I knew this year I wanted to have a project with a real autumnal feel and with a bit of a colour change I found one! Yet again it is a design by Abi Gurden of Bee's Needleworks, my third this year. A few years ago Abi released a design called Tree of Stitches, which many of you have seen and no doubt stitched! It will always remain one of my all time favourite finishes as it was the first time I chose my own colours for a design and my first time stitching speciality stitches. From that moment on I was hooked and I discovered the two things that now bring me the most joy in my stitching!
A few years later Abi released another design, Summer Tree of Stitches and I knew that it would be another must stitch piece for me. This year, with my need to crack open those skeins of hand dyed floss, proved the perfect time to start it!
I had the perfect fabric that I'd been saving for it in my stash - it's Jodyri Designs Sept 2014 Ltd Ed Fall Trees in Brittney Opal, reminiscent of the Indian summer skies we get at sunset here on the coast. Initially I was going to stitch the whole thing in silks, but I like to use perles for some speciality stitches to mix up the textures (and preserve my sanity!) so I picked out some Wildflowers too:
This floss toss is by no means all the threads to be used, but just a taster. I basically went through my stash and picked out all my autumnal coloured silks and wildflowers and will choose the colour for each section as I go.
Here are parts 1-3, there are 12 parts in all:
|Threads used so far: Bark Wildflowers, AVAS 1423, Gloriana Autumn Arbor, Gloriana PPP Cinnamon and PTB48|
Needless to say I am very much looking forward to stitching this one up!
Just a note for my UK readers - Lidl currently have an offer on for a daylight craft lamp for £12.99. I picked one up on Monday and have been using it all week and I love it! Particularly useful for my new start on 40ct linen!