Avis of Sewing Beside the Sea and I are having a happy dance this weekend because we have both put finishing stitches to the blackwork project we’ve been working together since September: “Pentecost Two”. This chart is designed by and copyright to Practical Blackwork
This was the biggest blackwork I’ve ever tackled – a mammouth 294 x 294 stitches.
I stitched on pewter 18 count aida, using DMC 333 and DMC 602. My finished piece measures 40cm square. A real joy to stitch, even the “fiddly” bits became fun as they grew . . . I’m kind of sad to see it finished.
So a big thank you to Liadain of Practical Blackwork for designing this and making it available for FREE to all stitchers. And a big hug to Avis, for encouraging me to embark on this blackwork adventure which really was great fun. Don’t forget to check out Avis’ blog to see her version, which is spectacular!
We have already agreed to begin a new project together for 2014. There was a bit of telepathy going on over Christmas since Avis was lucky enough to receive an Ink Circles chart for xmas . . . and I just happen to have it in my stash already . . . so in January we are going to be beginning “Cirque des Cercles” a beautiful design from Ink Circles.
This photo is from the Ink Circles site
We are both umming and ahhing over fabric choice and thread colours. This is another biggie, so we need to find colours that we love since there will be lots of little crosses to stitch over the coming months.