Cross Stitching with Friends

As I’ve talked about, I am taking part in a cross-stitch along with a couple of friends. I talked about how we selected a pattern (and the mistake I made) here, and talked about how I planned (or not) what I would do here and my progress at that point here.

This is how far I’d got at that point on the left:

Well I’ve finally finished (on the right).

I’ve made some substantial changes to the pattern. I’ve included more books, especially trilogies and collections. I added the cat, large pot plant, dream catcher, vase and air plant. I added these things to better fit the oldy worldy colour palette I’d chosen and lessen the sweetness of the original pattern.

I stitched the main sections of the books pretty quickly and enjoyed all the colour choices. I mostly used single colours but did experiment with blending threads especially for the clock, globe and frame of the painting.

I then took a bit of a break, before filling in all the details on the books. I actually found this bit much harder than I thought I would. I used one normal cotton thread and three sparkly ones. Some times I kept the colours of cotton and sparkle threads constant and others I used more contrast. I think I had more success with the mixtures that were more alike in colour.

Deciding what colour the details should be, was really hard. I think the books with darker details look best. In the end I’m happy with the overall look, even if there is a couple of books I’m not that keen on.

Some of the additional bits, I drafted on the blank space of the pattern using a pencil (the vase, cat and air plant). The dreamcatcher is based on the circle of the clock face. The pot plant comes from a different pattern.

I wish my bookcase looked like this one


I’m the first of my friends to finish but having seen their progress so far, I’m excited to see what they end up with. I don’t have another on the go, but I have enjoyed the process. Now I need to figure out what else I could make other than just pictures, so that I can do some more.


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