Lace Illusion in Needlework

[Please note that I don’t know if the pattern is still available.  I have gotten many questions on the matter.  I had bought the project as a Gold Dimensions Kit.  You might try to contact whoever manufactures Gold Dimensions kits to inquire.]

 

I was loftily ambitious way back when I was a newly engaged young maiden!! I was 21, still in college, and was to be married six a little over six months later. Back to my ambition — for my FIRST ever cross-stitch project, I thought I could whip out a wedding sampler in time for the wedding!

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I was picky too. I wanted something classy and heirloom-y looking, and didn’t want any cute-sy looking cartoon characters. So, an heirloom project I picked — stitched over two on 28-count Laguna linen that involves using tiny stitches, lazy stitches, countless French knots and couching to create a lace illusion look for the final look. It also involved using strands and strands of metallic gold thread!! And then, there were those tiny pearls!!! What was I thinking?:

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I can’t pretend it was a breezy project – it was a HARD project because I had no earthly idea how to do those specialty stitches. It eventually took me seven years into my marriage working on and off (more off than on) to complete the sampler. I was spending one too many all-nighters as an engineering student during those years. As my anniversary present that year, my husband had it framed for me. It has always been displayed on the wall closest to our bedroom door. I couldn’t get a good shot with the complete frame (too much reflection). The frame my husband had picked out was sort of a silvery brown scroll pattern (you can see it partially in the first picture):

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Now that another few years have gone by, I don’t think my naivety was all that bad after all. I have really appreciated this piece of heirloom more as the years go by. I still have lofty needlework ambitions — I am hoping to add more completed and framed cross-stitch work in my home decor, including heirloom birth samplers and reproduction historical work.

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Thank you for coming to my show-and-tell. I hope you have a lovely weekend!

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Song of Williamsburg

The wholecloth-style quilting is one of my favorite kinds of quilting because one could really showcase some dense and beautiful feather quilting motifs.

Now that it’s completed, I am pleased to show you “Song of Williamsburg”. Was this like anything you had imagined when you read Border Smart a few days ago? The quilting motif in the center cotton sateen block is original and was inspired by an 18th century bird bottle found in Colonial America.

The entire quilt is quilted with silk thread. You can see from the closeup shot that I had added some French knots for added interest to the piece.


I wish you a beautiful and blessed day, brightened by bird-ly songs!

p.s. The pattern of the quilting motif will be available for purchase some time next week.