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


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