Saturday, January 29, 2011

Okay, I'm doing it...

...because it keeps the creativity flowing! There is still time to join. Take a chance, what have you got to lose?

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Changing to Blue and White

In my effort to "use what I have" I've decided to stitch a few lines from one of my favorite bands. I won't reveal the song or the band until I'm finished (although some of you might be able to figure it out!). I've never designed anything on my own, so it's been a challenge picking the right cross stitch font. I'm using "Madeleine" from the book, 'Minuscules & Majuscules' by Valerie Lejeune. It's all in French, but the best thing about cross stitch is that it doesn't matter what language you speak, you can understand a cross stitch chart! I found this book at The French Needle. I do have an obsession with French cross stitch.

I'm still trying to figure out a border or some other motif to incorporate into the piece. It will be fun to see how this all turns out.

I also received another alpabet book in the mail this week, not even realizing that it was also a book by Valerie Lejeune! I must really like her. It's called, "Cross Stitch Letters Bible" and has over 800 alphabets ranging from 1 point all the way to 55 points. The book has over 700 pages (it's about 2 inches thick). I found this book at Nordic Needle.

Monday, January 3, 2011

One last stitch in red and white

I did this as a prototype for one of the ornament exchanges I participated in this past year. I really like it but it was too time consuming to mass produce. This new year I'm going to try and stay away from red and white (hopefully).

French Country Star
JBW Designs

...and the back.