This is the new start that I mentioned a few weeks ago. It’s a kit that I bought at Sewing for Pleasure last year and have been putting off starting, partly because it was so expensive and partly because it’s full of special stitches and techniques. Having now done a fair bit on The Great Escape, the Papillon SAL and also the Hardanger SAL, I feel slightly more qualified to tackle it. Slightly.
I was very taken by the stitched example at the show and just had to buy the kit. It’s absolutely gorgeous with lots of pages using all the techniques you can see listed on the picture. There are two colours of linen provided, plus some satiny fabric and plenty of gold needles.
The colours of the threads are mouth-watering and there’s even some hand-painted silk. There are also bugle beads and charms, plus of course some perle thread for the Hardanger. I love that the threads come ready sorted on the cards.
There are pages and pages of diagrams and instructions which look pretty comprehensive. I’m fairly confident about some of the techniques and I’m really looking forward to learning the new ones. I think this will probably last me for the rest of the year but each page will be like a mini finish.
If you want to see what the pages inside will be like, you can see them at the Cross Stitch Guild. Click on the image to show the rest of the photos. There are a few other things on their website that I have my eye on, including The Fleur Etui. Maybe I’ll do that one when I’ve finished this.
I’m stitching on Around the World in 80 days at the moment but will be starting my Flower Book Sampler on Monday hopefully.