So, the burning question is did I add the border or not? Well I appreciated all your comments and I have to say that I agreed with both sides.... fine without and fine with. In the end, after much deliberation I decided that it looked a bit unfinished without the border and seemed to need something to anchor or frame the design (I guess the designer really did know best!) so I reluctantly picked up the blue threads yet again and stitched the border.....
Although I would say that the design does need a border, I'm not sure if the border style is exactly in keeping the main part of the design. Anyhoo, it's done and looks fine and there's no way, I'm unpicking it and doing any more blues for a looooong time!
So here are the details of this kit and my thoughts on it (These are just my opinions and I haven't been asked to do this by the company)....
The kit is by Plaid Bucilla and called 'Love You Always'. Finished size is 8 x 10 inches and stitched on 14 count aida. Whole cross stitch, half cross stitch, back stitch/long stitch and french knots are used in this design. Kit comes with a black and white printed chart, fabric, threads and a needle.
Here's some pros and cons of the kit...
Lots of threads (I didn't run out of any colour!)
Very large black and white printed chart....and when I say large, I mean large......(Great for those of us who's eye sight isn't as good as it once was! 😄 )
Not quite enough fabric. I like to have more fabric to allow for stretching the finished design and framing.
The chart is super large as you can see from the photo....it's almost too large and is quite awkward for stitching and holding the chart.
Threads didn't come pre-sorted......those blues are killers!
So now I just have to decide how to finish this piece and not abandon it in the pile of shame.
Here's my next little start, it's the free kit from this months' World Of Cross Stitching magazine. The appeal for this little design wasn't the fact that it was a quick stitch.....it's because there are no blues at all in the design! Yayy!
Also in this months magazine are my little mug cosy designs.....
World of Cross Stitching magazine
Immediate Media Co.
Here's a picture of my little mock-up that I made to check out the sizes when I was originally working on them. I keep this kind of thing in case there is ever a problem with the deign when the magazines are making up the finished article.The designs are done so far in advance that it's often hard to remember small details that you were thinking at the time you were working on them so keeping this mock up helps......
....I didn't have time to do much stitching so all I did was the back stitch detail! And a little tip for anyone who might be thinking of making these, I used one of those coloured elastic hair ties instead of a regular piece of elastic as the size was right and the colour matched the felt perfectly!
Also in the magazine is my Blackwork alphabet ......
Traditional Blackwork with a modern pop of colour....so versatile!
And one last thing....
World Craft Week this year is April 16th - 22nd. You can find all the details and download your free crafting magazine here. This year it's supporting Bliss, the leading charity for premature and sick babies in the UK. There are some really cute projects in the magazine - I'm sharing because it's for a great cause and we all need some more projects to do, don't we?!!!!
Thanks again for all your opinions on whether or not to do the border in the Love Birds design....and for all your comments in general....much appreciated.
Until next time....happy stitching!