Well it is November and so I am teaching again!
Last year I ran a course at the Tapestry Gallery teaching people the stitches used with in the panels, and then I promised I would show them how to design their own piece. So this year we are.
Its being kept simple, a small pin cushion using 4 or 5 different stitches, and I did two samples pieces to give them ideas, and have to admit I am rather pleased with them.
This is a very simple design, decorative boarders round a plain striped tent stitch centre Then the whole think is lifted with a three dimensional flower in needle weaving and French knots.
The stitches used in the boarder included blanket, upright cross and chequer board cross stitch.
The second one used only three stitches, upright cross, mosaic and tent, but I blended the threads so you get a softer almost tweedy look.
Then because the pattern was so regimented, I added the random with the uneven amethyst beads forming the fringe boarder.
So go on have ago at designing you own, it will be a one off and so much satisfying than a kit!