Tuesday, 8 July 2008

In The Frame

Quite some time ago, I came across a coastal cross-stitch sampler on eBay. I didn't win it, but after some investigating; I did manage to buy a copy of the chart from someone else. After I discovered Willow Fabrics in the U.K. I was able to buy the bits that make up the rest of the kit and last week; I got my (belated) birthday present of the frame and stand.

Due to the fact that I was busy doing a show in Cobourg the packages remained unopened until this weekend, when I finally got it all assembled and ready to start. I did enjoy playing with the colours of the various stranded cottons ~ as you can see, there are rather a lot of colours in this design.

I must confess to a little nervousness about making the first stitches and progressed little beyond marking the centre of the fabric with a pin and spending a considerable amount of time studying the chart.

On Sunday I finally made the first tentative stitches and the efforts above took about two and a half hours. To say that this is going to be a long project is an understatement!