Saturday, January 10, 2009

Florentine Border

Florentine Border on French Heart
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I'm quite enjoying French Heart and have been stitching most nights this week on it. I'm yet to get into the cross stitching side of it as so far I've been doing different forms of needlework. It's a nice change. I love how the range of techniques can look quite hard to do, and yet they're not.

So last night I finished the inside border which is a combination of Smyrna Crosses in the corners and a Tall Cross Variation in between. The tall crosses are stitched using the gorgeous Old Lace silk from Thread Gatherer. The other thread used in both borders is called French Stucco also by Thread Gatherer.

French Heart - 9 January 2009

I was also able to get started on the inside design with a Florentine Border in a combination of blues. This is done with a Satin Stitch in pale blue, and Backstitching with the darker blue.

The night before I managed to start on the inner border and got about half of it done.

8 January 2009

Doing these types of designs makes me realise why I like Shepherd's Bush so much.

11 comments:

Melissa said...

Your progress is wonderful! Keep up the great work.

Annemiek said...

It looks gorgeous, the border around the design is stunning.

Laura said...

Absolutely stunning!!!!!!

karenv said...

Just beautiful! The colours are so soft and pretty.

Loreta said...

It looks wonderful!

Karoline said...

It's looking gorgeous Jane, great progress

Melissa said...

This is looking just exquisite Jane. It's lovely to watch your progress with this one especially because of the different stitches.

:: wee bird :: said...

I can't wait to see this done!
lovely blog :D
Sue

Barb said...

Simply lovely..and you take such nice photos!

Lelia said...

you are so brave to start with the border! I'm usually worried about counting & start my stuff in the middle & work my way out to the border. This is a fantastic piece!

Carol R said...

A beautiful piece and a rather cute scissor fob too!