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Sunday, 21 June 2015

Floral Star - From Nancy's Needles - FINISHED - 21.06.15

On 23rd May 2015 I had my 40th birthday and received some money from relatives.  On 24th May I placed my order with From Nancy's Needles for the kit for Floral Star and what I thought at the time was my first counted canvas project.  I then went on holiday for a week and when I returned on 6th June my parcel was waiting for me.



I looked through the pattern and ummed and ahhhed about how to start.  I found a Facebook group for counted canvas and got some very useful tips from the people in there about how to go about starting.

I pinned the canvas to my stretcher bars and decided to take the plunge.  After that there was no stopping me.


I was advised to add more tacks to hold my canvas securely in place.


Once the first stitches were in I was loving every stitch.


The best thing about a project like this is once you've completed one section you can stitch the rest by referring to what you've already stitched.


It just kept growing and I didn't want to put it down.


Today I finished it.  I made one change to the charted design in that the inner border should be stitched in the metallic purple but when I was using this thread it was hurting my fingers pulling it through the canvas so I decided to use the Easter Eggs thread which was used for the tulips.

I don't think it looks too bad myself.

After I'd started stitching this my mum showed me a few pieces I had stitched when I was young and it turns out this was nowhere near my first counted canvas piece.  I will try and get some pictures of my past projects and post them here sometime.

So I can see a lot more counted canvas projects in my future.  However I think in the future I will just buy the charts and choose floss from my stash to stitch them with.  The nice thing is that I could see myself stitching this design again in the future with different threads and coming out with a completely different project.

Hope you've enjoyed my journey with counted canvas.  I'd love to hear if you've branched out into any other crafts needle or otherwise.

Keep stitching and smiling



8 comments:

Blu said...

Congratulations! It looks so amazing! I really love the colours.

gracie said...

Beautiful piece

sharine said...

Beautiful finish!

Pam in IL said...

I love counted canvas too. Yours is a beautiful finish!

D1-D2 said...

It looks beautiful. I had the same problem when I was stitching with threads similar to the metallic purple. It really puts a strain on your arm pulling on the needle. I ended up getting a needle gripper to help with that.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

This is a really beautiful design. I love the colours.

I've tried canvas work before but don't like how much thread it uses! I also made a latch hook rug which was fun and keeps you warm in Winter as you make it. I have a half finished tapestry somewhere.

Mrs Milkybar Kid said...

Beautiful finish Nic! I seem to always be on the hunt for new things to try - next year's project list is looking quite scary lol!

Caitlin @ Naughts Cross Stitches said...

That looks beautiful