“ Brand: Lanarte / Type: Knitting / Crocheting / Sewing „
I ordered this cross stitch through www.sewandso.co.uk, which I have always found to be a very good website with competitive pricing. At present this kit costs around £42 and is beautiful on it's own, but works well hung alongside Lanarte's Lady with the Lilac Flowers.
This comes as a kit which includes the fabric, threads and pattern. As with the Lady kit the fabric used is also cream linen which has a beige wash to provide a slightly more interesting background. The threads used are DMC and are in similar colours to the Lady kit. The size of this cross stitch is 39 x 49cm so this is a larger project to work on.
I do find the use of a magnifier essential to stitch on linen but linen fabric gives a much better finish than canvas and this picture would be ruined on canvas. I would urge anyone to persevere with linen as once you are used to it, you will never go back to canvas.
As with the Lady this is stiched with a single thread as a pose to two threads and this gives a lovely delicate and subtle finish to the piece. I stitched the Lady first and then the Bride, and have to say I loved sewing this project. It is by far my favourite cross stich I have done. The expression that has been captured in her eyes in amazing and I felt very proud of myself when I had finished as you would not believe that this picture was made of a series of little crosses.
Kit contains chart and instructions, needle, 36 count background printed with a mottled effect linen and pre-sorted DMC stranded cotton threads. This design is stitched using one strand over two threads to produce the delicate effect.