Which stitch?

Finally some photo’s of my latest obsession… two cross stitch SALs, as usual, I’m miles behind on both, but am enjoying the individual journeys.
Mary Wigham One
First photo is my progress on the Mary Wigham SAL being offered by Needleprint… still haven’t finished Part 1!

Am using a gorgeous Stitches and Spice Sand Storm Belfast 32ct linen and have done by own conversion based on looking at photo’s of original – realised after I’d ordered the threads and checked the DMC equivalent, my colours are a lot different – but am loving what I’ve done so far!

Mary Wigham threads Am using Gentle Arts Sampler Threads, lots of the Shaker Threads… am enjoying the subtle colour variations, haven’t used these threads before.

The other SAL I am working on is the Isabelle Haccourt Vautier Grand Marquoir – again am miles behind, am still working on Part 1 and Part 4 has just been released.   Oh, well… never mind!

Grand Marquoir OneAnd been inspired by Jayne’s work on Swiss Topiary that was offered by Crown Stitches, to buy the thread and linen and kit it up and now being very tempted to do the South Seas Laces SAL that Molly and Claire are planning… aargh!

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Mary, Mary where you going to?

I’ve gone a bit gaga over cross-stitch at present… can blame the girls at Blackbird Design for providing a freebie chart awhile back which I finished for Mum and enjoyed so much I started again for me.

So have spent a couple of weeks finding freebie cross-stitch charts and stitch-alongs.  Have started the Isabelle Haccourt Vautier Grand Marquoir – though it’s going to take me forever – I’ve stitched the H and crown in the bottom right hand corner of part one – but 3 parts have been published so far!

But, I’ve always loved the Quaker style cross-stitches, probably because the motifs are similar to motifs used in quilting, baskets, birds stars etc.   So imagine how exciting it was to find that Needleprint are offering a chart for the Mary Wigham Sampler from the Ackworth School as part of a nine week stitch along!

048 Mary Wigham

Have ordered fabric and threads from Stitches and Spice, was hoping they’d arrived at work on Thursday so I could start over the weekend, but alas, no!  Hopefully they’ll be there when I arrive on Tuesday.   Am not using the DMC threads but ordered a selection of Gentle Art Sampler Threads from the Shaker Range based on the colours in the photograph.   Probably completely different from the DMC shades, but not too fussed about it being exact!