Love this new finish. The pattern was challenging, but very worth the time.
There's that pea hole hem again! I WANT TO LEARN THIS!!!! I'm getting close to finishing a table runner, and I'm not going to hem it until I can do that hem. It's such a beautiful touch.
Well, the hem on this piece doesn't have a peahole ornamentation -- it's a standard drawn thread hem just like Krista demonstrates on her video. The only difference is that I did a back stitch on the very edge -- which defines the edge a bit. I'm looking forward to seeing your table runner! Remember that the hem isn't the main attraction -- your embroidery is!
It is a big piece of material, Agapia, but it is not a complicated design. Listen to the excellent advice already given to you "take it slowly and one element at a time..." Maybe you have a friend or relative in your area that could help you get it started? Or if it seems too challenging for now, set it aside for now and come back to it later.
I just got my kit today and I am concerned I won’t figure it out
You’ll be fine and it will be a satisfying project! One stitch at a time is how we all do it. Follow a path that feels right to you. And enjoy watching the pattern come to life.
Yes you will. Absolutely ! I would take it slowly and one element at a time starting at the upper left corner. It will be beautiful.
Please forward what you have to me also
It's a variation of drawn thread hem.
Hey Cindy--could you email me? I want to get the particulars of how you do this pea hole hem stitch as I'd like to do a how to video on it. Thanks!
What is that?
EMail on the way (and notes in progress)!
Great start. I'm going to have to make one of these too. The hard part is deciding which one to do. I like the one you chose.
Hi Cindy. Here’s my progress on the Pascha basket cover 2021. I’m a little late ! Lol.
Oh my! This is LOVELY! A great start. I wasn't certain whether to do the red or the blue first. I think you have the right idea. Keep up the good work.
For these pieces I use a rectangular hoop on a stand. I've never gotten used to holding a hoop and stitching at the same time, and stitching in-hand is impossible for me. I'm looking forward to seeing your 2021 Pascha basket cover!
There’s that characteristic pea hole hem stitch, perfectly and beautifully executed! I’m working on the 2021 Pascha basket cover and have this one in my wishlist. Your stitching is gorgeous. Do you use a hoop or a frame to stitch?
I love the taupe color, you piece is lovely!
Your piece is lovely! The subtle color makes it so elegant.
I never worry about that😉
What a subtle and elegant color choice!
Thank you so much for your encouragement and tips. Just finished stitching floret boarder bit kit. I tried to keep all of my stitches crossing the same way, but found that difficult when I got to they corners of the boarders. Wondering if I should keep going left to right on the short width of the boarder, or turn the corner and go the long width. Since I used dmc 842 taupe, it was very forgiving : )
I don't know if this helps or not, but I usually take a very bright color of floss and mark the upper left hand corner of my work so that I can remember which way it's situated. That way, when I take it out of the hoop or frame I can quickly figure out which direction to stitch. That said, there's no right way to do anything, just the way that works for you. I've wondered if it's actually better to change direction on runners and table mats.
I'd agree--start at the top left corner and your good to go! The pattern will tell you how many inches in from each corner. When you go to work the middle motif, I'd suggest using a different color of thread to mark the threads to get to the center and start working that center motif.
Yes that makes sense, thank you! I went to my local embroidery store this morning and the staff also suggested that I mark the 10x10 squares on the fabric with pins to correctly count the stitches from the centre motif to the border, would you agree?
Thank you for being so generous with your knowledge and prompt with your replies, it gives me lots of encouragement as a novice cross stitcher 😊
That's a great idea, too. When I need to count out from the center on a design like this, I will run a thread over every 2 or 4 threads to make counting the threads easier. Glad you brought this up--I'll make a short video on this soon!
Yay to your how-to video on this.
You’ll be FINE! It’s also very fun and satisfying. I’m not an experienced cross stitcher. I started at the top left and did the whole border then the middle motif. Linen is wonderful to work with. Have fun!
Your piece is beautiful, congratulations on a finished project!