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Category Embroidery
Type Home Decor
Style Romantic
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What materials did you use? 32- and 28-ct. linen, DMC cotton flosses, Mill Hill beads, Petite Treasure (metallic) braid

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What are you most proud of? Finishing all four seasons plus Celtic Christmas. Like most stitchers, my stash is ... SABLE (stash acquired beyond life expectancy). After I did the first two, it took every ounce of willpower I had to move on to the third one and not go to one of my other beautiful patterns--but I did it!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? (1) Find a good tutorial on counted cross stitch, working with metallics and working with beads--these patterns are not meant for beginners and there are no instructions on how to work the stitches. (2) Check your fabric count--I accidentally picked up one piece of 28-count and one piece of 32-count linen, so my ladies are different sizes! (3) If you are want to frame them all the same, consider having your framer order enough frame when you finish the first one. It keeps you motivated to finish the others, and it ensures that if the frame is discontinued, you'll have enough.

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I'm about 97% finished with mine. I have never seen a Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum pattern that I did not think was beautiful. I totally agree with the advice you gave -- looking at your work, you certainly know what you are talking about. Great work!!

09/16/2015 Flag

97%--KEEP GOING!!! You'll be so glad you did. MLI was a great designer--I have several more MLI patterns in my stash! Thanks for the compliment--I've been stitching for ... let's just say a lot of years. No need to put a number with it, right? I love it--I love how it makes me feel when I'm doing it, and I love giving my work to others.

09/20/2015 Flag

magnifique bravo

09/26/2015 Flag

Thank you! I'm glad you like them!

09/26/2015 Flag

These are absolutely gorgeous. I have done some counted cross stitch before and it is not as easy as it looks to do. Did you learn new techniques in the class? What Craftsy class did you take? I am surprised they did not list the name of the class. Thanks for sharing. Sewnknitcro

10/08/2015 Flag

Hi! This wasn't a Craftsy class--it was just a project, and straight-up cross stitch at that. There's a little bit of metallic, a little bit of beading and a little backstitching, but other than that, it's just cross stitch with cotton floss. If you like them and you've done cross stitch, you could easily (if not quickly, lol) do these ladies. Thanks for your kind words! Patt

10/08/2015 Flag

Just Beautiful! Were the patterns a kit? Where are they available?

02/04/2016 Flag

See my reply below--forgot to enter it using the "Reply" button!

02/07/2016 Flag

They were not kits. I bought the patterns, and then I bought the supplies. If you have a needlework store in your area, they can certainly order the patterns for you (if they don't stock them). The designer is Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum, Lavender and Lace. The pattern names are Celtic Spring, Celtic Summer, Celtic Winter, Celtic Autumn and Celtic Christmas. If you don't have a needlework store in your area, you can order all the patterns from ABC Stitch (abcstitch.com). The great thing about ABC Stitch is that each pattern has a supply list underneath it, and you can just check the boxes for the supplies you need--so it's *like* a kit. :-) Happy stitching!

02/07/2016 Flag