Tag Archives: Aida

Crazy January Challenge – Project #15

Crazy January Challenge
Project #15: Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder Sampler by Kincavel Krosses
Info: white 14-count aida; DMC 4210

This is another last minute substitution. I originally listed the Bibliophile Blackwork Bookmark, but I really just didn’t fancy stitching a blackwork piece tonight and switched to this little sampler instead. I love the variations in the colour of this floss. They’re quite subtle but, I think, effective, and I like how this looks so far.

So, that’s all fifteen projects started. Now all I have to do is finish them all by the end of the year! I’ll be giving updates on my progress the first Saturday of each month as part of my Stitchy Saturdays, but I may occasionally pop up a post ni between those if I’ve managed to do a fair bit on a project, so I hope you’ll keep visiting!

Advertisements

Stitchy Saturday – October ATCs

Each Saturday, I will feature either something I’m currently stitching, something I’ve just finished stitching, or something I’ve just designed. I hope you’ll all join me in displaying some of your own work and leaving a link to your post in the comments below.

 

I know it’s half-way through November now, but these are the ATCs I sent and received through various exchanges in October.

Group: Addicted to Cross Stitch ATCs
Theme: Stitcher’s Choice
Stitched by: Me!
Sent to: Kerrie Rose, Norwich, UK
Information: As I got to stitch whatever I fancied this time round, I thought I’d go for an autumnal theme and designed this miniature seasonal sampler. It’s stitched in DMC 111 variegated floss (one of my favourites) on white 22-count Janina. The design is available for free from my Kincavel Krosses blog HERE.

Group: Cross Stitch ATCs
Theme: Letter A
Stitched by: Me!
Sent to: Pamela Spatty, Springfield, MO, USA
Information: I used part of the motif from my Autumn ATC, split it apart and placed the lower-case letter “A” in the centre. The motif is stitched in green variegated floss and the letter is stitched in scented DMC (apple-scented, as “A” is for apple!). I used a floral cardstock as the colours and shapes complemented the stitched patch, cut the edges with fancy-blade scissors, used gold chain edging down the sides, then added three more letter A’s along the bottom.

Group: Cross Stitch ATCs
Theme: The Spooks!
Stitched by: Me!
Sent to: Natascha Busby, Shropshire, UK
Information: This cute little ghost was gleaned from the pages of Donna Kooler’s 555 Fabulous Cross Stitch Patterns. I stitched him in glow-in-the-dark DMC, edging him in pale blue, on black aida. I covered the plain cardstock with handmade orange paper that had a rough texture and added metallic-shimmer letters down the left-hand side spelling “Boo”.

Group: Addicted to Cross Stitch ATCs
Theme: Stitcher’s Choice
Stitched by: Lynn Stevens, London, UK
Sent to: Me!
Information: Lynn chose a Halloween theme for her stitcher’s choice and sent me this creepy little spider (I’m terrified of them!) dangling from his web. His eyes are tiny orange seed beads. The card is very dark brown (which complements the orange beautifully) and I love the little pumpkin and skull adornments which stand out from the card.

Group: Cross Stitch ATCs
Theme: Letter A
Stitched by: Annette Neeley, Ogden, Utah, USA
Sent to: Me!
Information: This gorgeous medieval-style letter A is stitched in an array of stunning colours – the photo really doesn’t do it justice! The rose-pink card has beautiful swirling fleur-de-lis-type designs which is continued with the little fleur-de-lis charm.

Group: Cross Stitch ATCs
Theme: The Spooks!
Stitched by: Anna Itsma
Sent to: Me!
Information: I love this cute little spook carrying a lantern and edged in silver. He’s stitched on black aida and that little charm is a beautiful silver pumpkin.

Group: Cross Stitch ATCs
Theme: Halloween
Stitched by: Laura Borst, Whitburn, UK
Sent to: Me!
Information: Laura must have been ejoying stitching for Halloween, because she sent me this adorable Mummy ATC as a freebie. I love the star-studded holographic card he’s on too!

ATCs For September

Group: Cross Stitch ATCs
Theme: Flower Power
Stitched by: Me!
Sent to: Lorraine Grimshaw, Swansea, Wales
Information: The main part of this Assisi rose design is stitched in a variegated floss, but the backstitching and border are stitched in rose-scented DMC (the fabric is white 18-count aida). The backing card has a pale blue floral design and I cut the edges with fancy-blade scissors for the scalloped effect. Finally, I finished the ATC with some rose-coloured ribbon and pearls.

The design is a freebie from Needlework Tips and Techniques.

Group: Cross Stitch ATCs
Theme: Letter B
Stitched by: Me!
Sent to: Lynn Stevens, Surrey, UK
Information: I liked the simplicity of this art nouveau letter with the highly stylised rose. It also gave me another chance to stitch with my rose-scented DMC! The letter itself, and the backstitching on the rose, is in Belle Soie silk – the design is stitched on white 14-count perforated paper. The backing card is the same pale blue floral card I used for the Flower Power ATC and cut the edges with the same fancy-edged scissors, but turned the other way for a different finish. Finally, I added three glittery butterfly embellishments which are raised from the card by using 3D sticky foam for a bit of added depth.

The design is from the December 2009 issue of CrossStitcher Magazine – Art Nouveau ABC by Diane Machin. It was the featured Alphabet of the Month.

Group: Addicted to Cross Stitch ATCs
Theme: Pigs
Stitched by: Me!
Sent to: Anna Itsma, Netherlands
Information: This is my first ATC for exchange with this group and I adore pigs, so I wanted to stitch something sweet. Pigs often get a bad rep for being stinky and dirty, so This Little Piggy is pristinely clean and sweetly scented as I once more used my rose-scented DMC on white 18-count aida. I covered the plain white backing card with some pretty pink hand-made paper and added a flower cut from some wrapping paper in the bottom left corner. Next I cut the edges with wavy-edged scissors and finished it all off by adding some tiny pink crystal embellishments (the top one is a tiny heart).

The design is part of a larger farmyard sampler (Sheep, Pig and More) from Cross Stitchers Club. I added the text myself.

Group: Cross Stitch ATCs
Theme: Flower Power
Stitched by: Rachel Bailey, Wales, UK
Sent to: Me!
Information: This very clever and effective Flower Power ATC was designed by Rachel especially for this exchange. I love how the lettering is incorporated into the centre of the flower – ingenious! The colours are so cheery and vibrant – they really pop!

Group: Cross Stitch ATCs
Theme: Letter B
Stitched by: Emma Rowlett, Telford, UK
Sent to: Me!
Information: This cute snake looped through the letter is just so sweet! I love how Emma carried the theme off the fabric with the stickers spelling “hisss”, and the wavy-edged card – so effective.

Group: Addicted to Cross Stitch ATCs
Theme: Pigs
Stitched by: Karen Beaton, Melton, Australia
Sent to: Me!
Information: I adore this rainy day pig splashing in the puddles. And those rainbow-coloured raindrops are so gorgeous and sparkly. Just adorable through and through!

 

Cross Stitched Bookmarks Exchange

Group: Cross Stitch Forum
Exchange: Cross Stitched Bookmarks
Design: Scalloped Bookmark – Kincavel Krosses
Stitched by: Me!
Sent to: Faith Allaire, Gales Ferry, Connecticut, USA
Information: Stitched on brown 14-count perforated paper in Anchor 1335 variegated floss with pink seed beads. Backed with white self-adhesive felt and finished with a multi-coloured tassel made with the same floss.

The aim of the exchange was to create bookmarks that weren’t strictly rectangular, so I stitched this piece on perforated paper so I could cut the scalloped shape around the stitching, It was fiddly, but I thought the end result was quite pretty. The only change I would make if I were doing it again would be to use a dark-coloured perforated paper (perhaps navy or black) to make the colour of the floss stand out more. It looks brighter when you see it for real, but it doesn’t really show in the photographs.

Group: Cross Stitch Forum
Exchange: Cross Stitched Bookmarks
Design: ?
Stitched by: Kute Kitty
Sent to: Me!
Information: Stitched on white 18-count aida, backed with interfacing and finished with a tiny scissors charm.

I love the quote on this bookmark, and as I have two huge bookcases filled with books and still more overflowing in piles around my home, it’s particularly fitting! The cover of the book (which is stitched in a terracotta colour) is edged with gold metallic thread to add a little extra sparkle. I love it!

Soft Cubes for Twins

I actually stitched these a while back. A friend of mine has another friend who has twin girls and she commissioned me to stitch a soft cube for each of them. Their names are Isla and Rose, and she didn’t want anything too girlie for them, so I chose a simple but pretty butterfly alphabet and then designed two extra faces (using motifs from various other designs) for each cube to fill the remaining spaces. They are both stitched on white 14-count aida in DMC threads.

I chose a pretty lilac shade as the main colour theme for Isla’s cube. The letters are all in lilac with different coloured butterflies on each one, and continued with lilac as the main colour for the face with the hearts and flowers design, then finished the last side with two butterflies.

Rose’s letters are all in a pretty rose-pink shade which carries through to the hearts and flowers face. I used a different arrangement of butterflies for the last face.

I hope Rose and Isla like their soft cubes!

A decade in the making…

While clearing out a cupboard yesterday morning, I came across a small package of cross stitching stash from when I used to stitch. I quit cross stitching in early 2000 (not long after beginning to see my hubby) – no particular reason other than I fell out of the habit – and only took it up again in February 2009, so these items had lain untouched for ten years!

In that package, I found several blackwork patterns, a dozen or so flosses, some cream 14-count aida (still in the packet with only a little piece used), and a bookmark that I had finished stitching but never assembled into a finished piece.

I have no idea where I got the pattern (or where it is now – I suspect it’s in my Celtic Cross Stitch book though), nor do I know which threads I used (probably DMC, but no idea of the colour codes), and I think it’s stitched on the piece of cream aida that was missing from the packet.

So this morning, I finally washed, ironed, fringed and backed the bookmark with white self-adhesive felt and here it is. Could this be a record for longest time taken to complete a cross stitched bookmark?

Oh, and if you’re wondering, that’s my copy of Bleak House by Charles Dickens that it’s lying across in the photo.

Two ATCs

“Illuminated C” and “Koi”

These are the two ATCs I stitched for the May exchange at the Cross Stitch ATC Facebook group.

The first theme is “The Letter C” – the plan is that all 26 letters will be covered, but not in alphabetical order (just to keep us on our toes!). I chose my design from Illuminated Letters by Lesley Teare – the alphabet featured in an issue of The World of Cross Stitching (I don’t know which issue – I swapped a chart with a member on a forum to get these), and I plan to use these designs for my whole alphabet series. It’s stitched on white 14-count aida in various DMC threads and only just fits on the card, so next time I’ll be using a higher count of fabric!

The second theme is “Oriental”. I found this gorgeous little koi design which is free to download from Cross Stitch Happy and just knew it was the one for me! I didn’t use the suggested colours, but instead picked colours out of my existing stash. I also replaced the eyes and most of the little buds on the plants with beads, just for a little extra dimension. Finally, I added the Japanese character for “koi” in the upper right-hand corner. The koi represents love and friendship, so this beautiful fish was the perfect choice for an exchange. I like him so much I almost wished I could have kept him for myself, so I think there’s a distinct possibility I’ll stitch him again for a card or some such thing. This version is stitched on pale blue 14-count aida in various DMC threads and beads I had to hand.