Started Aug. 20, 2009
Finished Sept. 12, 2009
After 18 Hours of stitching.
Design by Ragnhild Rees from “Gestickte Kostbarkeiten”, the german edition of Heirloom Embroidery (Murdoch Books 1997).
The original project was done on wool blanketing with DMC Laine Colbert embroidery wool and DMC cotton threads. My version is all done with cotton threads on my frame stand cover (I usually cover my WIP with a plain fabric. But recently I want to have all the fabrics in my room embroidered, including the cover for the computer monitor and the keyboard.)
For the first time, I will try to embroider using a small hoop, and I am liking it. Although this is not a very large project, I would say, using a small hoop made it easy for me to bring the project to my caregiving job. I roll the fabric and place it in a tube. The small hoop does not create any ghost marks, which I was afraid it would create. I don´t wash nor iron most of my finish projects. But I think it is fine to wash this project. Despite its numerous elements, this project is really a relaxing project. And I can be both strict in following the lines of the patter, at the same time be a little free with the stitches. I chose the colors myself too, since there is no direct conversion from Laine Colbert to 6-strand cotton.
After a few inserted projects, I finally get to finish this embroidery.