Monday, September 28, 2009

Tiny stitches

Dear Shayne,

When I was in Canada in July, I bought this fantastic stitching book. I had looked at it last year and resisted, but then I found it on sale for $5 this time around and had to make it mine. I'm terrible about buying books while traveling -- my back hates me!


But I digress. This is a book I've never seen in US bookstores and I'm guessing it's because it's published in the UK. I have since found it here on Amazon and it says "[IMPORT]" in big letters in the description. Oooh -- fancy!

There are a lot of great projects in this book, but the one that really captured my attention was this sweet Christmas tree:

As much as I love that tree, however, I am hesitant about cross-stitching on linen. Tiny, tiny stitches, Shayne. Tiiiiiny. As a fellow lover of near-instant-gratification craft projects, I'm sure you understand.

I don't know that I have the stamina to complete a cross-stitch project on linen. Even a relatively small one like this. But, oh! Sequins for ornaments! Very enticing.

Can she do it, folks? Only time will tell...



Shayne said...

You can do it! Where do you find such tiny sequins though? I thought they were beads, they're so tiny.

kelly said...

Upon closer inspection of the directions, you're right -- they're not sequins at all! They're "glass beads approx 7mm (1/4 in) in diameter."

I now fear a lengthy and fruitless search for the "perfect" beads for this project... hrm...

Shayne said...

Michaels should sell Mill Hill beads in the needlework area - they are the size of seed beads but come in lots of pretty colors, just for this sort of thing.