Winter Into Spring designed by Cross ‘N Patch
If you are a stitcher, you know that WIP stands for Work In Progress and is usually done on Wednesdays. This is one of my current WIP’s that I actually started yesterday. It is also appropriate considering that Embroidery Central (EC) is hosting a trunk show highlighting this designer and their patterns are on sale this month.
Now, for some details. This pattern, Winter Into Spring, is one of four from a leaflet titled ‘Heart of My Heart’ and it is a hardanger pattern. It has two hand dyes threads from Caron that are the same color, Parfait, but are from different collections – Watercolors and Wildflowers. One is a hand dyed silk and one is a heavier hand dyed cotton thread. There is also ribbon embroidery on this heart which I just can’t wait to do. This is probably the reason why I started this project instead of working on a project I need to finish.
Embroidery Central is doing trunk shows to highlight different designers. For April, they have decided to highlight Cross N Patch who mainly designs Hardanger patterns. Embroidery Central will be displaying various pieces designed by Cross N Patch and stitched by local stitchers for this month only. Plus, any design by Cross N Patch is on sale for this month only.
Hardanger uses Kloster blocks to form a base then some of the fabric threads are cut out. Specialty stitches can be added to the remaining fabric threads. This creates a delicate lacy look on the finished piece. Below, is a Hardanger stitched by yours truly:
One design from Christmas Tree Lane by Cross N Patch.
Hardanger looks difficult because of the cutting and the specialty stitches. In fact, I avoided even trying this needle art for a very long time. However, it is actually quite easy depending on the size of the project. The above project took me about three days.
And, guess what? Embroidery Central offers classes. That’s right on Thursdays 4 – 6pm you can learn how to make an amazing heirloom piece that will be treasured for generations to come.