Ever since the start of the Anniversaries of the Heart series by Blackbird Designs, I have been contemplating whether I would start them or not. Considering the first chart came out at Nashville market, you can imagine I have done a lot of contemplating. My main issue was that I didn’t know whether I’d stitch them seperately or on one big piece of linen. I was leaning more towards one big piece of linen, but given that I already have a very big piece of linen project, I didn’t think I would be able to handle another one.
So as the months went by, more charts came out and I was more and more doubtful. The charts are sooooooo beautiful and they feature my great stitching love: houses. I saw blogpictures of wonderful big pieces of linen with equeally wonderful houses on them. I saw a few of them stitched seperately. And the more I saw, the more I knew I simply HAD to stitch them.
Finally, the first bonus design came out and I was lost. The colors, the alphabets, the border, the pot with flowers, what’s not to like. Naturally, this idea of stitching the bonus design came with a whole new set of contemplations. What fabric to use, which threads, which count of fabric etc. And if I found the right fabric, what would I do?
Oh well, I didn’t want to have a project that would cause me too many headaches, so I opted for 40ct Vintage Light Examplar from Lakeside Linens, most of the threads called for in the design and got started. I didn’t have any Jakey Brown so I used Cidermill Brown instead. And I loooooved how the colors worked on the fabric. It’s a small finish, a little less than a postcard I’d say.
And now I am itching to start one of the others. I have decided to stitch them seperately, and will worry about the finishing later. That could be my goal for 2011, to find a way to finish them. Oh well, first I have to stitch them. And I think I am only about 9 designs behind. Talking about pressure :). I think Swan Lake will be next as it doesn’t use a myriad of colors.