Red lady

Project Description

What are you most proud of? The fact that I finished it at all! I nearly went cross-eyed in the process! I was helped by varifocal lenses in my glasses, a daylight bulb and a magnifying glass to see what I was doing (I used a very fine linen - can't remember the thread-count, but I could have used larger and made life a bit easier for myself). What advice would you give someone starting this project? Lots and lots of people have done this embroidery, which is a commercially available pattern and part of a set. I have the "Spring" pattern as well, but haven't found the time to start it yet, although "Noel" was completed several years ago. I can only say that it isn't really difficult as long as you're careful not to make mistakes in counting the threads of the background fabric. Using Aida fabric would make it a little easier as the blocks would mean you wouldn't have to count individual threads. Just keep going and you'll finish it in the end - then stand back and wait for the compliments as non-cross-stitchers will think you're so clever!

What you will need

  • Evenweave linen
  • Anchor embroidery floss
  • beads

Q&A with patz in suffolk

Tanya W. asked:
It's very nice. I also have many cross stitch pieces I have done. I haven't done them for a while because of the eye strain.
patz in suffolk answered:
Oh Tanya - do post some pictures on this website - I'd love to see them and I'm sure lots of other people would love to as well!
Lola Jenkins asked:
Your piece is gorgeous. Just as you said you will get alot of compliments from this project. It was well worth it.
patz in suffolk answered:
Thank you. I've now signed up for your Thread Art course, so there will be no holding me now! Can't wait to get started so must try and get the necessary equipment together!
NanaJeanFL asked:
How beautiful! Does the pattern come as a kit with thread? Would love more details on the pattern as I'd like to see if I can track it down in the US. Lovely work!
patz in suffolk answered:
I don't think it comes as a kit, but the pattern gives clear instructions as to the colours that are required.
barbara asberry asked:
I would love to try to try this Red Lady Work. this is too great . thank you for sharing .ba
patz in suffolk answered:
You should be able to find the pattern quite easily - see below...
deanna Nascimen asked:
Beautiful....I see a lot of hours put into this piece. Good work.
patz in suffolk answered:
Thank you. Yes, it take rather a while! Amazed I finished it, really!

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