Type of item: Home Decor
Style: Ethnic, Romantic
32- and 28-ct. linen, DMC cotton flosses, Mill Hill beads, Petite Treasure (metallic) braid
What was your inspiration?
I saw the first of these designs, Celtic Christmas, in a cross-stitch shop. It was so beautiful I had to buy the pattern. Then the designer came out with the seasons, and I knew I had to have all of them.
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!
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.