As soon as I saw this design I knew it was one I would have to stitch . . .
I am really drawn to the European Folk Art style of Sylvia's design, but rather than make it up into a cushion I stretched the finished piece over a canvas (pictured below hanging in a collection with Lynette Anderson's Our Home applique and Rosalie Quinlan's Heartsong stitchery).
The blue linen is something I've been wanting to work with for a while and I really like the effect of the tone on tone stitchery.
I love the mandala-like central medallion . . .
and the openness of the chain stitched outer leaves.
I like the satin stitch circles (although there were a few moments when I thought they would never be done) and I really enjoyed working the chain stitch. I think it gives such a depth and interest to the stitching.
This is a style of stitching that I will definitely use again! I'm thinking large cushions. And lots of colour . . .
Pattern: Stitchery Cushion
Designer: Sylvia Frazer
Fabric: Dress linen
Threads: DMC 932