is a bit of a pain to carry it around and set it up each time). I wanted to have less fuss and effort so I went with stitching in hand.

I do what I think is called the stab method (terrible name), but I thought I should try the sewing method however my tension was a bit crap, so I fallen back to the tried and tested method.

I was hoping to progress a bit quicker, but I will just have to make more of the process.

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My Lady’s Quaker

My Lady’s Quaker

I have been working on this a little bit at a time.  It’s from here.

It is on 32 count Belfast linen, which seems to be the limit of what I can do. It takes me a while to get my eye in so to speak and then I find it quite easy.

I have learnt how to do a pin stitch to start and stop stitching – from Hands Across the Sea Samplers. Nicola has a YouTube video you can watch. It has made the back much tidier and I am now using the loop method to start the non-variegated thread (the black in the image above).

 

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My Lady’s Quaker

My Lady’s Quaker from Jardin Prive

I have been working on this for a while now, here was the first mention (no image – sorry)

This is My Lady’s Quaker by Jardin Prive.

I am using DMC cottons – black (310) and a varigated red (115). It is on a belfast linen (32 count) and I think it is cream (but I could be wrong about that).

I have new glasses – progressive lenses – and it is now so much easier. I might be able to do a higher count now.

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Halloween Cat

Halloween Cat by Satsuma Street

This is my latest cross stitch project – this is what it is meant to look like …

Halloween Cat – Satsuma Street

I am working on 25 count Dublin linen from Zweitgart – in the natural colourway. At first I thought I would do one over one (one strand of thread over one strand of the fabric), but it was just too small for me, so I am doing two over two. It is easy and the pattern is delightful to do – big chunks of colour and once you’re started it is easy to move from place to place.

Satsuma Street do fabulous, bright and colourful designs – check out her Etsy store (you can download the designs as pdfs).

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Finished

It’s Finished

I started this in December (first post here) – I was using it as a kind of hand therapy after I broke hand. I enjoyed it – there were some downs (terrible counting errors), but I learned heaps – rail roading, the loop method to start and the diagonal pin stitch. This is the first time I have used linen (32 count Belfast) and I know I won’t be returning to Aida.

I was thinking I could make smalls using some of the motifs – the star, or the flowers at the bottom.

So now it is full-steam ahead on my Modern Folk Sampler stitch along – if you think about how a new section gets released each month I am on about January the 5th! Or I could work on my Quaker Lady.

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