“Pentecost Two” happy dance

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.

P2 finished01

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.

P2 finished 02

P2 finished 03

P2 finished 04

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.


19 thoughts on ““Pentecost Two” happy dance

  1. Well done! It really does look spectacular! I love the fact that it looks so different to Avis’ version even though they are the same pattern. Looking forward to see you tackle the new design – and what colours you are going to choose.
    Alison x

    • yes amazing how the choice of colour can totally change a design. I’m really excited about the new project and neither of us have decided on colours yet ^^

  2. Absolutely beautiful, I love the colour choices you and Avis have chosen. Your 2 colour design does give it the appearance of being a different chart, amazing. The next project is huge! I can’t wait to see them both.

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