Yes I am still here! Unfortunately, due to sitting restrictions I have not been able to post very frequently. You see, I have a compression fracture in my mid back and to avoid surgery I don’t sit or stand for any length of time. I will eventually get back to blogging more frequently but bear with me for a couple of months. In the meantime I hope you have some fun projects to stitch this Holiday Weekend. Since this the Memorial Day holiday take a moment to remember those who fought and lost their lives for this wonderful nation.
Todays stitch is a variation of a stitch that I saw in Ruth Schmuff’s iStitches Volume 4, she named the stitch Cashmere Corner with Smyrna Cross. I charted this for a specific area, the original stitch was too large so we now have Cashmere Smyrna Bead Blocks and Cashmere Smyrna Block. Look at the original to compare.
This is a small stitch and until Jane of Chilly Hollow Needlpoint Adventure stitched the sample, I did not realize that beads or French Knots may be too big for the stitch. A single large bead size 11/0 or larger, sequin, or crystal would actually work nicely where the beads are. If you are using beads they would need to be small 15/0 in size. For an open background you could omit the Smyrna Crosses and Beads entirely.
In the top photo you can see how the stitch would look with empty blocks. The second stitched sample shows how a sequin fits nicely into the space.
Jane stitched the sample using 1 ply of Watercolors for the Cashmere and tent stitches. The gold Smyrna Crosses were stitched using 1 strand of Entice. The French Knots on the top right and bottom left were stitched with 1 strand of #8 Kreinik, different colors. The final pink French Knots on the bottom row were stitched using a silk ribbon. Thanks Jane for stitching the wonderful sample!
Next I stitched a small sample of the Cashmere Smyrna Blocks.
As you can see from the magnet this is a small scale stitch. I stitched this sample using 1 strand of Vineyard Silk for the Cashemere and tent stitches, then used a #8 Kreinik for the silver Smyrna Crosses.
I am using this stitch for a small package. It would also make great ornaments, a tablecloth, or use a Mosaic Stitch instead of the Smyrna and you will have a nice building or wall stitch.
This months magnet from the Magnet Maven club at Bedecked & Beadazzled was a fun glamorous Eiffel Tower. I do love magnets!
Next up we have a few photos of the “tigers”. Tango has figured out the baby gate mid way up the stairs to the second floor and is able to slide it open unless I actually close it properly! Of course his motive is food related since the girls have their kibble in my office. Lately since I am more available to the cats they have all been wanting my attention! I have to go to my recliner outside if I want any peace!
Well folks that’s it for today. Have a great stitchy weekend and put in a few stitches for me.
Don’t worry if you don’t see a post for a while, I am recuperating at home in a recliner!