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Stitching ‘The Secret Garden’

August 3, 2012

Stitching ‘The Secret Garden’

I have started stitching on linen again. My current big project is ‘The Bookshelf’ by Little House Needleworks, which really appealed to me because I have always loved books.

I originally spotted the design on Pinterest but fortunately this US chart is available from Sew and So, and they can supply linen fabric and stranded cotton to make it up to a kit.

I started with the section featuring ‘The Secret Garden’, completing most of it when I had three friends over for a stitching weekend last month.

Stitching on linen produces a lovely end result, but requires a bit more concentration than stitching on aida. Here are my tips for careful counting:

  • count twice, stitch once
  • count threads, not holes
  • triangulate from more than one point

It just so happens that I also found a beautiful hardback copy of ‘The Secret Garden’ for £2.99 in TK Maxx, so I got chance to re-read the story as well.

As always, I also like to have smaller projects on the go. My most recently completed mini kit was this really sweet Mouseloft Tiddlers pink butterfly which I used to make a little purple felt needlecase for my Faith Hope and Charity Swapping swap partner.

Butterflies seem to be cropping up a lot in my stitching so far this year! See my Spring Stitching blogpost for a couple more examples.

I am linking up with Needlework Days at Feisty Tapas. This is well worth checking out, to see what other people have been making.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 3, 2012 2:51 pm

    I love stitching on linen, I love the finished result. Your new project is coming along wonderfully, what a lovely design!

    • August 3, 2012 5:36 pm

      Thanks! I’m enjoying stitching this and linen is especially nice for this kind of design.

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